Gianandrea Noseda conducts Wagner, Daugherty, Barber, and Debussy — With Anne Akiko Meyers

National Symphony Orchestra

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Anne Akiko Meyers — Violinist

National Symphony Orchestra — Orchestra

Gianandrea Noseda — Conductor

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Join us in Washington for another incredible evening with the National Symphony Orchestra under maestro Gianandrea Noseda—joined this time by violin star Anne Akiko Meyers for the world premiere of a new work by American composer Michael Daugherty!

This delightful and engaging program, centered around a theme of Wind & Wave, begins with the charming and perennially popular overture from Wagner's The Flying Dutchman. The widely acclaimed Meyers then takes the stage to perform the dazzling world premiere of Daugherty's Blue Electra, a work for violin and orchestra inspired by Amelia Earhart, before the orchestra takes on Samuel Barber's evocative Night Flight, the musical portrait of a nighttime flight over the sea.

Concluding this wonderfully eclectic program is Debussy's La Mer, one of the most beloved orchestral works in the repertoire and a quintessential example of musical Impressionism (with all respect to Debussy, who didn't care for the descriptor): a majestic evocation of the ineffable primal forces of nature. This singular work was a favorite of pianist Sviatoslav Richter, who said of its power, "Looking at the sea, you will not have such strong sensations as when listening to La Mer."

Photo: Anne Akiko Meyers © David Zentz / Photo: Gianandrea Noseda © Tony Hitchcock
Night Flight (Samuel Barber) © G Schirmer Inc. with the authorization of Première Music Group

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