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Dvořák and Bartók

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

Baiba Skride

Violin

Violinist Baiba Skride is consistently invited to appear with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors because of her refreshing interpretations, sensitivity, and delight in the music. She has worked with prestigious ensembles including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Bavarian Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and NHK Symphony orchestras and the Orchestre de Paris. She collaborates with notable conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Thierry Fischer, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Santtu Matias Rouvali, Vasily Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, John Storgårds, and Kazuki Yamada. Her 2016–17 season highlights include debuts with Philharmonia Orchestra London, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, and Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona. She returns to the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm, Bergen, Copenhagen, and Royal Liverpool philharmonic orchestras. Ms. Skride will appear with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra, as well as the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the U.S. Premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and bayan. She also performs with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony and Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestras, and returns to the Sydney, Tasmanian, and Western Australian symphony orchestras. In February 2016 Ms. Skride made her New York Philharmonic debut. Baiba Skride is a sought-after chamber musician, regularly performing at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, Brussels’s Palais des Beaux Arts, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and in Bad Kissingen. This season she appears in a new piano quartet with Lauma Skride, Harriet Krijgh, and Lise Berthaud, performing at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Malmö Chamber Festival, and BASF Ludwigshafen. Baiba Skride was born into a musical family in Riga, Latvia, where she began her studies, transferring to the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Rostock in 1995. She won the first prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2001. She plays the Yfrah Neaman Stradivarius, kindly loaned to her by the Neaman family through the Beares International Violin Society.

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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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