Mon, Feb 27, 2017, 8:00 PM
The eminent St. Petersburg Philharmonic and guest soloist Nikolai Lugansky offer an all-Russian program of Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.
Mar 2 - Mar 4, 2017
Equipped with a "piercingly beautiful" tone (Chicago Tribune), violinist Simone Lamsma makes her NSO debut in Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto. Conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, the program also includes Brahms's Symphony No. 2.
National Symphony Orchestra: Weilerstein plays Shostakovich / Schubert's Ninth Symphony - part of A Salute to Slava
Mar 9 - Mar 11, 2017
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein returns in Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto, a work written for late former NSO Music Director Mstislav Rostropovich. Led by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, the program also includes Schubert's Ninth Symphony and Tobias Picker's Old and Lost Rivers.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017, 2:00 PM
This festive concert is a FREE event, with tickets available from the Presenter only. Please see below for further details.
Mar 16 - Mar 18, 2017
Christoph Eschenbach conducts Bruckner's titanic First Symphony on a program that also features NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef in Mozart's celebrated Third Violin Concerto.
Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 8:00 PM
"Nature and Music" is this program's theme, inspired by Boulder's natural beauty and an example of how the orchestra responds to its location. The concert features a multimedia commission commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
Wed, Mar 29, 2017, 8:00 PM
The orchestra offers an innovative program, deeply evocative of North Carolina, represented in particular by four composers with ties to the state: Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Mason Bates, and Robert Ward.
Fri, Mar 31, 2017, 8:00 PM
ASO presents "Creation/ Creator" by Christopher Theofanidis, a theatrical and multimedia oratorio featuring soloists, a 180-piece choir, and a full orchestra. The work explores creation and the creative process using texts from a wide range of sources.
Sat, Apr 1, 2017, 8:00 PM
This deeply collaborative and creative chamber orchestra from Brooklyn brings a program featuring the San Francisco Girls Chorus along with works by Brahms, Vivaldi, Aaron Jay Kernis, an original commission by Lisa Bielawa, and a work created by the orchestra.
Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 8:00 PM
Exciting young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov returns to Washington, D.C. in a recital program of Schubert, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky.
National Symphony Orchestra: Prokofiev's Piano Concerto / Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony - part of A Salute to Slava
Apr 6 - Apr 8, 2017
James Conlon conducts three cherished works by long-time colleagues and collaborators of former late NSO Music Director Mstislav Rostropovich: Prokofiev's First Piano Concerto featuring the NSO debut of Lise de la Salle, Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, and selections from Britten's Peter Grimes.
Sat, Apr 8, 2017, 3:00 PM
World-acclaimed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter returns to the Concert Hall, in recital with her longtime duet partner, NSO keyboardist Lambert Orkis.
Sun, Apr 16, 2017, 8:00 PM
Apr 20 - Apr 22, 2017
Cristian Macelaru conducts Beethoven's Violin Concerto featuring the return of Sergey Khachatryan. The program also includes works by Smetana and Sibelius, plus an electronica-influenced piece from Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates.
Fri, Apr 21, 2017, 9:00 PM
Classical tabla virtuoso and international phenomenon Hussain performs his new concerto Peshkar with the NSO and is joined by santoor player Rahul Sharma for a unique world music duet.
Sun, Apr 23, 2017, 5:00 PM
The Choral Arts' Concert Hall season closes with a trio of choral works by Bach, Jake Runestad (a world premiere commission) and the Mozart Requiem.
Tue, May 2, 2017, 8:00 PM
Hailed as "the world's reigning male chorus" by the New Yorker, the Grammy–winning a cappella ensemble performs the world premiere of a new Kennedy Center co-commission from Mason, in addition to works by a range of contemporary luminaries.
May 11 - May 13, 2017
Gustavo Gimeno leads the last fantasy-inspired program of the season, pairing Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite with Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Organist Paul Jacobs returns in the D.C. premiere of Christopher Rouse's Organ Concerto.
Sun, May 14, 2017, 5:00 PM
The Washington Chorus joins forces with other DC-area choruses and NOVUS NY to present two of the 20th century's iconic vocal masterpieces, Carmina Burana and Oedipus Rex.
