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NSO Family Concert: Wherefore Art Thou, Shakespeare?

As part of Shakespeare in Washington , Leonard Slatkin conducts a world-premiere work inspired by Shakespeare's writings, featuring narration by John Lithgow and music by American composer Daniel Kellogg.

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He gave the world "much ado about nothing"…and boy was that a lot! From his mischievous Puck to those star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare is the most famous playwright of all time. As part of the citywide Shakespeare in Washington festival, the NSO celebrates the genius of "The Bard" in this exciting concert for families. Leonard Slatkin conducts Pyramus and Thisbe, a world-premiere work inspired by Shakespeare's writings. With narration by two-time Tony Award–winning actor John Lithgow, it features music by acclaimed American composer Daniel Kellogg and a libretto by Tony winner Mark O'Donnell. As Shakespeare would say, "all the world's a stage"--so don't miss this very special Concert Hall experience! For ages 7 and up.

Come Early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo"
Starting an hour before each Concert Hall performance, this event gives young concertgoers a chance to get up close and hands-on with the instruments they'll see played professionally on the stage--from violins, flutes, and clarinets to trumpets and percussion!

The Instrument "Petting Zoo" is a project of the Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra.

Kids' Chats  
Following each of the 3 p.m. performances, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.  

Program and Notes

Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor
"Touch her soft lips and part" from Henry V
Scherzo from  A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61
Fantasia on "Greensleeves" from Sir John in Love, arr. Ralph Greeves
Dance of the Nymphs from Suite No. 2 from  The Tempest
Op. 109, No. 3
Pyramus and Thisbe, with a libretto by Tony®-award winning librettist Mark O'Donnell
Commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, DC, Leonard Slatkin, music director
Excerpt from Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy


All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.

Group of 20 or more? Group Sales offers special terms and discounts for most performances.

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