Gemma New, conductor
Jennifer Koh, violin
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Missy Mazzoli: Violin Concerto (NSO Co-commission)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat major, Op. 82
The Washington Post described Gemma New’s 2019 NSO debut as “meticulously calibrated beauty.” Now, the New Zealand-born conductor leads Missy Mazzoli’s Violin Concerto, commissioned by the NSO and performed by superstar Jennifer Koh.
The evening closes with Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5, which was commissioned by the Finnish government in honor of the composer’s 50th birthday (Dec. 8, 1915), now declared a national holiday.