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March 7, 2012
Anne Midgette of the Washington Post previews the National Philharmonic 2012-2013 season
JaLynn Prince

Posted on the Washington Post's "Classical Beat" blog by Anne Midgette on March 7, 2012.


The National Symphony Orchestra wasn't the only orchestra in town to reveal its 2012-13 season this week; the National Philharmonic also got a piece of the season-announcement action. Strathmore's resident orchestra has established itself as a solid purveyor of the classics with a commendable sprinkling of quality soloists and a few twists, and this season bears out its pattern: you can hear all-Beethoven, all-Brahms, and all-Bach programs, but you can also hear the Lutoslawski cello concerto and the violin concerto by the late Andreas Makris, a former composer-in-residence and violinist with the NSO.

The National Philharmonic is also doing something that the Kennedy Center is not, at least in the first part of 2013: acknowledging the bicentennial of the birth of Richard Wagner with an all-Wagner concert in June. Another less-known anniversary is that of Witold Lutoslawski, who will be commemorated in a concert in January on a program with plenty of Tchaikovsky to counterbalance the 20th-century fare.

The Philharmonic's season opens in October with an all-Beethoven program conducted by Piotr Gajewski called "The Power of Three:" the third Leonore overture, the third piano concerto (with Orli Shaham), and the third symphony. Next up is an all-Prokofiev program, led by Victoria Gau, featuring suites from "Lieutenant Kije" and "Alexander Nevsky," as well as the pianist Brian Ganz as soloist in the third concerto; Ganz returns later in the year to continue his ongoing project of performing all of Chopin's piano music live over the course of a decade. The all-Brahms concerts in May feature Denyce Graves in "Alto Rhapsody," as well as the "Schicksalslied" and the Fourth Symphony; the all-Bach concert, the first and fifth Brandenburg Concertos and the cantata "Wachet Auf."

In addition to the all-one-composer profiles there are a couple of theme concerts: one focusing on the viola, with a concerto by Telemann, Mendelssohn's String Symphony no. 9, and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, with Victoria Chiang on viola and Stefan Jackiw on violin; and one focusing on American violin works, with Elena Urioste playing the Makris concerto and Bernstein's serenade, as well as the world premiere of a piece by Steven Gerber.

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