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National Symphony Orchestra: Debussy's La mer & Ravel’s Shéhérazade

 

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - Saturday, April 13, 2019

National Symphony Orchestra NSO Summer and Capital Concerts

Debussy's beloved masterpiece La mer is as mesmerizing as the sea by which it’s inspired. In just three movements, lush melodies roll forth, depicting the dawn’s early light upon the ocean, the frolicsome play of the waves, and the tumultuous dialogue between water and wind. The all-French program also includes Ravel’s enchanting Shéhérazade with world-renowned mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke, who recently took home her second Grammy® for Best Opera Recording.

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UPDATE on Friday, Apr. 12: Nicholas Hersh, who last led the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in a holiday program at The Anthem in December, will conduct the NSO on short notice in its remaining subscription concerts this week. Hersh, who currently serves as the Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, replaces Yan Pascal Tortelier, who became ill suddenly yesterday and was forced to withdraw from his appearances.

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano

Nicholas Hersh leads La mer, Debussy's beloved masterpiece as mesmerizing as the sea by which it’s inspired. In just three movements, lush melodies roll forth, depicting the dawn’s early light upon the ocean, the frolicsome play of the waves, and the tumultuous dialogue between water and wind. The all-French program also includes Ravel’s enchanting Shéhérazade with world-renowned mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke, who recently took home her second Grammy® for Best Opera Recording.

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Ravel: Shéhérazade
Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Debussy: La mer

Performance Timing: Part One - 40 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 35 min.

ForeWords
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the Sat., Apr. 13 performance (the Apr. 12 ForeWords is cancelled)
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.