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The National Symphony Orchestra

Samuel Barber

The New Virtuosi
February 2, 2002

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[Featured Performances.]
Salute to the New Land
January 31, 2002

Dohnányi, Dvorák, Bloch
Mostly Passing Through
February 1, 2002
Bartók, Slonimsky, Prokofiev, Delius
The New Virtuosi
February 2, 2002
Damrosch, Barber, Koussevitzky,
Giants in America
February 7, 2002
Schoenberg, Rachmaninoff, Weill, Stravinsky
Émigrés in Hollywood
February 8, 2002

Toch, Korngold, Waxman, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Rózsa
The New Americans
February 9, 2002
Sheng, D'Rivera, Varèse, Camilo


Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber began his musical career early, entertaining thoughts of becoming a singer. Eventually he decided to enroll at the Curtis Institute at age 14 to study piano instead.

He studied briefly in Europe before returning to the United States to compose everything from operas to symphonies to concertos to chamber music and more. Over the course of his career Barber received numerous awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes. Additionally, his Opera Antony and Cleopatra was commissioned to open the Metropolitan Opera House.

By far, his most recognizable and beloved composition is "Adagio for Strings", which has become an unofficial anthem for mourning being played following the deaths of Presidents Roosevelt and Kennedy and throughout numerous films including Lorenzo's Oil and Platoon.

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