A Night at the Symphony

Last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. As a fan of 20th century classical music, as well as Russian composers, the bill was particularly attractive, with pieces by Shostakovitch and Rimsky-Korsakov.

But that was not all that was attractive.

The first chair of the National Symphony is more than adequately filled by the beautiful and very talented Nurit Bar-Joseph. This picture hardly does her justice. Her playing, stage presence and, well, in good taste I won't go further. Suffice it to say that she was a pleasure to hear and watch.

She led the orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade. Those who are not regular concert goers will undoubtedly recognize the piece (listen to the clip on the right for a taste of the opening movement). It is a favorite of many an ice skater and romantic. Despite that, it was a pleasure to hear, and in this case, to see.