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NSO Pops: 50 Years Over the Rainbow: A Judy Garland Celebration

Jun 28 – 29, 2019

Marking half a century since the entertainment world lost one of its most treasured talents, the NSO and three of today’s finest singers recreate the 1961 concert Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall, often called the greatest night in show business history. Join Tony® nominee Laura Osnes, Broadway diva Capathia Jenkins, and Pink Martini's Jimmie Herrod for an unforgettable concert experience celebrating the life and legacy of an American icon.

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Eric Roberson

Sat, Jun 29, 2019

Grammy®- nominee, singer, songwriter, producer, and Howard University alum Eric Roberson continues to break boundaries as an independent artist in an industry dominated by major labels, manufactured sounds, and mainstream radio. Described as the original pioneer of the independent movement in R&B/Soul music, Eric has achieved major milestones in his career, from being a successful songwriter and producer for notable artists such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, Vivian Green, and countless others to headlining sold-out tours across the country.

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True North presents Michael W. Smith Live in Concert: Honoring Freedom

Mon, Jul 1, 2019

Michael W. Smith performs on the Concert Hall stage in a special concert event, Honoring Freedom. 

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Celebration Concert Tours International presents Celebrate America: A Tribute to our Veterans with Sandi Patty

Wed, Jul 3, 2019

Sandi Patty and the 240-voice choir and the orchestra from Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee perform in a concert of patriotic and gospel music selections to honor our Armed Forces.


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39th Annual A Capitol Fourth
Hosted by John Stamos
Featuring the National Symphony Orchestra & special guests Carole King, Vanessa Williams, the cast of Sesame Street, Colbie Caillat, Lee Brice & more!

Thu, Jul 4, 2019

Celebrate Independence Day with the NSO and special guests in a free concert of patriotic favorites, classical masterworks, and more, all followed by the spectacular fireworks display!

NSO at Wolf Trap: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert 

Jul 5 – 6, 2019

The Harry Potter™ film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that delights millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the NSO performing every note from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™. 
NOTE: Tickets for this performance are available through Wolf Trap only.

Yoga Sangeeta presents Raga Maya Raga Sagara: Music for Meditation and Healing 

Sat, Jul 6, 2019

Dr. Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji spreads the message of peace and harmony through his concerts to benefit thousands all over the world, and now he graces the Concert Hall with his scintillating melodies.
Note: This event is FREE. Please see details below on how to reserve tickets. 

NSO at Wolf Trap: Nas - Illmatic—25th Anniversary 

Sun, Jul 14, 2019

Twenty-five years after the album’s critically acclaimed release, Hip Hop icon Nas teams up with the NSO to stage a symphonic rendition of Illmatic, one of the most revered albums in Hip Hop history.
NOTE: Tickets for this performance are available through Wolf Trap only.

NSO at Wolf Trap: "Weird Al" Yankovic - The Strings Attached Tour

Tue, Jul 16, 2019

“Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, earning four Grammy Awards®. The legendary musical satirist is back with his biggest show ever!
NOTE: Tickets for this performance are available through Wolf Trap only. 

NSO Pops: Apollo 11: A Fiftieth Anniversary—One Small Step, One Giant Leap

Sat, Jul 20, 2019

Join a musical and visual tribute to the 1969 moon landing hosted by Mythbusters's Adam Savage, featuring appearances by Pharrell Williams, Natasha Bedingfield, Charles Fishman, and more.

On Sale 6/25/2019

Tituss Burgess in Concert

Sat, Jul 27, 2019

Just announced! Emmy®-nominated actor, musician, and writer Tituss Burgess is one of the most dynamic and downright impressive entertainers of today. In addition to his work on Broadway, Burgess starred as Titus Andromedon in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and as the scene-stealing D'Fwan in NBC’s 30 Rock. For one night only, he brings his one-of-a-kind talent to the Concert Hall to perform hits from the stage and screen.

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NSO at Wolf Trap: Disney Pixar's Coco In Concert Live to Film

Sat, Jul 27, 2019

Disney Pixar’s Coco In Concert Live to Film is a family-friendly, live-to-picture concert event featuring Michael Giacchino’s beautiful musical score and the 2017 two-time Academy Award®–winning film for Best Original Song as well as Best Animated Feature Film. 
NOTE: Tickets for this performance are available through Wolf Trap only.

Postmodern Jukebox

Fri, Aug 2, 2019

To usher in the upcoming Twenty-Twenties, famed time-twisting musical collective Postmodern Jukebox will circumnavigate the globe in 2019 on their Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 Tour.

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NSO at Wolf Trap: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert

Fri, Aug 2, 2019

Director Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece is one of the brightest stars in motion picture history. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott. 
NOTE: Tickets for this performance are available through Wolf Trap only.

NSO at Wolf Trap: Sarah McLachlan

Sat, Aug 3, 2019

Sarah McLachlan is one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters in entertainment with over 40 million albums sold worldwide, three Grammy Awards®, and 12 Juno Awards. 
NOTE: Tickets for this performance are available through Wolf Trap only.

Rochester Academy of Music & Arts presents The Capital Music Showcase

Sat, Aug 10, 2019

Western New York's largest private music school is proud to bring over 60 student performers to shine in the Nation's Capital.
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Squeeze – The Squeeze Songbook Tour

Sat, Aug 17, 2019

The premier UK rock band embarks on a new tour playing their greatest hits.

