Slava’s looking at you, kid

Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra rehearsing in Moscow’s Great Hall under the gaze of its late music director.

photo: Steven Honigberg

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  • I will be eagerly anticipating next week’s Slava Salutes concert featuring the NSO and James Conlon conducting the following programme:

    Britten’s Four Sea Interludes
    Prokofiev’s 1st Piano Concerto and
    Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony

  • This was a fascinating trip for the NSO which hadn’t been in Russia since Slava conducted us a quarter century ago – the famous Red Square concert in 40 degree weather and fighting at the Russian White House conjures up memories from that trip. Moscow is totally unrecognizable from when we were last there. It is a vibrant, bustling, alive city full of history and endless sights to see (way too many cars but that shouldn’t surprise anyone). Their food is plentiful and delicious. The Russian people are just like everybody else on the planet. They are chic, polite and wonderful. Of course the concert halls in Moscow and St. Petersburg are legendary with a palpable feel of profundity.

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