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The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Lang Lang Plays Beethoven, Rattle Conducts

Join us this Sunday, September 15th at 2 pm on WRTI as Sir Simon Rattle taps into an historic connection that The Philadelphia Orchestra has enjoyed with the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, conducting his final two symphonies without interruption, right after intermission. 

Before intermission, Curtis grad and piano superstar Lang Lang will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Sunday's concert, from mid-May, begins with the first Philadelphia performance of a work by a young composer born in the Midwest, raised in Modesto, California, and currently living in Brooklyn, NY - Andrew Norman. His Unstuck is scored for a large orchestra, comprising triple woodwinds, brass, harp, a large battery of percussion, and strings, cleverly scored as a series of musical mosaics that return and recombine throughout the course of the musical narrative. It's a fun piece you won't want to miss!

WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with Simon Rattle during intermission. That's this Sunday from 2 to 4 pm.

Program notes on The Philadelphia Orchestra's website


Norman - Unstuck

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 3


Sibelius - Symphony No. 6

Sibelius - Symphony No. 7


Simon Rattle - Conductor

Lang Lang - Piano


Gregg was the host of WRTI's morning drive show from 2012 until his retirement from WRTI in January, 2021. He began producing and hosting The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts in 2013, joining the Orchestra in Hong Kong for the first-ever live international radio broadcasts from that island in 2016, and in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for two historic broadcasts in 2018. You can still hear Gregg as host of the Orchestra broadcasts every Sunday and Monday on WRTI.