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National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood

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For more information about In Your Neighborhood
Warren G. Williams III
Manager of Community Relations
National Symphony Orchestra
Phone: 202-416-8112
wgwilliams@kennedy-center.org

What is "NSO In Your Neighborhood"?

The National Symphony Orchestra aims to reach a wide audience through its classical subscription series, pops concerts, and one of the country's most extensive educational programs. Through the many activities the NSO provides, the Orchestra aims to share all the elements of classical music with the community members in a short time period.

Following the excitement the NSO experienced playing in the H Street NE and Capitol Hill neighborhoods in 2014, the Orchestra is pleased to bring these programs to the Brookland and NoMa neighborhoods January 6-12, 2015. The NSO will present numerous activities, with an emphasis on chamber performances, education, and community engagement programs. We hope people of all ages will embrace classical music with the same excitement that we do at the NSO.


National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood

Schedule

Tuesday, January 7

Shakespeare and Chamber Music

6:30-8 P.M. SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY, 516 8TH ST., SE

Experience an evening of Shakespeare through words and music with members of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Young Company and the Last Stand Quartet featuring the NSO's Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violins; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; and Rachel Young, cello.

Wednesday, January 8

Opening Concert at Atlas Performing Arts Center ***

8-9:30 P.M. ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER'S LANG THEATRE, 1333 H ST., NE

The full orchestra plays a special opening concert at historic H Street corridor's Atlas Performing Arts Center, led by NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl and featuring soprano Aundi Marie Moore.

Program to include:
  • BEETHOVEN: Overture to Coriolan
  • COPLAND: Three Latin-American Sketches - Nos. 2 & 3
  • IVES: The Unanswered Question
  • SIBELIUS: "Valse Triste" from Kuolema
  • BARBER: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
  • STRAVINSKY: Dumbarton Oaks
  • PIAZZOLLA: Oblivion
  • ADAM SCHOENBERG: Finding Rothko - movements 2 & 3
  • PROKOFIEV: Classical Symphony

This performance is SOLD OUT. Standing Room Only admission is available. To reserve a space, visit atlasarts.org or contact the Atlas Box Office at (202) 399-7993 (Tue.-Sat., 12-6 p.m.).

Ensemble Performance

9:30-10:30 P.M. ROCK AND ROLL HOTEL, 1353 H ST., NE

NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan, Teri Lee, and Carole Evans, violins; Mark Evans, cello; Joe Connell, percussion; Charles Nilles, bass, play a variety of classical and popular music.

Thursday, January 9

Community Performance

12-1 P.M. WELLS FARGO BANK, 444 N. CAPITOL ST., NW

NSO musicians Natasha Bogachek and Zino Bogachek, violins; and Eric deWaardt, viola play classical works.

Chamber Music

6-7 P.M. HOMEBODY, 715 8TH ST., SE

NSO musicians Natasha Bogachek and Zino Bogachek, violins; and Eric deWaardt, viola play at Homebody, an independent, contemporary design store located in the heart of Capitol Hill.

Community Performance: The Last Stand Quartet

6:30-8:30 P.M. ROSEDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 1701 GALES ST., NE

NSO musicians Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violins; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; and Rachel Young, cello, play classical works.

Chamber Music

7-8 P.M. CAPITOL HILL ARTS WORKSHOP, 545 7TH ST., SE

NSO violinist Elisabeth Adkins and pianist Edward Newman play chamber music.

Chamber Music

7:30-9:30 P.M. HILL CENTER AT THE OLD NAVAL HOSPITAL, LINCOLN ROOM, 921 PENNSYLVANIA AVE., SE

NSO musicians Aaron Goldman, flute; Eugene Mondie, clarinet; and Sue Heineman, bassoon, play classical works.

Ensemble Performance with the Marine Corps Band Brass Quintet

7:30-9 P.M. | U.S. MARINE BARRACKS ANNEX,SOUSA BAND HALL, 7TH AND L STS., SE

Brass quintets from the Marine Corps Band and the National Symphony perform a joint program, featuring Steve Hendrickson and Robert Dorer, trumpets; Laurel Ohlson, horn; Craig Mulcahy, trombone; and Stephen Dumaine, tuba.

