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The Philadelphia Orchestra plays Price's First Symphony, and Angel Blue sings Coleman and Barber

Soprano Angel Blue in performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in Feb. 2022.
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Soprano Angel Blue in performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in Feb. 2022.

Join us on Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m. on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. on WRTI HD-2 when The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert brings you an encore performance from the 2022-23 season.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads music by American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Under Yannick, The Philadelphia Orchestra has become one of the foremost champions of the pioneering composer Florence Price. Her Symphony No. 1, featured on this week’s program, was the first symphony by an African American woman to be premiered by a major American orchestra when the Chicago Symphony programmed it in 1933. The Philadelphians’ recording of this work, along with Price’s Symphony No. 3, won a Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Recording in 2022.

Another 20th-century classic, Samuel Barber’s nostalgic Knoxville: Summer of 1915, is one of two works on this program that feature the international opera star, soprano Angel Blue. She also performs the world premiere of a new work commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra from Valerie Coleman: This Is Not a Small Voice, a setting of poetry by Sonia Sanchez. Opening the program is another Philadelphia Orchestra commission, an orchestra suite from Matthew Aucoin’s 2017 opera Eurydice.

Soprano Angel Blue speaks with Susan Lewis about singing music by Barber and Coleman
Soprano Angel Blue in performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in Feb. 2022.

Listen during the broadcast for producer Susan Lewis’ interviews with Angel Blue and Valerie Coleman.

Composer Valerie Coleman talks with Susan Lewis about "This Is Not a Small Voice"
Valerie Coleman with daughter Lisa and soprano Angel Blue after the world premiere of 'This Is Not a Small Voice' with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Detailed program notes from the concert

PROGRAM:
Aucoin: Suite from Eurydice
Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Coleman: This Is Not a Small Voice
Price: Symphony No. 1 in e minor

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Angel Blue, soprano
Hirono Oka, violin
Davyd Booth, piano

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 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.