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Thu. May 16, 2024 7p.m.

Thomas Wilkins holding conductor baton wearing tux and Randall Goosby in white clothes holding violin

Concert Hall

  • Runtime

    Approx. 105 Minutes, Including a 15-minute intermission

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Program

Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Randall Goosby, violin*

Anna Clyne
(b. 1980)
This Moment (6')**
Felix Mendelssohn
(1809-1847)
Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64 (26')
  • I. Allegro molto appassionato
  • II. Andante
  • III. Allegretto non troppo -
    IV. Allegro molto vivace
    • Randall Goosby, violin

Intermission

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
(1875-1912)
Danse nègre, Op. 35, No. 4 (26')
Edward Elgar
(1857-1934)
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, Enigma Variations (29')
  • Enigma: Andante
  • I. "C.A.E." L'istesso tempo
  • II. "H.D.S.- P." Allegro
  • III. "R.B.T." Allegretto
  • IV. "W.M.B." Allegro di molto
  • V. "R.P.A." Moderato
  • VI. "Ysobel" Andantino
  • VII. "Troyte" Presto
  • VIII. "W.N." Allegretto
  • IX. "Nimrod" Moderato
  • X. "Dorabella - Intermezzo" Allegretto
  • XI. "G.R.S." Allegro di molto
  • XII. "B.G.N." Andante
  • XIII. "*** - Romanza" Moderato
  • XIV. "E.D.U." - Finale
  •  

*NSO subscription debut
**First performance by the NSO
This Moment was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

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Program order and artists are subject to change.

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Meet the Artists

  • Randall Goosby

    “For me, personally, music has been a way to inspire others.” Randall Goosby’s own words sum up perfectly his commitment to being an artist who makes a difference. Signed exclusively to Decca Classics in 2020 at the age of 24, American violinist Randall Goosby is acclaimed for the sensitivity and intensity of his musicianship alongside his determination to make music more inclusive and accessible, as well as bringing the music of under-represented composers to light.

  • Thomas Wilkins

    Devoted to promoting a life-long enthusiasm for music, Thomas Wilkins brings energy and commitment to audiences of all ages. He is hailed as a master at communicating and connecting with audiences. Mr. Wilkins is Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; the Boston Symphony’s Artistic Advisor, Education and Community Engagement; Principal Guest Conductor of the Virginia Symphony and holds Indiana University’s Henry A. Upper Chair of Orchestral Conducting established by the late Barbara and David Jacobs as a part of that University’s “Matching the Promise Campaign.”

    Thomas Wilkins
  • National Symphony Orchestra

    The 2023–2024 season is the National Symphony Orchestra’s 93rd season, and Music Director Gianandrea Noseda’s seventh season. Noseda serves as the Orchestra’s seventh Music Director, joining the NSO’s legacy of distinguished leaders: Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Antal Doráti, Howard Mitchell, and Hans Kindler. Its artistic leadership also includes Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and Artistic Advisor Ben Folds.

    National Symphony Orchestra in the Concert Hall

Meet the National Symphony Orchestra

Gianandrea Noseda, Music Director, The Roger Sant and Congresswoman Doris Matsui Chair

Steven Reineke, Principal Pops Conductor

Ben Folds, Artistic Advisor

The National Symphony Orchestra uses a system of revolving strings. In each string section, untitled members are listed in order of length of service.

* Regularly Engaged Extra Musician
** Temporary Position
*** Leave of Absence

Program Notes

© 2024 Tim Smith

Anna Clyne: This Moment

This Moment is inspired by the calligraphy of Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Zen master, and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, who passed away in January 2022 at the age of 95. It is a meditation on his words, “This moment is full of wonders.” This Moment is also a response to our collective grief and loss in recent years, and borrows two moments from Mozart’s Requiem, the work with which This Moment was premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in July 2023.

Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

George Bernard Shaw, galivanting around London in the late-1880s as a music critic under the tongue-in-cheek nom de plume Corno di Bassetto, boldly declared that Felix Mendelssohn was “not in the foremost rank of great composers.” Moments of “touching tenderness and refinement” weren’t enough, Shaw argued, to make you forget Mendelssohn’s “conventional sentimentality and his despicable oratorio mongering.” (Few things rankled Shaw more than the composer’s weighty choral works “Elijah” and “St. Paul.”) Such condescension persisted well into the 20th century. A particularly long-lasting notion held that Mendelssohn peaked early—he wrote the incomparable “Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 17—then, to quote another notable critic, Harold C. Schonberg, “never lived up to his initial creative promise.”

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Danse nègre

On the long, lamentable list of overlooked and under-appreciated composers, the name Samuel Coleridge-Taylor jumps out. Had he not died in 1912 at only 37, he may well have become such a major 20th-century figure that he would turn up regularly, rather than rarely, on concert programs today. Despite his short life, he produced a considerable amount of music well worth attention, including stirring choral and orchestral works, charming chamber and solo piano pieces, a rapturous violin concerto, character-rich songs and more. 

Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations

The story goes that Elgar’s wife, Alice, heard the composer doodling at the piano and asked what he was playing. “Nothing,” the composer replied. “But something might be made of it.” That something turned out to be Variations on an Original Theme, better known as “Enigma Variations.” With this piece, premiered in London in 1899, the 42-year-old Elgar suddenly went from moderate success to international star.

The score, brilliant in form and content, is a kind of musical photo album holding snapshots of 13 people close to the composer, and, to close, a 14th item that serves as his selfie. Originally, Elgar intended to leave listeners guessing about the folks referenced in the piece, providing only initials or a nickname (in one case, just symbols) as a clue at the top of each variation. Eventually, he provided some details about the personalities, moods, or events he sought to depict. But he also urged people to consider the piece “absolute music,” adding that any “personal allusions only concerned [the composer’s] subjects and himself.” To be sure, if we knew nothing about the Elgar social circle immortalized here, the inventive music would still impress mightily. But all that intimate stuff behind the notes sure makes everything even more fascinating.

