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National Symphony Orchestra: Urbański conducts Tchaikovsky's Fourth / De la Salle plays Chopin

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - Saturday, November 2, 2019

National Symphony Orchestra New to the NSO

In his much-anticipated return to the NSO, electrifying young conductor Krzysztof Urbanski unleashes the full force of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. Witness the composer’s magnificent journey from darkness to light: an evolution of emotion ranging from wistful poetry to commanding optimism and ultimately, renewed love of life. Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is performed by young French pianist Lise de la Salle, whose playing inspired a Washington Post critic to write, “For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe... the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second until her hands came off the keyboard.”

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Krzysztof Urbanski, conductor
Lise de la Salle, piano
Bacewicz: Overture (1943)
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

“A lot of conductors are called ‘rock stars,’ but with Krzysztof Urbanski, the label fits.”—The Washington Post 

In his much-anticipated return to the NSO, electrifying young conductor Krzysztof Urbanski unleashes the full force of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. Witness the composer’s magnificent journey from darkness to light: an evolution of emotion ranging from wistful poetry to commanding optimism and ultimately, renewed love of life. Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is performed by young French pianist Lise de la Salle, whose playing inspired a Washington Post critic to write, “For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe... the exhilaration didn’t let up for a second until her hands came off the keyboard.”

Performance Timing: Part One - 38 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Part Two - 44 min.


Preceding each Coffee Concert, à la carte breakfast items will be available for purchase in the KC Café from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. The menu will consist of:
- Assorted muffins, scones, and croissants
- Bagels, cream cheese, butter, and jam
- Freshly cut fruit
- Coffee, tea, and juice

ForeWords
Beginning at 7 p.m. before the Nov. 2 performance
Before your concert, join us in the Justice Forum at the REACH for fascinating stories behind the music led by NPR’s Ted Libbey! Each ForeWords lasts 30 minutes and is free and open to the public. Look for even more of these offerings throughout the season.

Organ Postlude: the Oct. 31 is performance is followed by a mini-recital by Julie Vidrick Evans on the Kennedy Center Concert Hall’s Rubenstein Family Organ, free with purchase of concert ticket.