Friday, January 10

Ensemble Performance: Viva Violins: From Baby Talk to Mozart

10-11 A.M. EBENEZERS COFFEEHOUSE, 201 F ST., NE

The violin grows up in the spotlight in this program which tells the tale of three little violins and how their mother teaches them to "sing." Join NSO violinists Elisabeth Adkins, Paula Akbar, Holly Hamilton, and Jane Bowyer Stewart as they grow the musical experience from sweet lullabies like "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" all the way to breathtaking Bach. Immediately following the performance, young people will enjoy the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo," a project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Community Performance

6:30--7:30 P.M. SHERWOOD RECREATION CENTER, 640 10TH ST., NE

NSO musicians Aaron Goldman, flute; Eugene Mondie, clarinet; and Sue Heineman, bassoon play classical works.

Ensemble Performance: The Last Stand Quartet

7-8 P.M. THE ARGONAUT, 1433 H ST., NE

NSO musicians Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violins; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; and Rachel Young, cello perform at The Argonaut, dubbed "H Street's true neighborhood gathering spot."

Ensemble Performance

8-9 P.M. HILL CENTER AT THE OLD NAVAL HOSPITAL, LINCOLN ROOM, 921 PENNSYLVANIA AVE., SE

NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan, Teri Lee, and Jan Chong, violins; Mark Evans, cello; Joe Connell; percussion, Rick Barber, bass play a variety of classical and popular music.

Saturday, January 11

SECTIONALS/CONDUCTED REHEARSAL WITH THE DC YOUTH ORCHESTRA PROGRAM

11 A.M.-1 P.M. EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, 1700 E. CAPITOL ST., NE

NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl conducts a DC Youth Orchestra rehearsal with sectionals led by NSO musicians Heather Green, violin; William Foster, viola; DCYOP alumnus Loran Stephenson, cello; Steve Hendrickson, trumpet; and William Wielgus, oboe.

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

1:30 P.M.- 2:30 P.M. | UNION STATION, 50 MASSACHUSETTS AVE.,NE

Hands-on fun with instruments! Children (and their parents) have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they see professionally played on stage. The musical instrument "petting zoo" is a project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

NSO at Union Station

3 & 7 P.M. UNION STATION, EAST HALL, 50 MASSACHUSETTS AVE.,NE

Led by NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl and featuring WUSA Channel 9's Andrea Roane as host, the National Symphony performs two full "train-themed" concerts at Union Station.

Program to include:

  • ADAMS: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  • COPLAND: John Henry
  • GROFE: "Sunrise" from Grand Canyon Suite
  • LUMBYE: Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop
  • SIBELIUS: Finlandia
  • VILLA-LOBOS: "The Little Train of Caipira" from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2
  • MARQUEZ: Danzon No. 2
  • IBERT: Suite Symphonique, "Paris"
  • OFFENBACH: "Barcarolle" from Tales of Hoffman
  • OFFENBACH: "Can Can" from Gaite Parisienne
  • J. STRAUSS Jr.: Pleasure Train Polka
  • J. STRAUSS Jr.: On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Waltz

Free. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

* Ms. Roane's script written by Jacqueline E. Lawton.

Sunday, January 12

Community Performance: Brass of Peace

11 A.M.-12 P.M. EASTERN MARKET, NORTH HALL 225 7TH ST., SE

NSO hornist Sylvia Alimena conducts a family-friendly concert that brings together the area's finest young brass musicians to teach all about the instruments of the brass family and how they make music out of metal and wind.

Community Performance

12-1 P.M. EASTERN MARKET, NORTH HALL 225 7TH ST., SE

NSO musicians Steve Hendrickson and Robert Dorer, trumpets; Laurel Ohlson, horn; Craig Mulcahy, trombone; and Stephen Dumaine, tuba play at Washington, DC's original and premier food and arts market.

Chamber Music: The Last Stand Quartet

12-2 P.M. THE FRIDGE DC, 516½ 8TH ST., SE, REAR ALLEY

NSO musicians Alexandra Osborne and Joel Fuller, violins; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; and Rachel Young, cello play at The Fridge DC, a unique art gallery, performance space, music venue, and classroom located on Barracks Row in the historic Eastern Market neighborhood. Get Tickets

Chamber Music

12-1 P.M. CONGRESSIONAL CEMETERY, CHAPEL, 1801 E ST., SE

NSO musicians Natasha Bogachek and Zino Bogachek, violins; and Eric deWaardt, viola play classical works at the Congressional Cemetery, a 206-year-old National Historic Landmark.

Community Performance

2-3 P.M. DC SOUTHEAST LIBRARY, 403 7TH ST., SE

NSO musicians Kathryn Meany, English horn; Sue Heineman, bassoon; and Jamie Roberts, oboe, play classical works.

