Macelaru returns to National Symphony at Kennedy Center

Macelaru returns to National Symphony at Kennedy Center

(Photo credit: Sorin Popa)

This week conductor Cristian Macelaru returns to the National Symphony Orchestra for concerts at the Kennedy Center. His debut with the NSO came in February 2014 with Anne-Sophie Mutter as soloist. This is his second subscription week with the orchestra.

His program features Fauré’s Pavane and the first NSO performances of music by American composer Pierre Jalbert. Nikolaj Znaider is soloist in Brahms’s Violin Concerto. Once famously called “against the violin,” this daunting work of broken chords, rapid scales, and rhythmic variations is now a highly revered showcase for gorgeous melodies with a distinctive Hungarian flavor. Debussy’s La Mer is a musically impressionistic exploration of the sea. Through a kaleidoscope of orchestral colors and textures, this sumptuous tone poem symphonically depicts in three movements the dawn’s early light upon the ocean, the frolicsome play of the waves, and the tumultuous dialogue between wind and water.

Concert information
March 31, 2016 at 7pm
April 1, 2016 at 11:30am
April 2, 2016 at 8pm
Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Cristian Macelaru
Soloist: Nikolaj Znaider, violin
Venue: Kennedy Center
City: Washington, D.C.
Fauré: Pavane, Op. 50
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77
Pierre Jalbert: In Aeternam
Debussy: La Mer

In their April 1st review of the concerts, The Washington Post writes: “Ensemble was tight, shifts in gear were clean, the brass and percussion held their fire and let the rest of the orchestra be heard for a change, and there was high energy much of the time. The second movement of ‘La Mer’ was particularly fine. I would like to hear this young artist’s take on some deeper repertoire, but he planted his flag solidly.”

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