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Mark Elder

Elder conducts Strauss's Ein Heldenleben

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - Friday, May 4, 2018

National Symphony Orchestra

Sir Mark Elder offers a musical biography of Richard Strauss, pairing his triumphant and famously autobiographical Ein Heldenleben with his earlier, more intimate Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments. The program will also include Haydn's rarely performed Symphony No. 80.

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Sir Mark Elder offers a musical biography of Richard Strauss, pairing his triumphant and famously autobiographical Ein Heldenleben with his earlier, more intimate Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments. The program will also include Haydn's rarely performed Symphony No. 80.

NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda's notes on the program:
"Sir Mark Elder and I are very close colleagues, and we are in fact still locked in a risotto cooking competition as of this writing—but perhaps that is a story for another time! Our friendship began when we were both based in Manchester, England, with him serving as music director of the Hallé Orchestra while I served as principal conductor for the BBC Philharmonic. I was honored when he accepted my invitation to lead two of this season’s programs.
Here, Mark offers a musical biography of Richard Strauss by juxtaposing an intimate glimpse of his early, private style with the commanding, public-facing persona from later in his career. The program begins with the Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments, a charming and chamber-like piece that launched Strauss’s rise and belied his more thunderous offerings still to come. Mark continues with an interlude of Haydn’s fascinating Symphony No. 80, a minor-key gem that is not performed as often as it deserves. Finally, through Strauss’s autobiographical Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life)—in which he pits himself as the titular hero—Mark perfectly illustrates the progressive and defiant flair for which the more mature Strauss was famous."


Performance Timing: Part One - 45 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 60 min.

AfterWords
Immediately following the Thu., May 3 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 Fri., May 4 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.

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