Hugh Wolff to lead National Symphony in 2011 Kentucky residency

The National Symphony Orchestra’s first American Residency of the Christoph Eschenbach era will be conducted by — Hugh Wolff.
The orchestra announced Wednesday that its 21st residency, in February 2011, will take it to Kentucky. The exact schedule has yet to be announced, but the nine-day trip around the state will involve at least two orchestra concerts, plus a wide array of chamber concerts and outreach events.
It’s a huge commitment for all the musicians involved, and with Eschenbach’s busy, planned-far-in-advance schedule, too much of one for him. Between Feb. 17 and 25, while his new orchestra is moving between Frankfort and Lexington, Louisville and Paducah, the new music director is scheduled to be on the other side of the pond, leading the Bamberger Symphoniker in performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis before going up to London for a Mahler program with the London Symphony Orchestra. In Wolff, though, a former associate conductor of the NSO under Mstislav Rostropovich who has since gone on to a very respectable career, the NSO players have a fine partner whom they also happen to like.
Planning these residencies is a formidable logistical task. Not every community that would like to host an NSO concert has a hall big enough to hold 100 musicians onstage. After the available halls have been identified and the orchestra’s main route planned, local coordinators solicit proposals from smaller venues that would like to interact with the musicians: anything from elementary schools to, in Arkansas in 2009, a local comedy improv troupe.
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Hugh Wolff to lead National Symphony in 2011 Kentucky residency
Links to this articleBy Anne MidgetteWashington Post Staff Writer Thursday, August 5, 2010
The National Symphony Orchestra’s first American Residency of the Christoph Eschenbach era will be conducted by — Hugh Wolff.The orchestra announced Wednesday that its 21st residency, in February 2011, will take it to Kentucky. The exact schedule has yet to be announced, but the nine-day trip around the state will involve at least two orchestra concerts, plus a wide array of chamber concerts and outreach events.It’s a huge commitment for all the musicians involved, and with Eschenbach’s busy, planned-far-in-advance schedule, too much of one for him. Between Feb. 17 and 25, while his new orchestra is moving between Frankfort and Lexington, Louisville and Paducah, the new music director is scheduled to be on the other side of the pond, leading the Bamberger Symphoniker in performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis before going up to London for a Mahler program with the London Symphony Orchestra. In Wolff, though, a former associate conductor of the NSO under Mstislav Rostropovich who has since gone on to a very respectable career, the NSO players have a fine partner whom they also happen to like.Planning these residencies is a formidable logistical task. Not every community that would like to host an NSO concert has a hall big enough to hold 100 musicians onstage. After the available halls have been identified and the orchestra’s main route planned, local coordinators solicit proposals from smaller venues that would like to interact with the musicians: anything from elementary schools to, in Arkansas in 2009, a local comedy improv troupe.

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