National Symphony Orchestra: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 / Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks
May 18 - May 20, 2017
Conductor Ton Koopman makes his NSO subscription concert debut on a program of Baroque favorites including J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and Orchestral Suite No. 3 as well as Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks and Concerto a due cori No. 3.
Wed, May 24, 2017, 8:00 PM
World-renowned cellist and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Yo-Yo Ma joins the NSO for a concert celebration of John F. Kennedy's monumental legacy that also features a new commission from Mason Bates.
Thu, May 25, 2017, 7:30 PM
The hour-long, space-inspired cantata pushes the boundaries of art and science as it takes audiences on a journey of wonder and exploration. It features opera star Nathan Gunn, a 20-piece instrumental ensemble, a 100-person choir from The Washington Chorus, and a cutting-edge virtual reality film (Fistful of Stars).
Jun 1 - Jun 3, 2017
Christoph Eschenbach conducts Mahler's transformative "Resurrection" Symphony featuring the return of mezzo-soprano Nathalie Stutzmann, the NSO debut of soprano Golda Schultz, and The Washington Chorus.
Fri, Jun 2, 2017, 8:00 PM
A performance by the National Symphony Orchestra kicks off the Kennedy Center's Sound Health: Music and the Mind events with a program demonstrating, among other things, that the simple act of listening to music is closely related to brain function and structure.
Jun 8 - Jun 10, 2017
Hailed by The Telegraph as "the hottest new talent in classical music," Alice Sara Ott returns in Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto. Edo de Waart also conducts Rachmaninoff's Third Symphony and Mason Bates's Garages of the Valley.
Jun 15 - Jun 17, 2017
In his final program as NSO Music Director, Christoph Eschenbach conducts a program that includes Beethoven's unforgettable Ninth Symphony--the masterwork that began his tenure.
Fri, Jun 23, 2017, 7:30 PM
Vivaldi Music Academy's faculty and students offer a recital showcasing all levels of musicianship.
Fri, Jun 30, 2017, 9:00 PM
The Kennedy Center favorite curates and hosts a special evening of exquisite and inspired music featuring exciting guest artists to be announced.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017, 6:00 PM
Gianandrea Noseda leads cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Tony-winning singer Cynthia Erivo in a tribute to the late Leonard Bernstein that includes the composer's Overture to Candide, "Three Meditations" from Mass, "Symphonic Dances" from West Side Story, and a selection of vocal works.
Sep 28 - Sep 30, 2017
Cristian Macelaru conducts an all-American program featuring organist Cameron Carpenter, pairing Copland's Symphony for Organ and Orchestra and Appalachian Spring Suite with Bernstein's Divertimento in honor of the late composers' famous friendship.
Oct 5 - Oct 7, 2017
Frequent NSO guest Nathalie Stutzmann conducts a concentrated taste of late 19th-century music with Lalo's Overture from Le roi d'Ys, Brahms's Violin Concerto featuring Arabella Steinbacher, and Dvorák's Symphony No. 7.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017, 2:00 PM
The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians offers a fall concert, with a program to be announced at a later date.
Oct 12 - Oct 15, 2017
Conductor Juanjo Mena pairs Tchaikovsky's stirring "Pathétique" Symphony with Barber's Pulitzer Prize–winning Piano Concerto featuring soloist Garrick Ohlsson. The program also includes the ghostly Auditorium by Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates.
Wed, Oct 25, 2017, 8:00 PM
Iconic pianist, classical music legend, and recent Kennedy Center Honoree Martha Argerich returns to D.C. for an inspired concert with the famed Italian orchestra conducted by Antonio Pappano.
Nov 2 - Nov 4, 2017
Former NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin leads two Bernstein compositions: the lively fanfare Slava! A Political Overture and Songfest, a tribute to American perspectives and writers. He concludes with Stravinsky's legendary ballet score, The Rite of Spring.
Nov 9 - Nov 11, 2017
Gianandrea Noseda showcases three pieces that reach into the past and feature Baroque styles in distinct and innovative ways: Webern's Passacaglia, Dallapiccola's Partita, and Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony.
