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Upcoming Events


NSO Pops: Jurassic World - In Concert

Wed, May 30, 2018, 8:00 PM

Universal Brand Development and Film Concerts Live! announce the world premiere of Jurassic World in Concert led by Emil de Cou. The NSO will perform Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino's Jurassic World score live while the film is projected in HD onto a massive screen. 

Jurassic World is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. Licensed by Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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NSO Pops: Space, the Next Frontier 

Jun 1 - Jun 2, 2018

Join the NSO for a celebration of NASA’s 60th anniversary, featuring music inspired by space and several special guests including will.i.am, Michael Giacchino, Grace Potter, Coheed & Cambria, John Cho, and Nick Sagan.

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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: A Night of Jazz with Gregory Porter

Jun 21 - Jun 27, 2018

An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter joins the National Symphony Orchestra for an evening in support of his album Nat King Cole & Me.
 

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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: Star Wars: A New Hope (film with live orchestra)

Sep 12 - Sep 15, 2018

Experience the classic original film in the Concert Hall! Join Luke, Leia, and Han Solo on their epic journey as the NSO’s performance of John Williams's Oscar®-winning score takes the music to new heights, from the bustling Cantina scene to the foreboding trumpets echoing Darth Vader’s first appearance.

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NSO Pops: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (film with live orchestra)

Oct 23 - Oct 25, 2018

The National Symphony Orchestra presents John Williams’s iconic Oscar®-nominated score fromThe Empire Strikes Back performed live along with the full feature film.

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NSO Pops: Andrew Bird with Gabriel Kahane

Oct 26 - Oct 27, 2018

Renowned as a “one-man orchestra of the imagination,” versatile singer/songwriter and classically trained violinist Andrew Bird joins the NSO as part of his national tour performing with indie musician Gabriel Kahane. In his Kennedy Center debut, Bird masters delicately layered pop melodies with nuanced creative genius in innovative orchestrations of his songs conceived by Kahane.

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NSO Pops: Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (film with live orchestra)

Nov 23 - Nov 25, 2018

Bring your entire family to the Kennedy Center to enjoy Disney's new feature film in the Concert Hall, with theTchaikovsky-inspired score performed live by the National Symphony Orchestra!

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NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! Under the Mistletoe with Ashley Brown

Dec 14 - Dec 15, 2018

Warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics in this singalong tradition with the NSO and The Washington Chorus, a perfect holiday treat for the entire family! Join us in the festively decorated Concert Hall for this year’s program that welcomes musical theater darling Ashley Brown—originator of the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway—in her NSO debut.

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NSO Pops: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (film with live orchestra)

Jan 22 - Jan 24, 2019

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

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NSO Pops: An Evening with Brandy Norwood

Jan 25 - Jan 26, 2019

Following her acclaimed Broadway debut and Kennedy Center engagement as Roxie Hart in the Tony®-winning revival of Chicago, Brandy is the latest entertainer to join the NSO in exploring fascinating connections between R&B and symphony, following the likes of Ledisi, Boyz II Men, Fantasia, and many others. In her first collaboration with a live orchestra, the multi-platinum, Grammy®-winning singer/actress performs favorites from her iconic career.

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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: 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, including songs from Rent, Spring Awakening, and a tribute to Nat King Cole.

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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 a trio of exceptional singers 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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