Music Director Designate of the NSO set to lead first NSO performances

A New Baton:  Gianandrea Noseda leads first two National Symphony Orchestra concerts featuring the music of Prokofiev

(From a Press Release)

Gianandrea Noseda, the National Symphony Orchestra’s music director designate during the 2016–2017 season, makes his much anticipated return to the NSO for the first time since his appointment in January as the Orchestra’s seventh music director, on November 3, 4, and 5, 2016, to lead three performances of Prokofiev’s ballet score Romeo and Juliet in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.


These performances mark the conclusion of the NSO’s season-opening “Shakespeare at the Symphony” theme—honoring this year’s 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death—as well as the first of four weeks of programs during 2016–2017 that salute the NSO’s beloved former music director, Mstislav “Slava” Rostropovich. Slava would have been 90 years old in 2017, and the NSO honors his memory with programs by composers that he not only knew well and collaborated closely with, but whose music he and the Orchestra were particularly well known for performing. Prokofiev was the first of the three great composers (the other two being Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten) with whom Slava formed intensely productive artistic and personal relationships.

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet was some the most-frequently performed music by Slava and the NSO. Noseda leads the NSO in the complete score in this tribute to one of his predecessors at the helm of the Orchestra. His broad repertoire includes many of the major Russian orchestral works especially given his tenure as principal guest conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre from 1997–2007.


Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 7:00
Friday, November 4, 2016, at 8:00
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00
National Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet

Tickets: $15-$89.


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