The Kennedy Center

NSO Meister/ Hahn

National Symphony Orchestra: Hahn plays Mendelssohn / Strauss, Janácek & Dvorák

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - Saturday, February 18, 2017

Select dates for the concerts below feature ForeWords and/or AfterWords discussions! National Symphony Orchestra

Hilary Hahn brings her "warm tone, stunning technique, and flawless intonation" (The Wall Street Journal) to Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Conducted by Cornelius Meister, the program also features fantasy-influenced works by Dvorák, Janácek, and Richard Strauss.

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With three Grammy Awards and a winning artistic curiosity, Hilary Hahn has established herself as one of the greatest violinists of her generation. For this program, Hahn brings her "warm tone, stunning technique, and flawless intonation" (The Wall Street Journal) to the Concert Hall for a masterpiece of her instrument's repertoire: Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. This electrifying work blends its composer's extraordinary ambition with the technical brilliance required of a virtuoso.

Led by German conductor Cornelius Meister, the program also features a trio of pieces inspired by fables: Richard Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Janácek's The Cunning Little Vixen Suite, and Dvorák's The Noonday Witch.

Performance Timing: Part One - 44 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 35 min.

Note: Hilary Hahn will sign CDs following all three of her NSO concert performances in the Grand Foyer outside of the Concert Hall.

Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the following performances:
Friday, February 17
Saturday, February 18
Moderated by Ted Libbey
Take a journey into the fascinating stories behind the music led by knowledgeable and engaging artists and scholars! Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season; each ForeWords begins at 6:45 p.m. (the Concert Hall doors open 15 minutes prior), lasts 30 minutes, and is free and open to the public.