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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