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National Symphony Orchestra: Unexpected Italy (II): Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - Saturday, June 1, 2019

Unexpected Italy: A Celebration of Italian Culture National Symphony Orchestra

Music Director Gianandrea Noseda continues the Kennedy Center’s spring celebration of his home country! In his NSO debut, superb Swiss-Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi lends his depth, intensity, and sincerity to Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Rachmaninoff’s well-loved homage to extraordinary Italian violinist Niccolò Paganini. The program also features Respighi’s charming Ancient Airs and Dances and Casella’s Symphony No. 2—one of Noseda’s favorite symphonies of all time.

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Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Francesco Piemontesi, piano

Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances – Suite No. 2
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Casella: Symphony No. 2

Music Director Gianandrea Noseda continues the Kennedy Center’s spring celebration of his home country! In his NSO debut, superb Swiss-Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi lends his depth, intensity, and sincerity to Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Rachmaninoff’s well-loved homage to extraordinary Italian violinist Niccolò Paganini. The program also features Respighi’s charming “Ancient Airs and Dances” and Casella’s Symphony No. 2—one of Noseda’s favorite symphonies of all time.
Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Institute of Culture.

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

WATCH VIDEO FROM THE OPENING NIGHT CONCERT:



ForeWords
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the Sat., June 1 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

Composer
Piece
Alfredo Casella