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Eschenbach/ Foster

National Symphony Orchestra: Eschenbach conducts Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony / Walton's Viola Concerto

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Saturday, June 9, 2018

National Symphony Orchestra with Christoph Eschenbach National Symphony Orchestra

The first of Christoph Eschenbach's trio of programs concluding the NSO's classical season includes Verdi's Ballet Music from Macbeth and Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony. The program also features NSO Principal Viola Daniel Foster in Walton's Viola Concerto.

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The first of Christoph Eschenbach's trio of programs concluding the NSO's classical season includes Verdi's Ballet Music from Macbeth and Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony. The program also features NSO Principal Viola Daniel Foster in Walton's Viola Concerto.

NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda's notes on the program:
"This program is the first of three that Christoph Eschenbach leads to conclude the NSO’s subscription season in his new role as conductor laureate. Eschenbach offers three programs over the course of two weeks—performing two concerts of each—in which he explores pieces he has never before conducted with the NSO, while also renewing his popular practice of allowing the Orchestra’s principals to shine as soloists.
Principal Viola Daniel Foster is a joy to work with, as I am sure his playing in Walton’s Viola Concerto will prove. When I conducted Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet in 2016, his viola solo was notoriously difficult, yet he played it immaculately every time. Complete with Mendelssohn’s popular “Italian” Symphony and the potpourri from Strauss’s buoyant opera The Silent Woman, these concerts will set a fantastic tone for Eschenbach’s two-week stay."


Performance Timing: Part One - 35 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 35 min.

AfterWords
Immediately following the Thu., June 7 performance

Stay after the performance for an insightful discussion with the some of the exciting guest artists and NSO musicians featured on the night's program, moderated by NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon. You may even have an opportunity to ask a question! Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season; each AfterWords is free with your concert ticket.

ForeWords, with Classical WETA's Rich Kleinfeldt
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the Sat., June 9 performance

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.