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A bestiary in the Middle Ages was a book of illustrations of animals, each accompanied by a moral lesson. Sir James MacMillan’s musical bestiary for organ and orchestra is informed by his Scottish background, different musical traditions, and a sharp sense of social satire. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.
WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with guest conductor, Cristian Macelaru.
This Sunday at 1 pm, WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings to the airwaves another sensational violinist, Nicola Benedetti, who joins the Philadelphia Orchestra in her subscription debut for a performance of the jazz-inspired Violin Concerto of Wynton Marsalis. Cristian Măcelaru conducts.
Jennifer Higdon’s concerto, On a Wire, was inspired by images of birds, as well as the innovative versatility of the musicians of Eighth Blackbird, the contemporary soloist ensemble. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.
In correspondence with a patron, Tchaikovsky confessed he was grappling with the idea of fate in his Symphony No. 4. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the composer tried to make sense of his world with music that still resonates today. Listen to her conversation with Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
An instrument dating from ancient times, the flute turned out to be the ideal voice to express what was in the heart and mind of composer Samuel Jones. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on his Flute Concerto, premiered this season by The Philadelphia Orchestra.
According to Middle Eastern legend, Scheherazadesaved her own life by telling her husband, the Sultan, folk tales for A Thousand and One Nights. Those stories-within a-story inspired 19th-century composer Rimsky-Korsakovto create an orchestral suite that remains one of his most popular works today. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more.
The second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7—the Allegretto—has captivated listeners since the symphony’s 1813 premiere, when it was so popular that the orchestra used it as an encore. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has more on why this particular movement continues to engages us.