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The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: Andre Watts, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Dec. 14 at 1 PM

Spanish conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos (1933-2013)

The entire Philadelphia Orchestra family was saddened this past summer by the death of a great friend of the Orchestra, and a musician of exemplary standards. The eminent Spanish conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, who passed away in June, 2013, is featured in a rebroadcast of a program performed in February of 2013, one of his last performances with the Philadelphians.

Pianist Andre Watts

The program was also headlined by Philadelphia favorite, pianist André Watts, who returned to Philadelphia to perform Beethoven's grandest piano concerto, the "Emperor." You'll also hear a work after intermission that will show off the virtuosity, solidity, and strength of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s celebrated brass section - the pleasant and festive Concert Music for Strings and Brass, by Paul Hindemith.

Franz Liszt, a superstar pianist in his own right, also composed brilliant tone poems, none more popular than Les Préludes, which closes the program.

Not to be missed also is the famous Stokowski transcription of J.S. Bach's Wachet Auf, ?from the so-called "Sleepers Awake" Cantata, which opens the broadcast.

Don't miss this memorable archival rebroadcast on WRTI, Sunday, December 14, 1 to 3 pm.


BACH/STOKOWSKI: "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" ?or "Sleeper's Awake"

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"


HINDEMITH: Concert Music for Strings and Brass

LISZT: Les Preludes

Andre Watts, piano

Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, conductor


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.