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The Philadelphians in Concert on WRTI: Violinist Veronika Eberle Plays Mendelssohn, Dec. 18, 1 PM

Credit: Jan Northrop
German violinist Veronika Eberle makes her Philadelphia Orchestra debut in this performance.

This Sunday, December 18th at 1 pm, WRTI's broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert brings us a performance of the powerful Brahms Symphony No. 1, the composer’s answer to Beethoven, and the culmination of 15 years’ work. Parisian conductor Alain Altinoglu, who earned raves for his performances in his 2014 Philadelphia Orchestra debut, conducts. Download our App to listen wherever you are!

WRTI's Susan Lewis chats with Maestro Altinoglu.

One of the major works in the violin repertory is also on the program, as the young German violinist Veronika Eberle makes her debut with The Philadelphia Orchcestra. She's the soloist in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, which never fails to captivate; and neither does Eberle, an astounding violinist, just 27 years old.

Credit Marco Borggreve
French conductor Alain Altinoglu

Over the course of this 2016-17 season, The Philadelphia Orchestra is exploring music connected with Paris, and the first work on Sunday’s program is by one of the leading French composers of the 20th century, Henri Dutilleux, who died in Paris three years ago at age 97.

He wrote his Métaboles over the course of five years during the early 1960s, and it can almost be seen as a sort of miniature concerto for orchestra, filled with folk-like melodies and dazzling orchestral sonorities.

It should be an irresistible combination of 19th- and 20th-century masterworks!

During intermission, WRTI's Debra Lew Harder interviews Veronika Eberle backstage, and Susan Lewis speaks with Maestro Altinoglu. Not to be missed, that’s Sunday, December 18th at 1 pm on WRTI.

Detailed program notes from the concert


Dutilleux: Métaboles

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor

     Veronika Eberle, violin


Brahms: Symphony No. 1

     Alain Altinoglu, 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.