The National Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Gianandrea Noseda in performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

“The National Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday its 2023-24 slate of programming, a tripartite season based on three ‘season-spanning residencies’ and featuring the orchestra’s first international tour under music director Gianandrea Noseda,” writes Michael Andor Brodeur in Thursday’s (3/9) Washington Post. “On the European tour (Feb. 16-28), the NSO, accompanied by pianist Seong-Jin Cho and violinist Hilary Hahn, will travel to Spain, Germany and Italy, with a performance at … Teatro alla Scala in Noseda’s hometown of Milan. The tour is the centerpiece of the residency called ‘Gianandrea’s Friends,’ which, on this side of the Atlantic, will spotlight pianist Fazil Say, violinist Gil Shaham, Hahn and Cho, as well as a Carnegie Hall appearance with violinist James Ehnes … The other two companion ‘acts’ of the forthcoming NSO season are … an extended exploration of Italian, Russian and American composers and the launch of an opera-in-concert series … Other season highlights include six NSO commissions, including composer Adolphus Hailstork’s ‘JFK: The Last Speech,’ narrated by Phylicia Rashad, and new compositions by Tania León, Kennedy Center composer-in-residence Carlos Simon,” Billy Childs, Anna Clyne, and Bryce Dressner. Clyne’s work, commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, will receive its Washington, D.C. premiere in May 2024. The Kennedy Center also announced the coming seasons at the Washington National Opera and Fortas Chamber Music Concerts.