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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$29-99

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

25

Feb, 2016

Thursday, 7:30 PM

26

Feb, 2016

Friday, 2:00 PM

27

Feb, 2016

Saturday, 8:00 PM

1

Mar, 2016

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

“The Dvořák curtain-raiser blazed with an intensity that blew you back in your seat,” The New York Times said of the New York Philharmonic performing the Carnival Overture. Plus, Bohemian flavors and gypsy tunes abound in Dvořák’s beloved Symphony No. 8 and Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto, featuring acclaimed interpreter Baiba Skride, “a passionate, heart-on-sleeve player” (The Guardian).

Program

Dvořák

Carnival Overture

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Bartók

Violin Concerto No. 2

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Dvořák

Symphony No. 8

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Artists

Christoph Eschenbach

Conductor

Christoph Eschenbach

Conductor

Christoph Eschenbach by Eric Brissaud

Conductor

Christoph Eschenbach is music director of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Now in his sixth season, he has taken the NSO on two acclaimed international tours, the Americas Tour 2012 and the Europe / Oman Tour 2013; a third tour is scheduled for February. His season with the NSO also includes two World Premieres, of commissions by Tobias Picker and Sean Shepherd. Mr. Eschenbach appears as pianist on the Fortas Chamber Music Concerts and on other Kennedy Center series. Additional season highlights include appearances with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic in Austria and Asia, and with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Filarmonica della Scala. A prolific recording artist over five decades, Christoph Eschenbach has an impressive discography as both a conductor and a pianist. With the NSO he recorded Remembering JFK (Ondine), and he has made CDs with The Philadelphia Orchestra (Ondine), Orchestre de Paris (Ondine and Deutsche Grammophon), London Philharmonic Orchestra (EMI/LPO Live), London Symphony Orchestra (DG/BMG), Vienna Philharmonic (Decca), and NDR Symphony Orchestra (BMG/Sony and Warner), among others. His recordings have received the 2014 Best Classical Compendium Grammy, BBC Music Magazine’s Disc of the Month, Gramophone’s Editors’ Choice, and German Record Critics’ Award. His Ondine recording music by Kaija Saariaho with the Orchestre de Paris and soprano Karita Mattila won the 2009 MIDEM Classical Award in Contemporary Music, and his recording and video of Mahler’s complete symphonies with the Orchestre de Paris is available to stream for free on his website. Mentored by George Szell and Herbert von Karajan, Mr. Eschenbach’s career has included music directorships of the Orchestre de Paris (2000–10), Philadelphia Orchestra (2003–08), Ravinia Festival (1994–2003), NDR Symphony Orchestra (1998–2004), and Houston Symphony (1988–99). He has also served as artistic director of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (1999–2002) and chief conductor and artistic director of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra (1982–86). His many honors include the 2015 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, Légion d’Honneur, Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Officer’s Cross with Star and Ribbon of the German Order of Merit, Commander’s Cross of the German Order of Merit for outstanding achievements, and the Leonard Bernstein Award from the Pacific Music Festival, where he was co-artistic director (1992–98). Christoph Eschenbach mentors young performers, working regularly with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and students of the NSO’s Youth Fellowship Program.

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Baiba Skride

Violin

Baiba Skride

Violin

Violin

Baiba Skride has worked with orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris and the Bavarian Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, and NHK Symphony orchestras, and collaborates with conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo, Vasily Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka Pekka Saraste, and John Storgårds. This season Ms. Skride returns to the Berlin Philharmonic with Andris Nelsons and makes her debut with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. She appears as artist-in-residence with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and returns to the Stockholm, Oslo, and Helsinki philharmonic orchestras, Zurich Opera Orchestra, and Hamburg Philharmonic. She also performs with the New Zealand Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. In the U.S., she makes debuts with the New York Philharmonic and the National and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. A regular with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this summer she marked her Tanglewood Festival debut. She also returns to the orchestras of Seattle, Detroit, and Naples. Chamber music highlights include duo recital performances at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw and London’s Wigmore Hall with pianist Lauma Skride. Other partnerships this season include Sol Gabetta, Daniel Müller-Schott, and Bertrand Chamayou. Ms. Skride’s discography on the Orfeo label includes her Nielsen and Sibelius recording with the Tampere Philharmonic, Szymanowski Concertos with Oslo Philharmonic, Schumann with the Danish National Symphony, Stravinsky and Frank Martin with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Brahms with the Stockholm Philharmonic, and Tchaikovsky with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Baiba Skride was born into a musical Latvian family in Riga where she began her studies, transferring in 1995 to the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Rostock. In 2001 she won the Queen Elisabeth Competition’s First Prize. Since November 2010 Baiba Skride has played on the Stradivarius “Ex Baron Feilitzsch” violin (1734), on generous loan to her from Gidon Kremer. 

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Special Thanks

These performances are sponsored by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. Christoph Eschenbach’s appearance is made possible through the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Conductors Endowment Fund.

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