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The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Ricardo Morales Plays Debussy and Rossini, August 16 at 1 PM

Ricardo Morales speaks with WRTI's Susan Lewis during intermission.

The Philadelphia Orchestra's Principal Clarinet Ricardo Morales shows off his virtuosic skills in two very different and very challenging works in this Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert re-broadcast, Sunday, August 16, 1 to 3 pm.

Guest conductor Juanjo Mena, chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, leads The Philadelphians in this concert, recorded live in Verizon Hall in November, 2014.

Debussy’s Rhapsody No. 1 for Clarinet and Orchestra and Rossini’s Introduction, Theme, and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra, are two of three 40/40 works on today’s program. And these two performances are the first, ever, by The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Sunday's concert also brings us Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol (which hasn't been performed by the Orchestra on subscription since 1931) and – after intermission –Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

Our guest conductor for the program is the chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena, one of Spain’s most distinguished conductors. He made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 2009 at the Mann Center, and his subscription debut the following year. 

During intermission, WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks backstage with Mr. Morales, and Jim Cotter speaks with Maestro Mena.

Susan Lewis speaks with Philadelphia Orchestra Principle Clarinet Ricardo Morales.


Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espanol (40/40 work)

Debussy: Rhapsody No. 1 for Clarinet and Orchestra (40/40 work)

Rossini: Introduction and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra (40/40 work)

Ricardo Morales, clarinet


Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4

Juanjo Mena, conductor

Detailed Program Notes

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.