National Symphony Orchestra: Tastes of Italy, France & Spain: Classics by Respighi, Chausson, Gershwin & Falla
Nov 16 - Nov 19, 2017
Take a tour of Europe through works heavily inspired by Italy, France, and Spain. Gianandrea Noseda explores Respighi's Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), Chausson's Poème, Gershwin's An American in Paris, and Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat Suites No. 1 & 2.
National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts The Artist Abroad: Yuja Wang plays Prokofiev / Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances
Nov 30 - Dec 2, 2017
Gianandrea Noseda examines three composers through the lens of their lives away from home. Britten's Matinées musicales and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances highlight pieces written in America, while soloist Yuja Wang conquers Prokofiev's Paris-penned Piano Concerto No. 5.
Dec 14 - Dec 17, 2017
Join the NSO, gifted singers, and a heavenly chorus for this holiday tradition! Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of Handel's cherished Messiah in the festively decorated Concert Hall.
Jan 11 - Jan 13, 2018
Yutaka Sado leads a tribute of works composed or conducted by Bernstein, with whom Sado studied conducting. The program includes Rossini's Overture to The Thieving Magpie, Bernstein's "The Age of Anxiety" featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini, and Ravel's Boléro.
Jan 25 - Jan 27, 2018
Christopher Eschenbach conducts Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Schumann's "Rhenish" Symphony, both linked by religious themes. The program also features violinist Leila Josefowicz in Oliver Knussen's Violin Concerto as part of Josefowicz's Kennedy Center residency.
Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 2:00 PM
The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians offers a winter concert, with a program to be announced at a later date.
Feb 1 - Feb 3, 2018
Pianist Kirill Gerstein shines in Rachmaninoff's charged Piano Concerto No. 2 on an all-Russian program. Conductor Hannu Lintu also pays homage to Tchaikovsky through the composer's The Tempest and Stravinsky's The Fairy's Kiss, a work written in Tchaikovsky's memory.
Feb 8 - Feb 10, 2018
Fabien Gabel conducts a program inspired by nonmusical sources, from a heartbreaking love poem to World War II politics to the book of Ecclesiastes. He leads Dukas's Overture to Polyeucte, Bloch's Schelomo featuring cellist Alban Gerhardt, Rachmaninoff's The Rock, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9.
Thu, Feb 15, 2018, 8:00 PM
For the Kennedy Center's third year of festivities celebrating the Lunar New Year, Tan Dun returns to lead one of China's most outstanding professional symphony orchestras.
Feb 22 - Feb 24, 2018
Known for his skill with the core classical repertoire, conductor Marek Janowski leads Bruch's electrifying First Violin Concerto featuring the NSO debut of Stefan Jackiw. The program also includes Brahms's Beethoven-influenced Symphony No. 1.
Sun, Feb 25, 2018, 4:00 PM
For one concert only, "the hottest artist on the classical music planet" (The New York Times) brings his dazzling piano talents to a diverse solo program of Liszt, Debussy, Albeniz, Granados, and Falla.
Mar 1 - Mar 3, 2018
Donald Runnicles returns to lead Mahler's Symphony No. 10, a moving work sketched in the wake of his daughter's death and completed after his own. This posthumous entry continues the NSO's multi-season Mahler exploration.
Mar 8 - Mar 10, 2018
In celebration of John Adams's 70th birthday year, Gianandrea Noseda conducts The Gospel According to the Other Mary, Adams's expansive composition for chorus, soloists, and orchestra depicting Jesus's final weeks as told from the unique perspective of Mary Magdalene.
Mar 15 - Mar 18, 2018
Gianandrea Noseda leads Yefim "Fima" Bronfman in Brahms's monumental Piano Concerto No. 2 in this program that also explores the spirit of dance in Germany, Hungary, and the Czech Republic through dance music by Brahms, R. Strauss, Kodály and Dvorák.
Mar 22 - Mar 24, 2018
Gianandrea Noseda conducts Verdi's Requiem, a spectacular masterpiece composed in memory of an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi deeply admired. Pairing striking trumpet solos with sweeping symphonic and choral moments, Requiem is a legendary musical experience.
