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National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Zakir Hussain, tabla / Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano

As part of maximum INDIA, Christoph Eschenbach conducts an NSO-commissioned world premiere from tabla player/composer Zakir Hussain and excerpts from Roussel's opera Padmâvatî.

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Indian composer and tabla player Zakir Hussain has earned worldwide acclaim, collaborating with artists as diverse as Yo-Yo Ma, George Harrison, and Béla Fleck. NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach conducts the Orchestra, Zakir Hussain on tabla, mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor, and vocalists Shankar Mahadevan and Hariharan in the world premiere of Hussain's newest work, an NSO commission written in honor of the Kennedy Center's celebration of India. Combining elements of Hindu ragas and talas, Sufi kalam and Christian church music, Hussain describes the piece as a "concerto for four soloists." Also on the program is O'Connor singing excerpts from Roussel's opera Padmâvatî, drawn from the culminating expression of the composer's fascination with the legends of India.

Part of maximum INDIA.

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Portrait Series: Christoph Eschenbach

Among the finest conductors the world over, Maestro Christoph Eschenbach became the Music Director of the NSO and the Kennedy Center in 2010. Explore Eschenbach's history: his life, his career, his passionate dedication to the arts.
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