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National Symphony Orchestra: Yuja Wang plays Prokofiev / Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - Saturday, December 2, 2017

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

With her trademark flair, 2017 Artist of the Year Yuja Wang is set to effortlessly conquer the acrobatic melodies of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5. She joins New Music Director Gianandrea Noseda as he leads a thematic program rich in nostalgia and triumph featuring three composers' work written during their time away from their homelands.

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Witness the triumphant return of Yuja Wang as she effortlessly conquers Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5—a masterpiece of her instrument's repertoire. She joins new music director Gianandrea Noseda in a thematic program that explores the connections between three composers and their lives abroad.

Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances and Britten's Matinées musicales highlight pieces written while taking refuge in America during World War II, while Wang performs Prokofiev's stirring concerto penned in Paris, after the composer’s time in America left him in financial distress. 

“Hers is a nonchalant, brilliant keyboard virtuosity that would have made both Prokofiev (who was a great pianist) and even the fabled Horowitz jealous.”
–The Los Angeles Times

"She seems to have everything: speed, flexibility, pianistic thunder, and interpretive nuance."
–The New York Times

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

Our wildly popular late-morning Coffee Concerts at 11:30 a.m. on select Fridays return for a third 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

Immediately following the Thu., Nov. 30 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 have an opportunity to ask a question! Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season; each AfterWords is free with your concert ticket.

ForeWords, with Classical WETA's Deb Lamberton
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the Sat., Dec. 2 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.