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National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert 2014

The National Symphony Orchestra celebrates the beginning of its 2014–2014 season with its annual Labor Day Capitol Concert. Participating artists and program to be announced.

This event is NOT taking place at the Kennedy Center

  • Sun., Aug. 31, 2014, 8:00 PM
  • US Capitol Building - West Lawn
  • Approx. 90 minutes


National Symphony Orchestra
Steven Reineke, conductor 
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 8 p.m. 

Christopher Johnstone, vocalist
Nicole Parker, vocalist

The National Symphony Orchestra celebrates the beginning of the 2014–2015 season with its annual Labor Day Capitol Concert, a tradition since 1979. Led this year by NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, the program will feature two exciting vocalists (at left): Emmy Award(r)–winning actress and singer Nicole Parker--best known for her work in the TV sketch comedy MADtv and currently appearing as Elphaba in the national tour of Wicked--and Broadway and opera sensation Christopher Johnstone, who will portray Magaldi in the national tour of Evita coming to the Kennedy Center this fall. 

This year's program explores American music from TV, movies, and beloved Broadway musicals, with a veritable "who's who" of notable composers represented, including Aaron Copland, Mitch Leigh, Richard Rodgers, Marc Shaiman, Carole Bayer Sager, Stephen Schwartz, John Philip Sousa, and Claude-Michel Schönberg. 

Broadway hits from Man of La Mancha, The King and I, South Pacific, Wicked, and Les Misérables will be performed alongside arrangements of patriotic favorites including Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, "America the Beautiful," and Alan Bass's A New Birth of Freedom, which features a narration of the Gettysburg Address by award-winning Fox 5 news anchor Shawn Yancy. Selections from Smash, "Ed Sullivan Welcomes the Beatles," and an overture comprised of a delicious concoction of television themes pay tribute to yet another iconic component of American life.

Performance Timing: Approximately 90 minutes. 
FREE event, no tickets required. Gates open at 3 p.m., open rehearsal at 3:30 p.m.

Note: No alcohol permitted.

In case of inclement weather, the Concert will be moved to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Please call the NSO Summer Concert Hotline at (202) 416-8114 after 2 p.m. on the day of the performance to learn whether the performance has been moved.

All events and artists subject to change without prior notice.

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