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.
Coming to the Concert Hall :
National Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Ball Concert: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Steven Reineke, conductor / Joshua Bell, violin / Kelli O'Hara, soprano
- Sun., Sep. 21, 2014, 7:00 PM
- Concert Hall
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The NSO kicks off its 2014–2015 season with a thrilling program led by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke. French inspirations abound with selections from Bernstein's Candide, Ravel's La Valse, superstar violinist Joshua Bell playing Saint-Saëns's Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and Ravel's Tzigane, and five-time Tony Award–nominated actress/soprano Kelli O'Hara singing "La Vie en rose" and more. The NSO Season Opening Ball is the Center's official welcome for incoming President Deborah F. Rutter.
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