The Kennedy Center

Olga Peretyatko

National Symphony Orchestra: Donald Runnicles, conductor: Olga Peretyatko, soprano, sings R. Strauss / Works by Mozart & Elgar

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - Saturday, October 3, 2015

National Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Donald Runnicles makes his NSO debut with Mozart's Die Zauberflöte Overture, Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Enigma Variations, and Strauss's Four Last Songs featuring soprano Olga Peretyatko, also in her NSO debut.

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Nearing the end of his life, Richard Strauss set some of his favorite poems to music. His soaring and bittersweet Four Last Songs--which translate to "Spring," "September," "When Falling Sleep," and "At Sunset"--feature "sweet-voiced and technically agile" (The New York Times) Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko in her NSO debut. 

"Unified and captivating" (The Chicago Sun-Times) conductor Donald Runnicles also makes his NSO debut with a program that includes the invigorating Overture from Mozart's opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) and two works by Sir Edward Elgar. Serenade for Strings is an enchanting classic in three graceful movements, while Enigma Variations is a set of 14 variations on a theme reflecting the unique personalities of the composer's wife, friends, and musical colleagues--ranging from graceful and boisterous to passionate and haunting--and concluding with an inspired caricature of Elgar himself.

Performance Timing: Part One - 33 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 42 min.

AfterWords: Thu., Oct. 1 performance followed by a free discussion with the artists and NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon.


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Watch and Listen

The NSO previews Magic Flute Overture by Mozart