This Sunday, July 22nd at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1, Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor, Stéphane Denève conducts one of the most remarkable first symphonies in music history— Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1.
This was a very difficult symphony to fully understand, much less appreciate, when it was first performed. Juxtapositions of the ironic and the sublime, of parody and exultation, a kind of merging of the genres of song and symphony.
Also on Sunday afternoon’s program, the first Philadelphia Orchestra performance of a work by Jennifer Higdon, that she herself refers to as a “high-wire act of a concerto,” On a Wire.
This is a concerto scored for not one soloist, but six—the members of the Grammy-winning Eighth Blackbird, making their Philadelphia Orchestra debut with this performance. Playing flutes, clarinets, violin, viola, cello and piano, the Eighth Blackbird members engage in a spirited and witty dialogue with the Orchestra in this appealing work.
During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks with Jennifer Higdon, and Bliss Michelson has a talk with Maestro Denève.
This is a fun and exciting program you won’t want to miss! That’s Sunday, July 22 from 1 to 3 pm.
Higdon: On A Wire
With Eighth Blackbird, ensemble
Mahler: Symphony No. 1
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Stéphane Denève, 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 WRTI.org, and on our mobile app! Listen again on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2