The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI 90.1: Stravinsky, Milhaud, Poulenc, Barnes/Stokwoski II

Nov 30, 2018

Philadelphia Orchestra principal guest conductor Stéphane Denève will again be on the podium for this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on December 2 at 1 PM. It's Part II of an exploration of the interactions between two bold visionaries who made incalculable contributions to the cultural life of Philadelphia between the two world wars: Leopold Stokowski and Dr. Albert C. Barnes.

Dr. Barnes himself once wrote about the strong link that he perceived between the paintings of Matisse and the music of Stravinsky.

Brief theatrical scenes will again be acted out as part of this “symphonic play,” which brings to the airwaves two early 20th-century French compositions, Darius Milhaud’s jazz-inflected The Creation of the World, and Francis Poulenc's Organ Concerto in G minor, one of the few non-baroque organ works in the basic repertory.

Peter Richard Conte will perform the concerto on Verizon Hall’s Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.

Among the glories of the Barnes Foundation are early-20th century masterpieces by Matisse, Picasso, and the French Impressionists—works that were shockingly modern at the time. And no piece of music from that period caused quite the stir that Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring did.

Leopold Stokowski gave the American premiere of the work with the Philadelphians in 1922. (They also gave the U.S. premiere of the staged version of the piece, in 1930.) And it's this iconic masterpiece from the 20th century that closes the concert, appropriately enough, since Dr. Barnes himself once wrote about the strong link that he perceived between the paintings of Matisse and the music of Stravinsky.

During intermission, Debra Lew Harder speaks backstage with Peter Richard Conte, and Susan Lewis discusses this final installment of this two-part mini-festival with Maestro Denève

Not to be missed, that’s Sunday, December 2nd, 1 to 3 PM on WRTI 90.1, and streaming worldwide at


The Barnes-Stokowski Festival, Part II 

Milhaud: The Creation of the World, Op. 81

Poulenc: Concerto in g-minor for Organ, Strings, and Timpani                                                

Peter Richard Conte, organ


Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

The Philadelphia Orchestra, Stéphane Denève, conductor

David Bardeen, actor (Albert Barnes)

Nicholas Carriere, actor (Leopold Stokowski)

Didi Balle, playwright and director


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