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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI 90.1: Violinist Gil Shaham Plays Tchaikovsky

Gil Shaham, photographed at Central Park, 11/10/2020 by Chris Lee
Violinist Gil Shaham

What a concert we have in store for you in this week's broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Stéphane Denève. The celebrated violinist Gil Shaham is soloist and brings you all the passion, energy, and virtuoso fireworks of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Listen on October 31st at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and on November 1st at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

In this concert broadcast from 2017 you'll also hear Guillaume Connesson's Maslenitza, a piece inspired by an Eastern Slavic pre-Lenten festival.

It’s in three parts—the outer sections capturing a celebratory Russian carnival atmosphere, and the chorale-like middle section anticipating the solemnity of Lent.

After intermission, it’s a return to France, and that sensuous early example of musical Impressionism (or “symbolism, as Debussy would probably have preferred), Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, based on a Symbolist poem by Stéphane Mallarmé.

To conclude this concert, it's the Poem of Ecstasy, which Alexander Scriabin also referred to as his Fourth Symphony. Like Debussy’s Prelude, this work owes a fundamental debt to the French Symbolist poets, and was performed first in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century.

WRTI's Bliss Michelson talks backstage with Principal Guest Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Stéphane Denève.

During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks with violinist Gil Shaham, and Bliss Michelson interviews Maestro Denéve.


Connesson: Maslenitza

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major

     Gil Shaham, violin


Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy

The Philadelphia Orchestra

     Stéphane Denève, conductor

Listen to 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. Listen for up to two weeks after broadcast on WRTI Replay!

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.