National Symphony Orchestra Plays Mozart & Zemlinsky
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With a voice that The New York Times describes as a "singularly thunderous baritone," Broadway leading man Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the NSO Pops for an evening of holiday favorites. Equally comfortable as a dancer and a singer, he's an in-demand presence on the Great White Way, with critically acclaimed performances in Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate, Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly's Last Jam, Sweeney Todd and, most recently, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He's even had two cameo appearances on the hit TV show Glee, and last year released a CD of Broadway hits entitled Simply Broadway. Steven Reineke conducts the orchestra as Stokes puts his jazzy spin on all the holiday classics. Word on the street is that Jolly ol' St. Nick might even make an appearance at this show! Learn More
Alexander von Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony, with text taken from the writings of India's Rabindranath Tagore, winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize for Literature, receives its first performances by the NSO. Baritone Matthias Goerne and soprano Twyla Robinson sing the elegant and spiritual poetry of Tagore in German translation. Also on the program is Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, played by Christoph Eschenbach and conducted from the piano.
Christoph Eschenbach is in his first season as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as Music Director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is also in great demand as a distinguished guest conductor with the finest orchestras and opera houses throughout the world. This season includes many features that are anticipated to become hallmarks of Maestro Eschenbach's tenure in Washington.
Twyla Robinson has consistently earned tremendous praise for her consummate musicianship, dramatic sensibility, and ravishing vocal beauty. She has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Staatskapelle, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, singing under such conductors as Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Franz Welser-Möst, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Michael Tilson Thomas. Robinson began the current season in performances of Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and most recently was invited to sing Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Vladimir Ashkenazy with the Sydney Symphony and New Zealand Symphony.
Matthias Goerne has received worldwide praise for his warm, fluid baritone and his profound interpretations. Highly respected as a Lieder singer, he is a frequent guest at renowned festivals and prestigious venues like the New York Carnegie Hall and London Wigmore Hall. Famous pianists such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alfred Brendel, Christoph Eschenbach and Elisabeth Leonskaja are among his musical partners. Goerne is equally acclaimed on the concert stage, where he appears with the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors at the leading venues and festivals. Also sought-after as an opera performer, Goerne has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Teatro Real in Madrid, Dresden Semperoper, at the Salzburg Festival and Saito Kinen Festival in Japan.
About the Ticket Supplier: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America's living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation's busiest arts facility, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. The Center is home to seven theaters: the Concert Hall, the Opera House, the Eisenhower Theater, the Family Theater, the Terrace Theater, the Theater Lab, and the Terrace Gallery. In addition, as part of the Kennedy Center's Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, free performances take place each evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage. In addition to offering annual series of the National Symphony Orchestra, theater, ballet, dance, chamber music, jazz, and performances for young audiences, the Kennedy Center presents festivals celebrating the arts and culture of countries and regions around the world. Recent festivals include African Odyssey, AmericArtes, Festival of China, and JAPAN: culture + hyperculture.