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Nicola Benedetti

National Symphony Orchestra: Benedetti plays Marsalis / Tchaikovsky's "Polish" Symphony

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - Saturday, October 29, 2016

Select dates for the concerts below feature ForeWords and/or AfterWords discussions! National Symphony Orchestra

Violin sensation Nicola Benedetti, hailed for her "pure and gleaming" sound (The New York Times), plays the East Coast premiere of Wynton Marsalis's Concerto in D (for Violin and Orchestra) on a program led by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach that also features Tchaikovsky's distinct "Polish" Symphony.

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With dancelike passages brimming with grace, flashes of rhythmic intrigue. and rich, warm tonality, Tchaikovsky's "Polish" Symphony paints a fleeting portrait of the composer soon before a disastrous marriage and deeply personal struggles colored his music forever. Music Director Christoph Eschenbach leads the National Symphony Orchestra in this pivotal work marking the crossroads of Tchaikovsky's artistic transformation.

The program also includes the East Coast premiere of a new concerto composed by jazz luminary Wynton Marsalis. Violin sensation Nicola Benedetti, hailed for her "pure and gleaming" sound (The New York Times), plays this innovative work created specifically for her and praised by the Chicago Tribune for its "lustrous appeal, brilliant orchestration, and many shades of Americana."

Performance Timing: Part One - 45 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 50 min.

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NEW THIS SEASON--FREE PRE-CONCERT LECTURES!
ForeWords
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the following performance:
Saturday, October 29

Take a journey into the fascinating stories behind the music led by knowledgeable and engaging artists and scholars! Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season; each ForeWords begins at 6:45 p.m. (the Concert Hall doors open 15 minutes prior), lasts 30 minutes, and is free and open to the public. The ForeWords lecture will be led by Deborah Lamberton of Classical WETA 90.9.

OUR POPULAR FREE POST-CONCERT DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE!
AfterWords
Immediately following the Thursday, Oct. 27 performance

Stay after the performance for an insightful discussion with the some of the exciting guest artists and NSO musicians featured on the night's program, moderated by NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon, You may even get an opportunity to ask a question! Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season; each AfterWords is free with your concert ticket.