Classical Music

Chad Hoopes

NSO at Wolf Trap: Stéphane Denève, conductor / Chad Hoopes, violin / Tchaikovsky & Debussy

Fri, Jul 29, 2016, 8:15 PM

Enjoy NSO performances under the stars throughout the summer at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available only through the Wolf Trap box office or website. Additional details below.

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NSO at Wolf Trap: Grant Gershon, conductor / Wolf Trap Opera: La Bohème

Fri, Aug 5, 2016, 8:15 PM

Enjoy NSO performances under the stars throughout the summer at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available only through the Wolf Trap box office or website. Additional details below.

Lang Lang

National Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Ball Concert: Christoph Eschenbach / Steven Reineke / Lang Lang

Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 8:00 PM

Superstar pianist Lang Lang, "the hottest artist on the classical music planet" (The New York Times), returns for the NSO's annual kickoff concert--a one-night-only celebration of both the NSO's classical and pops traditions.

On Sale 8/1/2016

Edward Gardner

National Symphony Orchestra: Shakespeare at the Symphony: From Tchaikovsky to Elgar

Sep 29 - Oct 1, 2016

In his NSO debut, Edward Gardner conducts three works inspired by the literary legacy of Shakespeare: Elgar's Falstaff, Walton's Suite from Henry V, and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet.

On Sale 8/1/2016

Emanuel Ax

National Symphony Orchestra: Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven / Shakespeare at the Symphony

Oct 6 - Oct 8, 2016

Emanuel Ax, whose "pianism is always thoughtful, lyrical, [and] lustrous" (The Washington Post) returns in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1. Juraj Valcuha also conducts Shakespeare-inspired works by Korngold, Dvorák, and R. Strauss.

On Sale 8/1/2016

Mason Bates

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Mercury Soul

Mon, Oct 24, 2016, 7:30 PM

Mercury Soul--"the swirling, genre-busting musical extravaganza" (San Francisco Chronicle)--kicks off the new KC Jukebox season with an immersive performance that blends classical music, DJing, and imaginative stagecraft.

On Sale 8/1/2016

Nicola Benedetti

National Symphony Orchestra: Benedetti plays Marsalis / Tchaikovsky's "Polish" Symphony

Oct 27 - Oct 29, 2016

Violin sensation Nicola Benedetti, hailed for her "pure and gleaming" sound (The New York Times), plays the East Coast premiere of Wynton Marsalis's Violin Concerto on a program led by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach that also featuring Tchaikovsky's distinct "Polish" Symphony.

On Sale 8/1/2016

Gianandrea Noseda

National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet - part of Shakespeare at the Symphony and A Salute to Slava

Nov 3 - Nov 5, 2016

In the first of the 16/17 season's programs exploring the musical legacy inspired by Shakespeare's literary works, NSO Music Director Designate Gianandrea Noseda conducts the entirety of Prokofiev's ballet score Romeo and Juliet.

On Sale 8/1/2016

Donald Runnicles

National Symphony Orchestra: Duruflé's Requiem / Debussy Préludes & Nocturnes

Nov 10 - Nov 12, 2016

Following his acclaimed NSO debut in 2015, Donald Runnicles returns to lead Duruflé's Requiem--featuring two soaring singers and the UMD Concert Choir--as well as Debussy's Three Nocturnes and new orchestrations of his Four Préludes.

On Sale 8/1/2016

Krzysztof Urbanski

National Symphony Orchestra: Dvorák's "New World" Symphony / Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations

Nov 17 - Nov 19, 2016

Krzysztof Urbanski conducts Dvorak's "New World" Symphony on a program also featuring the NSO debut of Johannes Moser, who Gramophone calls "one of the finest young virtuoso cellists," in Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme.

On Sale 8/1/2016

The Messiah

National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah

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.

On Sale 9/14/2016

Mark Elder

National Symphony Orchestra: Stravinsky's The Firebird / Ravel's "Left Hand" Concerto

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.

On Sale 8/1/2016

Gianandrea Noseda

National Symphony Orchestra: Portraits of America / Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

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.

On Sale 8/1/2016

Gidon Kremer

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.

On Sale 8/1/2016

Mason Bates's KC JUkebox

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Ravishment

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, including a new string quartet by John Adams, in celebration of the Pulitzer Prize–winning composer's 70th birthday.

On Sale 8/1/2016

Christoph Eschenbach

National Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Eighth Symphony / Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings

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.

On Sale 8/1/2016

Joshua Bell

National Symphony Orchestra: An Evening with Joshua Bell

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 a performance of Lalo's Symphonie espagnole accompanied by live dance.

On Sale 11/14/2016

Hilary Hahn

National Symphony Orchestra: Hahn plays Mendelssohn / Strauss, Janácek & Dvorák

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.

On Sale 11/14/2016

Victor Gama

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Music & Instruments of Victor Gama

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.

On Sale 8/1/2016

Jaap van Zweden

National Symphony Orchestra: Brahms's Second Symphony / Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto

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.

On Sale 11/14/2016

Alisa Weilerstein

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.

On Sale 11/14/2016

Christoph Eschenbach

National Symphony Orchestra: Bruckner's First Symphony / Mozart's Third Violin Concerto

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.

On Sale 11/14/2016

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SHIFT A Festival of American Orchestras: Boulder Philharmonic

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.

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SHIFT A Festival of American Orchestras: North Carolina Symphony

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.

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SHIFT A Festival of American Orchestras: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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.

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SHIFT A Festival of American Orchestras: The Knights

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 led by Lisa Bielawa along with works by Brahms, Vivaldi, Aaron Jay Kernis, and an original piece written by the orchestra.

James Conlon

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.

On Sale 11/14/2016

Sergey Khachatryan

National Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Violin Concerto

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.

On Sale 11/14/2016


Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Chanticleer

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.

On Sale 8/1/2016

Gustavo Gimeno

National Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite / Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade

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.

On Sale 1/16/2017

Thievery Corporation

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Thievery Corporation

Mon, May 15

This D.C.-based duo performs its own bossa nova-inspired music plus new arrangements from today's leading young composers. Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates kicks off the evening with an instrumental/electronica work.

On Sale 8/1/2016

Ton Koopman

National Symphony Orchestra: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 / Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks

May 18 - May 20, 2017

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.

On Sale 1/16/2017

Yo-Yo Ma

National Symphony Orchestra: John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration with Yo-Yo Ma

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.

On Sale 1/16/2017

Christoph Eschenbach

National Symphony Orchestra: Mahler's Second Symphony

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.

On Sale 1/16/2017

Alice Sara Ott

National Symphony Orchestra: Ott plays Tchaikovsky / Rachmaninoff's Third Symphony

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.

On Sale 1/16/2017

Christoph Eschenbach

National Symphony Orchestra: Farewell to Christoph Eschenbach featuring Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

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.

On Sale 1/16/2017

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