The Kennedy Center

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

National Symphony Orchestra: Bernstein's "The Age of Anxiety" / Ravel's Bolero

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Saturday, January 13, 2018

Leonard Bernstein at 100 Select dates for the concerts below feature ForeWords and/or AfterWords discussions! National Symphony Orchestra

Yutaka Sado leads a tribute of works composed or conducted by Bernstein, with whom Sado studied conducting. The program includes Ravel's Boléro, Rossini's Overture to The Thieving Magpie, Bernstein's "The Age of Anxiety" featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini.

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Guest conductor Yutaka Sado, Music Director of Vienna’s Tonkünstler Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Teatro Regio Torino orchestra, makes his United States debut this month conducting the NSO in a program dedicated to Sado’s former teacher, Leonard Bernstein.

The two performances include Rossini’s Overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie); Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety,” with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet as soloist; Tchaikovsky’s tone poem, Francesca da Rimini; and Ravel’s Boléro.

One of Bernstein’s last conducting students, Sado brings a unique perspective to and original insight into this program, particularly with Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety,” simultaneously celebrating Bernstein’s conducting and composing legacy. Sado also studied both Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Ramini and Ravel’s Boléro with his mentor and teacher.

Rossini’s overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) opens the program.

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

Part of Leonard Bernstein at 100

AfterWords - previously scheduled for Thu., Jan 11, has been cancelled.

ForeWords, with Anna Celenza
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the Sat., Jan. 13 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.