National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Mahler's Symphony No. 5 / Leonidas Kavakos, violin, plays Sibelius's Violin Concerto
Thursday, May 07, 2015 - Saturday, May 09, 2015

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.

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Leonidas Kavakos--who "combines utter mastery…with rich sound and searching musicianship" (New York Times)--begins his two-week residency with Sibelius's ambitious Violin Concerto. Lush melodies, turbulent colors, and energetic gypsy dances give way to an exuberant finale that calls to the fore Kavakos's full virtuosic prowess. NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach also continues his Mahler exploration with Symphony No. 5.

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.

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