Nikolaj Znaider is "the latest virtuoso instrumentalist to take up conducting… he's made the transition remarkably well," says the Guardian. Znaider caps off his NSO residency by conducting a program that includes a Mozart concerto and a Mahler symphony, which continues the NSO's Mahler Explored series.
"Greatly gifted young artist" (The Times of London) Benjamin Grosvenor made a splash with the NSO at Wolf Trap in 2013. The piano wunderkind now makes his NSO Concert Hall debut with Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27, the composer's final one, which finds beauty in melancholy through its nostalgic colors and tender yearning.
"Mahler's First Symphony is quite a treat--a journey of many moods. One passes initially through a kind of primordial eeriness, on to Klezmer and the Ländler, and capped off by a triumphant finale with full brass. The main theme of the third movement is a round, which we know as Frère Jacques. I get it started with a solo, but there are a few surprises in store!"
--Robert Oppelt, NSO principal bass
Performance Timing: Part One - 32 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 53 min.
Note: There is no late seating for this performance. Please allow sufficient time to arrive at the Kennedy Center to be seated before the concert begins.
Organ Postlude Cancellation: Due to a scheduling conflict, the mini-recital on the Kennedy Center Concert Hall's Rubenstein Family Organ following the Thu., Apr. 7 performance has been cancelled.