Monthly Archives: April 2017

There’s no place like…a Young People’s Concert!

A pair of ruby slippers will take you home, but where do a pair of sparkly sneakers take you? Right to a Young People’s Concert at the NSO, of course!

Concert host and Principal Second Violin Marissa Regni models the sparkly shoes she wears for the performances.

This week the NSO is hosting over 10,000 local school children from Maryland, D.C., and Virginia for five performances of a Young People’s Concert.

School groups get seated before the performance begins.
Buses line up outside the Kennedy Center.

NSO Principal Second Violin Marissa Regni dons her sparkly shoes with conductor Michael Butterman to lead the NSO to the final frontier: space! The performance, called Reach for the Moon: John F. Kennedy’s Vision and Courage, explores different space-themed music.

Marissa wears some head gear that is out of this world!

From “Mars” from Holst’s The Planets to the main theme from Star Wars there’s something for all young earthlings to enjoy. We’re having a great time seeing so many young people in the Concert Hall!

Back from Russia and on to Shostakovich

After a whirlwind tour of Moscow and St. Petersburg, the NSO is back home rehearsing for this weekend’s concerts in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. It’s fitting that immediately upon their return from Russia the orchestra will perform music by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

Shostakovich was a close friend of former NSO music director, Mstislav Rostopovich and his Symphony No. 5 is a favorite of the orchestra. Since the NSO was founded, it has been performed well over one hundred times! Here’s what NSO cellist Glenn Garlick had to say about the piece last time it was performed in May 2013.

NSO Tour in Russia: Friday in St. Petersburg

NSO musicians wait on the platform at one of Moscow’s train stations to board the fast train to St. Petersburg on Friday.

NSO Principal viola Dan Foster chats with Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter during the train ride to St. Petersburg on Friday.

NSO musicians consult a map of St. Petersburg to determine their plan for the few free hours they have in the city.

NSO music director Christoph Eschenbach chats with NSO artistic director Nigel Boon during the train ride to St. Petersburg.

NSO tuba Stephen Dumaine takes in some of the scenery on the train from Moscow to St. Petersburg Friday. Photo by Scott Suchman.

NSO flute Alice Weinraub and Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef make their way along the train platform after arriving in St. Petersburg Friday.

Stagehands deliver instrument trunks to the St. Petersburg Philharmonia on Friday after arriving there that afternoon.

A Rostropovich Festival poster at the Philharmonia’s stage door lets passers-by know that the NSO would perform that night.

NSO music director Christoph Eschenbach leads a rehearsal on Friday underneath the giant chandeliers if the Great Hall.

NSO production manager Daryl Donley works backstage during the rehearsal in St. Petersburg.

Maestro Eschenbach and the NSO take a bow at the start of Friday night’s concert in the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia.

Maestro Eschenbach begins Friday night’s NSO concert with a full house listening intently.

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein is the soloist with the NSO Friday–their final concert in Russia together this week.

A standing-room-only crowd enjoys Friday’s NSO concert in St Petersburg.

The NSO’s second violins perform Friday.

NSO trombonist David Murray adjusts his tie at intermission backstage in Friday night.

Backstage tools on tour always include plenty of paperwork, a stopwatch, and trunks as tables.

Maestro Eschenbach and the NSO take a final bow in St Petersburg on Friday. Next stop: home!

All photos by Scott Suchman.