National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood

Downtown/Penn Quarter

January 5–11, 2016

This year's NSO In Your Neighborhood program heads to the vibrant Downtown and Penn Quarter areas of Washington, D.C.—bringing a week’s worth of free chamber music, orchestral concerts, educational events for the entire family, and much more!

Over seven days, members of the NSO will break into various ensembles and configurations to present dozens of performances and activities throughout the community, including a kick-off event at The Hamilton Live, two unique community concerts at The Smithsonian American Art Museum, and one thrilling chamber program at Sixth & I. You can follow all of the action on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—and don't forget to share your own In Your Neighborhood experiences on social media. Tag your posts, photos, and videos using the hashtag #NSOneighbor!

RSVP for select free concerts>>

Secure a spot ahead of time! Our concerts are free and open to the public, but reservations are strongly encouraged for these particular events.

Full schedule of free public events>>

NSO in Your Neighborhood

Resources:

2015-2016 Press Release

Contact Us

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


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

All of these concerts are free to the public with first-come, first-served seating. An RSVP for some concerts is strongly encouraged; these concerts are marked accordingly with links to RSVP on the venue’s website. Additional concerts may be added to the schedule as they are confirmed.

Tuesday, January 5

Central Union Mission
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
65 Massachusetts Ave., NW
NSO musicians David Murray (trombone), Craig Mulcahy (trombone), Matthew Guilford (bass trombone), and Stephen Dumaine (tuba) perform at D.C.'s oldest social services agency.

First Congregational United Church of Christ
Master Class

5–6:30 p.m.
945 G St., NW
Audiences are invited to observe NSO musician Jane Bowyer Stewart (violin) leading a master class for Amy Horman's local violin studio.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Panel Discussion: Promoting the Orchestra in the 21st Century

6:30–8 p.m.
901 G St., NW
NSO violist and Orchestra Committee Chair Jennifer Mondie joins Michael Bracy (Co-founder, Future of Music Coalition), Victoria Gau (Conductor and Artistic Director, Capital City Symphony), Gregory Hughes, (Social Media Manager, Kennedy Center) and Shay Stevens (Mars Urban Arts Curator, Washington Performing Arts) in a discussion panel moderated by Mario R. Rossero (Senior Vice President for Education, Kennedy Center).

First Congregational United Church of Christ
Performance Demonstration: Sound and Communication

7–8 p.m.                             
945 G St., NW
NSO musician David Teie (cello) hosts a discussion about the creation of sound and music, including patterns in music, pulse, melody, rhythm, and how humans and animals communicate emotion through sound.

The Hamilton Live
Kick-off Event>>
RSVP at live.thehamiltondc.com
8 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
600 14th St., NW
Come early to dine and socialize at The Hamilton. Then, enjoy NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan, Teri Lee, and Jan Chong (violins); Jim Lee (cello); Charles Nilles (bass); and Joe Connell (percussion) in a special performance to celebrate the In Your Neighborhood program in the Downtown/Penn Quarter communities.

Wednesday, January 6

First Congregational United Church of Christ
1-2 p.m.                           
945 G St., NW
NSO trumpeter Steven Hendrickson performs a chamber concert with guest musicians Phil Snedecor (trumpet) as well as Russell Weismann (organ), the dean of the American Guild of Organists' D.C. chapter.

First Congregational United Church of Christ
7–8 p.m.                             
945 G St., NW
NSO musicians James Nickel (horn) and Adriana Horne (harp) and guest musician Julianna Nickel (flute) perform classical works.

Thursday, January 7

Central Union Mission
4–5 p.m.
65 Massachusetts Ave., NW
NSO musicians Jamie Roberts (oboe), Paul Cigan (clarinet), Alexandra Osborne (violin), Abigail Evans Kreuzer (viola), and Alexander Jacobsen (bass) perform at D.C.'s oldest social services agency.

