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NSO: From J.S. Bach to viewing ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2015 – Violinist Leonidas Kavakos is wrapping up his two-week residency with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) this weekend by conducting—and performing—a varied program including works by J.S. Bach, Sibelius and Mussorgsky by way of Ravel. Already scoring considerable success with his stirring performance of Sibelius’ difficult Violin Concerto during last weekend’s ...

Kavakos, Eschenbach: A trio of bold sonatas at the Terrace

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 – Continuing his two-week residency with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos performed an intense program of Baroque and Romantic sonatas Monday evening at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. He was accompanied by the NSO’s music director, Christoph Eschenbach who, in addition to his conducting duties, is also ...

Bach-to-Bach: NSO’s big week for organ and violin virtuosos

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2015 – In case you missed the news, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) has put together a dynamite week of programming at the Kennedy Center that starts and ends with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach for both the solo organ and the solo violin. But wait! There’s more. Also on tap ...

The NSO’s industrial strength evening of Sibelius and Mahler

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2015 – Thursday evening at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach successfully brought two complex and vivid late-Romantic masterpieces to vivid, sometimes anguished, but ultimately triumphal life; namely, Mahler’s imposing Symphony No. 5 and Sibelius’ eclectic and highly challenging Violin Concerto in D ...

The NSO’s Penderecki cello surprise – with iPads

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2015 – The Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall looked to be nearly sold out Thursday evening as members of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) warmed up for the usual 7 p.m. curtain. And why not? What’s not to love about a program that begins with Johann Strauss II’s fun and fizzy overture to ...

NSO, Choral Arts Society ring in Rachmaninoff’s glorious ‘Bells’

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2015 – Under the direction of Russian guest conductor Vassily Sinaisky, a former music director and chief conductor at the Bolshoi, the National Symphony Orchestra, joined by the Choral Arts Society of Washington, presented a varied and rather unusual program of mostly Russian music at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall Thursday evening. ...

An exciting Iberian evening with the National Symphony Orchestra

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2015 – In keeping with the Kennedy Center’s ongoing Iberian festival, which primarily highlights the performing arts of Spain and Portugal, the National Symphony Orchestra’s latest series concerts this past weekend celebrated the music of Spain. As re-imagined by a quartet of French composers. It was an inspired choice. For some reason—perhaps ...

Christoph Eschenbach to step down as NSO, KenCen Music Director

WASHINGTON, February 18, 2015 – In a surprise press release today, the National Symphony Orchestra and, by extension, the Kennedy Center announced that Christoph Eschenbach “will not extend his position as Music Director after the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season.” After that season, Maestro Eschenbach will then serve an additional three years as the NSO’s ...

NSO, Garrick Ohlsson in superb Busoni piano concerto

WASHINGTON, November 22, 2014 – After last weekend’s “Rite of Spring” tsunami, this week’s NSO concerts not only added Stravinsky’s popular “Firebird Suite” (1919 version) to the menu. Under the baton of guest conductor Rossen Milanov, the NSO also presented Ferruccio Busoni’s massive and rarely performed piano concerto. These Kennedy Center Concert Hall performances featured ...

NSO: ‘Beyond the Score®” of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’

WASHINGTON, November 17, 2014 – As part of its “Rite of Spring” festivities this weekend past, the National Symphony orchestra presented a special educational concert highlighting the origins and the composition of Stravinsky’s pioneering modernist ballet music. Making use of an innovative multimedia package developed by the Chicago Symphony, the NSO’s “Beyond the Score®” concert ...

NSO, KenCen to offer ‘Three Ways to Make a Rite (of Spring)’

WASHINGTON, November 9, 2014 – The National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center are all-in for Igor Stravinsky this week. In three (count ‘em!) different programs, the NSO and assorted artists will focus on Stravinsky’s precedent-shattering 20th century classical music wakeup call, otherwise known as “Le sacre du printemps,” or “The Rite of Spring” on ...

NSO opens new season on the amazing Rubenstein Family Organ

WASHINGTON, October 10, 2014 – Music of Poulenc, Bach and Mendelssohn on the same program? Sounds a bit eclectic, particularly if it’s scheduled for a major orchestra’s regular season opening concert. Nonetheless, that’s how the NSO chose to open its 2014-2015 regular season concert series last weekend at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall—with spectacular results. ...

Buzz Aldrin on the moon.

Buzz Aldrin to appear July 19 at NSO, Wolf Trap ‘2001’ event

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2014 — The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) has just announced an update to its July 19 program at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center. Under the baton of Wolf Trap Festival Conductor Emil de Cou, the NSO is offering a special screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi classic film “2001: A Space Odyssey” accompanied ...

NSO’s superb performance of Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2014 – Under the baton of music director Christoph Eschenbach, the National Symphony Orchestra opened its final regular season concert program Thursday evening in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with an unusual and compelling performance contrasting four of composer Anton Bruckner’s infrequently performed choral motets with his final completed symphony, the massive ...

NSO: Meister, Lugansky = one hot symphony evening at the KenCen

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 – Last week, guest conductor James Conlon and the NSO surprised sometimes jaded musical palates with a fantastic program focusing on unjustly neglected 20th century composers. This week’s program, under the direction of German guest conductor Cornelius Meister, seemed to promise a return to the basics. Two-thirds of the program highlighted ...

NSO, James Conlon highlight 20th century’s missing masterpieces

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2014 – Guest conductor James Conlon is leading the NSO this weekend in a marvelously rich and entertainment program highlighting the music of two important 20th century composers that still remain surprisingly unknown in this country, Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942) and Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957). The reason behind this relative neglect is ...

NSO: Christine Goerke dazzles in all-Richard Strauss concert

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 – In the world of opera, it’s always a disappointment when you buy a premium ticket to see and hear a big name diva, only to discover when you arrive that she’s canceled for whatever reason. That’s what the National Symphony Orchestra faced last week when scheduled soprano Iréne Theorin unexpectedly ...

Pianist Daniil Trifonov dazzles in National Symphony debut

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 – The National Symphony Orchestra’s current weekend program offers a sonic spectacular helmed by veteran conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and featuring a pair of marvelous young guest artists—American mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor as featured vocalist in Manuel de Falla’s “El amor brujo” (“Love, the Magician”), and young Russian piano phenom Daniil ...