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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.

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Ton Koopman

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.

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NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood

NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood

Sun, May 21

Critically acclaimed Brooklyn-based production company Giants Are Small offers an invigorating new perspective on Prokofiev's classic, with a narrator and the musicians of the NSO creating all of the sound effects on stage. Age 5+

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Yo-Yo Ma

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

Wed, May 24, 2017, 8:00 PM

A world premiere work from Mason Bates unites the iconic American voices of President John F. Kennedy and poet Walt Whitman in this concert celebration of JFK's monumental legacy that also features world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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National Symphony Orchestra: National Memorial Day Concert

Sun, May 28, 2017, 8:00 PM

As part of the JFK Centennial Week celebration, the National Symphony Orchestra delivers its traditional Memorial Day Concert, an uplifting performance honoring the military service of all men and women in uniform as well as their families at home.


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.

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SoundHealth_MusicMind

Sound Health in Concert: Music and the Mind with the National Symphony Orchestra

Fri, Jun 2, 2017, 8:00 PM

Uncover mysteries about the human brain and its connection to music with this fascinating concert from the Kennedy Center, National Institutes of Health, and Renée Fleming featuring the NSO, renowned neuroscientists, and other special guests to be announced. 


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.

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Christoph Eschenbach

National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach conducts 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.

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National Symphony Orchestra: DECLASSIFIED: Fridays at 9: Ben Folds plays his piano concerto

DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents: Blake Mills with the National Symphony Orchestra

Fri, Jun 30, 2017, 9:00 PM

Kennedy Center favorite Ben Folds curates and hosts this special evening featuring singer/songwriter, producer, guitarist, and composer Blake Mills. Come early for pre-show entertainment and stick around for live band karaoke at the free after-party. 

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NSO Opening Nite

National Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Gala Concert

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.


Marceliru/ Carpenter

National Symphony Orchestra: Carpenter plays Copland / Favorites by Bernstein & Adams

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.


Arabella Steinbacher

National Symphony Orchestra: Dvorák's Seventh Symphony / Steinbacher plays Brahms

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.


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National Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique" Symphony / Ohlsson plays Barber

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.


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National Symphony Orchestra: Slatkin conducts Bernstein / Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring

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.


Noseda/ Beethoveen

National Symphony Orchestra: Borrowed from Baroque: Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony & more

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.


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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.


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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.


NSO Handel's Messiah

National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah

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.


Jean-Yves Thibaudet

National Symphony Orchestra: Bernstein's "The Age of Anxiety" / Ravel's Bolero

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.


Eschenbach Josefowicz

National Symphony Orchestra: Eschenbach conducts Schumann & Brahms / Josefowicz plays Knussen

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.


Lintu/ Gershiwn

National Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto / Tchaikovsky's The Tempest

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.


Gabel/ Gerhard

National Symphony Orchestra: Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony / Gerhardt plays Bloch

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.


Jankiw

National Symphony Orchestra: Jankowski conducts Brahms's First Symphony / Jackiw plays Bruch

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.


Runnicles/ Mahler

National Symphony Orchestra: Runnicles conducts Mahler's Tenth Symphony

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.


Noseda/ Adams

National Symphony Orchestra: John Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary

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.


Noseda Bronfman

National Symphony Orchestra: Dancing on the Danube: Bronfman, Brahms & more

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.


Noseda/ Verdi

National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Verdi's Requiem

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.


Josefowicz

National Symphony Orchestra: A Portrait & a Frame: Works by Stravinsky, Mozart & W.F. Bach

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.


Mark Elder

National Symphony Orchestra: Elder conducts Strauss's Ein Heldenleben / Haydn's Symphony No. 80

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.


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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.


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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.


Eschenbach/ Foster

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.


Eschenbach Stovall

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.


Eschenbach Pereira

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.

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