Dec 15 - Dec 18, 2016
Get in the holiday spirit with Handel's epic masterpiece, performed each year with a fresh perspective by the NSO. This year, Laurence Cummings conducts four gifted singers and the University of Maryland Concert Choir in this NSO tradition.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016, 6:00 PM
The Kennedy Center's Messiah Sing-Along, a family and community tradition since 1971, returns to the Concert Hall on Friday evening, December 23, at a new start time of 6 p.m. Ticket distribution begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Hall of Nations.
Jan 12 - Jan 14, 2017
Stravinsky's The Firebird and Rimsky-Korsakov's Legend of the Invisible City Suite bookend the season's first folklore-inspired program. Sir Mark Elder also conducts pianist Jeremy Denk in Ravel's "Left Hand" Concerto.
Shen Yun Performing Arts 2017: Experience a Divine Culture: presented by Falun Dafa Association of Washington, D.C.
Jan 17 - Jan 22, 2017
Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company originating from America, invites you to experience a grand performance of Chinese arts and culture from the Middle Kingdom.
Jan 19 - Jan 22, 2017
The NSO's next Music Director joins "insightful [and] energetic" (The New York Times) pianist Jon Kimura Parker for a celebration of America's musical landscape featuring works by Gershwin, Bernstein, John Williams, and more.
Tue, Jan 24, 2017, 8:00 PM
The legendary Philadelphia Orchestra returns under the baton of its new music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with guest Louis Lortie playing Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1.
Wed, Jan 25, 2017, 7:30 PM
Young Concert Artists brings the Zorá String Quartet to the Family Theater for a program of Mozart, Webern, and Shostakovich.
National Symphony Orchestra: Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony / Kremer plays Weinberg - part of A Salute to Slava
Jan 26 - Jan 28, 2017
In a celebration of the artistic legacy of late former NSO Music Director Mstislav Rostropovich, Christoph Eschenbach conducts Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony and Gidon Kremer in Weinberg's Violin Concerto--both celebrated works by Slava's dear friends.
Mon, Jan 30, 2017, 7:30 PM
Step into a dreamlike world with Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates and a cadre of skilled artists for hot-off-the-press chamber music, anchored by a string quartet from the trailblazing John Adams, in celebration of the Pulitzer Prize–winning composer's 70th birthday.
Feb 2 - Feb 4, 2017
Christoph Eschenbach conducts Beethoven's Eighth Symphony and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings on a program that also features NSO Principal Trombone Craig Mulcahy in the orchestra's first performances of Christopher Rouse's Trombone Concerto.
Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 9:00 PM
When poetry and music meet, magnificent things can happen. Join us for a unique evening of sound and spoken word featuring electric cellist Wytold and hip hop poet Christylez Bacon.
Mon, Feb 6, 2017, 8:00 PM
The Kennedy Center's Lunar New Year Celebration--for 2017, ringing in the Year of the Rooster--culminates with one of China's most internationally acclaimed orchestras. This fascinating program features Chinese orchestral works plus a special orchestration of Mahler's Song of the Earth to include traditional Chinese instruments.
Fri, Feb 10, 2017, 8:00 PM
Superstar American violinist Joshua Bell performs with pianist Sam Haywood in a recital program that includes a reading of Robert Frost's poem "Dedication," written for President Kennedy's inauguration.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017, 8:00 PM
Joshua Bell, "the greatest American violinist active today" (The Boston Herald), plays and conducts in this program exploring both music and movement, culminating in Lalo's Symphonie espagnole played alongside a world premiere dance performance by the Brooklyn–based ensemble Dance Heginbotham.
Feb 16 - Feb 18, 2017
Hilary Hahn brings her "warm tone, stunning technique, and flawless intonation" (The Wall Street Journal) to Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Conducted by Cornelius Meister, the program also features fantasy-influenced works by Dvorák, Janácek, and Richard Strauss.
Mon, Feb 20, 2017, 2:00 PM
Free tickets to the 2017 Capital Orchestra Festival concert by three American student orchestras are available from the Presenter only. Please see further details below.
Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 8:00 PM
The renowned composer and instrument builder brings his unique vision to KC Jukebox for an exciting performance including a piece informed by his upbringing in Angola, performed on an array of beautifully constructed instruments.
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 Jaap van Zweden, 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.
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
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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.
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.
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 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.