National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood

NSO in Your Neighborhood

What is NSO In Your Neighborhood

NSO In Your Neighborhood is an initiative that provides free performances and educational activities by the National Symphony Orchestra in neighborhoods throughout the Washington, DC area.

Over the course of one week, events include full orchestra concerts, in-school visits, chamber performances, artistic exchange, instrument petting zoos and a range of classes, presented in schools, churches, community centers, night clubs, and performing arts venues that reflect the makeup of a participating neighborhood.

Through this community engagement program, the NSO strives to build deeper connections with audiences of all ages, to inspire learning, to create excitement, and foster appreciation for live classical music.

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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


National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood

Full Schedule

The NSO IYN event at Noyes Elementary School originally scheduled for Tue, Jan 6, 7pm with Kid Pan Alley has been rescheduled for Tue, Jan 13, 7pm, Noyes Elementary School.

All of these concerts are free to the public with first-come, first-served seating. Some concerts require an RSVP for free tickets and are marked accordingly with links to register. Look for more details on all concerts to be posted here soon.

Tuesday, January 6

Central Union Mission
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
65 Massachusetts Ave., NW
NSO musicians David Murray, trombone; Matthew Guilford, bass trombone; Stephen Dumaine, tuba; and Peter Ellefson, guest trombone, perform classical works at D.C.'s oldest social services agency.

National Public Radio
RSVP required »
7–8:30 p.m.
1111 North Capitol St., NE
NSO musicians Nurit Bar-Josef, concertmaster; Eric deWaardt, viola; Mark Evans, cello; and Aaron Goldman, principal flute, perform chamber music in NPR's new Studio 1.

Woodridge Interim Library
Family Performance: Peter and the Wolf
7–8 p.m.
1790 Douglas St., NE (Main Floor)
NSO musicians Alice Weinreb, flute; Nicholas Stovall, principal oboe; Paul Cigan, clarinet; Truman Harris, bassoon; and Laurel Bennert Ohlson, horn, perform a family program centered on the classic Peter and the Wolf. The library will incorporate a story time featuring books on the same theme.

Wednesday, January 7

Wells Fargo
4–5 p.m.
1200 1st St., NE
NSO musician Adriana Horne, principal harp, plays a variety of classical works.

Union Market
Official Kick-Off Concert
RSVP required »
6–8 p.m.
1309 5th St., NE, Dock 5 (2nd Floor)
Historic Union Market is not only home to more than 30 of the top artisanal food producers in the region, but above the marketplace it also boasts the distinctive event space Dock 5. Come early to dine, shop, and explore Union Market—and then enjoy NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan, Teri Lee, Carole Evans, and Jan Chong, violins; Mark Evans, cello; Charles Nilles, bass; and Joe Connell, percussion, as they bring their mix of rock ‘n' roll, blues/jazz, fiddling, and maybe even classical to this spacious urban venue. An arrival time of 6 p.m. is suggested; the performance begins at 7 p.m.

Dance Place
RSVP required »
7–8 p.m.
3225 8th St., NE
NSO musicians Nurit Bar-Josef, concertmaster; Eric deWaardt, viola; and Aaron Goldman, principal flute, perform chamber music while choreography is performed by ReVision, a professional modern dance company.

Thursday, January 8

NOMA Business Improvement District: The Lobby Project
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
1200 1st St., NE
NSO musicians Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violins; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; and Rachel Young, cello—otherwise known as The Last Stand Quartet—perform classical works.

Central Union Mission
4–5 p.m.
65 Massachusetts Ave., NW
NSO musicians Jamie Roberts, oboe; Pavel Pekarsky, violin; and Eugena Chang, cello, perform a chamber concert with Steve Combs, guest baritone; Malorie Blake Shin, guest violin; and Derek Smith, guest viola, at D.C.'s oldest social services agency.

Howard University School of Divinity
5–6 p.m.
Howard Thurman Chapel
1400 Shepherd St., NE
NSO musicians Eugene Mondie, clarinet; Sue Heineman, bassoon; Mark Evans, cello; and Lisa Emenheiser, piano, perform classical works.

Turkey Thicket Recreation
5–6 p.m.
1100 Michigan Ave., NE
NSO musician Glenn Donnellan, violin, gives a performance for both children and adults.

Friday, January 9

Echostage
Full Orchestra Concert
RSVP required »
2135 Queens Chapel Rd., NE
Led by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, the NSO collaborates with three Washington artists at Echostage, D.C.'s newest and largest nightlife concert venue. DJ Stylus, dubbed "The Vibe Conductor" by his fans, launches the action with his self-described "party rocking philosophy." Bach and Pachelbel then meet Christylez Bacon and Wytold. Christylez Bacon, a Grammy®-nominated musician "whose sound lives at the intersection of soul, hip-hop, and jazz" (Washington Post), and Wytold, performer extraordinaire on the electric six-stringed cello, also bring some of their original compositions to the NSO. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with DJ Stylus; the NSO and guests begin at 8:30 p.m.

