Sunday, April 23, 2023 @ 3:00pm – 5:00pm (EDT)
Edvard GriegPeer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
Luciano BerioFolk Songs (J'Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano)
Carlos SimonSongs of Separation (world premiere; J'Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano)
Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyRomeo and Juliet, TH 42, ČW 39

"If music be the food of love, play on!" Join us for a program inspired by the written word, from epic tales to stories rich in folk flavor.

J'Nai Bridges, praised for her "plush-voiced mezzo-soprano" (The New York Times), joins the NSO for Berio's timeless Folk Songs and the world premiere of Songs of Separation by Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Carlos Simon—a work set to the words of 13th-century Persian poet Rūmī. Gianandrea Noseda also conducts Tchaikovsky's passionate view of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Opening the program is Grieg's first suite from his music for Henrik Ibsen's five-act play Peer Gynt, an eternally popular score featuring the spirited In the Hall of the Mountain King.