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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: André Watts Plays Beethoven, Jan. 29 at 1 PM

Steven J. Sherman
Pianist André Watts performs at Verizon Hall with The Philadelphians on February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2017."

This Sunday at 1 pm, WRTI presents a concert first heard at Verizon Hall in November, 2014. You'll hear the youthful and energetic Piano Concerto No. 1 of Beethoven performed by perennial favorite, pianist Andre Watts, who first played with The Philadelphia Orchestra at age 10.

Making his Philadelphia Orchestra debut is guest conductor Jakub Hrusa, music director of the Prague Philharmonia, in a program that also offers two works by composers from the Czech lands: The Jealousy Overture of Leos Janacek, originally intended as an overture to his great opera Jenufa, and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 8, the composer's most self-consciously "Czech" symphony, and full of ebullience and sunny spirit.

During intermission, we'll visit backstage with André Watts and Maestro Hrusa.
A great concert for a winter day! Don't miss it. That's Sunday, January 29th from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM and online at wrti.org. This concert was originally broadcast on WRTI in January, 2015.

Janacek: Jealousy Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1
     André Watts, pianist
Dvorak:  Symphony No. 8
     Jakub Hrusa, conductor

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.