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National Symphony Orchestra: Bruckner's First Symphony / Mozart's Third Violin Concerto

National Symphony Orchestra: Bruckner's First Symphony / Mozart's Third Violin Concerto

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - Saturday, March 18, 2017

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Christoph Eschenbach conducts Bruckner's titanic First Symphony on a program that also features NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef in Mozart's celebrated Third Violin Concerto.

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Characterized as "musical laughter", Mozart's Third Violin Concerto is delightful to any ear. The work offers a glimpse of the 19-year-old composer on the cusp of the mature successes that would make him a legend, as he was settling into his role as a young concertmaster in the service of an archbishop in Salzburg. Nicknamed the "Strasbourg Concerto" because of a popular dance melody that appears in the final movement, the piece enchants audiences with its cheery tones and beaming notes. Joy is imbued in every sweeping sound, and the work has accordingly acquired a reputation for often being the first of Mozart's concertos that children study. National Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef, with her "fresh and singing violin tone" (Washington Post), takes the solo spotlight in this beautifully airy classic. 

The program, conducted by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, also includes Bruckner's titanic First Symphony, a work hidden away and subject to several years of revisions by its perfectionist composer. Unveiled in its final form decades after its premiere, the work is a colossal cornerstone of Bruckner's personal and unmistakable style.

Our wildly popular late-morning Coffee Concerts at 11:30 a.m. on select Fridays return for a second season! These concerts are perfectly timed so that you don't need to worry about rush hour traffic, both arriving and leaving.

Preceding each Coffee Concert, a la carte breakfast items will be available for purchase in the KC Café from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. The menu will consist of:
- Assorted muffins, scones, and croissants 
- Bagels, cream cheese, butter, and jam
- Freshly cut fruit
- Coffee, tea, and juice

Performance Timing: Part One - 24 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 48 min.

Thu., Mar. 16 performance followed by a free discussion with the artists and NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon.

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