A bestiary in the Middle Ages was a book of illustrations of animals, each accompanied by a moral lesson. Sir James MacMillan’s musical bestiary for organ and orchestra is informed by his Scottish background, different musical traditions, and a sharp sense of social satire. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.
Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin speaks backstage with WRTI's Susan Lewis.
The vast canvas of an oratorio that begins with the turn from Winter to Spring, and progresses through Summer, Autumn, and Winter, The Seasons, by Joseph Haydn, expands this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast to three hours.
WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with guest conductor, Cristian Macelaru.
This Sunday at 1 pm, WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings to the airwaves another sensational violinist, Nicola Benedetti, who joins the Philadelphia Orchestra in her subscription debut for a performance of the jazz-inspired Violin Concerto of Wynton Marsalis. Cristian Măcelaru conducts.
In June, NPR reported the Philadelphia Orchestra's admission that it had not programmed a single piece of music composed by a woman for its upcoming 2018-19 season. Jeremy Rothman, the orchestra's vice president of artistic planning, said at the time the omission was "obviously a blind spot and an oversight."