Simone Young To Replace Christoph Eschenbach
In National Symphony Orchestra Concerts
February 23–25, 2023

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Simone Young will replace Christoph Eschenbach in this week’s National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) concerts, February 23–25, 2023. Eschenbach, the NSO’s former Music Director, has withdrawn due to illness. The program—Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and works by Mozart featuring soprano Chen Reiss—will remain the same.

These performances mark Simone Young’s second appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra. Young made her Washington debut in November 2021 conducting a program of Pärt, Britten, and Shostakovich.

Simone Young is considered one of the most important conductors of our time. After completing her musical studies in her native Sydney, Australia, she began her career on the podium in Germany. This launched her international career, which has taken her to nearly every important opera house and symphony orchestra around the world. Young is known as a specialist in the German repertoire, a reputation she developed early in her career when she conducted multiple complete cycles of Wagner’s “Ring” in Vienna and Berlin.

As a guest conductor in the 2022–2023 season she leads productions at the Opéra de Paris (Salome), and the Metropolitan Opera (Der Rosenkavalier), while concert invitations lead her to the stages of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre national de France, the Orquesta nacional de España, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Philharmonia Zürich, and the Orchestre national de Lyon.

Young is currently Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Her previous titled positions include: Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (2017–2020), Principal Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic (1998–2002); Artistic Director of Opera Australia (2001–2003); Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon; Artistic and Chief Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and its orchestra. (2005–2015).

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Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Thursday, February 23, 2023, 7:00 PM
Friday, February 24, 2023, 11:30 AM
Saturday, February 25, 2023, 8:00 PM

Simone Young, conductor
Chen Reiss, soprano

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART          Exsultate, jubilate

                                                             Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro 

                                                             “Dove sono” from Le Nozze di Figaro

                                                              “Non mi dir” from Don Giovanni

Johannes BRAHMS                       Symphony No. 2