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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.

Coming to the Concert Hall :

Image for NSO Family Concert: <i>The Magic Horn</i>

NSO Family Concert: The Magic Horn


Magic Circle Mime Company
Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor

At the invitation of the conductor, "Sahara Bob"--an adventurer of questionable character--brings his crate full of exotic musical instruments to the concert. Little does he know the invitation is a trap! Sahara Bob is about to meet the Genie of the Magic Horn, and the audience is about to witness the legendary powers of the orchestra! Renowned for uniting the Concert Hall with visual theater, Magic Circle Mime Company brings together a program that includes Bruce Broughton's The Magic Horn in four movements, "Morning Mood" and "Arabian Dance" from Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt suites, and "Bacchanale" from Camille Saint-Saëns's Samson and Delilah.

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission

Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo" in the lobbies of the Eisenhower Theater. Young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they'll see played on the stage--from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Stay after the 4 p.m. concert for a Kids' Chat. Young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.