The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI 90.1: An All-Russian Program with Pianist Beatrice Rana

Oct 7, 2019

It’s the kind of program The Philadelphia Orchestra is famous for: an all-Russian program, with Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff.  The concert, broadcast on Sunday, October 13th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and streamed at, will be repeated on Monday, October 14th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

It brings to the Verizon Hall stage, for the first time, the brilliant young pianist Beatrice Rana, in an eagerly anticipated performance of Prokofiev’s thrilling Piano Concerto No. 3.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts this concert of works from the three renowned Russians, all in their early years, beginnning with an almost-forgotten Stravinsky work, Funeral Song. Stravinsky himself called this short work the best of his compositions before Firebird, which it somewhat resembles. Written for a memorial concert honoring his beloved teacher Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1909, it’s performed for the first time ever by the Philadelphians.

Pianist Beatrice Rana’s Carnegie Hall debut was this past March, and at only 26 years of age, she has performed at the world’s most esteemed concert halls and festivals, and collaborated with conductors of the highest level, including Yannick, Riccardo Chailly, Antonio Pappano, Fabio Luisi, Yuri Temirkanov, Gianandrea Noseda, Trevor Pinnock, Leonard Slatkin, and Zubin Mehta, among others.

In her Philadelphia Orchestra subscription debut, Ms. Rana plays Prokofiev’s three-movement Concerto No. 3, which combines the lyricism at which he so excelled, and thrilling virtuosity, most notably in the dazzling codas to each movement.

Following intermission, it’s another performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's First Symphony. The 22-year-old Rachmaninoff was devastated by the failure of its first performance, leaving the hall before it ended, and even giving up composing for a time, but over the years it has become a Rachmaninoff favorite!

During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks backstage with Beatrice Rana and Yannick.

Don’t miss this exciting program, Sunday, October 13th from 1 to 3 PM, on WRTI 90.1, and streaming at


Stravinsky – Funeral Song

Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 3

Beatrice Rana, piano


Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 1

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