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The Russians Are Coming! The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: March 16 at 1 PM

This Sunday at 1 pm it's the third and final week of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s January Tchaikovsky Celebration on WRTI. The young Russian conductor TuganSokhiev will be on the podium for his Philadelphia Orchestra debut, leading the Philadelphians in works by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky-Ravel, and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto stands as one of the greatest works ever written for the instrument. An essential part of the violin repertoire, its Russian folk melodies and driving rhythms give this work a universal appeal. Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzmanis soloist.

Russian-born Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman shares his feelings about Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with WRTI's Jim Cotter.

Mussorgsky composed his Pictures at an Exhibition for solo piano, but it is Ravel’s orchestration that brings vivid color to the depictions of festive market scenes, hatching chicks, catacombs, and the mighty gates of Kiev.

Like Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov is considered one of the greatest orchestrators of all time. His thrilling “Battle of Kerzhenets," from The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh demonstrates this exceptional skill.

An exciting program of orchestral favorites, not to be missed! We hope you’ll join us Sunday from 1 to 3 pm. Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

Program Notes from The Philadelphia Orchestra

Rimsky-Korsakov - "Battle of Kerzhenets," from The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto
Mussorgsky - Pictures from an Exhibition
Tugan Sokhiev - Conductor
Vadim Gluzman - Violin

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.