National Symphony announces 2012-13 season

Posted on: March 7, 2012

Tuesday (3/6) on his Baltimore Sun blog Clef Notes and Drama Queens, Tim Smith writes, “The music portion of the Kennedy Center’s 2012-2013 season, announced Tuesday, includes a rich assortment of repertoire led by Christoph Eschenbach in his third season as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra and a trio of dynamic sopranos fueling Washington National Opera’s productions. Just during his first few programs in the fall, Eschenbach will conduct Beethoven’s ‘Missa Solemnis,’ works by Wagner, Bruckner’s Seventh, Dvorák’s Seventh and Peter Lieberson’s ‘Neruda Songs’ (with mezzo Kelley O’Connor), among other things. Eschenbach will also participate in the Center’s Nordic Cool 2013 festival, conducting works by Sibelius, Lindberg and Saariaho. Symphonies by Shostakovich and Schnittke also are on Eschenbach’s list; he and the NSO will take them to Carnegie Hall as well. Guest artists include Lang Lang, who will appear in several programs, including Beethoven concertos and a dual piano recital with Eschenbach. Other soloists on the roster: pianists Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Yuja Wang; cellist Alisa Weilerstein; violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter; and mezzo mezzo Anne-Sophie von Otter.”

Posted March 7, 2012