The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Yannick Conducts Three Works Composed in Paris

Apr 12, 2021

Join us on Sunday, April 11th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, April 12th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear this Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from 2016. All three of the works on the program were composed in Paris within a five-year period (1928-33), one by a German, another by a Frenchman, and the last by an American. And they all marvelously combine elements of serious composition with popular influences, notably from jazz.

Kurt Weill’s Symphony No. 2, Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand, and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris also afford the principal brass players of The Philadelphia Orchestra the opportunity to shine!

The soloist in the Ravel is the acclaimed French pianist Alexandre Tharaud, whose recordings of Ravel’s works have won numerous awards.

Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the concert from April, 2016 in Verizon Hall. During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks with the principal percussionist, Christopher Devinney, and also chats briefly with Yannick.

Detailed program notes from the concert

PROGRAM:

Weill: Symphony No. 2

INTERMISSION

Ravel: Concerto for the Left Hand

     Alexandre Tharaud, piano

Gershwin: An American in Paris

     Yannick Nézet-Séguin, 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.