Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019 | 4:00 PM

Live! at 10th & G (View Map)
945 G St, NW, Washington, DC 20001

GRIEG From Holberg’s Time
Concerto for String Orchestra
Psycho: A Narrative for String Orchestra
Concerto for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings

Ryo Yanagitani, piano

“Chiaroscuro,” the Italian word for “light-dark,” is the treatment of light and shadow in paintings. The technique, pioneered by artists like Rembrandt, achieves a life-like, three-dimensional effect through the use of contrasting shades and colors.

The use of contrast is equally as important in music. In NOW’s season opener, we explore four outstanding musical works that embrace contrast in their musical narratives and confront the listener with tension and conflict before eventually restoring balance.

Chris Carrillo, trumpet

Grieg's Holberg Suite and Bacewicz's Concerto for String Orchestra strive to combine tradition with modernity, while Herman’s Pyscho: A Narrative for String Orchestra, the famous soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock’s cinema classic, follows one man’s descent into madness. Finally, Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto is a stunning display of virtuosic brilliance where two solo instruments, piano and trumpet, compete and duet with one another.