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National Symphony Orchestra (part of SHIFT)

Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:00 PM

National Symphony Orchestra SHIFT

This program filled with Russian and Italian inspirations reflects new NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda’s Italian heritage as well as his experience at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, where he held his first important conducting post. 

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National Symphony Orchestra
Russian/Italian Inspirations

(part of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras)

Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Madison Leonard, soprano
Rexford Tester, tenor
Andrew Bogard, bass


This program filled with Russian and Italian inspirations reflects new NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda’s Italian heritage as well as his experience at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, where he held his first important conducting post. The concert is also dedicated to the memory of Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who had originally been scheduled to appear as a soloist before his death last November. Stravinsky’s Pulcinella is a reaction to Italian composer Pergolesi, whose original music was for a commedia dell’arte libretto. Vocal soloists come from Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program: current member Madison Leonard and recent members Rexford Tester and Andrew Bogard. The program’s second half offers colorful orchestrations by Italian composers Alfredo Casella and Ottorino Respighi—of solo piano music by Russian composers Mily Balakirev (Islamey) and Sergei Rachmaninoff (5 Études-Tableaux), respectively.

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.”

SHIFT
is co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and the Kennedy Center in cooperation with the League of American Orchestras.

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