National Symphony’s Noseda, energizing the orchestra—and the D.C. arts scene

Posted on: November 20, 2019

“Entering his prime, the 55-year-old Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda is in his third season as music director of Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra,” writes Ronald Blum in Monday’s (11/18) Associated Press. “Noseda is reviving the NSO… ‘There are a lot of good vibes there,’ Noseda said…. Noseda already has led large choral works [including] Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem and John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary…. Noseda has expanded the NSO’s outreach by conducting the orchestra at Union Station, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and … a waterside theater that usually hosts rock and pop concerts.… The orchestra will tour Japan and China next spring…. ‘People are aware that there’s something exciting happening at the NSO right now,’ said [Executive Director] Gary Ginstling… ‘Our ticket sales are up. Our subscriptions are up.’ … Noseda … has appointed 16 players in the 96-member orchestra.… He also … becomes general music director of the Zurich Opera in the 2021-22 season… That should result in synergy that will lead to singers performing concert versions at the Kennedy Center of staged performances in Switzerland.”

Posted November 20, 2019

In photo: Gianandrea Noseda leads the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Photo by Scott Suchman