National String Symphonia: Vaughan Williams – Five Variants

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Chamber, Classical | Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 | 7:00 PM | $21-33

National String Symphonia: Vaughan Williams - Five Variants

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BlackRock and the National String Symphonia celebrate a new partnership and the opening of a three-concert series at BlackRock with a special ticket offer for music students and their families.

Youth tickets are NOW JUST $10 and if you buy one adult ticket you can get a youth ticket for FREE for this opening performance!*

Join the NSS as they begin their 2016-17 season at BlackRock. Their opening performance will feature three influential composers’ interpretations of Theme and Variations, one of the cornerstones of string orchestra music. Featured on Sting’s 2006 album “Songs from the Labyrinth,” “Flow My Tears” is the inspiration for John Dowland’s “Lachrimae”, one of the earliest string ensemble works in existence. Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus” was based on a song written around the same time period. Works by Janacek, Dvorak, and Suk will complete the program.

Variety is not limited to the musical compositions. The NSS presents music in a variety of ways, and this concert will be no exception. From a single soloist to a small group to the full ensemble, presentations will be as varied as the music itself. In addition, Maestro Fanning’s conversations with the audience create an intimate and informative experience that engages all listeners.


John DOWLAND: Excerpts from “Lachrimae”

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: “Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus”

Antonin DVOŘÁK: Two Waltzes, Op. 51, Nos. 1 & 4

Josef SUK: “Meditations on ‘Svatý Václave”

Leoš JANÁČEK: Suite

Now in its fourth season, the NSS is a fully professional symphonic string orchestra. 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.

This event will be in the Mainstage Theater and has Reserved seating. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Patron Services team by emailing, or calling 240-912-1058. See our full list of ticketing policies here.

*Not to be combined with any other discounts.


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