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Millennial Magic on NSO Showcase
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 9:00pm
Celebrate the next generation of musicians as NSO Showcase presents three stunningly talented young soloists in performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. We'll feature British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor (age 25), Spanish violinist Leticia Moreno (age 32) and Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov (age 26).
A "Greatly gifted young artist," according to The Times of London, Benjamin Grosvenor made a splash with the NSO at Wolf Trap in 2013. Three years later, he was making his Kennedy Center Concert Hall debut with Mozart's final and nostalgic piano Concerto, No.27, written in 1791, the year of the composer's death. "He commands the stage with aristocratic ease," writes The New York Times, "Mr. Grosvenor makes you sigh with joy...A temperament rare in yesteryear, let alone now."
Violinist Leticia Moreno "has," writes Le Figaro, "the grace of a flamenco dancer, the strength of character of an Andalusian cantaora and the smoldering gaze of one of Almodóvar's heroines. Without a doubt Spain has just found a perfect musical ambassador." Moreno made her NSO debut in March, 2015 with a performance of Edouard Lalo's dazzling masterpiece, the Symphonie espagnole.
Following his sensational NSO debut in 2014, the young piano phenom and Tchaikovsky Competition winner Daniil Trifonov returned to the Concert Hall in April 2015 for Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.3. Critics have raved about Trifonov's "scintillating technique and virtuosic flair," (New York Times) and marveled at how he "makes the piano sing, whisper and melt into liquid." (The Guardian).
These three mega-talented young musicians will all be featured on Classical WETA's NSO Showcase, Wednesday, April 5 at 9 p.m. Be sure to tune in for millennial magic.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27, K595
National Symphony Orchestra, Nikolai Znaider, conductor; Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole
National Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor; Leticia Moreno, violin
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3
National Symphony Orchestra, Krzysztof Urbanski, conductor; Daniil Trifonov, piano
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