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NSO US Tour 2005-06
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Meet the Musician: Emanuel Ax on his relationship with the NSO play video

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The National Symphony takes its 75th season celebration to the nation. The Orchestra will travel from coast to coast in the course of two tours in 2005-06. Music Director Leonard Slatkin and Associate Conductor Emil de Cou will both participate, and guest artists will include Itzhak Perlman, Nikolaj Znaider, and Emanuel Ax.

The first tour will begin with a concert in Los Angeles' Disney Hall on October 19, and four other concerts in that state will follow. The next state to be visited will be Nevada. Evening concerts, concerts for young people, and other educational events will take place before the Orchestra returns to Washington on October 29.

As part of its American Residency in Nevada, the National Symphony Orchestra is scheduled to present more than 50 educational, performance, and outreach activities between October 25 - 29. During this time, members of the NSO will fan out across the metropolitan areas of Reno and Las Vegas sharing their talent and their passion for music with Nevada's music educators, students, and audiences.

The second tour begins with a Nebraska Residency for five days: Mar. 28 – April 1, 2006. The Orchestra then works its way eastward, performing in Chicago, New Brunswick (NJ), and Philadelphia (in Verizon Hall) before concluding with two concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall.

The 2005 and 2006 American Residencies are funded by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through a grant from the United States Department of Education.

American music will form a significant portion of the tour repertoire. The NSO's ongoing commitment to the music of this country has been one of its defining characteristics, and Mr. Slatkin's exploration of this repertoire has been one of the hallmarks of his decade as NSO music director.

Of particular note in this segment of the repertoire will be the reprise of the Corigliano Symphony No. 1; the NSO's recording of this work was its first with Mr. Slatkin, and it received the 1996 Grammy for Best Classical Recording. A performance at Carnegie Hall earned the accolade "taut, atmospheric performances…the orchestra's performance is a great achievement" from The New York Times.

Itzhak Perlman will be featured in the Violin Concerto of Samuel Barber. The NSO gave its first performance of this composition in 1963, and Mr. Perlman made his debut with the Orchestra one year later.

Melinda Wagner's Piano Concerto: Extremity of Sky will be performed by Emanuel Ax. Mr. Ax will also be featured in Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3.

Additional American works in the tours include Alan Hovhaness's Symphony No. 2 ("Mysterious Mountain') and works by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives, and Samuel Barber (in addition to the concerto cited above).

Education has played a strong role in the NSO's history since its very first season: eight of the 24 concerts given by founding music director Hans Kindler and the Orchestra in 1931-32 were for young people. Major developments followed under succeeding music directors, and in recent years the Orchestra's commitment has accelerated with the American Residencies program. Since 1994 the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has supported the American Residencies through grants from the Department of Education.

In the course of the American Residencies program, Nevada and Nebraska will bring the total of states visited to 16. Two NSO music directors (Mstislav Rostropovich and Leonard Slatkin) and six staff conductors (Randall Craig Fleischer, Barry Jekowsky, Elizabeth Schulze, Anthony Aibel, Takao Kanayama, and Emil de Cou) have participated in the project since its inception in 1992.




75th ANNIVERSARY SEASON U.S. TOUR
PART ONE: October 18 - October 29, 2005

WEST COAST TOUR
Tuesday, October 18
 
Orchestra Travel from Washington, DC to Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Oct.19
8:00PM Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall
LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor
ITZHAK PERLMAN, violin BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
BARBER Violin Concerto, Op. 14
CORIGLIANO Symphony No. 1

Thursday, Oct. 20
8:00PM Santa Barbara, Arlington Theatre
LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor
NIKOLAJ ZNAIDER, violin HOVHANESS Symphony No. 2, "Mysterious Mountain"
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Friday, Oct. 21
8:00PM Costa Mesa, Orange County Performing Arts Center,
Segerstrom Hall
LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor
NIKOLAJ ZNAIDER, violin HOVHANESS Symphony No. 2, "Mysterious Mountain"
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Saturday, Oct. 22
8:00PM Davis, Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the
Performing Arts, University of CA, Davis
LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor
ITZHAK PERLMAN, violin
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
BARBER Violin Concerto, Op. 14
CORIGLIANO Symphony No. 1

Sun., Oct. 23
7:00 PM San Francisco, Davies Symphony Hall
LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor
ITZHAK PERLMAN, violin
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
BARBER Violin Concerto, Op. 14
CORIGLIANO Symphony No. 1

 
NEVADA RESIDENCY
Tuesday, Oct. 25
 
Orchestra Travel from San Francisco, CA to Las Vegas, NV
Wednesday, Oct.26
Las Vegas, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Ham Concert Hall
Education Activities in Las Vegas

10:15 & 11:45 AM Young People's Concert
Emil de Cou, conductor
"FLYING ACROSS AMERICA"
SMITH/MATHES The Star Spangled Banner
BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
IVES Country Band March
ANDERSON Clarinet Candy
GROFÉ "Huckleberry Finn" from Mississippi Suite
GOULD "Jubilee" from Spirituals for Orchestra
HANDY Beale Street Blues, arr. Schoebel
COPLAND "Buckaroo Holiday" from Rodeo
WILLIAMS Flying Theme from E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial
SOUSA The Stars and Stripes Forever

