The Philadelphia Orchestra on WRTI: Mahler's 1st and Higdon's On a Wire with Eighth Blackbird
This Sunday, July 11th at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, July 12th at 7 pm on WRTI's HD-2 channel, Stéphane Denève conducts one of the most remarkable first symphonies in music history— Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1. This was a very difficult symphony to fully understand, much less appreciate, when it was first performed. Juxtapositions of the ironic and the sublime, of parody and exultation, a kind of merging of the genres of song and symphony.
Also on Sunday afternoon’s program, the first Philadelphia Orchestra performance of a work by Jennifer Higdon, that she herself refers to as a “high-wire act of a concerto,” On a Wire.
This is a concerto scored for not one soloist, but six—the members of the Grammy-winning Eighth Blackbird, making their Philadelphia Orchestra debut with this performance. Playing flutes, clarinets, violin, viola, cello and piano, the Eighth Blackbird members engage in a spirited and witty dialogue with the Orchestra in this appealing work.
During intermission of this 2017 concert, WRTI’s Susan Lewis spoke with Jennifer Higdon, and Yvonne Lam from Eighth Blackbird and Bliss Michelson talked with Maestro Denève.
This is a fun and exciting program you won’t want to miss! That’s Sunday, July 11th on WRTI 90.1 from 1 to 3 pm, and Monday July 12th at 7 pm on WRTI's HD-2 channel.
Higdon: On A Wire
With Eighth Blackbird, ensemble
Mahler: Symphony No. 1
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Stéphane Denève, 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, and on our mobile app! Listen again on Mondays at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2