The Kennedy Center

National Symphony Orchestra: Osmo Vänskä, conductor: Nikolai Lugansky, piano, plays Brahms / Beethoven's Symphony No. 6

National Symphony Orchestra: Osmo Vänskä, conductor: Nikolai Lugansky, piano, plays Brahms / Beethoven's Symphony No. 6

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - Saturday, March 19, 2016

National Symphony Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä returns to the NSO to conduct Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring pianist Nikolai Lugansky, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral."

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The Guardian calls Nikolai Lugansky "a pianist with everything impressively under his command… his dazzling technique is exceptionally secure, balanced, and beautifully articulated." Lugansky returns for Brahms's mighty First Piano Concerto, known for its exquisite grandeur and immense scale. Sparks fly throughout the work, as soloist and orchestra challenge each other with their own exuberant statements on an epic theme. 

"A conductor of genius" (The New Yorker), Osmo Vänskä also returns to the NSO to lead Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral."

"The fourth movement of Beethoven's ‘Pastoral' Symphony sounds like a storm, and my role is to recreate the thunder. That's what I love to do in the NSO--bring the thunder. So it's a match made in heaven!"
--Jauvon Gilliam, NSO principal timpani

Performance Timing: Part One - 44 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 39 min.

Please Note: There is No Late Seating for this performance. Please plan to arrive with sufficient time to park and be seated in the Concert Hall before the performance begins.

Note: Nikolai Lugansky will sign CDs following all three NSO concerts in the Grand Foyer outside of the Concert Hall.