National Symphony Orchestra with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
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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
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This concert was all about Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg doing the Shostakovitch violin concerto. She did not disappoint, bringing forth an instant collective standing ovation from the audience. Nadja is one of a kind. The Bruckner symphony number 9, so-called "Unfinished," is a monstrous hyperbole of a symphony that could make only Bruckner devotees happy. Bruckner is an orchestral windbag who should have stuck to liturgical music at which he excelled. Conductor Eschenbach apparently is a Bruckner devotee, scheduling the sixth and ninth symphonies in the same season, both of which he amazingly conducted without benefit of scores. I would say that he gave a brilliant reading of the ninth of Bruckner, but it was too much Bruckner. On the other hand, the raison d'etre of this concert was Nadja and the Shostakovitch, so anything that followed didn't matter.
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