The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Three Works Composed in Paris, Oct. 16 at 1 PM

Oct 10, 2016

All three of the works on this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast were composed in Paris within a five-year period (1928-33), one by a German, another by a Frenchman, and the last by an American. And they all marvelously combine elements of serious composition with popular influences, notably from jazz.


Kurt Weill’s Symphony No. 2, Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand, and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris also afford the principal brass players of The Philadelphia Orchestra the opportunity to shine!

The soloist in the Ravel is the acclaimed French pianist Alexandre Tharaud, whose recordings of Ravel’s works have won numerous awards.

Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts the concert from this past April in Verizon Hall. During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks with the principal percussionist, Christopher Devinney, and also chats briefly with Yannick.

That’s Sunday, October 16th, for Weill, Ravel, and Gershwin, with pianist Alexandre Tharaud, from 1 to 3 pm. Join us!

Detailed program notes from the concert


Weill: Symphony No. 2


Ravel: Concerto for the Left Hand

     Alexandre Tharaud, piano

Gershwin: An American in Paris

     Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia and streaming online at, every Sunday from 1 to 3 pm.