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National Symphony Orchestra: Gaffigan conducts Prokofiev, Shostakovich & Khachaturian

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - Saturday, November 3, 2018

National Symphony Orchestra

Acclaimed American conductor James Gaffigan returns to lead a program of Russian masterpieces including Prokofiev’s thrilling Third Symphony, a work of dramatic climaxes, rich melodies, and vivid orchestral color. Charismatic pianist Simon Trpceski will play Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a piece famously written for the composer’s son. Also on the program is Armenian Soviet composer Khachaturian’s Suite from Masquerade.

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James Gaffigan, conductor
Simon Trpceski, piano

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2
KhachaturianMasquerade—Suite

Acclaimed American conductor James Gaffigan returns to lead a program of Russian masterpieces including Prokofiev’s thrilling Third Symphony, a work of dramatic climaxes, rich melodies, and vivid orchestral color. Charismatic pianist Simon Trpceski will play Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a piece famously written for the composer’s son. Also on the program is Soviet Armenian composer Khachaturian’s Suite from Masquerade.


ForeWords
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the Sat., Nov. 3 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.

AfterWords
Immediately following the Thu., Nov.1  performance
Stay after the performance for an insightful discussion with the some of the exciting guest artists 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.
 

Featured Artists

James Gaffigan James Gaffigan
Simon Trpceski Simon Trpceski