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The Music of Vienna! The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: August 28th at 1 PM

Credit Mathias Botho
Pianist Jan Lisiecki

Join us to hear the first concert in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s "Music of Vienna" series, recorded live last January at Verizon Hall. Pianist Jan Lisiecki, an audience favorite at only 20 years old, will be the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.

It's one of the composer’s most striking and original works, and the last of his five solo keyboard concertos that he wrote for his own use as a performer. Though it dates from his “heroic” middle period, it is an extraordinarily intimate and expressive work.

More Beethoven is on the program, and it’s a work that The Philadelphia Orchestra has never before played - Gustav Mahler’s arrangement for string orchestra of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11, the “Serioso,” one of Beethoven’s most compact works, and an arrangement for strings that affords an opportunity for The Philadelphia Orchestra strings to shine!

Listen to WRTI's Susan Lewis speak with Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, during intermission.

Yannick Nezet-Seguinconducts the program, that begins with a Viennese favorite, Johann Strauss, Jr.’s “Tales from the Vienna Woods,” and concludes with a contemporary work by HK Gruber, Charivari, which is a satirical spin-off of another Strauss work, his Perpetuum mobile polka. Scored for a huge orchestra it is by turns biting, humorous, and serious, and at all times a spectacular orchestral showpiece!

During intermission WRTI’s Bliss Michelson speaks backstage with Jan Lisiecki, and Susan Lewis spends some time with Yannick.

Listen to this re-broadcast on Sunday, August 28th from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM or online at WRTI.org.

Read detailed program notes from the concert.


Johann Strauss IITales From the Vienna Woods

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4

Jan Lisiecki, piano


Beethoven – String Quartet No. 11 (“Serioso”) arr: Gustav Mahler

HK GruberCharivari

Strauss - Perpetuum mobile

Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia and streaming online at WRTI.org, every Sunday from 1 to 3 pm.

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.