William Grant Still

NSO's Beethoven and American Masters Festival Part 2

The second installment of the NSO's Beethoven and American Masters Festival presents Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony paired with the Symphony No. 2 in G Minor, “Song of a New Race” by one of the most fascinating figures in twentieth-century music, American composer William Grant Still.

George Walker

NSO's Beethoven and American Masters Festival Part 1

Evan Keely sheds insight into the pairing of Beethoven's symphonies No. 7 and No. 8 with George Walker's Sinfonia No. 5 on the first of four Beethoven and American Masters programs by the National Symphony Orchestra.


Beethoven and American Masters Festival, a Preview

This month's NSO Showcase gives a preview of the National Symphony Orchestra's Beethoven and American Masters Festival with Maestro Gianandrea Noseda throughout May and June, pairing the Beethoven symphonies with works by trailblazing American composers George Walker and William Grant Still.


A Musical Offering to Janus on NSO Showcase

Nicole Lacroix reflects on the upcoming program for NSO Showcase, a musical tribute to Roman god Janus (after whom January was named). Janus represents transitions and duality, and a program of Brahms, Mozart, Schumann, and Shostakovich perfectly fits the bill.