Stravinsky's The Firebird and Rimsky-Korsakov's Legend of the Invisible City Suite bookend the season's first folklore-inspired program. Sir Mark Elder also conducts pianist Jeremy Denk in Ravel's "Left Hand" Concerto.
Through the expressive power of music, The Firebird conjures an otherworldly tale of a hunter on a quest through enchanted forest, a wicked sorcerer and his spellbound prisoners, and a mystical bird with fiery red feathers. Experience this mesmerizing story firsthand as Sir Mark Elder conducts the National Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky's captivating score.
This program also includes another folklore-inspired selection in Rimsky-Korsakov Legend of the Invisible City suite, in which a captured princess renders her city invisible in order to spare it from invasion. Between these folklore-inspired works is Ravel's unique "Left Hand" Concerto featuring award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk. Commissioned by a pianist who lost his right arm in World War I, Ravel's refreshing, jazz-influenced concerto is well-suited to Denk's "flair and dynamic contrast" (New York Times).
NOTE: THE FRIDAY PERFORMANCE IS A COFFEE CONCERT Our wildly popular late-morning Coffee Concerts at 11:30 a.m. on select Fridays return for a second season! These concerts are perfectly timed so that you don't need to worry about rush hour traffic, both arriving and leaving.
Preceding each Coffee Concert, a la carte breakfast items will be available for purchase in the KC Café from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. The menu will consist of: - Assorted muffins, scones, and croissants - Bagels, cream cheese, butter, and jam - Freshly cut fruit - Coffee, tea, and juice
Performance Timing: Part One - 44 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 47 min.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NEW THIS SEASON--FREE PRE-CONCERT LECTURES! ForeWords Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the following performance: Saturday, January 14 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.
OUR POPULAR FREE POST-CONCERT DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE! AfterWords Immediately following the Thursday, Jan. 12 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.