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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Yannick Conducts an Italian-Themed Program

Join us on Sunday, March 7th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, March 8th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 for a concert that takes us back to November, 2011, when then-Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin was appearing with greater frequency in Philadelphia, winning over the hearts of the Orchestra as well as Verizon Hall audiences.

One of the most memorable of these early concerts was the Italian-themed program featuring Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini, followed by the ever-popular fourth symphony of Mendelssohn, and—following Intermission—Verdi's overture to his opera La Forza del Destino, one of his finest overtures, and Respighi's exciting orchestral showpiece The Pines of Rome, a longtime favorite of Philadelphia audiences.

Coming up on The Philadelphia Orchestra's Digital Stage: Encore: Beethoven Symphonies 5 & 6, March 12th

Susan Lewis talks with Philadelphia Orchestra Organist Michael Stairs about how the Kimmel Center organ has changed the sound of his part in The Pines of Rome.

Meridee Duddleston takes a closer look at The Philadelphia Orchestra's first female player, harpist Edna Phillips, the first woman to be appointed a principal player of any American orchestra.

Susan Lewis speaks with Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen—one of the world's great ambassadors for the instrument.

The performances that you'll hear in this broadcast were widely admired, receiving high praise from critics and concert-goers alike. So don't miss this opportunity to relive them.


Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 ("Italian")
Verdi: Overture to La forza del destino
Respighi: The Pines of Rome

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, streaming online at, on the WRTI mobile app, and your favorite smart speaker! Listen again on Mondays at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.