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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Macelaru Conducts Beethoven and Falla, May 24, 1 PM

Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in this concert broadcast.

One of the highlights of the 2014-15 Philadelphia Orchestra concert season was the pairing of works by Beethoven and Manuel de Falla, originally scheduled for the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, to whom the concert was dedicated.

Maestro Frühbeck passed away at the age of 80 on June 11, 2014, and he was not only a great friend of The Philadelphia Orchestra, but a musician of exemplary standards. He made his U.S. debut with the Orchestra on Valentine’s Day in 1969 and became a regular presence on the ensemble’s podium, often for multi-week residencies.

On Sunday, May 24th at 1 pm our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings you this special performance as it happened in March of this year.

Taking the baton is Philadelphia Orchestra Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Macelaru, who will conduct Beethoven’s Symphony No 6, the “Pastoral,” to begin the concert. And, following intermission, the great Spanish composer Manuel de Falla takes us to a different landscape with his Nights in the Gardens of Spain, a nocturne for piano and orchestra, played by the vibrant and passionate pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, who makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut.

Concluding the program is Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2, which makes an enchanting use of traditional Andalusian folk music.

During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis and Kile Smith will speak backstage with Cristian Macelaru and Jorge Federico Osorio.

Kile Smith speaks with pianist, Jorge Federico Osorio.

Don’t miss this program of masterworks by Beethoven and Falla, Sunday, May 24th, from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM and online at wrti.org.


Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 (“Pastoral”)


Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain, for piano and orchestra

Jorge Federico Osorio, piano

Falla: Suite No. 2 (Three Dances) from The Three-Cornered Hat

I. The Neighbors’ Dance (Seguidillas)

II. The Miller’s Dance (Farruca)

III. Final Dance (Jota)

Cristian Macelaru, conductor

Listen to The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM and online at WRTI.org. Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.

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.