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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI 90.1: Marsalis and The Planets, Sunday, Aug. 5 at 1 PM

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After intermission, Gustav Holst's "The Planets" is performed with the women of the Westminster Symphonic Choir.

This Sunday at 1 pm, WRTI’s Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings to the airwaves another sensational violinist, Nicola Benedetti, who joins the Philadelphia Orchestra in her subscription debut for a performance of the jazz-inspired Violin Concerto of Wynton Marsalis. Cristian M?celaru conducts.

Wynton Marsalis has emerged as the preeminent figure in jazz today, and as trumpeter, composer, bandleader, educator, impresario, and tireless advocate, he continues to search for ways to challenge himself, and to reach new audiences.

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Credit Luigi Beverelli
Wynton Marsalis and Nicola Benedetti onstage with Cristian Macelaru after the performance.

Forging imaginative paths that connect jazz and classical idioms, the concerto was written for Ms. Benedetti, who gave it its premiere in London in 2015.

After intermission, it’s Gustav Holst’s popular astrological suite, The Planets—complete with offstage chorus, the women of the Westminster Symphonic Choir providing the ethereal voices in the final Neptune movement!

WRTI's Susan Lewis speaks backstage with Philadelphia Orchestra tubist Carol Jansch and guest conductor Cristian M?celaru.

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WRTI's Susan Lewis talks backstage with Carol Jantsch, principal tuba of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Not to be missed! That’s Sunday, August 5th from 1 to 3 pm on WRTI 90.1.

PROGRAM:

Marsalis: Violin Concerto

     Nicola Benedetti, violin

INTERMISSION

Holst: The Planets      

The Philadelphia Orchestra

     Cristian M?celaru, 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 WRTI.org, and on our mobile app! Listen again on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2