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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Three Must-Hear Commissions, June 1st, 1 to 4 PM

By the time this Sunday’s three-hour broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert airs, Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Yannick Nezet-Seguin will have performed Tan Dun’s Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women three times in three different Chinese cities, as you might have been reading in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Composer Behzad Ranjbaran and Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner speak with WRTI's Susan Lewis about the Persian influence in Ranjbaran's commissioned piece.

Let’s not forget that its very first performance was here in Philadelphia last fall – at Verizon Hall – and we first broadcast it here on WRTI last December, along with two other works commissioned by principal players of the Orchestra – Behzad Ranjbaran’s Flute Concerto for Jeffrey Khaner, and David Ludwig’s Bassoon Concerto for Daniel Matsukawa.

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa speaks with WRTI's Susan Lewis about his enthusiasm for David Ludwig's commissioned piece.

Composer David Ludwig speaks with WRTI's Jim Cotter about his commissioned piece for the Orchestra's New Music Micro-Festival in 2013.

This Sunday, June 1, from 1 to 4 pm, you'll have the opportunity to hear it again! The rebroadcast concludes with Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, also written for the fabulous Philadelphians.

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host for this exciting rebroadcast, underwritten by Bryn Mawr Trust Wealth Management.


Behzad Ranjbaran – Flute Concerto

Jeffrey Khaner, flute

David Ludwig – Pictures from the Floating World, for bassoon and orchestra

Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon


Tan Dun – Nu Shu, The Secret Songs of Women

Elizabeth Hainen, harp


Sergei Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances

Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor

Gregg was the host of WRTI's morning drive show from 2012 until his retirement from WRTI in January, 2021. He began producing and hosting The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts in 2013, joining the Orchestra in Hong Kong for the first-ever live international radio broadcasts from that island in 2016, and in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for two historic broadcasts in 2018. You can still hear Gregg as host of the Orchestra broadcasts every Sunday and Monday on WRTI.