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National Symphony Orchestra: Barnatan plays Brahms

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - Sunday, March 18, 2018

National Symphony Orchestra

New Music Director Gianandrea Noseda conducts Brahms's monumental Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring renowned Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan in his NSO debut. The program also explores the spirit of dance in Germany, Hungary, and the Czech Republic through dance music by Brahms, R. Strauss, Kodály and Dvorák.

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New Music Director Gianandrea Noseda conducts Brahms's monumental Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring renowned Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan in his NSO debut. The program also explores the spirit of dance in Germany, Hungary, and the Czech Republic through dance music by Brahms, R. Strauss, Kodály and Dvorák.

NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda's notes on the program:
"Brahms wrote his monumental Second Piano Concerto a full 20 years after his ill-received First Piano Concerto, resoundingly shaking off its stigma as he returned to the form with the late-career mastery expected from a mature celebrity composer. The last movement, in particular, has an element of irresistibly Hungarian spirit that pairs well with the orchestral dances in the program’s second half. The festive mood of dance music from our featured composers’ central and eastern European homelands is wholly unique to their cultures. Through the lens of these selections, we embark on a musical journey through a string of countries around the Danube River, beginning and ending in Germany with Brahms and Richard Strauss while exploring the Hungarian and Czech styles of Kodály and Dvorák along the way."

ARTIST UPDATE 3/13: Please note that Inon Barnatan replaces Yefim Bronfman, who regrettably has had to withdraw from the program due to side effects from a recent dental procedure.

Performance Timing: Part One - 55 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - TBA

Note: There is no late seating once Part One of the concert has begun. Please allow sufficient time to arrive at the Kennedy Center and be seated in the Concert Hall before the performance begins.


NOTE: THE SUNDAY PERFORMANCE IS PART OF SUNDAYS AT 3
New this season! Brighten up your Sunday afternoon with a momentary musical escape in this conveniently timed performance.

ForeWords, with Ted Libbey
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the Sat., Mar. 17 performance and 1:45 p.m. before the Sun., Mar. 18 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.

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