National Symphony Orchestra: Rhythms of the Americas: Manuel López-Gómez, conductor: Liam Teague, steelpan, plays Akiho: New work for Steelpan and Orchestra
Friday, May 29, 2015 - Saturday, May 30, 2015

As a follow-up to its 2012 Americas Tour, the NSO presents a percussion-themed program including a world premiere concerto for steelpan and orchestra, music by composers from Venezuela and Argentina, and classics by Gershwin and Bernstein.

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Rhythms of the Americas

As a follow-up to its 2012 Americas Tour, the NSO presents a vibrant rhythm-themed program featuring this year's world premiere NSO Hechinger Commission. Eclectic young American composer Andy Akiho--described as "mold-breaking" and "vital" by the New York Times--has created Sunlit Coffers, a brand-new concerto for steelpan and orchestra that will spotlight the NSO debut of young guest soloist Liam Teague, a native of Trinidad and Tobago hailed as the "Paganini of the Steelpan."
Guest conductor Manuel López-Gómez, one of the most exciting young talents to emerge from the internationally renowned Venezuelan music program "El Sistema," also makes his NSO debut leading two works by Venezuelan composers. Inocente Carreño's Margariteña is a spirited piece filled with folk dance melodies and lively horn solos, while the haunting beauty of Antonio Estévez's Mediodía en el llano brings the prairie of the title to glorious life. And from Argentina, Alberto Ginastera's lush Estancia Suite features music from the composer's sweeping ballet inspired by the ranches of his homeland.
The program also includes two classic works by American composers: George Gershwin's Cuban Overture, a colorful tone poem dominated by Caribbean rhythms and Cuban native percussion, and Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, a suite of orchestral highlights from "Somewhere," "Cool," "Mambo," "Cha-Cha," and other memorable music from the legendary Broadway musical.

Performance Timing: TBA

Program and Notes

George Gershwin
Cuban Overture
Inocente Carreño
Andy Akiho
Steelpan Concerto
(NSO Hechinger commission, World Premiere)
Alberto Ginastera
Estancia Suite
Antonio Estévez
Mediodía en el llano
Leonard Bernstein
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story


  • Manuel López-Gómez - Conductor
  • Liam Teague - Steelpan


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