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NSO Pops

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Upcoming Events


NSO Pops: Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

Wed, Dec 20, 2017, 8:00 PM

Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration is a 25th anniversary concert celebration of the acclaimed album that reinterpreted Handel’s oratorio Messiah

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NSO Pops: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds

Jan 19 - Jan 20, 2018

In his first-ever collaboration with a full orchestra, the 11-time Grammy® winner and 2017 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame joins the NSO to perform some of his greatest R&B and pop hits as a prolific singer, songwriter, and producer. 

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NSO Pops: West Side Story in Concert

Feb 14 - Feb 17, 2018

Celebrate Leonard Bernstein's cherished musical take on Romeo & Juliet in a lightly staged NSO concert performance featuring a cast of Broadway favorites including Corey Cott as Tony, Solea Pfeiffer as Maria, Ana Villafañe as Anita, Ephraim Sykes as Riff, and Joel Perez as Bernardo. 

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NSO Pops: Black Violin

Wed, Apr 4, 2018, 8:00 PM

Violinist Kevin Sylvester (“Kev Marcus”) and violist Wilner Baptiste (“Wil B”) join the NSO to showcase their dynamic music style bridging Hip Hop beats and lyrical melodies with classical instrumentation and searing technique. Age 5+

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NSO Pops: Space, the Next Frontier 

Jun 1 - Jun 2, 2018

Explore the sights and sounds of deep space and the music, art, and fiction that it has inspired as the NSO and NASA present a celebration of science fact and fiction in honor of NASA’s 60th anniversary.

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NSO Pops: Audra McDonald

Tue, Jun 19, 2018, 8:00 PM

As beloved on Broadway and opera stages as she is in her roles in film and on television, iconic singer and actress Audra McDonald joins the NSO for an exquisite selection of her favorite music.

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NSO Pops: Melissa Etheridge

Jun 22 - Jun 23, 2018

Melissa Etheridge brings her raw, expressive voice and powerhouse guitar prowess to the Concert Hall for a sampling of heartfelt hits from her groundbreaking career.

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NSO Pops: A Night of Jazz with Gregory Porter

Wed, Jun 27, 2018, 8:00 PM

An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter returns for an exciting evening of jazz.

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