The Kennedy Center

Christoph Eschenbach

National Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Eighth Symphony / Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Saturday, February 4, 2017

National Symphony Orchestra

Christoph Eschenbach conducts Beethoven's Eighth Symphony and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings on a program that also features NSO Principal Trombone Craig Mulcahy in the orchestra's first performances of Christopher Rouse's Trombone Concerto.

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Beethoven loved a good practical joke, and his Eighth Symphony brings his humor to the fore with its rambunctious take on the classical form--from music-box melodies interrupted by bursts of fortissimo to its comical finale and famous imitation of the metronome. For two nights, Christoph Eschenbach leads the National Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's witty and joyful creation.

Eschenbach also conducts Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, a lush interplay of Romantic passion and classical grace. The program also continues the NSO's spotlight on American composers and individual orchestra members with Christopher Rouse's 1993 Pulitzer Prize–winning Trombone Concerto featuring Craig Mulcahy, NSO Principal Trombone.

Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the following performances:
Saturday, February 4
Moderated by Dr. Jemmie Robertson
Take a journey into the fascinating stories behind the music led by knowledgeable and engaging artists and scholars! Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season; each ForeWords begins at 6:45 p.m. (the Concert Hall doors open 15 minutes prior), lasts 30 minutes, and is free and open to the public.

Performance Timing: Part One -56 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 27 min.

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