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National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Lang Lang, piano, plays Grieg / Music of Wagner & Dvorák

National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Lang Lang, piano, plays Grieg / Works by Wagner & Dvorák

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - Saturday, October 31, 2015

National Symphony Orchestra

Superstar pianist Lang Lang plays Grieg's Piano Concerto on a program conducted by Christoph Eschenbach that also includes Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture and Dvorák's Symphony No. 8.

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Heralded as "the hottest artist on the classical music planet" by the New York Times, international piano superstar Lang Lang returns for Edvard Grieg's sublime Piano Concerto, which weaves through Schumannesque gestures and Lisztian flourishes before culminating in themes inspired by the halling, a lively folk dance from the composer's Norwegian homeland.

Music Director Christoph Eschenbach leads a program that also includes Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture--a soaring tapestry of the major themes in his opera based on the German legend of a medieval knight--and Antonín Dvorák's charming and expressive Symphony No. 8. 

As William Gerlach, NSO principal trumpet, notes, "Dvorák's Symphony No. 8 is a powerful showpiece for orchestra. He uses Bohemian folk melodies to take audiences on a journey through a wide range of emotions. I'm looking forward to performing this piece for its bold, lyrical, turbulent, and sometimes lighthearted trumpet lines all packed into one truly dramatic work!"

Performance Timing: Part One - 44 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 34 min.

Note: Lang Lang will sign CDs and books following the Friday, Oct. 30 concert, in the Grand Foyer outside of the Concert Hall.

Watch and Listen

The NSO previews Symphony No. 8 by Dvorak