Brahms was 42 when he finally premiered his first symphony, after a gestation period of 21 years. He told a friend that “you have no idea what it’s like to hear the footsteps of a giant like Beethoven behind you.” He took his time to develop his own symphonic voice, and once he did, he triumphed, and the first symphony was followed relatively quickly by three others.
When Mozart was only 13, he became assistant concertmaster to Michael Haydn in the Salzburg Court Orchestra. During his eight-year tenure, he frequently wrote pieces for himself to play with the orchestra. So it’s very appropriate that this NSO Showcase program features Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4, a concerto written for a concertmaster, by a concertmaster, and played by NSO concertmaster Nurit Bar Josef.
Hallé Orchestra conductor Sir Mark Elder recently admitted in a Telegraph article that one of his “five favorite things” was “being in Italy with my family.” Well, here’s the next best thing: Sir Mark will lead the National Symphony Orchestra in Elgar’s sunny concert overture, In the South (Alassio) composed during the Elgars’ family vacation to Italy in 1903!
We hope you will take some time out of your busy life to enjoy this wondrous music played by our own National Symphony Orchestra.
NSO Showcase airs on Classical WETA the first Wednesday of every month at 9 pm, from November 5th through July 1st.
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