The Kennedy Center

Arabella Steinbacher

National Symphony Orchestra: Dvorák's Seventh Symphony / Steinbacher plays Brahms

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Saturday, October 7, 2017

National Symphony Orchestra

Frequent NSO guest Nathalie Stutzmann conducts a concentrated taste of late 19th-century music with Lalo's Overture from Le roi d'Ys, Brahms's Violin Concerto featuring Arabella Steinbacher, and Dvorák's Symphony No. 7.

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For his towering Violin Concerto, Johannes Brahms joined forces with a virtuoso soloist to create a work so challenging that one conductor famously remarked it was written “not for the violin, but against it.” Violinist Arabella Steinbacher—hailed by the Washington Post for her “ravishingly pure and lovely playing”—reunites with the NSO for Brahms’s thrilling masterpiece. Conducted by returning NSO favorite Nathalie Stutzmann, this program also includes Dvorák’s Seventh Symphony, a dark and passionate work inspired by the composer’s admiration for Brahms and his struggle with the pressures of stardom. Plus, Stutzmann conducts a wonderful tribute to her native France in the form of Lalo's Overture from Le roi d'Ys. Don't miss this concentrated taste of late 19th-century classics! 

Performance Timing: Part One - 57 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 40 min.

Our wildly popular late-morning Coffee Concerts at 11:30 a.m. on select Fridays return for a third 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

Immediately following the Thu., Oct. 5 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 Deb Lamberton
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the Sat., Oct. 7 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.