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The Philadelphia Orchestra Goes for Baroque, Sunday, June 24th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1

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Conductor Nicholas McGegan, best known as a baroque and classical specialist, will be on the podium to conduct this Sunday’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast, featuring music not only of the baroque era, but also later re-imaginings of that past.

The great 20th-century Italian composer Ottorino Respighi – whose Pines of Rome we heard on last week’s Philadelphia Orchestra broadcast here on WRTI -- wrote many works that transformed the past, and one of them begins Sunday’s concert: the first of his three suites called Ancient Airs and Dances, arrangements that drew upon 16th-century lute music.

Then, two concertos from the 1730s – Handel’s 4th Organ Concerto, which he performed himself to accompany one of his oratorios, with organ soloist Peter Richard Conte, and a concerto grosso by the Italian composer of the 18th century, Pietro Locatelli. The Concerto Grosso No. 4 from Locatelli’s Op.7 will be given its first-ever Philadelphia Orchestra performance.

After intermission, a sparkling overture by Rossini, one of the staples of the concert hall repertory, the curtain-raiser to his opera La Cenerentola.

Sunday’s concert concludes with Igor Stravinsky’s look to the past in a suite from his music to the ballet Pulcinella, a pioneering piece in the new trend of Neo-classicism, in this case based on music from the early 18th century. The orginal themes were thought to have been composed by Giovanni Pergolesi, though recent scholarship seems to prove that Pergolesi was not, in fact, the author of these tunes.

During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks backstage with Maestro McGegan, and Debra Lew Harder will get some insights from organist Peter Richard Conte.

Organist Peter Richard Conte talks with WRTI's Debra Lew Harder.

That’s this Sunday, June 24th, from 1 to 3 PM on WRTI 90.1, the WRTI mobile app, and streaming at


Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No.1

Handel: Organ Concerto No. 4

      Peter Richard Conte, organ

Locatelli: Concerto Grosso No 4 in F, Op. 7


Rossini: La Cenerentola Overture

Stravinsky: Suite from Pulcinella

The Philadelphia Orchestra

      Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1, streaming online at, and on our mobile app! Listen again on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2.