NSO at Wolf Trap: America the Beautiful & Ansel Adams
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Canadian pianist and former child prodigy Angela Hewitt may be best known for her nine-year recording project featuring a complete cycle of Bach's major keyboard works, but for her National Symphony Orchestra debut, she'll perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22. As heard in the award-winning film Amadeus, that diverse work includes difficult solos and a lively finale that's book-ended by a poignant minuet. Conductor David Zinman leads the NSO through another famous film theme as well, Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra, so compellingly used in Stanley Kubrick's ground-breaking 2001: A Space Odyssey. Learn More
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Featured review from Lynn Kletzkin
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We really enjoyed the music/photo combination conception. The NSO was lovely and the conductor was fantastic and funny at the same time. We wished words were provided for the second verse of America the Beautiful since few of us knew the words. A real feel good American experience!
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This was certainly NOT one of NSO's better Wolf Trap performances. I didn't care for their rendition of "American in Paris" at all which is a favorite of mine. The Ansel Adams photographs were interesting to see but the accompanying music was...continued
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“As majestic images of Half Dome and Horsetail Falls fade in and out on a giant screen, the music builds and then melts to mirror the majesty of a church or echoes the Southwestern style as a mission takes the screen. When the final moonlit mountain went dark, the music stopped and the full house erupted. The effect is both inspiring and humbling.” —J.T. Long, _Sacramento Press _
Learn more about the pre-show presentation, which begins 60 minutes before show time.
Copland: _Fanfare for the Common Man _
Williams: Music from the movie _Lincoln _
Copland: _A Lincoln Portrait _
Brubeck: Ansel Adams: America
Gershwin: _An American in Paris _