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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.

Now performing in the Concert Hall :

Image for National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Midori, violin, plays Schumann's Violin Concerto / Symphonies by Mendelssohn & Mozart

National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Midori, violin, plays Schumann's Violin Concerto / Symphonies by Mendelssohn & Mozart

Description:

An artist of "great imagination and depth" (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Midori plays the very first NSO performances of Schumann's Violin Concerto, which essentially remained a secret for more than 80 years after it was composed. Technically daunting and intensely lyrical, Schumann's concerto is now considered one of his most romantic, heroic, and moving works. The program also includes Mendelssohn's "Reformation" Symphony and Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony.

Performance Timing: Part One - 64 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 40 min.