New conductor at the National

CLASSICAL MUSIC

September 12, 1996|By Stephen Wigler

A new era may begin at 8: 30 tonight at the Kennedy Center when Leonard Slatkin conducts his first concert as the National Symphony's new music director.

Slatkin has long been considered one of the bright lights among American-born and -trained conductors. He's a great orchestra builder -- the evidence is the superb orchestra he created in St. Louis during his 17-year tenure there -- and he's the right man for the NSO, which has always been less than the sum of its excellent parts.

Slatkin's right for Washington in at least one other respect: The orchestra of the nation's capital now has a music director who conducts the music of his native country with genuine flair -- something sure to be reflected by tonight's all-American program of works by Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Howard Hanson, David Baker and Duke Ellington. Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade will be the soloist.

The Kennedy Center is located off West Virginia and New Hampshire avenues N.W. in Washington. Concerts are 8: 30 tonight, tomorrow at 1: 30 p.m., Sunday at 8: 30 p.m. and Tuesday at 7 p.m. Tickets, priced $11-$47, are available by calling (202) 467-4600.

Pub Date: 9/12/96

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