Jumpstarting the New York Philharmonic's program of Dvorak and Bartok is the former's Carnival Overture. Bursting with spirit and energy, the vibrant piece depicts a joyful scene with bright orchestral colors and rhythms. Up next is Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 2, which delivers not only gorgeous melodies, but also spicy gypsy pulses and offers plenty of opportunities for virtuosic display and audience dazzling. Concluding the evening is Dvorak's Symphony No. 8, about which Brahms once said, "I would be happy if one of his passing thoughts occurred to me as a main idea." Christoph Eschenbach, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, conducts at the David Geffen Hall.
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