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Josefowicz

National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Stravinsky & Mozart

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Saturday, April 21, 2018

National Symphony Orchestra

Gianandrea Noseda presents a portrait of Stravinsky's complex artistry through his Symphonies of Wind Instruments and his Violin Concerto featuring Leila Josefowicz. Mozart's Adagio and Fugue in F minor and Symphony No. 39 bookend the portrait with a classical frame.

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Gianandrea Noseda presents a portrait of Stravinsky's complex artistry through his Symphonies of Wind Instruments and his Violin Concerto featuring Leila Josefowicz. Mozart's Adagio and Fugue in F minor and Symphony No. 39 bookend the portrait with a classical frame.

NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda's notes on the program:
"This program frames a musical portrait of Stravinsky with two intriguing pieces by Mozart. Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach’s eldest son, composed many fugues for harpsichord, and Mozart orchestrated one such fugue for strings. He accompanied the piece with a prelude of his own, creating the Adagio and Fugue that opens these concerts. This glimpse of W.F. Bach through Mozart’s perspective illuminates the composer’s inquisitive study of a style that would influence his more original work. Paired with his Symphony No. 39—the first from Mozart’s famous final trilogy—we complete the frame for a rich exploration of the composer’s stylistic evolution throughout his time in Vienna.
At the center of our frame, we examine the colorful and in some ways paradoxical artistry of Stravinsky. His Violin Concerto, for which I finally have the pleasure of working with Leila Josefowicz, has a strong connection to the Baroque period, while his Symphonies of Wind Instruments offers both the curious designation of a “symphony” and a seemingly unconnected dedication to the memory of Debussy. These are challenging elements to tie together—a fitting testimony to Stravinsky’s vast and varying methods—that are balanced well by the bookends of a unifying figure like Mozart."


Performance Timing: Part One - 40 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 50 min.

NOTE: THE FRIDAY PERFORMANCE IS A COFFEE CONCERT
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

AfterWords
Immediately following the Thu., Apr. 19 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 Ted Libbey
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the Sat., Apr. 21 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.