Subbing on WRTI‘s Friday midday shift, I had the unexpected pleasure to chat in the studio with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This photo on the Philadelphia Orchestra Facebook page captures us. (I’m the one with glasses. Just so you know.)
WRTI played many of his recordings and ran features on him during “Yannick Week,” coinciding with his return to town this season to lead two series of concerts. We talked on-air for about 10 minutes just before the news at noon.
Yannick, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Music Director Designate, is as energetic, passionate, and honest in conversation as he is conducting from the podium. He had wonderful things to say about the orchestra, its musicians, WRTI, and even a little bit about the rehearsal process. Discussing differences among concert-goers in different cities, he says that he can feel the Philadelphia audiences listening very carefully and paying close attention to everything going on. That, he says, energizes him and the players.
We’re just as energized to have Yannick here, in Philadelphia.