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The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
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David Zinman Conducts the National Symphony Orchestra
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attended Apr 24 2009

The Webner was a piece I hadn't heard before. For lack of any comparison, I'd rate it "very good." The Schoenberg I wasn't really into - no knock on the NSO or the conductor... I just can't seem to connect with his work.

The Brahms symphony,...continued

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“David Zinman has a scrupulous but luxurious touch.” —The Guardian (London)


Webern: Langsamer Satz, arr. Gerard Schwarz

Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 

David Zinman has served as Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich since 1995. In 1998 he completed a highly successful 13-year tenure as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Also in 1998, he became Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he is also Program Director of the newly formed American Academy of Conducting.

Mr. Zinman’s tenures, first in Baltimore and now in Zurich, have been distinguished by his programming of an extraordinarily broad repertoire, his strong commitment to the performance of contemporary music, and his introduction of historically informed performance practice. He has also toured widely with both orchestras in Europe, North America and the Far East, winning consistent critical accolades. Mr. Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra have also performed throughout Europe in such music centers as Berlin, Vienna, Frankfurt, London, Munich and Paris. In the recording studio, they have recorded Honneger and Mozart albums to launch a series on the London/Decca label. In addition, Mr. Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra have completed an acclaimed Beethoven cycle and a Richard Strauss cycle for Arte Nova.

Born in 1936, David Zinman graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and pursued advanced work in composition at the University of Minnesota. Conducting studies at the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Center brought him to the attention of Pierre Monteux, who guided his musical development. Mr. Monteux also gave Mr. Zinman his first important conducting opportunities with the London Symphony Orchestra and at the 1963 Holland Festival, where critics hailed Mr. Zinman as a major conducting discovery.

Mr. Zinman made his American conducting debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1967, and has since led many of the world’s leading orchestras.

David Zinman served as Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic (1974-85), the Rotterdam Philharmonic (1979-82) and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (1964-77). As guest conductor, he has also led the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Zinman has made regular guest appearances at the Blossom, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Saratoga and Tanglewood music festivals, and was Artistic Director of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Viennese Sommerfest from 1994-96. He conducts and records frequently with major European orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Orchestre de Paris, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic.

David Zinman’s extensive discography of more than 80 recordings has earned numerous international honors, including five Grammy awards, two Grand Prix du Disque, two Edison Prizes, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and a Gramophone Award. Mr. Zinman is also the 1997 recipient of the prestigious Ditson Award from Columbia University, given in recognition of his exceptional commitment to the performance of works by American composers (many of which he has recorded in a series for Decca’s Argo label).

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, Washington National Opera, 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.