National Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 season, from Gesualdo and Mahler to Mason Bates and Lera Auerbach

Posted on: February 1, 2018

“The National Symphony Orchestra continues to feel what one might term the Gianandrea Noseda effect, with a new level of offerings and programming in the second season of its new music director” in 2018-19, writes Anne Midgette in Tuesday’s (1/30) Washington Post.  Noseda will conduct “Britten’s War Requiem … a program of Vivaldi, Gesualdo, Dallapiccola, and Rossini’s ‘Stabat Mater’ … a new orchestral work by Mason Bates … Mahler’s first symphony … Luciano Berio’s folk song arrangements, sung by the mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili [and] Dvořák’s ‘New World.’ [Noseda] will also lead the second symphony of Alfredo Casella, whose work he has long been championing…. A world premiere by Lera Auerbach, ‘Arctica,’ co-commissioned by the National Geographic Society [will be featured] on a program of recent music conducted by Teddy Abrams…. It will also host two mini-festivals that the orchestra’s executive director, Gary Ginstling, describes as ‘two programming initiatives that share the same goals’: live performances of the John Williams scores to Episodes 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the Star Wars franchise on the one hand, and a mini-festival called Mozart Forever, with three all-Mozart programs conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann and featuring principal players from the orchestra, on the other.”

Posted February 1, 2018