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

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

Join us on Sunday, Feb. 28th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, March 1st 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.

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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!

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

Coming up on The Philadelphia Orchestra's Digital Stage: A Modern-Day Carmen Fantasy on March 4th; Yannick and Mozart on March 18th

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

PROGRAM:
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
INTERMISSION
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in g-minor

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézét-Séguin, 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, on the WRTI mobile app, and your favorite smart speaker! Listen again on Mondays at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.