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Fifth NDR season: World Premiere and Opening Night with Joshua Bell

21cmediagroup / 31st August 2023 / News
Gilbert launches his fifth NDR season with an Opening Night program showcasing the world premiere of The Elements. Featuring its dedicatee, violinist Joshua Bell, this new five-part suite was collaboratively composed by American composers Jake Heggie, Jennifer Higdon, Edgar Meyer, Jessie Montgomery and Kevin Puts, whose respective movements depict fire, space, water, air and space. Opening with Dutilleux’s Métabolesand closing with Stravinsky’s iconic The Rite of Spring, the NDR’s season-opening program will stream live to audiences worldwide (Sep 1 & 2), after which it will be available for streaming on-demand for 30 days.

Appointed as the NDR’s 2023-24 Artist-in-Residence, Bell rejoins Gilbert and the orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, which they pair with Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, first in Hamburg (Nov 3 & 4) and then on a five-city European tour (Nov 6–12). A second international tour soon follows, when Gilbert and the NDR visit sixJapanese cities with an all-Brahms program featuring pianist Kyohei Sorita (Nov 22–30). The conductor and orchestra complete their fall lineup at home in Hamburg, where violinists Stefan Wagner (Sep 8 & 10) and Frank Peter Zimmermann (Oct 26 & 29) join them for concertos and Gilbert himself plays violin in an intimate evening of chamber music (Oct 28).