In 1938 as the world was falling apart, millions of Americans heard Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings on the radio for the first time and felt its binding power. Barber’s Adagio is now considered by many to be the most popular of all 20th century orchestral works.
Adagio for Strings was performed at the funerals of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, as well as the ceremony at the site of the World Trade Center following 9/11. Several films have featured Adagio including Platoon and The Elephant Man.
Marka Young, NDSO concertmaster and Rene O. Jacobs Chair, will give a breathtaking performance of Barber's demanding Violin Concerto. With its lightning-fast finale, it has become one of the most frequently performed of all 20th-century concertos.
The concert begins with William Grant Still's beautiful Wood Notes and concludes with Howard Hanson' ground-breaking Symphony No. 2, Op. 30 (Romantic).
Hanson's Symphony had the distinction of being one of the very few American works that Arturo Toscanini conducted when he was music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.