Leonidas Kavakos

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Join us on Sunday, February 16th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 to hear the first-ever performance of Wynton Marsalis’s 2009 composition Blues Symphony by The Philadelphia Orchestra. The work is conducted by Christian Măcelaru—for whom the symphony holds special importance.

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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) composed music in a turbulent political climate where Soviet authorities alternately praised and condemned his work. He kept his first violin concerto in a drawer for seven years until the time was right for its performance in 1955. 

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Join us on Sunday, December 8th at 1 PM for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast that brings back to the podium Musical America’s 2015 Conductor of the Year, Gianandrea Noseda, for a concert from 2016 that begins with Liszt’s orchestrally dazzling Symphonic Poem No 6, “Mazeppa,” and a performance by renowned violinist Leonidas Kavakos of Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto.

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Join us on Sunday, February 25th from 1 to 3 pm to hear guest conductor Michael Tilson Thomas conduct the Philadelphians in a performance of Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the mighty "Eroica," which proved to be not only a turning point in the composer’s career, but in the history of orchestral music.

Leonidas Kavakos: Letting Beethoven Shine

Jan 8, 2013

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos is something of a musician's musician in the classical world. He's a favorite among his collaborators: He's the artist in residence this season at the Berlin Philharmonic, and as a soloist/conductor, he's worked with ensembles ranging from the Boston Symphony to the Budapest Festival Orchestra.