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The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Yannick Conducts Three Mozart Masterpieces

Jessica Griffin/Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia Orchestra First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang

Join us on Sunday, Dec. 12th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, Dec. 13th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, when Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphians in an all-Mozart concert from 2019, with soloists from the ranks of The Philadelphia Orchestra, First Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang, and Principal Viola C.J. Chang.

Before intermission, you'll hear Mozart’s 35th Symphony, the "Haffner," and the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra. After the break, it's one of the greatest masterpieces in all of music, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor.

Credit Jessica Griffin
Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Viola C.J. Chang

Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 was commissioned by the Haffners, a prominent Salzburg family, for the occasion of the ennoblement of Sigmund Haffner the Younger, and it’s not to be confused with the eight-movement Haffner Serenade, another piece Mozart wrote on commission from the same family six years earlier.

The Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola is, as the name would imply, part symphony, part concerto. It’s an early Mozart masterpiece, composed while he was still in Salzburg—and although he played both the violin and viola, Mozart much preferred the viola, and in this work he gives the two instruments absolute parity.

Mozart wrote his 39th, 40th, and 41st symphonies all in the summer of 1788. Not only did he pen three of the greatest musical masterpieces of all time, but he did so despite financial worries, the illness of his wife Constanze, and the not especially successful debut of his opera Don Giovanni at the Vienna State Opera. And, amazingly enough, none of the three were commissions!

Yannick talks about the program backstage with WRTI's Susan Lewis.

During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks backstage with Juliette Kang, C.J. Chang, and Yannick Nézét-Séguin.

Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D (“Haffner”)
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat, for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra
Juliette Kang, violin C.J. Chang, viola
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in g-minor

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézét-Séguin, conductor

Listen to The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, streaming online at WRTI.org, on the WRTI mobile app,and your favorite smart speaker! Listen again on Mondays at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, and for up 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.