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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Prokofiev, Ginastera, and Stravinsky, Oct. 30, 1 PM

Conductor Cristian Macelaru

This Sunday on WRTI, it's a Philadelphia Orchestra concert from last April at Verizon Hall with Conductor-in-Residence Cristian M?celaru on the podium. The program begins with Sergei Prokofiev’s sparkling First Symphony, completed the summer before Russian revolutionary upheavals led to his departure from his native country for nearly two decades.

It’s not often that we get an opportunity to hear Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes,which begins with an ethereal theme for solo cello and harp that’ll melt your heart. But you’ll have the chance this Sunday! This is also a work that offers the outstanding principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra many opportunities to shine.

And, to conclude the concert, one of the iconic masterpieces of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, "The Rite of Spring."

During intermission, WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder speaks backstage with Maestro M?celaru. Don’t miss this re-broadcast on Sunday, October 30th from 1 to 3 pm.

Read detailed program notes from the concert.


Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1

Ginastera: Variaciones concertantes


Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps

Cristian M?celaru, 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.