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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: A Journey to Other Worlds

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Stephane Deneve, principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, with composer John Williams at Tanglewood in 2012.

From an ancient buried past in Pompeii, to an outer-worldly future, The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI transports us to different worlds this Sunday, July 25th at 1 pm on WRTI 90.1 and on Monday, July 26th at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2.In this re-broadcast from 2015, we’ll hear excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, John Williams’s music from the film, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1977. It was his third collaboration with director Steven Spielberg, immediately following their great success with Jaws.

Next, it’s Graffiti, by the celebrated contemporary Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg, transporting us back to ancient times in the Roman city of Pompeii. The Latin text, which is sung by the Philadelphia Singers Chorale in their final performance with the Philadelphians, uses words that were discovered on the ruined walls of the city, buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.

In the wake of leadership changes and the loss of funding from a major supporter, the Philadelphia Singers has, since this performance, ceased operations.

Listen to WRTI's Kile Smith interview David Hayes, the Director of the Philadelphia Singers Chorale.

And finally, Sergei Prokofiev’s music for the ballet Romeo and Juliet comes to life. Shakespeare’s play has inspired many composers; Prokofiev’s brilliant score is one of its greatest realizations.

Stéphane Denève, who was then Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor, was back on the podium for this concert from April 2015. During intermission, WRTI’s Susan Lewis and Kile Smith speak backstage with Maestro Denève and David Hayes, director of the Philadelphia Singers Chorale. 

John Williams: Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Magnus Lindberg: Graffiti, for chorus and orchestra
     The Philadelphia Singers Chorale


Prokofiev: Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet

Stéphane Denève, Conductor

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.