National Symphony’s next music director prepares to dive in

Posted on: November 17, 2016

“Gianandrea Noseda wants to break down a few long-standing barriers to classical music,” writes Tom Huizenga on Friday (11/11) at NPR’s Deceptive Cadence blog. “The next music director of Washington, D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra thinks jeans and T-shirts at his concerts are fine. Confused about when to applaud? Noseda says that if the music moves you, go for it…. The 52-year-old Italian conductor was named the NSO’s seventh music director last January…. He officially takes over the orchestra next fall.” In the wide-ranging interview, Noseda says, “The potential of the National Symphony Orchestra is really high. It’s huge…. I have to be a motivator…. We have to destroy the idea of the conductor closing the door and always thinking and being so philosophical. Of course we have to look deeply inside the music, but also—at least for myself as a normal person—I like to meet people…. [It’s important] to be perceived as an orchestra that is a crucial part of the life of the society…. If you come for the first time in a concert and you feel you want to applaud or cheer, do it. You will not annoy me. Because music is part of life.”

Posted November 17, 2016

Photo of Gianandrea Noseda conducting the National Symphony Orchestra by Scott Suchman