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National Symphony Orchestra: Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony / Kremer plays Weinberg - part of A Salute to Slava

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - Saturday, January 28, 2017

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

In a celebration of the artistic legacy of late former NSO Music Director Mstislav Rostropovich, Christoph Eschenbach conducts Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony and Gidon Kremer in Weinberg's Violin Concerto--both celebrated works by Slava's dear friends.

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At the height of World War II, Dmitri Shostakovich composed a personal, profound reflection on the war's human consequences. His Eighth Symphony--the middle in his immortal wartime trilogy--was "an attempt to express this terrible tragedy" as "an echo of that difficult time."

Music Director Christoph Eschenbach leads the NSO in this deeply moving masterpiece, as a special preview of their upcoming tour to Russia and a salute to the artistic legacy of late Music Director Emeritus Mstislav "Slava" Rostropovich. The program also includes Mieczyslaw Weinberg's Violin Concerto, a poignant and powerful work by one of Shostakovich and Slava's dearest friends, featuring acclaimed violinist Gidon Kremer.

Performance Timing: Part One - 26 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 62 min.

Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the following performance:
Saturday, January 28

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.

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A Salute to Slava: Jane Bowyer Stewart

A Salute to Slava: Glenn Garlick

A Salute to Slava: Gianandrea Noseda

A Salute to Slava: Trombonist Matt Guilford Plays and Shares Fond Memories

A Salute to Slava: Christoph Eschenbach

A Salute to Slava: Lambert Orkis