The Kennedy Center

Alban Gerhardt

National Symphony Orchestra: James MacMillan, conductor: Alban Gerhardt, cello, plays Elgar / Works by MacMillan & Vaughan Williams

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Saturday, May 14, 2016

National Symphony Orchestra

Alban Gerhardt returns to play Elgar's Cello Concerto on a program featuring the NSO conducting debut of James MacMillan, who leads orchestral interludes from his opera The Sacrifice plus Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 4.

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Alban Gerhardt returns to play Elgar's Cello Concerto on a program featuring the NSO conducting debut of "ceaselessly inventive" (The New York Times) James MacMillan, who leads orchestral interludes from his own opera The Sacrifice as well as Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 4. 

Famed for its surprising dissonance and mercurial temperament, Vaughan Williams's Fourth Symphony swells with unrelenting tension--rolling out deceiving stretches of icy calm that are suddenly disintegrated by orchestral eruptions, propelling this masterpiece to a thunderous, brass-drenched finish.

Performance Timing: Part One - 41 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 30 min.

AfterWords: Thu., May 12 performance followed by a free discussion with the artists and NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon.

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Program & Notes

Composer
Piece
James MacMillan
The Sacrifice
Three Interludes
Ralph Vaughan Williams