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NSO Pops: Jim James—The Order of Nature: A Song Cycle

Wed, Sep 4, 2019

The eclectic frontman and founder of indie-rock band My Morning Jacket teams up with conductor Teddy Abrams for a special performance of their orchestral song cycle The Order of Nature featuring vocal chorus The Capital Hearings. The first half of the evening features Mason Bates’s Warehouse Medicine from The B-Sides, Julia Wolfe’s Big Beautiful Dark and Scary, and Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo.

On Sale 7/16/2019

NSO at Wolf Trap: Jennifer Hudson

Thu, Sep 5, 2019

Showcasing her undeniable powerhouse pipes with the NSO, Grammy® and Oscar® winner Jennifer Hudson brings her signature soul sound to the stage. 
NOTE: Tickets for this performance are available through Wolf Trap only.

NSO Pops: An Evening with Maxwell

Sep 18 – 20, 2019

The multi-Grammy® winner has artfully managed to transfix music lovers for more than two decades with songs ranging from “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)” and “Pretty Wings” to “Lake by the Ocean.” Maxwell redefined soul music with his acclaimed debut album Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, and this year releases the final installment of his blacksummers’NIGHT trilogy. 

On Sale 7/16/2019

Renée Fleming VOICES: Gavin Creel

Thu, Oct 3, 2019

Gavin made his Broadway debut originating the role of Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which he received his first Tony Award® nomination. He has since created such memorable performances on Broadway as Jean-Michel in La Cage Aux Folles, Claude in Hair, and Stephen Kodaly in the Roundabout Theater Company’s production of She Loves Me,

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NSO Pops: Nat King Cole at 100

Oct 17 – 19, 2019

Celebrate the centennial of the late, great American music legend with a concert showcasing his seminal talents as a vocalist, pianist, and trailblazing icon. Conductor Michael Butterman leads the NSO, special guest artists, and an all-star band in such timeless songs as “Unforgettable,” “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66,” “Mona Lisa,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “Smile,” “L-O-V-E,” and more.

On Sale 7/16/2019

NSO Pops: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert

Nov 29 – Dec 1, 2019

Year Five begins! Between crushing on Cho Chang, studying for his O.W.L.s, and the ever-growing number of detentions from Professor Umbridge™, Harry Potter™ must find the time to discover the secret of his terrible nightmares. Experience the film in HD on a giant screen with composer Nicholas Hooper’s score played live by the NSO.

On Sale 7/16/2019

Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce

Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Christmas as calamity. Celebrating the holiday season in all of its dysfunction, Taylor Mac is joined by longtime collaborators designer Machine Dazzle, music director Matt Ray, and a band of eight to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate. 

On Sale 9/12/2019

NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! with Leslie Odom, Jr.

Dec 13 – 14, 2019

Our annual tradition, complete with Santa, the joyful voices of The Choral Arts Society of Washington, and even “snow!” Warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics and sing-along favorites in the festively decorated Concert Hall. This year, we welcome Leslie Odom, Jr., whose remarkable talents continue to inspire audiences across the globe, from his Tony®-winning role in Hamilton to singing “America the Beautiful” at the 2018 Super Bowl™.

On Sale 7/16/2019

NSO Pops: Game ON!

Wed, Jan 8, 2020

Don’t miss this mesmerizing celebration of symphonic video game music in its world premiere! Game music legend Andy Brick conducts the NSO and The Washington Chorus in concert premieres from more than a dozen blockbuster video games combining unrivaled, world-class symphonic arrangements with stunning in-game HD videos and never-before-seen concept art.

On Sale 7/16/2019

NSO Pops: Megan Hilty and Cheyenne Jackson

Feb 13 – 15, 2020

The two multi-talented stars of the stage, screen, and music charts join forces with conductor and notable actor Damon Gupton and the NSO over Valentine’s Day weekend to celebrate songs from Broadway, film, and the American Songbook.

On Sale 7/16/2019

Renée Fleming VOICES: Norm Lewis

Sat, Feb 29, 2020

Tony®-nominee Norm Lewis, recently seen in NBC's Emmy®-winning broadcast of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!,” joins Renée Fleming VOICES for a spellbinding showcase of his remarkable talent and charisma. He's starred in Broadway's Porgy & BessThe Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Chicago, Side Show, Miss Saigon, and The Who’s Tommy, and made history as the first African American Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.  His television credits include The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Gotham, The Blacklist, and Blue Bloods, as well as his recurring role as Senator Edison Davis on the hit drama Scandal.

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NSO Pops: Disney•Pixar’s Up in Concert

May 1 – 2, 2020

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, this animated classic comes back to the big screen with the NSO playing Michael Giacchino’s Oscar®- and Grammy®-winning score live to the film. 

On Sale 7/16/2019

Renée Fleming VOICES: Mariza

Mon, May 4, 2020

In less than twelve years, Mariza has risen from a local phenomenon to one of the most widely acclaimed stars of the International Music circuit, seducing audiences worldwide with her breathtaking voice, charismatic stage presence, and powerful blend of traditional and contemporary song forms. Mariza’s career now proceeded with even greater success than ever, with multi-platinum album releases, and appearances on some of the most important stages in the world.

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NSO Pops: Bernstein's On the Town in Concert

Jun 25 – 28, 2020

Don’t miss the NSO in a show-stopping, semi-staged version of Leonard Bernstein’s first Broadway musical hit! The story follows the adventures of three sailors on 24-hour shore leave during WWII and features classic numbers such as “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town,” and “Some Other Time.”

On Sale 7/16/2019