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National Symphony Orchestra (part of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras)

Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:00 PM

National Symphony Orchestra SHIFT

New NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda conducts an all-Russian program dedicated to the memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who was scheduled to perform as a soloist at this concert but passed away in November 2017. 



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National Symphony Orchestra
All-Russian program dedicated to the memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky

(part of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras)

Following the November 2017 death of baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who had been scheduled to appear as a soloist at this concert, NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda now leads an all-Russian program dedicated to Hvorostovsky’s memory.

Music program:
STRAVINSKY (after Pergolesi): Pulcinella
BALAKIREV (orch. Casella): Islamey
RACHMANINOFF (orch. Respighi): 5 Études-Tableaux

The program reflects Noseda’s own Italian heritage and his experience at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he held his first important conducting post. Stravinsky’s Pulcinella is a reaction to Italian composer Pergolesi, whose original music was for a commedia dell’arte libretto. Vocal soloists will be announced at a later date. The second half of the program offers solo piano music by Russian composers Mily Balakirev and Sergei Rachmaninoff, colorfully orchestrated by Italian composers Alfredo Casella and Ottorino Respighi.

Says Noseda:
“Dima [Dmitri] and I met in 2002 at the Metropolitan Opera where I was making my debut and we were working together on War and Peace. Since that time, we performed together many times and became dear friends. The NSO and I were looking forward to welcoming him to DC. Dima was a true colleague and friend, and also one of the great artists of our time. He was not only a great artist but an incredible human being. His loss is felt by the entire world. We dedicate this concert to his memory and to the power music can have on our lives.”

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