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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: Matthew Halls, conductor: Paul Jacobs, organ, plays Poulenc's Organ Concerto / Works by J.S. Bach & Mendelssohn

National Symphony Orchestra: Matthew Halls, conductor: Paul Jacobs, organ, plays Poulenc's Organ Concerto / Works by J.S. Bach & Mendelssohn

Description:

Says NSO concertgoer Eugene R.: "The organ was especially outstanding--we could FEEL as well as hear this wonderful performance." The Concert Hall's glorious new Rubenstein Family Organ is on full display when "supremely gifted" (The Chicago Tribune) organist Paul Jacobs makes his NSO debut in Poulenc's thrilling Organ Concerto. The work ratchets up the tension from its opening notes and never lets go. Also on the program: J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue plus the first NSO performances of Mendelssohn's majestic Symphony No. 2 with singers Tamara Wilson, Twyla Robinson, and Paul Appleby.

Glenn Donnellan, NSO violin, on the program:
"This may be our sonic WOW program of the year! Haven't heard our new Rubenstein Family Organ yet? This concert includes the massive king of instruments in Poulenc's Organ Concerto, which will steep the Concert Hall in drama and mystery. Plus, Mendelssohn's 2nd Symphony bursts at the seams with juicy string parts, a majestic score, a choir, three vocal soloists, and the NSO playing at full throttle. Just TRY to keep those goosebumps at bay!"

Performance Timing: Part One - 35 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 65 min.

AfterWords:
Thu., Oct. 2 performance followed by a free discussion with the artists and NSO Director of Artistic Planning Nigel Boon.

NOTE: Following the concerts on Wednesday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Oct. 4, Paul Jacobs will sign various CDs and materials in the Grand Foyer outside of the Concert Hall.