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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Nathalie Stutzmann leads Schubert’s "Great" C Major Symphony in debut as principal guest conductor

Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann
Simon Fowler
Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann

Join us on Sunday, September 4th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, September 5th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 when our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast brings you a performance recorded live in December., 2021.

Nathalie Stutzmann leads the Orchestra in works by Franz Schubert and Missy Mazzoli, in her first appearance as principal guest conductor.

Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann talks with WRTI's Susan Lewis

The program opens with a fascinating recent work by Philadelphia area native Missy Mazzoli, titled Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres). The composer calls it “music in the shape of a solar system, a collection of rococo loops that twist around each other within a larger orbit.” Its colorful orchestration includes extended string techniques, organ, a melodica, and three harmonicas in different keys.

Nathalie Stutzmann devotes most of her program to the majestic Ninth Symphony by Franz Schubert, known as his “Great” C major symphony. Composed in 1825 as Schubert traveled in the picturesque Austrian countryside, it was the only one of his symphonies that he considered worthy enough to offer the public. Still, it languished unperformed until a decade after his death, when Robert Schumann prompted his friend Felix Mendelssohn to conduct it. Ever since, it has been a monument of orchestral repertoire and a favorite of audiences.

Stutzmann made her debut with the Philadelphians as a contralto soloist in 1997. She has had a long and celebrated career as a singer but has gradually transitioned to conducting as her primary pursuit, and has led The Philadelphia Orchestra frequently since 2016. In addition to her position here as principal guest conductor, she was recently named music director designate of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Composer Missy Mazzoli talks with WRTI's Susan Lewis

We’ll also bring you some chamber music by another composer with close ties to Philadelphia, as Orchestra musicians perform Jennifer Higdon’s Pale Yellow as part of the orchestra’s “Our City, Your Orchestra” initiative.

Read detailed program notes from the concert here.


Mazzoli: Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
Higdon: Piano Trio No. 1: 1. “Pale Yellow”
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor

Listen to The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcasts, every Sunday at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, streaming at WRTI.org, on the WRTI mobile app, and on your favorite smart speaker. Listen again on Mondays at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2. Listen for up to two weeks after broadcast onWRTI Replay. 

Melinda has worked in radio for decades, hosting and producing classical music and arts news. An award-winning broadcaster, she has created and hosted classical music programs and reported for NPR, WQXR—New York, WHYY–Philadelphia, and American Public Media. WRTI listeners may remember her years hosting classical music for WFLN and WHYY.
Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.