National Symphony Orchestra and Soprano Karita Mattila: Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra
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Pink Martini has always been an intriguing musical cocktail, an artisanal mix of jazz, retro lounge music and witty homages to the film scores of the '40s and '50s. But now their sound has been spiked by an altogether unexpected ingredient: the von Trapp family singers. These new von Trapps, descendants of the original apple-cheeked, Nazi-escaping von Trapps of The Sound of Music fame, join the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Joey Arias, Michael Feinstein and Hiroshi Wada as distinguished Pink Martini collaborators. Together, the young singers and the Portland-based orchestra recently released an acclaimed album, Dream a Little Dream, a smorgasbord of classic and brand new songs. Now both will journey to the Kennedy Center where Pink Martini will pick up where it left off after its sold-out 2011 engagement with the NSO Pops. Learn More
When you go to an event at the Kennedy Center, make certain to see what is playing at the Millenium Stage. A free performance is offered at 6:00 every night. I saw a wonderful set of Broadway show tune sung by very talented students from Catholic University.NSO: Koh Plays Barber info • Nov 01 2013 star this tip starred
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National Symphony Orchestra
Andreas Delfs, conductor
Karita Mattila, soprano
Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden from _A Village Romeo and Juliet _
R. Strauss: _Four Last Songs _
R. Strauss: _Also sprach Zarathustra _
Soprano Karita Mattila, “a powerful presence… in a class of her own” (Los Angeles Times), makes her NSO debut in a program that includes Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs and Also sprach Zarathustra.
Winner of the first ‘Singer of the World’ competition in Cardiff, Karita Mattila is one of the most illustrious soprano singers in the world today. She is recognised as much for the beauty and versatility of her lyric voice as for her extraordinary stage ability. Under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, James Levine, Sir Simon Rattle and Esa-Pekka Salonen, she sings in all the major opera houses and festivals of the world performing repertoire which encompasses Mozart, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and Janácek. Her affinity with the dramatic side of opera has produced marvellous results when working with fine stage directors such as Luc Bondy who helped her to achieve a remarkable performance in his highly acclaimed Don Carlos, seen in Paris, London and at the Edinburgh Festival. Likewise, Lev Dodin in his productions of Elektra for the Salzburg Easter Festival and Pique Dame and Salome at the Opera Bastille, Peter Stein for his production of Simon Boccanegra in Salzburg, Robert Carsen in his production of Lohengrin at the Bastille and Jürgen Flimm for his Fidelio in New York.
Throughout her distinguished career, Karita Mattila has garnered numerous awards and prizes. In 2005 she was named Musical America’s ‘Musician of the Year’, one of the most prestigious honours paid to classical artists in the USA. In 2003 she was awarded one of France’s highest cultural honours, the title ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’. In 2001 The New York Times chose Karita Mattila as the best singer of the year for her performance in Fidelio at the Metropolitan Opera, and in the same year she was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera.’
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