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- Schubert — Selected Songs

  • “An Silvia”
  • “Memnon”
  • “Gruppe aus dem Tartarus”
  • “Der Wegweiser,” from Winterreise
  • “Im Abendrot”
  • “Tränenregen” from Die schöne Müllerin
  • “Erlkönig”
  • “An die Musik”
  • “Ständchen,” from Schwanengesang

- Brahms — Symphony No. 1

- Schoenberg — Chamber Symphony No. 1

The Brahms and Schubert selections chosen for this performance both have a close connection to the voice. The first half of the program features Schubert’s Selected Songs, nine in total, sung by German baritone Matthias Goerne. The works were orchestrated by Brahms, Liszt and Reger, and each is three to five minutes long. The second half of the concert features Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, a work that some critics believe to be the composer’s finest. The resonating, hymn-like theme in the final movement of the work displays the composer’s skill at melody and connection to choral works of the time. Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1, a dense, complex, modern piece, will conclude the program. It provides an interesting contrast to the Brahms and Schubert works.

The Artists:

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Christoph Eschenbach, music director

Matthias Goerne, baritone

Baritone Matthias Goerne has performed with the Chicago Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Philharmonia Orchestra London. He has performed with pianists such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alfred Brendel, and Elisabeth Leonskaja. Goerne has an exclusive contract with Decca for his solo recordings. In 2001, he was appointed as Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music.

Founded in 1900, The Philadelphia Orchestra has gained worldwide popularity and a reputation for excellence. Christoph Eschenbach, acting music director and one of today’s leading international conductors, joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2003. He is a popular figure on the guest conducting circuit, regularly appearing with major American and European orchestras. Eschenbach has led concerts in the leading concert halls in the nation and has toured extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Prior to his work with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eschenbach led the Vienna Philharmonic and the Orchestre de Paris. He has compiled numerous recordings, as a conductor and as solo pianist. In 2002 he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur of France, presented by President Jacques Chirac, and the Officer’s Cross with Star and Ribbon of the German Order of Merit.

Through acclaimed performances, international tours, and best-selling recordings The Philadelphia Orchestra has maintained an impeccable reputation for the past 100 years. On average, the orchestra performs more than 300 concerts and other performances a year. The orchestra, which makes its home in the Kimmel Center of Performing Arts, has also performed at legendary locations such as the New York Carnegie Hall Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York.

The Philadelphia Orchestra has been appearing at The Kennedy Center under the auspices of Washington Performing Arts Society since 1971—first under the direction of conductor Eugene Ormandy, and now under the leadership of visionary music director Christoph Eschenbach.

About the Ticket Supplier: Washington Performing Arts

For 40 years Washington Performing Arts Society has created profound opportunities by connecting the community to artists, in both education and performance. Through live events in venues that criss-cross the landscape of the D.C. metropolitan area, WPAS invites all to share lifelong opportunities to deepen their cultural knowledge, enrich their lives, and expand their understanding of the world through the universal language of the performing arts.

Established in 1965 by impresario Patrick Hayes, the organization flourished under Douglas Wheeler from 1982 to 2002. Now with the inspired leadership of President Neale Perl, Washington Performing Arts Society continues to be widely recognized as one of the leading presenters of the performing arts in the nation.