Akiko Suwanai & NSO

Maestro Series 3

Akiko Suwanai & NSO


2018-01-12 Fri 19:30National Concert Hall 400 700 1000 1200 1500
DORIAN WILSON, conductor
AKIKO SUWANAI, violin

JOHN ADAMS: The Chairman Dances
CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: Violin Concerto No. 3, Op. 61, B minor
SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 5, Op. 100, B-flat major

American conductor Dorian Wilson brings music of his homeland to open this program of popular favorites. The chairman of The Chairman Dances is Mao Tse-Tung. John Adams originally wrote the twelve-minute dance sequence to be part of his opera Nixon in China, but then decided to give it a life of its own, in which form it quickly became one of his most popular works. Saint-Saëns’ Third Violin Concerto is one of the mainstays of the romantic violin repertory, music of great lyrical beauty as well as of pyrotechnical displays. Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony is one of the trio of great “Russian Fifths” (the others belong to Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich), a big, 45-minute work bursting with melodic invention, rhythmic zest and colorful orchestration.