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Flute sectionThe National Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Leonard Slatkin, will perform eight concerts in North Carolina, Florida and New York, on its 2004 East Coast Tour, February 18-29.

The repertoire will feature two Beethoven symphonies in the editions of Gustav Mahler. Prior to each performance, Mr. Slatkin will speak about and illustrate the differences between the original and Mahlerian editions. He and the National Symphony Orchestra garnered nationwide attention for these interpretations during their 2000 Beethoven Festival in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. As The Washington Post cited, "This kind of thing shows Slatkin at his best...Audiences are...always eager for the education he can so effortlessly give."

In keeping with the National Symphony Orchestra's commitment to American music, two works by American composers will be included in the repertoire: Charles Ives's Three Places in New England and John Adams's Guide to Strange Places. The latter will receive its New York premiere in the course of the tour.

ADAMS Guide to Strange New Places (NY Premiere)

BEETHOVEN/MAHLER Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica"
Associate conductor Emil de Cou on the Mahler edition of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 Watch & Listen
Leonard Slatkin discusses Beethoven's 3rd Symphony interpreted by Mahler Watch & Listen

BEETHOVEN/MAHLER Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
Associate conductor Emil de Cou on the Mahler edition of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 Watch & Listen

BERLIOZ Overture, The Roman Carnival, Op. 9

IVES Three Places in New England

Tour Schedule
February 18, 2004, at 8 p.m.
Blumenthal Center for the Performing Arts, Charlotte, NC

February 19, 2004, at 8 p.m.

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

February 21, 2004, at 8 p.m.
Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville, FL

February 22, 2004, at 3 p.m.
Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, Orlando, FL

February 24 and 25, 2004, at 8 p.m.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, FL

February 27 and 28, 2004, at 8 p.m.
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY