Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor
Lester Lynch, bass-baritone

Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor
Lester Lynch, bass-baritone

Sir Simon Rattle makes his first visit to Washington, D.C., in more than 20 years as chief conductor of Germany’s acclaimed Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO). Known throughout the world for his deep musical insight, and charismatic presence as an educator and communicator, Rattle leads the Grammy-winning BRSO in a performance of orchestral showpieces. Experience Richard Wagner’s “Prelude und Liebestod” from the heart-wrenching opera Tristan und Isolde; Beethoven’s nature-inspired “Pastoral” Symphony; and Alexander von Zemlinsky’s Symphony Gesänge, performed with charismatic baritone Lester Lynch, a vocalist “with nuance and satisfying dramatic variety” (Bachtrack), who is well-known to D.C.-area audiences. Do not miss the opportunity to experience this one of only four U.S. performances by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2024.

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Program Details

Richard Wagner – “Prelude und Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde
Alexander von Zemlinsky – Symphonische Gesänge, op. 20
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 in F Major, op. 68 (“Pastorale”)

“Here is an orchestra that is not only very brilliant – it doesn’t have any weaknesses at all. They are enormously spontaneous and emotional performers, playing every concert like it could be their last. They give everything, more than a hundred percent.” 


Our Partners

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Lucia and Fred Hill, Drs. Elliot and Lily Gardner Feldman, and Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, and Kenneth R. Feinberg and Diane Feinberg.

Washington Performing Arts’s classical music performances this season are made possible in part through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.

His Excellency Andreas Michaelis, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce DCMG, His Majesty’s Ambassador to the U.S. British Embassy Washington, are the honorary patrons of this engagement.

This is one of fourteen 2023-2024 season performances included in Washington Performing Arts’s The World in Our City initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via the presentation of international visiting artists, globally inspired local programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools. Support for The World in Our City is provided by The Boeing Company.

Special thanks to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities;the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; and The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

This performance is an external rental presented in coordination with the Kennedy Center Campus Rentals Office and is not produced by the Kennedy Center.

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