This Week With Yannick will air on WQXR and WRTI in Philadelphia every Sunday at 12pm, launching July 12th.
WQXR and WRTI, Philadelphia’s classical music and jazz station, have come together to launch “This Week with Yannick,” an eight-week radio series hosted by acclaimed conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Nézet-Séguin – Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal – has spent his career building connections between orchestras, singers, and audiences. Yannick now brings his passion for building connections through music outside of the concert hall and onto the airwaves.
As host and curator of “This Week with Yannick,” Nézet-Séguin offers listeners an intimate listening experience through music and storytelling. Each episode centers around a singular theme, from love and friendship to spirituality and hope, and explores the myriad ways that the deepest connections in our lives can be expressed through music. Nézet-Séguin will share personal reflections and experiences, as well as his greatest influences and performances. He will make sometimes expected and sometimes very unexpected links between great classical works of different kinds — orchestral, operatic, chamber, and more. The featured recordings will often be Nézet-Séguin’s performances, but also will draw on the vast universe of works that have sparked his own creativity. It is a personal and intimate listening experience, joining Nézet-Séguin’s insights with the inspiration that only the music can provide.
The debut episode of This Week With Yannick is a biographical journey through Nézet-Séguin’s development as a musician and conductor, exploring some of his major influences and collaborations from childhood through the present. From his early years as a pianist, to the discovery of choral music that started him on a path toward conducting, we follow him across the years and learn about some of the musical experiences that have shaped his life. This program will include performances by the Vienna Philharmonic, Amsterdam Baroque Choir and Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitan of Montreal, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and soprano Suzie LeBlanc.