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National Symphony Orchestra: Fleming and Gilfry in an NSO co-commission / Noseda conducts Also sprach Zarathustra

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - Saturday, November 23, 2019

National Symphony Orchestra

One of the most celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming returns to the Concert Hall with Grammy®-nominated baritone Rod Gilfry. Under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda, they perform the D.C. premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts’s The Brightness of Light, an NSO co-commission inspired by the letters between iconic American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The program comes to a rapturous close with Also sprach Zarathustra, Strauss’s epic showpiece immortalized in pop culture by Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Renée Fleming, soprano (Thu. & Sat. only)
Rod Gilfry, baritone (Thu. & Sat. only)
R. Strauss: Dreaming by the Fireside – Symphonic Interlude No. 2 from Intermezzo
K. Puts: The Brightness of Light (NSO co-commission) (Thu. & Sat. only)
Mozart: Symphony No. 38, “Prague” (Fri. only)
R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra

One of the most celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming returns to the Concert Hall with Grammy®-nominated baritone Rod Gilfry. Under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda, they perform the D.C. premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts’s The Brightness of Light, an NSO co-commission inspired by the letters between iconic American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The program comes to a rapturous close with Also sprach Zarathustra, Strauss’s epic showpiece immortalized in pop culture by Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

ForeWords
Beginning at 7 p.m. before the Nov. 22 & 23 performances
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.

AfterWords
Immediately following the Nov. 21 performance
Stay after the performance for an insightful discussion with the some of the exciting guest artists and NSO musicians 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.