Gianandrea Noseda conducts Holst, Debussy, Sarasate, Giacchino, Dvořák, and Ponce – With Joshua Bell

National Symphony Orchestra

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Grab your front-row seat on a trip to outer space! The National Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Gianandrea Noseda present a Season Opening Gala Concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, performing a thrilling selection of extraorbital works: movements from Holst’s The Planets, Leopold Stokowski’s arrangement of Debussy's Clair de lune, and excerpts from a new work by Michael Giacchino, the Academy Award-winning film composer (Star Wars: Rogue One, the Star Trek trilogy). Superstar violinist Joshua Bell joins the party to perform celestially-inspired compositions for his instrument, including Sarasate’s "Introduction and Habañera" from Carmen Fantasy and Zigeunerweisen, Dvořák’s “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka, and Ponce’s Estrellita.

Joshua Bell appears courtesy of Sony Classical.
Photo: Joshua Bell © Chris Lee

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