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The NatPhil Fan Favorites collection includes…
Holst’s The Planets with NASA Goddard – Airing Monday, June 12 at 12 PM
Travel to the reaches of space as National Philharmonic and Maestro Piotr Gajewski partner with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for an otherworldly performance of Holst’s The Planets. Visit the fiery red planet, joyful Jupiter, and the serene sights and sounds of Venus in this unique collaboration of science and art. Also on this program is Claude Debussy’s La Mer.
America’s Requiem – Adolphus Hailstork’s “A Knee on The Neck” – Airing Monday, June 12 at 7 PM
America’s Requiem commemorates the life and tragic loss of George Floyd with the world premiere of Adolphus Hailstork’s “A Knee on The Neck.” Composed around the backbone of the poetry of Dr. Herbert Martin, this landmark work is performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorale under the direction of Maestro Piotr Gajewski and Chorus Master Eugene Rogers, along with members of The Washington Chorus and the Howard University Chorale, featuring soloists J’Nai Bridges, Norman Shankle, and Kenneth Overton. The program concludes with Mozart’s seminal Requiem in D Minor, featuring soprano Janai Brugger.
Amore e ‘l Cor Gentil Sono Una Cosa – Airing Tuesday, June 13 at 12 PM
Composed for a friend’s nuptials in Italy, composer Henry Dehlinger’s Amore e ‘l Cor Gentil Sono Una Cosa, which translates to “love and the gentle heart are one and the same,” received its orchestral premiere with the National Philharmonic conducted by Piotr Gajewski, Music Director & Conductor, and featuring husband-and-wife soloists, soprano Danielle Talamantes and bass-baritone Kerry Wilkerson.
Beethoven @ 250 Birthday Bash – Airing Tuesday, June 13 at 7 PM
Performed during our streamed season, the National Philharmonic celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday with the concertmasters of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra respectively – Nurit Bar-Josef and Johnathan Carney. Enjoy Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G Major, Op 40, Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in F Major, Op. 50, and Beethoven’s first attempt to compose a symphony, Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21.
Symphony No. 2, Rachmaninoff – Airing Wednesday, June 14 at 12 PM
Maestro Piotr Gajewski conducts Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. Known for its memorable, emotionally driven melodies, Symphony No. 2 concludes NatPhil’s celebration of Rachmaninoff’s 150th birthday anniversary.
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Rachmaninoff – Airing Wednesday, June 14 at 7 PM
Maestro Piotr Gajewski conducts NatPhil in a celebratory performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 featuring piano virtuoso Claire Huangci. This is the first of two pieces performed on the program in honor of Rachmaninoff’s 150th birthday.
Vivaldi: Four Seasons – Airing Thursday, June 15 at 12 PM
Antonio Vivaldi’s beloved classic, The Four Seasons, is presented in its entirety, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, Music Director & Conductor, and featuring concertmaster Laura Colgate. The inspiration for The Four Seasons came from a set of four anonymous sonnets, one for each season, from which Vivaldi took descriptive phrases to direct the development of musical ideas. This makes the concertos an early form of program music, creating stories without words.
Handel’s Messiah – Airing Thursday, June 15 at 7 PM
Handel’s Messiah is a time-honored tradition that offers the occasion for community to come together and embrace the comfort and joy this holiday classic unfailingly brings every year.
Stan Engebretson, National Philharmonic Chorale Artistic Director & Conductor. Featuring Suzanne Karpov, soprano; Magdalena Wor, mezzo soprano; Matthew Smith, tenor; and Brandon Hendrickson, baritone
Mozart & Mahler – Airing Friday, June 16 at 12 PM
Cuban pianist Aldo López-Gavilán joins National Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Piotr Gajewski for a concert of classical favorites. Mozart’s bright and lively Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major stands in contrast to Mahler’s lush and deeply emotional Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor, showcasing the distinct styles of two powerhouses of the classical repertoire.
Chopin: Breaking the Rules – Airing Friday, June 16 at 7 PM
Pianist Brian Ganz continues his quest to perform the complete works of the great Romantic composer Frédéric Chopin. This evening of masterworks includes several of Chopin’s intricate and nuanced mazurkas, the hauntingly beautiful Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, and much more, performed with Ganz’s signature artistry and authenticity.
Mazurka in B-Flat Major, Op. Posth.
4 Mazurkas, Op. 30
No. 1 in C Minor
No. 2 in B Minor
No. 3 in D-Flat Major
No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor
Contredanse in G-Flat Major, Op. Posth.
Waltz in D-Flat Major Op. 70, No. 3
Waltz in E Minor, Op. Posth.
Waltz in F Minor Op. 70, No. 2
Waltz in D-Flat Major, Op. 64, No. 1 (“Minute”)
Polonaise in D Minor, Op. 71, No. 1
Polonaise in A-Flat Major, Op. 53 (“Heroic”)
Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor, Op. Posth. (“Lento con Gran’ Espressione”)
2 Nocturnes, Op. 32
No. 1 in B Major
No. 2 in A-Flat Major
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4 (1833)
Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
Scherzo No. 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 31
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