Community Performance

3:30-4:30 P.M. CAPITOL HILL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 201 4TH ST., SE

NSO musicians Steve Hendrickson and Robert Dorer, trumpets; Laurel Ohlson, horn; Craig Mulcahy, trombone; and Stephen Dumaine, tuba play a special concert in celebration of the sesquicentennial of Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church.

Chamber Music

5-6 P.M. NATIONAL COMMUNITY CHURCH, MIRACLE THEATRE, 538 8TH ST., SE

NSO musicians Natasha Bogachek and Zino Bogachek, violins; and Eric deWaardt, viola play classical works.

Ensemble Performance - *** NEW VENUE AND TIME ***

7:30-9:00 P.M. ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER'S LANG THEATRE, 1333 H ST., NE

NSO musicians Aaron Goldman, flute; Charles Nilles, bass; Joe Connell, percussion; and pianist Tony Nalker play jazz and chamber music.

Tickets are FREE but must be reserved ($2 per ticket service fee). Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a ticket, visit atlasarts.org or contact the Atlas Box Office at (202) 399-7993 (Tue.-Sat., 12-6 p.m.).

Chamber Music: The Last Stand Quartet

8-10 P.M. THE CORNER STORE, 900 S. Carolina Ave., SE

NSO musicians Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violins; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; and Rachel Young, cello, play at The Corner Store, an innovative arts center where the work of actors, playwrights, musicians, filmmakers, artists, poets, and chefs are regularly showcased.

RSVPs required for this event. Contact swantelier@earthlink.net

Monday, January 13

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

10:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. DC SOUTHEAST LIBRARY, 403 7TH ST., SE

Hands on fun with instruments! Children (and their parents) have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they see professionally played on stage. The musical instrument "petting zoo" is a project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Workshop Performance with Kid Pan Alley

7-8 P.M. CAPITOL HILL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 201 4TH ST., SE

Following a weeklong songwriting workshop led by arts organization Kid Pan Alley, students from Capitol Hill Montessori perform their original material with NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan, violin; and Jamie Roberts, oboe; as well as musicians from Kid Pan Alley.

Chamber Music

7:30-9 P.M. CAPITOL HILL SDA CHURCH, 914 MASSACHUSETTS AVE., NE

NSO musicians Natasha Bogachek and Zino Bogachek, violins; and Eric deWaardt, viola play classical works.


About Sound Health

Sound Health is the National Symphony Orchestra's year-round community engagement initiative that sends musicians into local hospitals, pediatric units, and military health centers in the Washington, D.C. area. Activities include performances in lobby spaces, treatment areas and patient rooms, designed to serve all ages.

Program Goals

Sound Health aims to enhance the environment and experiences of patients, their family members, hospital staff and visitors, through live music and personal interaction. The program is tailored to reach a population that cannot frequently or easily travel to the Kennedy Center or other performing arts venues.


Collaborating Organizations

Musician visits are scheduled in collaboration with leading health care institutions, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Children's National Health System.


Events

Sound Health was launched on September 11, 2013, with a chamber orchestra performance at the National Institutes of Health to an audience of more than 600 people in the Clinical Center atrium. NSO ensemble Viva Violins later performed at the Children's Inn at NIH, along with an instrument petting zoo, a project of the Women's Committee for the NSO. Events are also planned at Children's National Health System, via their Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services division.


Due to the nature of the venues, NSO Sound Health events are not open to the general public.

Impact

Music has the extraordinary power to bring people together and enhance our common experiences. Research shows that music creates a healthier, more enriching environment, leading health care institutions to seek ways to incorporate this creative art form into their regular activities for patients, military personnel, families, staff members, and visitors. Sound Health provides a variety of targeted musical programming at medical facilities, with the goal of enhancing the institution's environment.

"To hear this caliber of orchestra, up close, and for free, was truly an experience I won't forget. My spirits were so lifted, my soul was so touched; that hour set the tone for the remainder of my week at the hospital. Thank you to all the musicians and organizers for this wonderful gift of gorgeous music."
- Patient
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center

"Thank you for helping to bring much-needed smiles to our Inn families' faces – a gift that is truly priceless!"
- Katelyn Hansen
Community Outreach & Volunteer Program Assistant
The Children's Inn at NIH

"It's about giving back. We do it because it brings us so much joy."
- Holly Hamilton, violinist
National Symphony Orchestra

Children's National

The Kennedy Center

NIH