National Symphony Orchestra: Oliver Knussen Conducts Violinist Leila Josefowicz
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Maestro Christopher Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra pay tribute to composer Richard Strauss with a performance of his 1888 tone poem Don Juan, as well as excerpts from the modernist operas, 1908's Elektra and 1905's hit Salome, based on Oscar Wilde's play. Making her NSO debut is Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin, who impressed critics and audiences alike with her roles in Wagner at the Met. Bass-baritone John Relyea's also appeared at the Met, along with the San Francisco, Seattle, Paris and Munich State Operas, among others. Learn More
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- "No figure in British contemporary music is more respected than Oliver Knussen... every piece makes its point perfectly and shows Knussen's mastery of his musical language and influences." --<em>The Guardian</em> (UK)
<p> </p> <p>Thomas: Helios Choros I </p> <p>Knussen: Violin Concerto, Op. 30 </p> <p>Anderson: Imagin'd Corners </p> <p>Schuller: Of Reminiscences and Reflections </p> <p>As part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week, Oliver Knussen leads a program that includes his own Violin Concerto. The work features Leila Josefowicz, who the Chicago Sun-Times says "plays with a zest and fiery personality."</p> <p>Hailed as "a world-class player" by London's The Observer, violinist Leila Josefowicz performs British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen's Violin Concerto in a program that also includes Augusta Read Thomas's Helios Choros I, Julian Anderson's Imagin'd Corners, and Gunther Schuller's Of Reminiscences and Reflections.</p>
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