  • Bernstein: Candide—Overture
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 (Movement II)
  • Christylez Bacon: X-2
  • Bach/Wytold: Bach Remix, themes from the Cello Suite No. 1, Prelude
  • Pachelbel/Christylez Bacon: It's the Beatbox, themes from Canon in D major
  • Prokofiev: "Dance of the Knights" from Romeo and Juliet
  • Wytold: My Regards
  • Christylez Bacon: Mambo Sauce
  • Bernstein: "Mambo" from West Side Story

Saturday, January 10

Art Enables
12:30–1:30 p.m.
2204 Rhode Island Ave., NE
NSO musicians Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violins; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; and Rachel Young, cello—otherwise known as The Last Stand Quartet—perform during a community arts workshop.

McKinley Technology Education Campus
NSO Family Concert & Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo"
RSVP required »
3–5 p.m.
151 T St., NE
From 3 to 4 p.m., kids of all ages can enjoy hands-on fun with our Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." From 4 to 5 p.m., the NSO brings mirth, musical mastery, and more to a family program called "Exploring Extremes" hosted by Marissa Regni, principal second violin, and NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl.

  • Beethoven: Adagio—Allegro vivace (Mvt. 1) from Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60
  • Holst: "Mars" from The Planets
  • Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor
  • Mozart: Adagio-Allegro from String Quartet in C major, K. 465, "Dissonant"
  • Tchaikovsky: "Ave verum corpus" from Suite No. 4 in G major, Op. 61, "Mozartiana"
  • Haydn: Andante (Mvt. II) from Symphony No. 94 in G major, "Surprise"
  • Khachaturian: "Sabre Dance" from Gayaneh
  • Veracini: Allegro for Solo Violin
  • Strauss: An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64
  • Brahms: Adagio—Più andante—Allegro non troppo, ma con brio from Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever

Mount Sinai Baptist Church
7–8:30 p.m.
1615 3rd St., NW
NSO musicians Natasha Bogachek and Zino Bogachek, violins; and Eric deWaardt, viola, perform a classical concert for the church and surrounding community.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
7–8 p.m.
Crypt Church (Lower Level)
400 Michigan Ave., NE
NSO musicians Jamie Roberts, oboe; Pavel Pekarsky, violin; and Eugena Chang, cello, perform a chamber concert with Steve Combs, guest baritone; Malorie Blake Shin, guest violin; Derek Smith, guest viola; and Todd Fickley, guest organ.

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
7:30–8:30 p.m.
1400 Quincy St., NE
NSO musician Steven Hendrickson, trumpet, performs a chamber concert with Phil Snedecor, guest trumpet, and Russell Weismann, guest organ and Dean of the D.C. chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Sunday, January 11

Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family
2–3 p.m.
4250 Harewood Rd., NE
NSO musicians Linda Schroeder, violin, and Denise Wilkinson, viola, perform a chamber concert along with Andrei Pidkivka, guest folk instruments; Solomia Gorokhivska, guest violin; and Alicia Ward, guest cello, to follow the Parish's Christmas dinner.

Northwest One Library
2–3 p.m.
155 L St., NW (Main Floor)
NSO musician Janet Frank, cello, performs a chamber concert with John Moran, guest cello.

Trinity Washington University
2–3 p.m.
125 Michigan Ave., NE
NSO musicians David Murray, trombone; Matthew Guilford, bass trombone; and Stephen Dumaine, tuba, perform a chamber concert with Peter Ellefson, guest trombone. The concert includes a collaboration with a brass ensemble from Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Woodridge Interim Library
2:30–3:30 p.m.
1790 Douglas St., NE
NSO musicians Natasha Bogachek and Zino Bogachek, violins, play classical works.

Central Union Mission
4–5 p.m.
65 Massachusetts Ave., NW
NSO musician Janet Frank, cello, and John Moran, guest cello, perform a chamber concert at D.C.'s oldest social services agency.

Central Union Mission
6–7 p.m.
65 Massachusetts Ave., NW
NSO musician Glenn Donnellan, violin, performs a concert at D.C.'s oldest social services agency.

Monday, January 12

The Catholic University of America
Ensemble Performance
3:40–4:45 p.m.
Caldwell Auditorium In Ward Hall
620 Michigan Ave., NE
NSO musicians David Murray, trombone; Matthew Guilford, bass trombone; Stephen Dumaine, tuba; and Peter Ellefson, guest trombone, perform and hold a panel discussion with Catholic University's School of Music students. The public is invited to attend.

