The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI 90.1: Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Fung at the Academy

Jul 7, 2020

Join us on Sunday, July 12th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, July 13th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear Yannick Nézét-Séguin conduct the first Philadelphia Orchestra subscription concert at the Academy of Music in nearly 20 years. 

The Orchestra’s 2019-2020 themes of BeethovenNOW and WomenNOW are front and center, as the Philadelphians perform a work by Vivian Fung for the first time, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with soloist Yefim Bronfman.

After intermission, it's a work first performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy 85 years ago, the Symphony No. 3, by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Canadian-born Vivian Fung describes her vibrant orchestral composition Dust Devils as “the journey of emotional swirls, full of raw and intense energy.” It’s an imaginative and colorful work, full of rhythmic energy.

Grammy-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman brings his exceptional lyrical gifts to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, its magical opening foreshadowing his "Pastoral" 6th Symphony.

The concert concludes with Rachmaninoff’s final symphony, which had its world premiere at the Academy of Music in 1936, with Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Three years later, the Philadelphians would record the work, with Rachmaninoff himself conducting.

During intermission, Debra Lew Harder chats backstage with Yefim Bronfman, and Susan Lewis interviews Vivian Fung and Yannick Nézét-Séguin.


Vivian Fung – Dust Devils (First Philadelphia Orchestra performance)

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58

Yefim Bronfman, piano


Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 3 in a-minor, Op. 44

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézét-Séguin, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of  The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, streaming online at, and on our mobile app! Listen again on Mondays at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2