Monday, December 22, 2014

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Philadelphia Orchestra on the Radio

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the orchestra in the Beethoven program.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the orchestra in the Beethoven program. NIGEL PARRY

Sunday at 1 p.m., WRTI-FM (90.1) rebroadcasts the 2013/2014 season-opening concert of the Philadelphia Orchestra, featuring Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. With its universal message of freedom and brotherhood, the Ninth is the crowning achievement of the composer's revolutionary works. Showcasing the Westminster Symphonic Choir and conducted by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, this performance launched a two-year cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies. The choir also sings in Beethoven's rarely heard setting of two Goethe poems, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, as well as the world premiere of American composer Nico Muhly's newly orchestrated Bright Mass With Canons for chorus, orchestra, and featuring the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.

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