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The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: Music by Britten, Elgar, and Daugherty

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Organist Paul Jacobs performs a work by the contemporary American composer Michael Daugherty in this concert broadcast recorded at Verizon Hall during the last weekend in February, 2020.

Join us on Sunday, August 23rd at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, August 24th at at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear the British conductor Edward Gardner lead The Philadelphians in an impressive debut concert from last February. The program represents the heart of his repertory—Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

You'll also hear the extraordinary organist Paul Jacobs perform a work by the contemporary American composer Michael Daugherty. Once Upon a Castle is a lush orchestral showpiece inspired by the composer’s visits to Big Sur on the Pacific coast, and hearing the theater organ in William Randolph Hearst’s spectacular San Simeon mansion.

This was the first-ever Philadelphia Orchestra performance of this cinematic work.

Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, a powerful anti-war piece, written in America in 1939, Daugherty’s spectacular explosion of panoramic orchestral color, and the flying hands and feet of organist Paul Jacobs, Once Upon a Castle, and the 42-year-old Edward Elgar’s masterpiece that launched him to international fame, the Enigma Variations - what a program!

Organist Paul Jacobs chats with WRTI's Bliss Michelson about Michael Daugherty's Once Upon a Castle.

During intermission, WRTI’s Bliss Michelson chats backstage with organist Paul Jacobs and guest conductor Edward Gardner, who is chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, and the principal conductor-designate of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20

Daugherty: Once Upon a Castle, symphonie concertante for organ and orchestra

I. The Winding Road to San Simeon

II. Neptune Pool

III. Rosebud

IV. Xanadu

Paul Jacobs, organ


Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 (“Enigma”)

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.

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.