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June 5, 2012

National Symphony to tour Europe in early 2013 with Eschenbach

For the second time in the space of only eight months, the National Symphony Orchestra will go on tour with music director Christoph Eschenbach.

The NSO will visit two cities in Spain and four in Germany before ending the trip with a concert in Paris. Repertoire will include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok and Strauss.

Soloists will be violinist Julia Fischer in a Mozart concerto and pianist Tzimon Barto playing Bartok.

In a statement released Tuesday, Eschenbach said that, from the beginning of his appointment, he "wanted to bring this great orchestra to the attention of the world.

"To be making our second international tour so quickly after our first is tribute to the wonderful musicians of the NSO, and to our work together,” the conductor said.

Next week, the NSO heads off to visit Trinidad, Tobago, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil in its first tour with Eschenbach, who, in his two seasons so far, has given the orchestra a considerable artistic boost.


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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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