National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Mahler's Symphony No. 5 / Leonidas Kavakos, violin, plays Sibelius's Violin Concerto
Leonidas Kavakos--who "combines utter mastery…with rich sound and searching musicianship" (New York Times)--begins his two-week residency with Sibelius's Violin Concerto. Eschenbach continues his Mahler exploration with Symphony No. 5.
- Thursday, May 07, 2015 - Saturday, May 09, 2015
- Concert Hall
- 2 hours
- $10.00 - $85.00
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NSO musicians on Mahler 5:
"Mahler 5 is one of my ‘desert island pieces.' There is nothing more powerful and heartbreakingly beautiful in the symphonic repertoire. The energy between the NSO and Eschenbach should be unforgettable."
--Jennifer Mondie, NSO viola
"Listening to Mahler is such an incredible experience, and I'm especially looking forward to our performance of his 5th Symphony. The Adagietto inspired me to pursue a career as an orchestral musician, and every performance feels special and unique."
--Adriana Horne, NSO principal harp
Steven Hendrickson, NSO principal trumpet, on Mahler Explored:
"We haven't performed anything by Mahler in a couple of years. The 5th and 9th Symphonies have so much raw emotion--sadness, resignation, triumph, joy, giddiness, and tragedy are all rolled into these works. The orchestration is so colorful, and all the instruments are given a workout."
Natasha Bogachek, NSO violin, on Leonidas Kavakos and Sibelius:
"I have a great admiration for Leonidas Kavakos. His performance of Sibelius's Violin Concerto a few years ago with the NSO was the best live performance I've ever heard. I can't wait to experience it again!"
Performance Timing: Part One - 30 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 75 min.
NOTE: There is NO late seating for this performance.
AfterWords: Thu., May 7 performance followed by a free discussion with the artists and NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon.
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