This month’s NSO Showcase is a tribute to guest conductors who travel from near and far to share their unique take on music. They are internationally acclaimed, and each season we look forward to their contributions to Washington’s musical life. Nicholas Hersh not only guest-conducted but subbed for an ailing Yan Pascal Tortelier, driving to DC from Baltimore at the very last minute to conduct Ravel’s Noble and Sentimental Waltzes. London Philharmonic Principal Conductor Edward Gardner led the NSO in Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with another emergency substitution—guest violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian. And the Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, Finnish conductor John Storgårds, flew in to lead the NSO in a critically acclaimed performance of Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony. 

Show Notes

Read more about Nicole Lacroix's reflections on the program at Classical Score here.​


Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales 

​Nicholas Hersh, conductor

Jean Sibelius

Violin Concerto

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, violin

Edward Gardner, conductor

P. I. Tchaikovsky 

Symphony No.5

John Storgårds, conductor