National Symphony Orchestra: Leonidas Kavakos, conductor & violin: Works by J.S. Bach, Mussorgsky, & Sibelius
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - Saturday, May 16, 2015

Leonidas Kavakos takes the podium for Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel, and Sibelius's Pelléas and Mélisande. He also showcases his solo talents in J.S. Bach's Violin Concerto No. 1.

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Leonidas Kavakos takes the podium for Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel, and Sibelius's Pelléas and Mélisande. He also showcases his solo talents in J.S. Bach's Violin Concerto No. 1.

About Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition:
The tragic loss of a dear friend and artist led Mussorgsky to compose an imaginary musical tour through his drawings and watercolors of scenes from European life. In ten soaring movements, Ravel's orchestration whisks concertgoers from a grand Italian castle to Polish farmland to the gardens and catacombs of Paris. 

Jennifer Mondie, NSO viola, on the program:
"It's a rare treat for the NSO to play Bach with the soloist conducting, and Leonidas Kavakos is a dynamic musician. I'm looking forward to the elegance of that collaboration." 
 
Natasha Bogachek, NSO violin, on the program:
"Playing with Leonidas Kavakos is always a thrilling and moving experience. Knowing his deep musical knowledge, the thoroughness of his research, and his incredible intuition, I'm excited to work with him as a conductor."

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

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