National Symphony Orchestra: Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Symphony No. 1 / Nurit Bar-Josef, Concertmaster, plays Sérénade mélancolique and Valse-Scherzo
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Saturday, January 24, 2015

The NSO performs the Russian master's Sérénade mélancolique and Valse-Scherzo--both featuring NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef--plus Tchaikovsky's "Winter Dreams" Symphony and Hamlet Fantasy Overture.

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Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1, which the composer nicknamed "Winter Daydreams," evokes tranquil images of snowy landscapes and glowing fireplaces. NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef plays both the beautifully meditative Sérénade mélancolique and technically demanding Valse-Scherzo. Plus, the composer takes inspiration from the Bard in his brooding Hamlet Fantasy-Overture. 

Part of the NSO celebration Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks
 
Glenn Donnellan, NSO violin, on the program:
"I wore a hole in my old LP listening to Tchaikovsky's Sérénade mélancolique, and playing the piece as a youth gave me an outlet for my soul. It's the composer at his most poignant, paired with the voluptuous, vibrant sound of our concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef. And the Valse-Scherzo: I grew up hearing this amazing showpiece on the broadcasts of the Tchaikovsky Violin Competition. I can't wait to hear Nurit own it!"

Performance Timing: Part One - 40 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 45 min.

AfterWords: Thu., Jan. 22 performance followed by a free discussion with the artists and NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon.

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