Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The National Symphony Orchestra And The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center To Celebrate Shakespeare, Shostakovich, And Serious Classical Fun

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C., and the National Symphony Orchestra, its resident orchestra, today announced their programs for the 2006/2007 Season. An overarching theme will be the influence of Renaissance playwright William Shakespeare on all of today's classical performing arts.

Opera highlights include the Kirov (Mariinsky Theater) Opera, of Petersburg, Russia, returning to perform Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims and Verdi's Falstaff; as well as a concert version of Shostakovich's Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk.

Theater and Ballet highlights include performances of Adam Guettel's The Light In The Piazza, Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, and Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Shakespeare's Coriolanus; as well as the Matthew Bourne and New Adventures ballet, Edward Scissorhands. There will also be major revivals of the musical Carnival, and the powerful plays Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Twelve Angry Men, and Waiting for Godot. The International Ballet programs will spotlight "Shakespeare in Ballet".

The details for the new John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Season are available here:


The National Symphony Orchestra will feature two weeks of the great cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich conducting works by his mentor and colleague, Dmitri Shostakovich; a concert version of Richard Strauss's Salome with soprano Deborah Voigt; Leonard Slatkin joining Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach) leading three "Serious Fun" Classical Music Concerts; and four world premieres and a major American premiere: Berg's Alto Flute Concerto (with James Galway), Lee III's "Beyond Rivers of Vision", Bate's "Liquid Interface", Higdon's "Piano Concerto" (with Lang Lang), and the American premiere of Harvey's " ... towards a Pure Land." New NSO Principal Guest Conductor Iván Fischer will make his NSO premiere in his new role in a largely European program and an all-Mendelssohn program.

For details, see:

The Kirov Opera of Petersburg, Russia reinterpreted Verdi's Macbeth at the Lincoln Center Festival, in New York City, in 2003.

The Kirov Opera's latest production of Verdi's Falstaff is reported to feature a finale, choreographed by ballet master Alla Sigalova, fashioned to resemble an S&M fetish party, complete with whips, lashes, leather corsets and masks. See:

Galina Stolyarova "A very merry Falstaff" The St. Petersburg Times February 22, 2006.

Photo credit: (c) Monika Ritterhaus and the Village Voice. nyclife/0328,shortlist,4... With thanks.


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