The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: Mahler's 1st and Grammy-Winning Eighth Blackbird, July 22, 1 PM

Jul 15, 2018

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.

Eighth Blackbird

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.

Read detailed program notes from the concert.

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, and on our mobile app! Listen again on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2