The Philadelphia Orchestra in concert on WRTI: Pablo Heras-Casado conducts Samuel Jones Flute Concerto and works by Brahms and Schubert



At Sunday September 26 at 1 p.m. on WRTI 90.1, and on Monday September 27 at 7 p.m. on WRTI HD-2, it is a 2018 program which draws an arc of that of Schubert Rosamunde opening to the Symphony n ° 2 through Brahms, by means of a Samuel Jones’s World Premiere Flute Concerto, written for — and played by—Principal Flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra Jeffrey Khaner.

spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado directs.

The work known as Rosamunde Opening was not part of the play by Wilhelmina von Chézy. Schubert wrote it to open another room, The magic harp; but it was then incorrectly posted as the opening of Rosamunde, and has been known by that title ever since.

Susan Lewis of WRTI interviews composer Samuel Jones.

Susan Lewis of WRTI interviews composer Samuel Jones.

Samuel jones is a native of Mississippi, and in 1997 he became composer-in-residence for the Seattle Symphony, a one-year term that spanned 14 years. During this period, he wrote more than a dozen major works created by the ensemble.

His compositions have won numerous honors, including a Grammy nomination, and have been performed by many major American orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, who made his Elegy in the late 1970s.

Soloist Jeffrey Khaner

By composing his Flute ConcertoJones was deeply influenced by the unexpected death of his brother, and while he was composing the work he learned from Principal Flute of the Philadelphia Orchestra Jeffrey Khaner that he too was facing the imminent loss of a brother.

In this piece, with many connections to Philadelphia, Jones incorporated patriotic songs from the 18th to the 21st century, including the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Battle Cry of Freedom,” the popular song of the Civil War, ” Tramp, Tramp, Tramp ”and the 20th century protest song“ We Shall Overcome. ”The procession culminates in Jones’s original hymn,“ The Big Bell Rings for All ”.

The opening measures of the Symphony n ° 2 by Brahms are unforgettable. They announce a symphony so different from the first: here there is light, Schubertian beneficence, even gaiety.


Listen to Jeffrey Khaner, Principal Flautist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, talk with Susan Lewis of WRTI.

During the intermission, Susan Lewis from WRTI interviews Jeffrey Khaner and composer Samuel jones, and Debra Lew Harder sits down for a conversation with Pablo Heras-Casado.


Schubert: Rosamunde Opening

Jones: Flute Concerto

Jeffrey Khaner, flute


Brahms: Symphony No.2

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor

Gregg Whiteside is the host of Tthe Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts, every Sunday at 1 p.m. on WRTI 90.1, online streaming on, and on our mobile app! Listen again Mondays at 7 p.m. on WRTI HD-2



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