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The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert on WRTI: Vivaldi's Immortal Masterwork 'The Four Seasons' with Gil Shaham

Gil Shaham, photographed at Central Park, 11/10/2020 by Chris Lee
Chris Lee
Gil Shaham is leader and soloist in this concert broadcast featuring works by Vivaldi, Kreisler, and Saint-Georges.

Join us on Sunday, July 10th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, July 11th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 when our Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series brings you a performance recorded live in April 2022 featuring works by Vivaldi, Kreisler, and Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

Gil Shaham is featured as soloist and leader in three works with an 18th-century aspect: In addition to Vivaldi’s beloved Baroque masterwork, The Four Seasonswhich dates from 1725—we’ll hear a concerto from about 50 years later by a virtuoso violinist with a fascinating life story, who has only recently begun to receive the attention he merits: Joseph Bologne, also known as the Chevalier de Saint Georges.

And to begin, we’ll hear a Praeludium and Allegro for violin and orchestra, written in 18th-century style by a violin virtuoso of the 20th century—Fritz Kreisler.

“I do love this piece; it’s got to be one of my favorite ways to start any concert program,” says Gil. "Everybody I know, who knows the piece, loves it. And there's also a wonderful arrangement by Eddie South for the jazz violinist fans out there.”

Vivaldi, Kreisler, and Saint-Georges were among the greatest violinists of their respective eras, so it’s fitting that this program features one of the most acclaimed violinists of our own time. Gil Shaham has appeared regularly with The Philadelphia Orchestra as a soloist for more than 30 years. In this concert, he’s also the leader of a performance that has the easy intimacy of chamber music played among friends.

Listen during the broadcast for producer Susan Lewis’ interview with Gil Shaham, who shares stories about each of these works.

Detailed program notes from the concert


Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro, for violin and orchestra 
Saint-Georges: Violin Concerto No. 9 in G major, Op. 8
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

The Philadelphia Orchestra
Gil Shaham, leader and violin

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.