Paris Festival

Credit: Elias

This week, we're taking you back to 2017 to revisit The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Paris Festival. Join us on Sunday, January 6 at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, January 7 at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear a program featuring non-French composers who moved to Paris, and decided to stay.

It was in 1832 that the great virtuoso violinist Niccolò Paganini—also an extraordinary violist—became the proud new owner of a Stradivarius viola. Wanting to show it off, but frustrated by the lack of concertos featuring the instrument, he commissioned Hector Berlioz to write a work that would help him put his purchase on display.

C'est magnifique! The Philadelphia Orchestra’s three-week Paris Festival from earlier this year is on WRTI starting Sunday, September 3rd at 1 pm!  Six French composers, in works conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, are featured in Week One: Chabrier, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Canteloube, Ravel and Florent Schmitt.