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Viva l'Italia! Yannick Nezet-Seguin Conducts The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI, June 14, 1 PM

Join us for a Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast that recaptures a performance that took place in November, 2011, when Yannick Nezet-Seguin was music director designate of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the chemistry between the musicians and Yannick was already much in evidence.

All of the works on the program have an Italian theme, and represent a kind of celebration of Italian literature, culture, and landscape.

The first part of the concert offers a work by a composer who loved Italy, Tchaikovsky, whose Francesca da Rimini is a symphonic interpretation of the tragic beauty, consigned with her lover Paolo to the Second Circle of Hell in Dante’s Inferno.

Also on the program is the twenty-four year old Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 4, “The Italian,” inspired by the young composer’s time spent in Italy.

Following intermission, we’ll be treated to an electrifying performance of one of Verdi’s greatest operatic overtures, to La Forza del Destino, and we’ll conclude with one of a series of Ottorino Respighi’s love letters to Rome, The Pines of Rome.

During intermission, WRTI’s Meridee Duddleston will pay tribute to the Philadelphia Orchestra’s first female player, Edna Phillips, who passed away in 2003. And Susan Lewis speaks with the current principal harpist of the Orchestra, Elizabeth Hainen and organist Michael Stairs - both of whom were very busy during this concert nearly four years ago!

That’s Sunday, June 14th, from 1 until 3 pm, on WRTI-FM, and the all-classical web stream at wrti.org. Gregg Whiteside is producer and host.


Tchaikovsky – Francesca da Rimini, Symphonic Poem

Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 4, “The Italian”


Verdi – La Forza del Destino Overture

Respighi – The Pines of Rome

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.