National Philharmonic: The Debut
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 8pm
The Music Center
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.”
"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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