8:00 PM NSO Concert
Leonard Slatkin, conductor BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
BARBER Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
IVES Variations on America, arr. W. Schuman
HOVHANESS Symphony No. 2, "Mysterious Mountain"
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

 
Thursday, Oct.27 Reno, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
Travel from Las Vegas, NV to Reno, NV
Education activities in Las Vegas and Reno 8:00 PM Concert
Leonard Slatkin, conductor BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
BARBER Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
IVES Variations on America, arr. W. Schuman
HOVHANESS Symphony No. 2, "Mysterious Mountain"
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Friday, Oct.28 Reno, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
Education activities in Reno

10:00 AM Family Concert
Emil de Cou, conductor


"FLYING ACROSS AMERICA"
SMITH/MATHES The Star Spangled Banner
BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
IVES Country Band March
ANDERSON Clarinet Candy
GROFÉ "Huckleberry Finn" from Mississippi Suite
GOULD "Jubilee" from Spirituals for Orchestra
HANDY Beale Street Blues, arr. Schoebel
COPLAND "Buckaroo Holiday" from Rodeo
WILLIAMS Flying Theme from E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial
SOUSA The Stars and Stripes Forever


Saturday, Oct.29  
Travel from Reno, NV to Washington, DC
 
75th ANNIVERSARY SEASON U.S. TOUR
PART TWO: March 28 – April 8, 2006
NEBRASKA RESIDENCY
Tuesday, March 28
 
Orchestra Travel from Washington DC to Lincoln, NE
Wednesday, March 29
10:00 AM & 11:30 AM Lincoln, Lied Center for the Performing Arts
10:00 AM & 11:30 AM NSO Young People's Concerts
EMIL DE COU, conductor

"FLYING ACROSS AMERICA"
The National Anthem
BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
IVES Country Band March
ANDERSON Clarinet Candy
GROFÉ "Huckleberry Finn" from Mississippi Suite
GOULD "Jubilee" from Spirituals for Orchestra
HANDY San Louis Samba, arr. Chase
COPLAND "Buckaroo Holiday" from Rodeo
WILLIAMS Flying Theme from E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial
SOUSA The Stars and Stripes Forever

Education Activities in Lincoln
Thursday, March 30 7:30 PM Lincoln, Lied Center for the Performing Arts
Education and Outreach Activities in Lincoln

7:30 PM NSO Concert
LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor

BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
ELGAR Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String
Orchestra, Op. 47
BARBER Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Friday, March 31 11:00 AM & 12:30 PM Omaha, Holland Performing Arts Center
Orchestra Travel from Lincoln, NE to Omaha, NE

11:00 AM & 12:30 PM NSO Young People's Concerts
EMIL DE COU, conductor

"FLYING ACROSS AMERICA"
The National Anthem
BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
IVES Country Band March
ANDERSON Clarinet Candy
GROFÉ "Huckleberry Finn" from Mississippi Suite
GOULD "Jubilee" from Spirituals for Orchestra
HANDY San Louis Samba, arr. Chase
COPLAND "Buckaroo Holiday" from Rodeo
WILLIAMS Flying Theme from E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial
SOUSA The Stars and Stripes Forever

Education and Outreach Activities in Omaha
Saturday, April 1 7:00 PM Omaha, Holland Performing Arts Center
Education, Outreach, and Chamber Music Activities in Omaha

7:00 PM NSO Concert
LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor
EMANUEL AX, piano

BARBER Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a
M. WAGNER Piano Concerto: Extremity of Sky
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97, “Rhenish”

EAST COAST TOUR
Sunday, April 2 3:00 PM Chicago, Orchestra Hall
Orchestra Travel from Omaha, NE to Chicago, IL

3:00 PM NSO Concert
LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor
EMANUEL AX, piano

BARBER Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a
M. WAGNER Piano Concerto:Extremity of Sky
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Tuesday, April 4 8:00 PM New Brunswick (NJ), State Theatre
Orchestra Travel from Chicago, IL to New Brunswick, NJ

8:00 PM NSO Concert
LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor
EMANUEL AX, piano

ELGAR Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Wednesday, April 5 8:00 PM Philadelphia, Verizon Hall
Orchestra Travel from New Brunswick, NJ to Philadelphia, PA

8:00 PM NSO Concert
LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor
EMANUEL AX, piano

BARBER Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Thursday, April 6 8:00 PM New York City, Carnegie Hall
Orchestra Travel from Philadelphia, PA to New York, NY

8:00 PM NSO Concert
LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor
EMANUEL AX, piano

BARBER Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a
M. WAGNER Piano Concerto Extremity of Sky
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Friday, April 7 8:00 PM New York City, Carnegie Hall
8:00 PM NSO Concert
LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor
EMANUEL AX, piano

ELGAR Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in minor, Op. 37
CORIGLIANO Symphony No. 1
Saturday, April 8  
Orchestra Travel from New York, NY to Washington, DC
 
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