WFMT Orchestra Series

Saturdays at 7pm

John Storgårds photo by Heikki Tuuli

The WFMT Orchestra Series continues this winter with Orchestras from the European Broadcasting Union. This exceptional series of concerts begins with Vladmir Jurowski conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a program featuring Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B minor with Julia Fischer, Ukrainian composer Valentyn Silvestrov’s Lullaby from ‘Melodies of the Moments’, and Enescu’s Symphony No. 2. Other highlights of the series include:

• Thomas Dausgard takes the podium with the BBC Scottish Symphony for a concert of Nielsen and Mozart. The program includes Nielsen’s first and fourth symphonies, bookending Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A with Jörg Widmann (22-04);

• The Frankfurt Radio Symphony presents a concert of Mediterranean-influenced works with Alain Altinoglu and violinist Renaud Capuçon. Selections include works by Ravel, Chabrier, Ibert, and Massenet’s always-popular Méditation, from ‘Thaïs’ (22-06);

• Hobart Earle leads the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert of works by Ukrainian composers, including Lysenko’s Elegy and Karamanov’s third Piano Concerto with Tamara Stefanovich. Closing out the program is Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 in D (22-10);

• Closing the suite of concerts from the EBU is Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra in a concert featuring Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1 in E minor (22-15);

… and many more fantastic performances! See the listings below.

  • February 11, 2023

    ORCHESTRA: Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra
    CONDUCTOR: Dima Slobodeniouk
    SOLOIST: Baiba Skride, violin

    Nielsen: Violin Concerto, op. 33
    Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor, op. 104
    Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C, op. 105

  • February 18, 2023

    ORCHESTRA: Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
    CONDUCTOR: Marin Alsop
    SOLOIST: Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

    Bartók: Suite from ‘The Miraculous Mandarin, Sz. 73’
    Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C, op. 26
    Ravel: Jeux d‘eau
    Eisendle: Heliosis
    Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70
    Winkler: Polka
    Strauss II: Unter Donner und Blitz, polka schnell, op. 324

  • February 25, 2023

    ORCHESTRA: Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra
    CONDUCTOR: Hobart Earle
    SOLOIST: Tamara Stefanovich, piano

    Skoryk: Childhood, from the film ‘Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors’
    Lysenko: Elegy, op. 41/3
    Karamanov: Piano Concerto No. 3 ‘(Ave Maria’)
    Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D, op. 43

  • March 4, 2023

    ORCHESTRA: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
    CONDUCTOR: Marie Jacquot
    SOLOIST: Gautier Capucon, cello

    Horne: The Turn of the Tide
    Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85
    Strauss: Symphony No. 2

  • March 11, 2023

    ORCHESTRA: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    CONDUCTOR: John Storgårds
    SOLOIST: Christian Tetzlaff, violin

    Nørgård: Lysning, for strings
    Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47
    Bach: Sarabande, from ‘Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004’
    Sibelius: Rakastava, op. 1
    Nørgård: Symphony No. 8

  • March 18, 2023

    ORCHESTRA: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
    CONDUCTOR: Petr Popelka
    SOLOIST: Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

    Kurtág: quasi una fantasia…, op. 27/2
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, op. 27

  • March 25, 2023

    ORCHESTRA: NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo
    CONDUCTOR: Marek Janowski
    SOLOIST: Alena Baeva, violin

    Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23
    Bach: Largo, from ’Sonata No. 3 in C for Solo Violin, BWV 1005’
    Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C, D. 944 (‘Great’)

  • April 1, 2023

    ORCHESTRA: Philadelphia Orchestra
    CONDUCTOR: Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Dvořák: Carnival Overture, op. 92
    Price: Symphony No. 1 in E minor