The Kennedy Center

Krzysztof Urbanski

National Symphony Orchestra: Dvorák's "New World" Symphony / Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - Saturday, November 19, 2016

National Symphony Orchestra

Czech. Native American. African American. Discover why so many cultures have claimed the music of Dvorák's "New World" Symphony as their own when the NSO performs this epic masterpiece led by conductor Krzysztof Urbánski. The program also includes the rarely performed original version of Tchaikovsky's "Rococo" Variations featuring the NSO debut of young virtuoso cellist Johannes Moser.

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In 1892, at the height of his fame, Antonin Dvorák took an extended sojourn to America. Three years later, he returned to Europe to compose one of the world's most moving symphonic tapestries of color and identity, embracing themes from his Czech homeland to African and Native American cultures. 

Discover why so many have claimed the music of Dvorák's "New World" Symphony as their own, when the NSO performs this epic masterpiece. Conductor Krzysztof Urbánski leads a program that also includes Tchaikovsky's original "Rococo" Variations. This rarely performed version features the NSO debut of Johannes Moser, who Gramophone calls "one of the finest young virtuoso cellists."

Performance Timing: Part One - 27 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 40 min.

Note: Cellist Johannes Moser will sign CDs in the Grand Foyer in front of the Concert Hall following the Thu., Nov. 17 and Sat., Nov. 19 performances.