The Kennedy Center

Steven Reineke

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    Portrait Series: Steven Reineke

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    NSO In Your Neighborhood: U Street, Howard University, Shaw, and Logan Circle

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    NSO Pops - 2014-2015 Season Annoucement

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    Steven Reineke previews NSO in Your Neighborhood: Brookland to NoMa - Echostage

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    Steven Reineke previews Home Alone: 25th Anniversary Film with Live Orchestra

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    NSO Pops 2015-2015 Season

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    The Kennedy Centers MyTix program


Steven Reineke is the Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston Symphony and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He previously held the posts of Principal Pops Conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto Symphony Orchestras and Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.

Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include Seattle, Edmonton, and Pittsburgh.

On stage, Reineke has created programs and collaborated with a range of leading artists from the worlds Hip Hop, Broadway, television and rock including: Common, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Sutton Foster, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Wayne Brady, Peter Frampton, and Ben Folds, amongst others. In 2017 he was featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered leading the National Symphony Orchestra—in a first for the show’s 45-year history—performing live music excerpts in between news segments.

As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands around the world.

A native of Ohio, Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition.

June 2017

Upcoming Events

  • NSO Pops: <em>A Holiday Pops! Under the Mistletoe </em>with Ashley Brown NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! Under the Mistletoe with Ashley Brown

    Warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics in this singalong tradition with the NSO and The Washington Chorus, a perfect holiday treat for the entire family! Join us in the festively decorated Concert Hall for this year’s program that welcomes musical theater darling Ashley Brown—originator of the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway—in her NSO debut.

  • NSO Pops: <em>Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back </em>(film with live orchestra) NSO Pops: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (film with live orchestra)

    The National Symphony Orchestra presents John Williams’s iconic Oscar®-nominated score from The Empire Strikes Back performed live along with the full feature film.

  • NSO Pops: Andrew Bird with Gabriel Kahane NSO Pops: Andrew Bird with Gabriel Kahane

    Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke leads Andrew Bird and Gabriel Kahane with the National Symphony Orchestra performing the indie stars’ original compositions reimagined for an intimate orchestral experience.

  • NSO Pops: Walt Disney Animation Studios: <em>A Decade in Concert</em> NSO Pops: Walt Disney Animation Studios: A Decade in Concert

    Celebrating iconic musical moments from favorite films released over the last decade, this melodic journey explores Disney Animation’s latest stories through unforgettable film clips and scores performed live by the National Symphony Orchestra. 

Steve Reineke


  • Casey at the Bat
  • Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" for narrator and orchestra

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