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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: Vassily Sinaisky, conductor: Rachmaninoff's <i>The Bells</i> / Loren Kitt, Principal Clarinet, plays Mozart's Clarinet Concerto

National Symphony Orchestra: Vassily Sinaisky, conductor: Rachmaninoff's The Bells / Loren Kitt, Principal Clarinet, plays Mozart's Clarinet Concerto


A soaring choral symphony inspired by a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, Rachmaninoff's The Bells dramatically marks the four stages of life. Hailed for his "splendid precision and imagination" by London's The Independent, conductor Vassily Sinaisky and three Russian singers make their NSO debut in performances also featuring The Choral Arts Society of Washington. The program also includes Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, featuring NSO Principal Clarinet Loren Kitt, and Borodin's Prince Igor Overture.

Loren Kitt on Mozart's Clarinet Concerto:
"In my opinion, Mozart's Clarinet Concerto is the most sublime of concertos for clarinet, if not for all wind instruments. It's one of Mozart's last works, along with the Requiem. The concerto has Mozart's wonderful singing melodies, as well as fun-loving fast sections. I find it a privilege and a joy to perform this beautiful work."

Alice Weinreb, NSO flute, on Loren Kitt:
"I'm delighted that our own principal clarinetist Loren Kitt will be the featured soloist in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. His beautiful sound and musicianship combine to bring this lovely piece to life."

Performance Timing: Part One - 40 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 57 min.

Organ Postlude:
Thu., Apr. 16 performance followed by a mini-recital on the Kennedy Center Concert Hall's Rubenstein Family Organ, free with purchase of concert ticket.