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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 NSO Pops: Pink Martini & The von Trapps / Steven Reineke, conductor

NSO Pops: Pink Martini & The von Trapps / Steven Reineke, conductor


Pink Martini & The von Trapps
Steven Reineke, conductor

If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, Pink Martini would be that band. One minute you're in a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, the next you're in a palazzo in Naples. Founded in 1994, this eclectic, genre-bending, multilingual ensemble picks up where it left off after its sold-out 2011 engagement with the NSO Pops to celebrate 20 years of sophisticated music making. With conductor Steven Reineke and The von Trapps--the very grandchildren of the family whose legacy inspired The Sound of Music--expect a cool vibe with a hint of a wild side when Pink Martini featuring China Forbes returns to continue its musical travelogue, performing favorite hits from the band's past two decades alongside material fresh from its collaborative new album, Dream a Little Dream. Says the Washington Post: "This is rich, hugely approachable music, utterly cosmopolitan yet utterly unpretentious. And it seems to speak to just about everybody...from grade-schoolers to grandmothers to the young and hip and beautiful."

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