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What to Hear Next Season: NSO

See my preview of the National Symphony Orchestra's new season at

National Symphony Orchestra 2011-12 Season Preview (Washingtonian, June 23):

The National Symphony Orchestra had a dynamic first season with its new music director, Christoph Eschenbach. Eschenbach has shown that his rapport with the musicians is strong, that he chooses some interesting repertory off the beaten path, and that he knows how to blend those unusual choices with some bones tossed to the more conservative audience member. Certainly, Eschenbach’s presence has nudged the NSO back into position as the local orchestra we most want to hear, a place it had arguably lost to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during the early years of Marin Alsop’s tenure. The chance to watch how the NSO grows and develops with Eschenbach is worth the price of admission to at least some of next season’s concerts. [Continue reading]

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