Photo by Jonathan Hsu
John Morris Russell returns to lead the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic in the opening concert of the 2018 festival. This spectacular evening pays homage to the great American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein as part of Leonard Bernstein at 100, a two-year global celebration of the life and career of the 20th century cultural giant with more than 2,000 events on six continents.
The orchestra is joined onstage by members of the internationally renowned Wolf Trap Opera as part of their UNTRAPPED series, which brings the thrill of live vocal music to new places and unexpected spaces such as The Clarice.
James Stern and Nicholas Platoff, conductors
- Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for Strings
- Henri Tomasi: Fanfares Liturgiques for Brass Ensemble
- Emile Bernard: Divertissement for Wind Instruments
- Benjamin Britten: Suite on English Folk Songs
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
In our continuing celebration of Leonard Bernstein at 100, James Judd conducts Bernstein's Songfest which was written as a tribute to the 1976 American Bicentennial and premiered in Washington, DC. Combining poetry from the likes of Frank O'Hara, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Gertrude Stein, the work draws a picture of America's past as seen through the eyes of an artist.
The program also includes George Gershwin's iconic An American in Paris heard in a new edition which corrects and restores many of Gershwin's original musical intentions.
- Aaron Copland: An Outdoor Overture
- George Gershwin: An American in Paris
- Leonard Bernstein: Songfest
Internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music and an inspiring artistic leader, Ms. Falletta has conducted many of the world’s finest orchestras. Her program with the NOI Philharmonic includes Edward Elgar’s In the South and Johannes Brahms’ First Symphony.
- Richard Strauss: Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome
- Edward Elgar: In the South
- Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1
- Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
- Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
- Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911)