The Philadelphia Orchestra Plays Pat Metheny on WRTI! Sunday, October 15th at 1 PM

Oct 11, 2017

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Percussionist Christopher Deviney has long been drawn to the music of guitarist Pat Metheny and his composing partner, pianist Lyle Mays. And this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast features the world-premiere performance of Deviney’s orchestration of three Metheny jazz tunes into a Duo Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Orchestra.

The music is from Metheny's award-winning album Imaginary Day.

Guest Conductor Bramwell Tovey will be on the podium, as Mr. Deviney makes his Philadelphia solo debut playing the vibes; and he’s joined by internationally acclaimed percussionist and marimba virtuoso She-e Wu in a work that taps into the global influences of the Metheny original, from Javanese gamelan sounds to Iranian folk music to Gaelic tunes.

The concert begins with an early Leonard Bernstein composition, his Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs, in which Lenny gives a lively spin to Baroque forms in a jazz-hall style work for clarinet and ensemble, premiered by Benny Goodman, and played in this concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra’s celebrated Principal Clarinet, Riccardo Morales.

And following intermission, the great Ninth Symphony (“From the New World”) by Antonin Dvořák, a work that was immediately hailed as a masterpiece after its Carnegie Hall premiere.

Part of the inspiration came from Dvořák’s encounter with African-American spirituals and with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem The Song of Hiawatha.

WRTI’s Susan Lewis and Debra Lew Harder will speak backstage with Bramwell Tovey, Chris Deviney, and She-e Wu.

Don’t mix this eclectic program celebrating American musical connections that have vitalized music in this country! That’s this Sunday, October 15th, from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI 90.1, and via the WRTI Mobile App and the all-classical web stream at!

Read detailed program notes from the concert


Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs for Solo Clarinet and Jazz Ensemble

       Riccardo Morales, clarinet

Metheney and Mays/arr. and orch. By Chris Deviney: Imaginary Day Duo Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Orchestra

       Chris Deviney, vibraphone

       She-e Wu, marimba

       Michael Jones and Daniel Schwartz, tenors


Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in e-minor (“From the New World”)

     The Philadelphia Orchestra

     Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI, every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM, online at, and on our new mobile app! NEW: rebroadcast of Sunday concerts on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2, as part of our new "Symphony at 7" lineup!