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PHILADELPHIA, Pa.- February 20, 2011 (WPVI) -- The new flute concerto was commissioned by the orchestra's principal flutist, and this is its world premiere. The other concerto was written hundreds of years ago by Italian master composer Antonio Vivaldi and no one knew it even existed until last year.
The new Flute concerto was written by Jonathan Leshoff, a young New Jersey composer who's making his mark with works described as 'richly tonal' and 'quite distinct.'
Jeffrey Khaner, Principal Flute, of the Philadelphia Orchestra says, "It's a very romantic piece in a sense. It's very singing lines as well as brilliant technical aspects, so I thought it would be not only a great showcase for the flute but a really good vehicle of expressiveness."
The Vivaldi Flute Concerto in D Minor has been lost for 300 years and was only discovered last year in the National Archives of Scotland.
"So this is actually going to be a premiere of a Vivaldi concerto, which is quite something in 2011 to be playing a premiere of a Vivaldi concerto," said Khaner.
The program also includes Ravel's Rapsodie Espagnole, rich with the rhythms of Spain and Strauss' A Hero's Life, a somewhat autobiographical orchestral showpiece.
Khaner says, "This orchestra plays that repertoire so magnificently. It's going to be a great concert."
The concerts are March 4, 5th and 8th in the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. Go to phil orch dot org for tickets and show times.
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