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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Russian Favorites! August 6th, 1 PM

Credit: Felix Broede
Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin

Join us this Sunday on WRTI for a mini festival of Russian favorites, as Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève returns to Verizon Hall in this re-broadcast to conduct The Philadelphians. Download our new App to listen wherever you are in the world!

Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève

Strange as it may seem, The Philadelphia Orchestra has never performed Leopold Stokowski’s transcription of Tchaikovsky’s famous Andante Cantabile, from his First String Quartet; so this broadcast brings us a first, in the lush Stokowski arrangement, for enlarged string orchestra, of this quintessential Russian favorite.

WRTI's Debra Lew Harder speaks with Maestro Denève.

Then, the exciting young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin makes his Philadelphia Orchestra subscription debut in a performance of one of the most popular piano concertos of them all, Tchaikovsky’s beloved Piano Concerto No.1.

After intermission, Verizon Hall will resound with Stokowski’s Symphonic Synthesis of themes from Moussorgsky’s opera Boris Godonov, and Tchaikovsky’s thunderous 1812 Overture, rarely heard on a subscription program, so here is an opportunity to savor some of the subtler details usually lost in a work Tchaikovsky always wanted to be performed in a concert hall.

During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis meets backstage with Denis Kozhukhin, and Debra Lew Harder speaks with Maestro Denève.

Not to be missed, a Russian Festival, this Sunday, August 6th at 1 pm here on WRTI.

Read detailed program notes from the concert at Verizon Hall


Tchaikovsky/arr. Stokowski: Andante cantabile, from String Quartet No. 1 ("Accordion")
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

     Denis Kozhukhin, pianist


Musorgsky/arr. & orch. Stokowski: Boris Godunov: A Symphonic Synthesis
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

     Stéphane Denève, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI, every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1 FM, online at WRTI.org, and on the WRTI  mobile app!Enjoy a rebroadcast of Sunday concerts on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2, as part of our new "Symphony at 7" lineup!

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.