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Yuja Wang Plays Rachmaninoff with The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: August 10 at 1 PM

Yuja Wang plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 on this week's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast.

Both Sergei Rachmaninoff and Richard Strauss had long and fruitful relationships with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Rachmaninoff’s began in 1909 with his first appearance in this country at the Academy of Music. He would go on to write pieces specifically for the Orchestra, and collaborated in landmark recordings, including his Piano Concerto No. 3 that opens this Sunday's broadcast, from a concert in November, 2013. The remarkable talents of Curtis-trained Yuja Wang wowed the audience at Verizon Hall with her exciting, fast-paced performance of the work.


The Philadelphians continue their celebration of the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth on this program with a youthful serenade and a mighty tone poem. The Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments, Op. 7, greatly helped make the teenage composer’s name when it was championed by the famous conductor Hans von Bülo.

Within a decade, Strauss had undergone a “conversion,” as he called it, and was being hailed as the leading progressive composer of his day, with extravagant symphonic tone poems, like Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), which concludes Sunday’s program, and which Strauss himself conducted here in Philadelphia in 1921.  It's a work tailor-made for the lush sonorities of the Fabulous Philadelphians! Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.

WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks with Yuja at intermission. Detailed program notes here

That's this Sunday, August 10th from 1 until 3:10 pm on WRTI. Don't miss it! Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Strauss: Serenade for Winds
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

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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.