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Renovated in 1997, the Concert Hall is the largest performance space in the Kennedy Center, seating 2,465. This state-of-the-art facility, which originally opened in 1971, sets new standards for accessibility and sound with a high-tech acoustical canopy, accessible locations on every level, and new seating sections (onstage boxes, chorister seats, and parterre seats). The 7 famous Hadeland crystal chandeliers, a gift from Norway, are repositioned to clear the field of view from the Second tier center. Behind the stage you will note the organ, a generous gift by Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein, given on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Kennedy Center and the 80th anniversary of the NSO.

For more information on the organ’s specifications click here.

Coming to the Concert Hall :

Image for National Symphony Orchestra: Jesús López-Cobos, conductor: Thursday - Camané & Carminho, fado (Portugal) / Fri. & Sat. - Juanita Lascarro, soprano (Colombia) & Javier Perianes, piano (Spain)

National Symphony Orchestra: Jesús López-Cobos, conductor: Thursday - Camané & Carminho, fado (Portugal) / Fri. & Sat. - Juanita Lascarro, soprano (Colombia) & Javier Perianes, piano (Spain)


Jesús López-Cobos, one of Spain's most distinguished conductors, leads two programs as part of the Kennedy Center festival IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix.

Portuguese fado with Camané & Carminho

Led by Jesús López-Cobos, one of Spain's most distinguished conductors, the NSO presents an evening of fado, sometimes called the "soul music of Portugal." Bringing this haunting and evocative music to life are two of the greatest fadistas of today. Camané is the leading man in a new generation of Portugal's fado singers, with more than 6 million albums sold and several Portuguese Golden Globe nominations to his credit. As the daughter of Teresa Siqueira, a famous fado singer in her own right, Carminho is a household name in Portugal and consummate crossover artist, displaying a mastery of fado and other genres from folk to pop. The NSO also performs Joaquín Turina's Danzas fantásticas--a celebration of the sounds of Aragon, the Basque region, and Andalusia--and Isaac Albéniz's Iberia suite, which conjures the national sounds of the peninsula.

Masterworks by Villa-Lobos, Falla, and more
Juanita Lascarro (Colombia) & Javier Perianes (Spain):

Jesús López-Cobos leads a program celebrating four of his country's finest composers, along with a Brazilian composer who personifies the flow and remix of the arts across continents: Heitor Villa-Lobos, who is most renowned for his series of Bachianas Brasileiras. No. 5, featuring an ensemble of cellos and rising Colombian soprano Juanita Lascarro, is reminiscent of the guitar and singer combination characteristic of fado. Manuel de Falla is one of Spain's best-known composers, and his Nights in the Gardens of Spain--featuring pianist Javier Perianes, one of Spain's most exciting young performers--evokes the Hispano-Arabic past of his native Andalusia. Cristóbal Halffter's Tiento del primer tono y batalla imperial is based on two organ works by Spanish composers active in the 16th and 17th centuries. Turina's Danzas fantásticas and Albéniz's Iberia suite from the previous evening complete the program.


THU., MAR. 5 AT 7 P.M.           

Jesús López-Cobos, conductor
Carminho, fadista*
Camané, fadista*
Danzas fantásticas
Iberia (arr. Arbós)
Fado from Portugal

FRI., MAR. 6 AT 8
SAT., MAR. 7 AT 8           
Jesús López-Cobos, conductor
Juanita Lascarro, soprano*
Javier Perianes, piano*
Tiento del primer tono y batalla imperial 
Noches en los jardines de España
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Iberia (arr. Arbós)
Danzas fantásticas

*NSO subscription debut