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Gianandrea Noseda conducts the Israel Philharmonic in an all-French program at the Kennedy Center on March 30
Washington, D.C. – The Israel Philharmonic returns to perform a program of works by Fauré, Ravel and Berlioz under principal guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Sunday, March 30 at 7 p.m. Said The Guardian of a London performance “The orchestra, sounding world-class, seized every brief opportunity to shine.” This will be the 19th time WPAS has presented this orchestra to Washington audiences. This performance is made possible through the generous support of Dr. Paul G. Stern and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation. Born in Milan in 1964, Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda makes his WPAS debut with this concert. Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Laureate Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic for which he was chief conductor, Noseda has a talent “for making us rethink the familiar,” said Britain’s Guardian. Noseda was recently called “a significant conductor on the international scene,” by the New York Times, after his Mostly Mozart Festival debut at Avery Fisher Hall last summer. Noseda regularly conducts leading U.S. and foreign orchestras. He has also been familiar to Metropolitan Opera audiences, where he has conducted a variety of works including five Verdi operas since his 2002 debut, and was praised for the recent revival of Macbeth. He returns to the Met with two productions in the 2014. Noseda served as the first foreign principal guest conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre from 1997 – 2007. Noseda’s 2011–2012 season included well-received performances of Britten’s War Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in both London and New York, where the New York Times selected the performance as one of the top ten performances of 2011, while The New Yorker’s Alex Ross wrote, “Noseda marshaled the finest War Requiem I have heard.” Noseda made a critically-acclaimed debut at the Teatro alla Scala in June 2012, with a new production of Luisa Miller and also debuted at the Edinburgh International Festival that year. Noseda often speaks publicly about the need to continue investing in culture during difficult economic conditions and appeared on CNBC’s Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo at the New York Stock Exchange. Founder of the Mariinsky Young Philharmonic, Noseda regularly works with youth orchestras and conducts master classes. Noseda’s discography includes over 35 recordings, including Anna Netrebko’s first album with the Vienna Philharmonic. His Turin production of Massenet’s Thaïs was recently recognized as one of the top 20 opera productions of the last 20 years by BBC Music Magazine. Originally called the Palestine Philharmonic, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1936 by Bronislaw Huberman, and its inaugural concert onDecember 26, 1936, was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. The IPO tours the world’s cultural centers and its prestigious festivals annually, frequently premiering works by Israeli composers. The Orchestra also performs throughout Israel, and at special concerts for Israeli soldiers at their outposts, and contributes to the absorption of new immigrants by including many new immigrant musicians in its ranks. The orchestra has hosted most of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists. Zubin Mehta was appointed Music Advisor to the IPO in 1968 and became its music director in 1977. Leonard Bernstein was named IPO Laureate Conductor in 1988, and Kurt Masur was appointed Honorary Guest Conductor in 1992.
This performance is made possible through the generous support of Dr. Paul G. Stern.
Additional support is provided by the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation.
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Support is provided by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
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