National Symphony’s 2017-18 season: free Mall concert, Bernstein centennial, themed programs

Posted on: January 24, 2017

The Kennedy Center announced its 2016-2017 classical music season—the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Fortas Chamber Music Concerts—on Monday afternoon, writes Anne Midgette in Monday’s (1/23) Washington Post. Incoming NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda “opens his tenure with a free concert on the Mall. He will conduct major vocal works, from John Adams’s ‘The Gospel According to the Other Mary’ to the Verdi Requiem, and a range of thoughtful programs including works by Brahms … Berg and Dallapiccola…. ‘No [program] has the same format,’ Noseda said…. The idea, he said, is to break away from the traditional format of ‘overture, concerto, symphony.’ … He will lead themed programs, like one spotlighting the influence of Bach in later works such as the Berg violin concerto (with James Ehnes); evening-length works, like the Adams; and one-off events such as [Russian baritone Dmitri] Hvorostovsky in Shostakovich’s settings of poems by Michelangelo…. The Leonard Bernstein centennial unites all the center’s musical entities.… In July, the new music director will make a big push to reach local audiences with a ‘Carmina Burana’ at Wolf Trap on the 28th and, the next day, the free concert on the Mall.”

Posted January 24, 2017