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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.

Now performing in the Concert Hall :

Image for National Symphony Orchestra: <i>Rhythms of the Americas</i>: Manuel López-Gómez, conductor: Liam Teague, steelpan, plays Akiho: New work for Steelpan and Orchestra

National Symphony Orchestra: Rhythms of the Americas: Manuel López-Gómez, conductor: Liam Teague, steelpan, plays Akiho: New work for Steelpan and Orchestra


Rhythms of the Americas

As a follow-up to its 2012 Americas Tour, the NSO presents a vibrant rhythm-themed program featuring this year's world premiere NSO Hechinger Commission. Eclectic young American composer Andy Akiho--described as "mold-breaking" and "vital" by the New York Times--has created Beneath Lighted Coffers, a brand-new concerto for steelpan and orchestra that will spotlight the NSO debut of young guest soloist Liam Teague, a native of Trinidad and Tobago hailed as the "Paganini of the Steelpan."
Guest conductor Manuel López-Gómez, one of the most exciting young talents to emerge from the internationally renowned Venezuelan music program "El Sistema," also makes his NSO debut, highlighting two works by South American composers. Antonio Estévez's Mediodía en el llano brings Venezuela's "noon on the prairie" to glorious life with haunting beauty, while Alberto Ginastera's lush Estancia Suite features music from the composer's sweeping ballet inspired by the ranches of his Argentina homeland.
The program also includes two classic works by American composers: George Gershwin's Cuban Overture, a colorful tone poem dominated by Caribbean rhythms and Cuban native percussion, and Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, a suite of orchestral highlights from "Somewhere," "Cool," "Mambo," "Cha-Cha," and other memorable music from the legendary Broadway musical.

Performance Timing: Part One - 35 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 45 min.