More season announcements: the National Philharmonic


Piotr Gajewski, the founder and music director of the National Philharmonic, which announced its 2012-13 season this week. (Photo by Jay Mallin). (Jay Mallin)

The National Philharmonic is also doing something that the Kennedy Center is not, at least in the first part of 2013: acknowledging the bicentennial of the birth of Richard Wagner with an all-Wagner concert in June. Another less-known anniversary is that of Witold Lutoslawski, who will be commemorated in a concert in January on a program with plenty of Tchaikovsky to counterbalance the 20th-century fare.

The Philharmonic’s season opens in October with an all-Beethoven program conducted by Piotr Gajewski called “The Power of Three:” the third Leonore overture, the third piano concerto (with Orli Shaham), and the third symphony. Next up is an all-Prokofiev program, led by Victoria Gau, featuring suites from “Lieutenant Kije” and “Alexander Nevsky,” as well as the pianist Brian Ganz as soloist in the third concerto; Ganz returns later in the year to continue his ongoing project of performing all of Chopin’s piano music live over the course of a decade. The all-Brahms concerts in May feature Denyce Graves in “Alto Rhapsody,” as well as the “Schicksalslied” and the Fourth Symphony; the all-Bach concert, the first and fifth Brandenburg Concertos and the cantata “Wachet Auf.”

In addition to the all-one-composer profiles there are a couple of theme concerts: one focusing on the viola, with a concerto by Telemann, Mendelssohn’s String Symphony no. 9, and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, with Victoria Chiang on viola and Stefan Jackiw on violin; and one focusing on American violin works, with Elena Urioste playing the Makris concerto and Bernstein’s serenade, as well as the world premiere of a piece by Steven Gerber.

Anne Midgette came to the Washington Post in 2008, when she consolidated her various cultural interests under the single title of chief classical music critic. She blogs at The Classical Beat.

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