National Symphony Orchestra: Rossen Milanov, conductor: Stravinsky's Firebird Suite / Garrick Ohlsson, piano, plays Busoni's Piano Concerto
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Saturday, November 22, 2014
"Scintillating" (New York Times) pianist Garrick Ohlsson and Washington Men's Camerata join the NSO for Busoni's massive masterpiece. Making his NSO subscription concert debut, Rossen Milanov also conducts Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.
With its staggering demands of the soloist and the unusual addition of a male chorus singing from the verse drama Aladdin, Busoni's Piano Concerto is a behemoth masterpiece. "Scintillating" (The New York Times) pianist Garrick Ohlsson is joined by Washington Men's Camerata for this expansive work, which stylistically synthesizes the composer's dual German and Italian heritage. Making his NSO subscription concert debut, Rossen Milanov also conducts Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.
Alexander Jacobsen, NSO bass, on Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite: "The Firebird Suite is a masterwork. The original ballet established the young Stravinsky as a preeminent composer, as well as an extremely gifted and experimental orchestrator. The piece itself is a delightful collection of sinister forces, haunting calmness, and otherworldly beauty."
Jennifer Mondie, NSO viola, on the program: "Playing Stravinsky's Firebird is like being immersed in a fairy tale; it takes me to a different world. It will be fun to see where conductor Rossen Milanov takes us in his NSO subscription debut."
Performance Timing: Part One - 23 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 75 min.
NOTE: There is NO late seating until intermission.
AfterWords: Thu., Nov. 20 performance followed by a free discussion with the artists and NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon.
Update Note as of 11/21: Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no CD signing following Friday night's concert.