The second in a three-concert series at BlackRock, join us as National String Symphonia (NSS) presents Compos(h)ers, Works and Modern Classics, symphonic string music by women. The NSS proudly celebrates International Women’s Day by presenting a concert of works by women composers. The program features works spanning over two centuries, including a world premiere.
Beth ANDERSON – Mourning Dove Swale (world premiere)
Elena RUEHR – Shimmer
Liana ALEXANDRA – Allegro veloce e caratteristico
Ethel SMYTH – Suite for Strings, op. 1a
Libby LARSEN – Symphony No. 4 (String Symphony)
NSS concerts typically last around two hours, including a 15-minute intermission.
Now in its fourth season, the NSS is a fully professional, symphonic string orchestra. The members of the NSS are among the finest young musicians in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area. Many perform with some of the premiere orchestras in the area and are active musicians and teachers. This ensemble strives to increase accessibility to – and the relevance of – art music, while ensuring high caliber performances. The NSS seeks to create innovative concert experiences, and it continually explores new and creative ways of presenting music to audiences of all ages and stages.
NSS founder, Dr. David A. Fanning, serves as the orchestra’s music director and conductor. During his 20-plus-years exploration of string orchestra music, he has discovered, collected, and archived thousands of works that have been buried in archives, binders, and private collections. It is from this catalog that the NSS derives its plan to expose people to new music or music they have not heard in quite a while. Dr. Fanning engages the audience before and during the concert to provide information about the pieces, composers, and musical elements that makes each piece relevant today.