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Hummel's Trumpet Concerto: From Obscurity to a Staple of the Repertoire

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Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Trumpet David Bilger

While there are many concertos for string instruments, fewer works exist for woodwinds, brass or percussion. Yet, as Susan Lewis reports, a previously under-performed work for trumpet from the early 19th century became part of the standard repertoire in the second half of the 20th.

The Philadelphia Orchestra's Principal Trumpet David Bilger plays the Hummel Trumpet Concerto in The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcast on WRTI on Sunday, October 27th at 1 pm. Conducted by Rafael Frubeck de Burgos. The program also includes Orff’s Carmina Burana and Haydn’s First Symphony.

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WRTI's Susan Lewis goes backstage to talk to Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Trumpet David Bilger after his performance of Hummel's Trumpet Concerto in E Flat, and even gets him to play his horn!

As senior producer of arts and culture, Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and producer of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series, to which she also contributes weekly intermission interviews. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.