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NSO Pops: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (film with live orchestra)

Feb 21 - Feb 23, 2019

The National Symphony Orchestra presents John Williams’s iconic Oscar®-nominated score from The Force Awakens performed live along with the full feature film.

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NSO Pops: Legendary Women's Voices: An Evening With Cynthia Erivo

Apr 5 - Apr 6, 2019

The fearless and feisty Tony®, Emmy®, and Grammy® winner joins the NSO and Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke for two nights! Celebrate the strengths of womanhood as Erivo gives voice to music made famous by the greatest female singers of all time including Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitzgerald.

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NSO Pops: Iron & Wine

Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 8:00 PM

The indie folk icon, a.k.a. singer-songwriter Sam Beam, celebrates a 15th-anniversary re-release of Iron & Wine's acclaimed best-selling album Our Endless Numbered Days. The record will be performed in its entirety with the NSO in new arrangements by composer David Campbell, who also conducts.

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NSO Pops: An Evening with Leslie Odom Jr.

May 1 - May 3, 2019

Leslie Odom Jr.'s 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™. In his first collaboration with the NSO, he returns to the Kennedy Center with a sensational program combining Broadway and jazz classics.

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NSO Pops: Michael Bolton

Tue, May 21, 2019, 8:00 PM

The Grammy Award® winner joins the NSO for a one-night-only concert! From “When a Man Loves a Woman” to “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” and more, Michael Bolton’s time, love, and tenderness have created the soundtrack of our lives. Join this evening of timeless hits and a musical journey through pop, rock, soul, standards, and even classical, specially arranged for symphony orchestra.

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

Jun 28 - Jun 29, 2019

Marking half a century to the week since the entertainment world lost one of its greatest treasures, the NSO and singers Laura Osnes, Capathia Jenkins, and Jimmie Herrod remember the immortal music and extraordinary cultural impact of Judy Garland—star of The Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade, Meet Me in St. Louis, A Star Is Born, and countless more.

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