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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Yannick Conducts Three Works Composed in Paris

Marco Borggreve
Pianist Alexandre Tharaud

Join us on Sunday, April 11th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, April 12th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear this Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast from 2016. All three of the works on the program were composed in Paris within a five-year period (1928-33), one by a German, another by a Frenchman, and the last by an American. And they all marvelously combine elements of serious composition with popular influences, notably from jazz.

Kurt Weill’s Symphony No. 2, Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand, and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris also afford the principal brass players of The Philadelphia Orchestra the opportunity to shine!

The soloist in the Ravel is the acclaimed French pianist Alexandre Tharaud, whose recordings of Ravel’s works have won numerous awards.

Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the concert from April, 2016 in Verizon Hall. During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks with the principal percussionist, Christopher Devinney, and also chats briefly with Yannick.

Listen to Susan Lewis interview Chris Deviney, principal percussion of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Detailed program notes from the concert


Weill: Symphony No. 2


Ravel: Concerto for the Left Hand

     Alexandre Tharaud, piano

Gershwin: An American in Paris

     Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is producer and host of The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts on WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia and streaming online at WRTI.org.

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.