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Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue! The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI, Sunday, Jan. 10 at 1 PM

Tara McMullen
Jon Kimura Parker

Be sure to join us Sunday, January 10th at 1 pm for our weekly Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast! Guest conductor Marin Alsop and pianist Jon Kimura Parker join the Philadelphians for George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. This is the original jazz band version, Ferde Grofe’s faithful orchestration of Paul Whiteman’s arrangement.

This is the original jazz band version of Rhapsody in Blue.

Also on the program is another seldom-heard transcription, of Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, for eleven instruments. Benno Sachs orchestrated this for the Society for Private Musical Performances in Vienna, under the auspices of Arnold Schoenberg.

Sunday’s broadcast is of a concert from the end of last October at Verizon Hall, and concludes with Dmitri Shostakovich’s powerfully moving Symphony No. 5.

During intermission, Susan Lewis speaks with the versatile and engaging Jon Kimura Parker, and Bliss Mickelson spends a few minutes talking to conductor Marin Alsop.

Listen to WRTI's Bliss Michelson speak with conductor, Marin Alsop.

We hope you’ll join us Sunday, January 10th from 1 to 3 pm.

Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (Sachs/Schoenberg arrangement)
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (original jazz band version)
Jon Kimura Parker, Piano


Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Marin Alsop, conductor

Gregg Whiteside, 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.