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National Symphony Orchestra: Symphonie fantastique & Sibelius’s Violin Concerto

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Saturday, May 11, 2019

National Symphony Orchestra

Obsession and opium-fueled dreamscapes… a march to the guillotine and a witches’ bacchanal… this is not your everyday symphony. Edward Gardner leads Berlioz’s celebrated classic Symphonie fantastique, a psychedelic self-portrait of the composer’s unrequited infatuation. In his much-anticipated National Symphony Orchestra debut, young virtuoso Emmanuel Tjeknavorian performs Sibelius’s Violin Concerto—the dazzling work which made him a 2015 Sibelius Competition prizewinner for Best Performance.

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Obsession and opium-fueled dreamscapes… a march to the guillotine and a witches’ bacchanal… this is not your everyday symphony. Edward Gardner leads Berlioz’s celebrated classic Symphonie fantastique, a psychedelic self-portrait of the composer’s unrequited infatuation. In his much-anticipated National Symphony Orchestra debut, young virtuoso Emmanuel Tjeknavorian performs Sibelius’s Violin Concerto—the dazzling work which made him a 2015 Sibelius Competition prizewinner for Best Performance. Tjeknavorian replaces the previously-scheduled Renaud Capuçon, who has, regrettably, withdrawn due to illness.

Edward Gardner, conductor
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, violin

Wagner: Overture to The Flying Dutchman
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

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Emmanuel Tjeknavorian received serious attention as a prizewinner at the Sibelius Competition in 2015, and in the last year his career has gained significant international momentum. Recent European debuts include those with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In the coming months he debuts with Santa Cecilia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and returns to a number of German, Austrian, and Swiss Orchestras, including Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio, and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. In the 2019-2020 season he will be the Artist in Residence of the Wiener Musikverein.

Performance Timing: Part One - 45 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 45 min.


ForeWords
Beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the Fri., May 10 and Sat., May 11 performances
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.

AfterWords
Immediately following the Thu., May 9 performance
Stay after the performance for an insightful discussion with the some of the exciting guest artists featured on the night's program, moderated by NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon. You may even have an opportunity to ask a question! Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season; each AfterWords is free with your concert ticket.