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National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Gershwin’s An American in Paris

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Sunday, November 19, 2017

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

Take a tour of Europe with Gershwin's atmospheric love letter to the “City of Lights.”  Noseda returns to conduct An American in Paris, a piece inspired by the symphony of Parisian taxicabs and the nostalgia of horns playing American blues. Works by Respighi, Chausson, and Falla complete the program, taking you on an exhilarating musical journey to Italy and Spain.

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Experience Europe through works heavily inspired by Italy, France, and Spain. Gianandrea Noseda explores Respighi's Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), Chausson's Poème, Gershwin's An American in Paris, and Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat Suites No. 1 & 2.

NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef joins Noseda's program in Poème. Capturing the moody, rhapsodic elements of Chausson's piece, Bar-Joseph masterfully invokes the rising and falling tensions that create such a moving composition.

Performance Timing: Part One - 35 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 35 min.

ForeWords, with Ted Libbey
Beginning at 1:45 p.m. before the Sun., Nov. 19 performance

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.


Program & Notes

Ottorino Respighi
Ernest Chausson

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