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Thomas Wilkins

Thomas Wilkins

For ten days, May 7th to the 17th, the National Symphony Orchestra presents an American festival called NEW MOVES:  symphony + dance, featuring three different programs that combine iconic works by composers such as Bernstein, Barber and Copland with new American music by living composers including John Adams, Marc Neikrug and George Walker.  The festival also presents the Washington premiere of two NSO co-commissions and performances by several dance ensembles.

Classical WETA’s Nicole Lacroix speaks to Thomas Wilkins, conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra’s NEW MOVES: Symphony + Dance festival at the Kennedy Center. Composer James Oliverio, NSO timpanist Jauvon Gilliam, and NSO bassoonist Sue Heineman join in the conversation, discussing the Washington premieres of two pieces.

NEW MOVES: symphony + dance is at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts May 7 through the 17th.  There’s more information at NationalSymphony.org.