Staff

Staff for the National Symphony Orchestra

*Kennedy Center staff who support the NSO

Administration

Executive Director Jean Davidson

Manager of Finance and Administration Louise Niepoetter

Executive Team

Vice President, Artistic Planning Nigel Boon

Vice President of Marketing Derek A. Johnson*

Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis Shuda Li*

Director of Public Relations Jen Luzzo*

Chief Development Officer Eric Stillman

Vice President and General Manager Genevieve Twomey

Vice President, Capital Campaigns & Strategic Planning Sarah Wilber*

Director of Music Education Warren G. Williams, III*

Artistic

Assistant Manager, Artistic Planning & Administration  Emma Biggert

Senior Producing Director Justin Ellis

Artistic Assistant Administrator Lucia Lostumbo

Artistic Assistant Nampoina Randrianarivelo

Community Engagement

Manager of Community Engagement Xavier Joseph

Development

Major Gift Officer, NSO Rebin Ali*

Senior Manager, Foundation & Government Giving Serena Anguiano*

Special Events Manager Barin Boudreaux*

Manager, Foundation & Government Giving Lauren Breen*

Director of Operations & Stewardship, NSO Jean Campo

Director, Development Systems & Strategies Jenny Flemingloss*

Assistant Manager, Foundation & Government Giving Emiko Fukuda*

Manager, Corporate Relations Nicole Galagan*

Director, Planned Giving Matthew Gardner*

Assistant, NSO Board & Leadership Campaigns Helena Hadlock

Assistant Manager, NSO Board & Leadership Campaigns Katie Kolo

Assistant, Stewardship Jordan Lapsley*

Special Projects Officer, Corporate Relations David Lavis*

Director, Foundation & Government Giving Maryvonne Neptune*

Senior Manager, Corporate Relations Crystal Padley*

Vice President, Corporate Engagment Ellen Palmer*

Assistant Manager, NSO Individual Giving Laney Pleasanton

Manager, NSO Individual Giving Maria Servodidio

Director, Prospect Development, Intelligence, & Analytics Kellyn Smith*

Manager, Stewardship Nora St. Arnold*

Assistant, NSO Individual Giving Scarlett Sullivan*

Events Fundraising Manager Sefanit Tekle*

Assistant Manager, Foundation & Government Giving Margaret Trombly*

Assistant Manager, Foundation & Government Giving Lauren Walker*

Education

Manager of Music Education, Programming and Productions Emily Heckel*

Human Resources

Director, Total Rewards Tony Amato*

Director, Talent Acquisition LaTa'sha Bowens*

Talent Acquisition Manager Chanel Kemp*

Senior Manager, HRIS & Benefits Aushja (Shay) Mitchell*

HRIS Coordinator Lisa Motti*

Benefits Coordinator Ericka Parham*

Senior Business Partner John Sanford*

Director, HR Operations Mafona Shea*

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Marketing Manager, NSO, Fortas, and New Music Lindsay Sheridan*

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Senior Manager, Social MediaDevan Costello-Mays*

Senior Copywriter & Assistant Manager, Advertising CommunicationsLily Maroni

Assistant Manager, Social MediaKyle Russo

Advertising Production & Special Projects Assistant ManagerElizabeth Stoltz*

Director, Sales & Ticketing ServiceDerek Younger*

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Media & OPAS Support Coordinator Joseph Benitez

Assistant Stage Manager N. Christian Bottorff

Senior Manager, Production & Operations Krysta Cihi

Production Manager Daryl Donley

Stage Manager David Langrell

Assistant Manager, Orchestra Operations Brooke Bartolome

Orchestra Personnel

Director, Orchestra Personnel Jim Hewitt

Orchestra Personnel Manager Karyn Garvin

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Senior Press Representative David Hsieh*

Public Relations Coordinator, Classical Kate Wyman*

Kennedy Center Executive Leadership

President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing ArtsDeborah F. Rutter

Vice President, Public RelationsEileen Andrews

Chief Information Officer Ralph Bellandi

Senior Vice President, MarketingKimberly J. Cooper

Executive Director, National Symphony OrchestraJean Davidson

Senior Vice President, Artistic PlanningMonica Holt

Chief Financial OfficerStacey Johnson

Vice President, EducationJordan LaSalle

Vice President, Government Relations and ProtocolLaurie McKay

Senior Vice President, DevelopmentLeslie Miller

General Director, Washington National OperaTimothy O’Leary

Chief Human Resources OfficerFrederick Owusu

Executive Vice President & General CounselAsh Zachariah

Staff for the Concert Hall

  • Theater Manager
    *Allen V. McCallum Jr.
  • Box Office Treasurer
    Deborah Glover
  • Head Usher
    Cathy Crocker
  • Stage Crew
    Zach Boutilier, Michael Buchman, Paul Johannes, April King, John Ottaviano, and Arielle Qorb

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Program

Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Randall Goosby, violin*

Anna Clyne
(b. 1980)
This Moment (6')**
Felix Mendelssohn
(1809-1847)
Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64 (26')
  • I. Allegro molto appassionato
  • II. Andante
  • III. Allegretto non troppo -
    IV. Allegro molto vivace
    • Randall Goosby, violin

Intermission

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
(1875-1912)
Danse nègre, Op. 35, No. 4 (26')
Edward Elgar
(1857-1934)
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, Enigma Variations (29')
  • Enigma: Andante
  • I. "C.A.E." L'istesso tempo
  • II. "H.D.S.- P." Allegro
  • III. "R.B.T." Allegretto
  • IV. "W.M.B." Allegro di molto
  • V. "R.P.A." Moderato
  • VI. "Ysobel" Andantino
  • VII. "Troyte" Presto
  • VIII. "W.N." Allegretto
  • IX. "Nimrod" Moderato
  • X. "Dorabella - Intermezzo" Allegretto
  • XI. "G.R.S." Allegro di molto
  • XII. "B.G.N." Andante
  • XIII. "*** - Romanza" Moderato
  • XIV. "E.D.U." - Finale
  •  

*NSO subscription debut
**First performance by the NSO
This Moment was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

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