This Sunday on WRTI, it's a Philadelphia Orchestra concert from last April at Verizon Hall with Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Măcelaru on the podium. The program begins with Sergei Prokofiev’s sparkling First Symphony, completed the summer before Russian revolutionary upheavals led to his departure from his native country for nearly two decades.
It’s not often that we get an opportunity to hear Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes, which begins with an ethereal theme for solo cello and harp that’ll melt your heart. But you’ll have the chance this Sunday! This is also a work that offers the outstanding principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra many opportunities to shine.
And, to conclude the concert, one of the iconic masterpieces of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, "The Rite of Spring."
During intermission, WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder speaks backstage with Maestro Măcelaru. Don’t miss this re-broadcast on Sunday, October 30th from 1 to 3 pm.
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1
Ginastera: Variaciones concertantes
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps
Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia and streaming online at WRTI.org, every Sunday from 1 to 3 pm.