National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 / Works by Penderecki & J. Strauss Jr.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - Saturday, May 02, 2015

The NSO Music Director conducts Beethoven's epic Symphony No. 5 on a program that also includes J. Strauss II's Die Fledermaus Overture and Penderecki's Concerto Grosso featuring NSO cellists Steven Honigberg, James Lee, and David Teie.

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The NSO Music Director conducts Beethoven's epic Symphony No. 5 on a program that also includes J. Strauss II's Die Fledermaus Overture and Penderecki's Concerto Grosso featuring NSO cellists Steven Honigberg, James Lee, and David Teie.

About Beethoven's Symphony No. 5:
Beginning with a stormy opening gesture that's the most famous four notes in all of classical music, Beethoven's Fifth is the most iconic of all symphonies, a "struggle to victory" that relentlessly hurtles from darkness to a jubilant, life-affirming close. As the composer once wrote: "Joy follows sorrow; sunshine--rain. It affects me as if I were looking up to the silvery glistening of the evening star."

Steven Honigberg on Penderecki's Concerto Grosso:
"The cello lines in Penderecki's Concerto Grosso are grand, imposing, and powerful: flashy cadenzas, crisscrossing lines, a technical potpourri. The orchestra whispers, bellows, cajoles, and emotes along with the soloists. The work will leave you wondering why there aren't more concertos for this combination."

James Lee on Penderecki's Concerto Grosso:
"Penderecki's Concerto Grosso is at times both haunting and heroic. The way he showcases the colors and range of the cello is spectacular! He weaves in many exciting solos throughout the orchestra's tutti passages."

Performance Timing: Part One - 45 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 35 min.

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