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National Symphony Orchestra: Eschenbach conducts Beethoven's Fourth Symphony / Mozart's Oboe Concerto

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

National Symphony Orchestra with Christoph Eschenbach National Symphony Orchestra

Christoph Eschenbach's second program of his late-season trio includes Beethoven's splendid Symphony No. 4, Mozart's fascinating Oboe Concerto featuring NSO Principal Oboe Nick Stovall, and overtures to Rossini's William Tell and Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Christoph Eschenbach's second program of his late-season trio includes Beethoven's splendid Symphony No. 4, Mozart's fascinating Oboe Concerto featuring NSO Principal Oboe Nicholas Stovall, and overtures to Rossini's William Tell and Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda's notes on the program:
"Eschenbach opens this program with Rossini’s irresistible Overture to William Tell before moving on to Mozart’s Oboe Concerto, which has an interesting story to it. Not long after its premiere, the concerto vanished from history. It was discovered more than a century later that Mozart had recycled its score into a flute concerto in order to “complete” a commission, and its true identity was quickly restored—though the derivative flute concerto also remains quite popular!
When I conducted the NSO in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet in 2016, Principal Oboe Nick Stovall and his section brought powerful contour and emotion to each performance— particularly in a tender closing moment that relies on the oboe’s high register to convey the lovers’ tragedy. As such, this Mozart should be a splendid showcase for him. After the Shakespearean Overture to Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Eschenbach concludes with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4—a brighter work by the composer, but a heroic one nonetheless. "


Performance Timing: Part One - 35 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 50 min.

ForeWords, with Anna Celenza
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the Tue., June 12 & Wed., June 13 performances

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.