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National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Ray Chen, violin, & Adriana Horne, harp, play Bruch / 2 Prokofiev symphonies

National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Ray Chen, violin, & Adriana Horne, harp, play Bruch / 2 Prokofiev symphonies

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - Saturday, March 5, 2016

National Symphony Orchestra

Violinist Ray Chen makes his NSO debut in Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, which also spotlights Adriana Horne, NSO principal harp, in a featured role. Bruch's work is bookended by two Prokofiev symphonies, Nos. 1 and 5.

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Violinist Ray Chen "has a blazing technique on the instrument… [he's] a virtuoso in the heroic mode," says the Miami Herald. Chen makes his NSO debut in Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, which also spotlights Adriana Horne, NSO principal harp. Bruch's work is bookended by two Prokofiev symphonies, Nos. 1 and 5. 

"For me as a harpist, Bruch's Scottish Fantasy is an especially rewarding piece to play. The harp was an important instrument in early Scottish music, and Bruch honors this tradition by giving it a featured role alongside the solo violin. We weave our lively folk-inspired melodies together throughout the concerto, creating a beautiful musical tapestry."
--Adriana Horne, NSO principal harp

Performance Timing: Part One - 44 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 46 min.

Organ Postlude: Thu., Mar. 3 performance followed by a mini-recital on the Kennedy Center Concert Hall's Rubenstein Family Organ, free with purchase of concert ticket.

Note: Ray Chen will sign CDs following the performance on Friday, Mar. 4, in the Grand Foyer outside of the Concert Hall.

Watch and Listen

The NSO previews Symphony No. 1 by Prokofiev