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National Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique" Symphony / Ohlsson plays Barber

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - Sunday, October 15, 2017

National Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Juanjo Mena pairs Samuel Barber's Pulitzer Prize–winning Piano Concerto featuring soloist Garrick Ohlsson with Tchaikovsky's stirring "Pathétique" Symphony. The program also includes the ghostly Auditorium by Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates.

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With its vibrant contrast of passionate lyricism, meditative reflection, and devilishly furious flights for the soloist, Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto was pronounced an instant classic at Lincoln Center’s opening festivities more than 50 years ago. The incomparable pianist Garrick Ohlsson returns to the NSO to remind us why this exhilarating work won the Pulitzer Prize.

Led by conductor Juanjo Mena, the program also features Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony – one of the most profound expressions of yearning and despair in classical music – and the ghostly Auditorium by Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates.

Performance Timing: Part One - 46 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 45 min.

Organ Postlude, Janet Yieh, organist: Thu., Oct. 12 performance followed by a mini-recital on the Kennedy Center Concert Hall's Rubenstein Family Organ, free with purchase of concert ticket.

ForeWords with Ted Libbey
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the Sat., Oct. 14 performance and at 1:45 p.m. before the Sun., Oct. 15
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.