For its 13th Season Opening Performance, the National Chamber Ensemble presents the favorite orchestral works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart scaled down and "re-imagined" in an intimate version for a quintet. The Mission of the National Chamber Ensemble (NCE) is to entertain as well as provide opportunities to appreciate and enjoy the art of chamber music, bringing together performers, audiences and composers.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Overture to Marriage of Figaro
Piano Concerto No.23
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Where: Gunston Arts Center – Theatre 1, 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington VA 22206
Ticket: Available online or at the box office.
Parking: Free parking at the venue.
Reception: Following the concert.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Leonid Sushansky | Violin
Violinist Leonid Sushansky has been acclaimed widely for his, "Gorgeous tone... Compelling musical personality...Passionate intensity," The Washington Post. He has appeared with many orchestras, as a recitalist and chamber musician in esteemed concert halls worldwide and has been featured on numerous radio and television programs as well as at international music festivals such as: Virtuoso Violin Festival in the UK, Victoria B.C. International Music Festival, Nice International Music Festival, Lausanne Music Festival, Bach to Bartok International Festival in Italy, International Festival Tours in France, the Aspen Festival, Peter Britt Festival, and more. He is the Artistic Director and violinist of the National Chamber Ensemble.
Carlos Cesar Rodriguez | Piano
A musician of brilliance and versatility, Carlos Cesar Rodríguez has gained recognition as a virtuoso pianist who not only generates excitement in the Hispanic and Spanish repertoire but also displays an extraordinary flair for Mozart, the romantics and the avant-garde scores. An expert on early instruments as well, enjoying entree to the Smithsonian Institution’s rare collection, Mr. Rodríguez has won acclaim moreover as music director of Mozart operas and Zarzuelas (Spanish operas), and as a composer, arranger, and improviser of ballets, Spanish dance scores, and Latin-Jazz/Pop compositions. At age 21 he made his Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut. As concert-artist he has toured Europe and performed concerti and solo recitals throughout the Americas.
Uri Wassertzug | Viola
Uri Wassertzug has appeared widely as a member of chamber music groups and as a guest artist, including performances in New Zealand and Alaska. He was a founding member of the Sun Quartet, which serves on the faculty of California State University, Sacramento. He appears on CDs with both the Sun Quartet and the Empyrean Ensemble, a new-music group. In 1998, Mr. Wassertzug joined the Washington National Opera/Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in Washington, DC, and he performs frequently as Guest Principal Violist with the National Philharmonic. He was a member of the Sacramento Symphony for its final six years, and has performed with many other symphonic and opera orchestras in the United States. Mr. Wassertzug teaches viola at George Washington University, and previously taught viola, violin, and chamber music at California State University in Sacramento.
Sean Neidlinger | Cello
Cellist Sean Neidlinger enjoys an active career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Richard Aaron, he pursued further studies at New England Conservatory with Paul Katz. Described as "fiery" and "impassioned" by the Washington Post, his playing has received top prizes at several orchestra concerto competitions, including the Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria Symphonies. Mr. Neidlinger has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at the Korean, German, French, and Austrian Embassies, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and Terrace Theatre, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the Friday Morning Music Club orchestras. He also has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and has served as principal cellist of the Winchester and McLean Orchestras. Mr. Neidlinger recently toured Europe as soloist for the world premiere of the Rodriguez Elegy and Rondo for cello and wind ensemble.
Jorge Orozco | Violin
Violinist Jorge Orozco is a faculty member at the Levine School of Music and the Georgetown Visitation School. He is also conductor of Chamber String and Preparatory Strings at Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras. Under Mr. Orozco's tutelage, Chamber Strings has performed at Strathmore, the Kennedy Center concert hall, and Carnegie Hall. Mr. Orozco is an active chamber music performer in the Washington Metropolitan area and is also the concertmaster of the Metropolitan Orchestra at Montgomery College. Mr. Orozco has participated in numerous festivals and workshops including the Texas Music Festival, Victoria Bach Festival, Havana Contemporary Music Festival, Vicksburg Chamber Music Festival, the Sterling-Delay Seminar, and the Juilliard Conducting Workshop.