Classical WETA's ongoing series featuring performances from the National Symphony Orchestra, hosted by Nicole Lacroix. This special radio series is made possible by WETA's Friends of Classical Music, including Patricia Sagon. The National Symphony Orchestra’s radio programs are generously supported in part by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.
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Beware the Noonday Witch!
A Double Dose of Dvořák plus Brahms and Beethoven on NSO Showcase
Have you ever told your kids that they were getting on your last nerve? Well, Dvořák has a cautionary tale that will quickly cure you of that habit and turn you into the most patient of all parents or grandparents. In Dvořák's symphonic poem, The Noonday Witch, a Mom is trying to prepare lunch for her husband while her child is misbehaving. She threatens him with a terrifying boogieman from Czech folklore, the “noonday witch.” The tot calms down at the threat, but it’s too late. The clock strikes twelve, and the horrible witch comes for the child despite the pleas of the distraught mother. Dad returns home to find his wife cradling the toddler’s lifeless body. I don’t know about you, but this story gives me the willies. Fortunately, our January NSO Showcase program will also feature some more cheerful music by Dvořák— the overture In Nature’s Realm, a celebration of the beauty of the Czech countryside. The program will also include Brahms’ Symphony No.4 and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with guest artist Sergey Khachatryan. Born in Armenia, Mr. Khachatryan won the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in 2005, and was the youngest to ever win the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 2000.
As you can see, it’s a great musical start to 2020 on NSO Showcase. Join us Wednesday, January 8th at 9 p.m. on Classical WETA, online at Classical WETA.org, or on the Classical WETA app.
Buon Viaggio NSO!
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 9:00pm
Music Director Gianandrea Noseda is taking the National Symphony Orchestra on an 18-day tour of Japan and China this spring. What music are they packing for the trip? We’ll sneak a peek at their musical “suitcase” on Classical WETA’s next NSO Showcase.
The major work on February’s NSO Showcase program will be Dvořák's Ninth Symphony, “From the New World,” an energetic Kennedy Center performance recorded by WETA last June, which caused The Washington Post to comment that: [The Symphony} is audibly more energetic and involved when Noseda is on the podium. He’s hard to resist; ... there’s no questioning his energy and commitment. Not only is Noseda a capable conductor with a point of view, but he’s also palpably eager to be liked and eager to be effective, and the orchestra seems to be going along with it...A woman in front of me was dancing along in her seat...Noseda... keeps us coming back for more.
Also featured will be what Maestro Noseda called “Two jewels” by Stravinsky: the Symphonies of Wind Instruments, showcasing the NSO’s wind and brass sections, and his Violin Concerto featuring soloist Leila Josefowicz—a performance the Post called “a burst of joy.” Two overtures round out the program--music from Schubert’s Rosamunde, and Wagner’s Flying Dutchman Overture conducted by Edward Gardner.
Join us for NSO Showcase February 5th at 9 p.m. on Classical WETA (or all month long online at Classicalweta.org, or on the Classical WETA App)-- It’s a great opportunity to wish buon viaggio to Gianandrea Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra as they embark on their spring Asian tour.