CJ Chang

Jessica Griffin/Philadelphia Orchestra

Join us on Sunday, May 24th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, May 25th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, when Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphians in all-Mozart concert from Verizon Hall with soloists from the ranks of The Philadelphia Orchestra, First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang, and Principal Viola C.J. Chang.

Posthumus painting by Barbara Krafft in 1819/ Wikipedia Commons

Mozart played both violin and viola, and wrote his Sinfonia Concertante for those two instruments in 1779  after a trip to Paris and Mannheim, where the form was popular.  

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By the time our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast airs on Sunday, June 7th, the Orchestra will have just completed its European tour with a concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London. WRTI will, however, continue to air Philadelphia Orchestra broadcasts of this season’s concerts through early July.

Larger than a violin, but smaller than a cello, the viola sits in the middle of the orchestra, providing a critical inner voice to orchestral works. WRTI’s Susan Lewis profiles The Philadelphia’s Orchestra's principal violist, who on this Sunday's concert broadcast on WRTI at 1 pm, steps out in front as soloist.

Radio Script:

MUSIC: The Philadelphia Orchestra playing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5