“New York City audiences are used to seeing just the top of Gianandrea Noseda’s head in the orchestra pit at the Metropolitan Opera, where the Italian maestro is a frequent guest conductor,” writes Gail Wein in Wednesday’s (5/15) Playbill.com. “But on May 19, Noseda will be front and center at Carnegie Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra. Whether he is conducting an opera or a symphony, Noseda’s aim is to tell the story of the music through the performance.… Jauvon Gilliam, NSO’s principal timpanist, says that in rehearsal Noseda is highly descriptive. ‘He’ll use these very vivid analogies that paint a picture of how he wants it to sound.’ That, combined with Noseda’s clarity with his gestures, allows the musicians to easily understand his interpretation, explains Gilliam. Carnegie Hall audiences will see for themselves as Noseda leads the NSO in two profoundly dramatic concert works: Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Liszt’s Dante Symphony…. Noseda has high regard for the NSO musicians and their ability to musically convey the drama…. May 19 marks the first time that Noseda and the NSO will appear together at Carnegie Hall…. ‘When the performance becomes a life-changing experience, that is our goal,’ he says.”

Posted May 17, 2019