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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert: Nathalie Stutzmann leads works by Schubert and Mazzoli

Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann
Simon Fowler
Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann

Join us on Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m. on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. on WRTI HD-2 when The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert brings you an encore presentation of a concert from the 2021-22 season.

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

The program opens with a fascinating work by 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.

Composer Missy Mazzoli talks with WRTI's Susan Lewis
Composer Missy Mazzoli, a graduate of Opera Philadelphia’s Composer in Residence program, calls The Listeners “both a psychological thriller and an intimate portrait of modern family life.”

Stutzmann devotes most of her program to the majestic Ninth Symphony by 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. This concert began her three-year appointment as principal guest conductor — a position presently held by Marin Alsop.

Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann talks with WRTI's Susan Lewis
Nathalie Stutzmann, principal guest conductor at The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Read detailed program notes from the concert here.

PROGRAM:

Mazzoli: Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
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 p.m. 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 p.m. on WRTI HD-2. Listen for up to two weeks after broadcast on WRTI 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.