Posts Tagged ‘National Symphony Orchestra’

Why Tchaikovsky is a Good Choice for the National Symphony’s Series

Like Michael Bay, who gave us the Transformers and Bad Boys franchises, Tchaikovsky was considered a hack in his day.

Pianist/Novelist/Bodybuilder Tzimon Barto with the National Symphony Orchestra, Reviewed

There are some bizarre elements in the piece, which supposedly illustrate an opium hallucination and a Satanic orgy.

Garrick Ohlsson with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

Length aside, it’s a gorgeous piece, even more so in the hands of an expert soloist.

Aaron Goldman with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

A star flutist is all well and good, but how many people would show up for two Stravinsky programs in a row?

Angela Hewitt With the NSO at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

The Bach enthusiast ventures into non-Baroque waters.

ToDo ToDay: “Interconnected,” Elephant Revival, and Clear Plastic Masks

In computing, “the cloud” is just a metaphor. In the art of Yuriko Yamaguchi, it becomes compellingly tangible. The Osaka-born Yamaguchi, who’s been working in the U.S. since the 1970s and who is now based in Vienna, Va., uses steel, copper, and brass wire along with small pieces of hand-cast resin to create sprawling modular [...]

Big Talent, Not Much Personality: Nikolai Lugansky at the Kennedy Center

If you were to place classical pianists along a spectrum, you might picture one with Maurizio Pollini at one end and Lang Lang at the other. I'm not talking about skill—I'm talking about something a little less tangible: Call it panache, showmanship, self-aggrandizement, whatever. Of course, putting famous people on that spectrum skews to the [...]

Nas at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Illmatic, the debut album by Nas that set the gold standard for East Coast hip hop, came out. Actually no, when you see Nas rapping in a tuxedo backed by the National Symphony Orchestra, it’s not that hard to believe. For rock bands like Metallica, doing [...]

Eschenbach’s Not Going Anywhere

The Kennedy Center announced it will extend the contract of National Symphony Orchestra director Christoph Eschenbach through 2017, the Washington Post’s Anne Midgette reported Monday.
Is this a surprise? No. NSO directors tend to stick around for a while: Antal Doráti had the shortest tenure, of just seven years in the '70s; Mstislav Rostropovich, his successor, [...]

Martin Grubinger with the National Symphony Orchestra, Reviewed

We get it, orchestra programmers. You figure if you’re going to put on something contemporary, you’ve got to sweeten the pot with a pair of ear-candy symphonies by Mozart and Dvořák. Because if you say "Hey, check out this concerto written in 2007 by someone you don’t know, played by someone else you don’t know [...]

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