The Catholic University of America
Finale Concert with the Full Orchestra
RSVP required »
7:30–9 p.m.
620 Michigan Ave., NE
Music Director Christoph Eschenbach leads the NSO in a concert saluting Catholic University's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music on its 50th anniversary. The all-Mozart program includes the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Symphony No. 41 ("Jupiter"), plus Principal Flute Aaron Goldman is featured in Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2, with cadenzas by Lera Auerbach, commissioned by the NSO.

Tuesday January, 13

Noyes Education Campus 7–8 p.m.
Auditorium at 2725 10th St., NE
Following a weeklong songwriting workshop led by arts organization Kid Pan Alley, students from Noyes Education Campus perform their original material with NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan, violin; Jamie Roberts, oboe; and Charles Nilles, bass, as well as musicians from Kid Pan Alley.


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RSVP for Special Events

Free tickets are required for the following concerts. Seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 4 free tickets per RSVP. Unclaimed seats will be released 15 minutes prior to the start of each performance.

NSO In Your Neighborhood Kick-Off Event @ Union Market »
RSVP required

Wednesday, January 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
1309 5th St., NE, Dock 5 (2nd Floor)

Historic Union Market is not only home to more than 30 of the top artisanal food producers in the region, but above the marketplace it also boasts the distinctive event space Dock 5. Come early to dine, shop, and explore Union Market—and then enjoy NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan, Teri Lee, Carole Evans, and Jan Chong, violins; Mark Evans, cello; Charles Nilles, bass; and Joe Connell, percussion, as they bring their mix of rock ‘n' roll, blues/jazz, fiddling, and maybe even classical to this spacious urban venue. An arrival time of 6 p.m. is suggested; the performance begins at 7 p.m.

NSO @ Echostage »
RSVP required

Friday, January 9 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
2135 Queens Chapel Rd., NE

Led by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, the NSO collaborates with three Washington artists at Echostage, D.C.'s newest and largest nightlife concert venue. DJ Stylus, dubbed "The Vibe Conductor" by his fans, launches the action with his self-described "party rocking philosophy." Bach and Pachelbel then meet Christylez Bacon and Wytold. Christylez Bacon, a Grammy®-nominated musician "whose sound lives at the intersection of soul, hip-hop, and jazz" (Washington Post), and Wytold, performer extraordinaire on the electric six-stringed cello, also bring some of their original compositions to the NSO. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with DJ Stylus; the NSO and guests begin at 8:30 p.m.

  • Bernstein: Candide—Oventure
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 (Movement II)
  • Christylez Bacon: X-2
  • Bach/Wytold: Bach Remix, themes from the Cello Suite No. 1, Prelude
  • Pachelbel/Christylez Bacon: It's the Beatbox, themes from Canon in D major
  • Prokofiev: "Dance of the Knights" from Romeo and Juliet
  • Wytold: My Regards
  • Christylez Bacon: Mambo Sauce
  • Bernstein: "Mambo" from West Side Story

NSO Family Concert @ McKinley Technology Education Campus »
RSVP required

Saturday, January 10 from 3 to 5 p.m.
151 T Street, NE

From 3 to 4 p.m., kids of all ages can enjoy hands-on fun with our Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." From 4 to 5 p.m., the NSO brings mirth, musical mastery, and more to a family program called "Exploring Extremes" hosted by Marissa Regni, principal second violin, and NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl.

  • Beethoven: Adagio—Allegro vivace (Mvt. 1) from Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60
  • Holst: "Mars" from The Planets
  • Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor
  • Mozart: Adagio-Allegro from String Quartet in C major, K. 465, "Dissonant"
  • Tchaikovsky: "Ave verum corpus" from Suite No. 4 in G major, Op. 61, "Mozartiana"
  • Haydn: Andante (Mvt. II) from Symphony No. 94 in G major, "Surprise"
  • Khachaturian: "Sabre Dance" from Gayaneh
  • Veracini: Allegro for Solo Violin
  • Strauss: An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64
  • Brahms: Adagio—Più andante—Allegro non troppo, ma con brio from Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever

NSO Concert @ Catholic University Of America »
RSVP required

Monday, January 12 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Hartke Theatre, 620 Michigan Ave NE

Music Director Christoph Eschenbach leads the NSO in a concert saluting Catholic University's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music on its 50th anniversary. The all-Mozart program includes the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Symphony No. 41 ("Jupiter"), plus Principal Flute Aaron Goldman is featured in Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2, with cadenzas by Lera Auerbach, commissioned by the NSO.


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