National Philharmonic: The Debut

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 8pm

The Music Center

National Philharmonic
The Debut

Member Encore Q&A

Zuill Bailey, cello
Roberto Diaz, viola
Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Schumann                  Manfred Overture
Miklós Rózsa             Theme, Variations and Finale, op. 13
Richard Strauss         Don Quixote
Wagner                       Prelude to Die Meistersinger

Come hear the program that catapulted Leonard Bernstein into the spotlight! 

On November 14, 1943, Bernstein, a young and inexperienced assistant to the mighty Bruno Walter, took to the stage on very short notice to replace the suddenly ill maestro and to conduct the New York Philharmonic in a demanding program that included three warhorses of Western music and a contemporary orchestral piece. Bernstein recalled his debut in one of his last interviews: “There was no rehearsal… I strode out and I don’t remember a thing from that moment, until the sound of people standing and cheering and clapping.” 

Zuill Bailey, a three-time Grammy Award winner, “is easily one of the finest cellists alive today.” 

-Classical Net

"With a world-class sound, [Grammy Award winner Roberto Diaz's] serious and dramatic approach to the Schnittke Viola Concerto is among the best we've heard this year..."

- El Mercurio

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Zuill Bailey