Taking his talents from the podium to the piano, the National Symphony Orchestra's own Christoph Eschenbach is joined by four distinguished NSO musicians: Nurit Bar-Josef (concertmaster), Mark Evans (cello), Eugene Mondie (acting principal clarinet), and Abel Pereira (principal horn). Enjoy an intimate celebration of Eschenbach's myriad artistic contributions to the NSO and Kennedy Center as he joins his esteemed colleagues in this evening of classic Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms works.
Notes from Joseph "Yossi" Kalichstein, Artistic Director of Fortas
It is always a treat to have a conductor who is also a great pianist come off the podium and join some orchestra members in chamber music, where everyone is king. Eschenbach and four superb NSO musicians are playing two of Brahms's great chamber works, the horn and clarinet trios. The clarinet in A minor gives that trio a unique, dark, brooding color, and the strange combination of violin and horn lets Brahms express some deep and tortured emotions (the work was written as a reaction to his mother's death), as well as some triumphant, glorious moments that only a horn can produce. Two delicious short chamber works by Brahms's mentor, Robert Schumann, complete the program.