National Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director
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.
IVES Three Places in New England