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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
A weekend of memorable music-making from BSO, NSO
A weekend of memorable music-making from BSO, NSO

The weekend just gone by found the region's two major orchestras delivering very different programs -- Haydn, Ravel and Strauss from the Baltimore Symphony with music director Marin Alsop; Mahler's Ninth from the National Symphony with music director Christoph Eschenbach -- in almost equally impressive style. On Saturday night at the Kennedy Center, Eschenbach and the NSO explored the emotional extremes of Mahler's Symphony No. 9. The results were compelling. Eschenbach can be counted on to take his time with reflective music, and he did so here whenever Mahler turned inward. But there was also tremendous tension and energy from the podium, too, so that the symphony cleary...