Sun, Mar 25, 2018, 2:00 PM
The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians offers a spring concert, with a program to be announced at a later date.
Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 8:00 PM
This fascinating evening features two works inspired by literary connections: Bel Canto by Jimmy López is based on Ann Patchett's 2001 novel of the same name; Serenade by Leonard Bernstein is based on Plato's "Symposium." Also featured is RIFT, a symphonic ballet by Anna Clyne choreographed for six dancers on stage.
Wed, Apr 11, 2018, 8:00 PM
This concert, "The River Flows Through Us," explores the history of upstate New York through the lens of bodies of water that surround and connect communities. The program features three works commissioned by the Albany Symphony, as well as Dorothy Chang's delightful mini-oratorio for children's chorus and orchestra, The Grand Erie Canal.
Fri, Apr 13, 2018, 8:00 PM
The ISO's program reflects its mission of engaging performers of all ages, as well introducing classic and contemporary Polish works to the Orchestra and its audiences. Superstar cellist Alisa Weilerstein joins the orchestra for a piece by Witold Lutos?awski. Also featured is the rarely heard Credo by Krzysztof Penderecki.
Sat, Apr 14, 2018, 8:00 PM
New Music Director Gianandrea Noseda takes a fresh look at the timeless themes of the end of life and what lies beyond. Included is renowned baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky singing Shostakovich's Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti, examining Michaelangelo's poetry of art, love, exile, and death; From the Cradle to the Grave, Liszt's last tone poem; and Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, a breathtaking expression of hope.
Apr 19 - Apr 21, 2018
Gianandrea Noseda presents a portrait of Stravinsky's complex artistry through his Symphonies of Wind Instruments and his Violin Concerto featuring Leila Josefowicz. Mozart's Adagio and Fugue in F minor and Symphony No. 39 bookend the portrait with a classical frame.
May 3 - May 4, 2018
Sir Mark Elder offers a musical biography of Richard Strauss, pairing his triumphant and famously autobiographical Ein Heldenleben with his earlier, more intimate Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments. The program also includes an interlude of Haydn's Symphony No. 80.
National Symphony Orchestra: Elder conducts Vaughan Williams's "Pastoral Symphony" / Ravel's Ma mère l'oye
May 10 - May 12, 2018
For his second week with the NSO, Sir Mark Elder unites the works of three First World War-era composers and contemporaries. The program includes Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad Rhapsody, Vaughan Williams's "A Pastoral Symphony," and Ravel's Mother Goose and Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2.
National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Variations on Bach / Brahms's Fourth Symphony / Ehnes plays Berg
May 17 - May 19, 2018
In his final concerts of the season, Gianandrea Noseda leads a program unified by J.S. Bach. The program includes Berio's take on Bach's unfinished Contrapunctus XIX, plus two more Bach-influenced works: Berg's Violin Concerto featuring James Ehnes and Brahms's Symphony No. 4.
National Symphony Orchestra: Eschenbach conducts Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony / Walton's Viola Concerto
Jun 7 - Jun 9, 2018
The first of Christoph Eschenbach's trio of programs concluding the NSO's classical season includes R. Strauss' Potpourri from The Silent Woman and Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony. The program also features NSO Principal Viola Daniel Foster in Walton's Viola Concerto.
Sun, Jun 10, 2018, 2:00 PM
The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians offers a summer concert, with a program to be announced at a later date.
National Symphony Orchestra: Eschenbach conducts Beethoven's Fourth Symphony / Mozart's Oboe Concerto
Jun 12 - Jun 13, 2018
Christoph Eschenbach's second program of his late-season trio includes Beethoven's splendid Symphony No. 4, Mozart's fascinating Oboe Concerto featuring NSO Principal Oboe Nick Stovall, and overtures to Rossini's William Tell and Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
National Symphony Orchestra: Eschenbach conducts Haydn's "Oxford" Symphony / R. Strauss's First Horn Concerto
Jun 15 - Jun 16, 2018
Christoph Eschenbach concludes the NSO's classical season with a program of Haydn's exuberant "Oxford" Symphony, plus Mozart's A Little Night Music, Wagner's Prelude to The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, and R. Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 1 featuring NSO Principal Horn Abel Pereira.