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
6–7 p.m.
999 9th St., NW
NSO musicians James Nickel (horn) and Adriana Horne (harp) join guest musician Julianna Nickel (flute) to perform a casual chamber concert during happy hour.

National Press Club
NSO at the NPC>>

RSVP at press.org

7–8 p.m.
529 14th St., NW, Suite 1300
NSO musicians Wanzhen Li and Jae-Yeon Kim (violins), Daniel Foster (viola), and Steven Honigberg (cello) perform classical works. Guests can also enjoy 10% off of their meal at the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant before or after the event with their ticket.

Busboys and Poets
7–9 p.m.                                             
1025 5th St., NW
NSO musicians Alexandra Osborne and Joel Fuller (violins), Mahoko Eguchi (viola), and Rachel Young (cello)—otherwise known as The Last Stand Quartet—perform in collaboration with the Drawbridge Collective, a group comprised of spoken word artists representing diverse cultures from around the world.

Calvary Baptist Church
7:30–8:30 p.m.                 
755 8th St., NW
NSO musicians Holly Hamilton and Claudia Chudacoff (violins) and guest pianist Kathryn Brake perform classical works.

Friday, January 8

Washington DC Jewish Community Center (DCJCC)
6–7 p.m.                                                                                             
1529 16th St NW
NSO musicians Wanzhen Li and Jae-Yeon Kim (violins), Daniel Foster (viola), and Steven Honigberg (cello) perform classical works.

First Congregational United Church of Christ
7–8 p.m.
945 G St., NW
NSO basses Jeffrey Weisner, Ira Gold, Charles Nilles, and Alexander Jacobsen perform classical works.

Sidney Harman Hall (in the Forum)
Artistic Exchange: Music and Theater>>

RSVP at shakespearetheatre.org

7–8:30 p.m.
610 F St., NW
Note: RSVPs for this performance are currently full, but patrons may arrive at the venue early to join a waiting list. NSO musicians Alexandra Osborne and Joel Fuller (violins), Mahoko Eguchi (viola), and Rachel Young (cello)—otherwise known as The Last Stand Quartet—offer a musical retrospective of Cole Porter’s work featuring performances from Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Affiliated Teaching Artists in celebration of the STC’s production of Kiss Me, Kate, now extended to January 10! Plus, as a special offer for NSO fans, those craving even more Cole Porter can also click here or use the code Jazz20 for discounted tickets to Kiss Me, Kate.

Saturday, January 9

Calvary Baptist Church
Master Class

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
755 8th St., NW
Audiences are invited to observe NSO musician Holly Hamilton (violin) leading a master class for Symphony Kids of the Prince George's Philharmonic.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (Concert in the Kogod Courtyard)
NSO Family Concert: Inspiration!

1–2 p.m. Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo"
2–3 p.m. Concert
3–4 p.m. Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo"
8th & F St., NW
Guest conductor Michael Butterman and NSO musician Marissa Regni (violin and host) lead the entire National Symphony Orchestra in a family-friendly concert exploring the ideas that help shape composers' creativity such as art, literature, poetry, travel, and nature. Before and after the concert, kids of all ages can enjoy hands-on fun with our Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." Program:

  • Prokofiev: "Montagues and Capulets" from Romeo and Juliet
  • Vivaldi: Finale from "Summer" from The Four Seasons
  • Smetana: The Moldau from Má vlast
  • Friedman: Excerpt from The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly
  • Elgar: Three Variations from the "Enigma" Variations
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10, Finale
  • Gershwin: Cuban Overture

First Congregational United Church of Christ
4–5 p.m. 
945 G St., NW
Steven Combs (baritone), Jennifer Kim (violin), David Teie (cello), Kristin Bowers (guest clarinet), Jamie Roberts (oboe), Sue Heineman (bassoon), William Gerlach (trumpet), and Chris Schmitt (piano) perform classical works.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (in the Luce Center)
4–5 p.m.
8th & F St., NW
NSO musicians Jane Bowyer Stewart (violin), Sue Midkiff (guest violin), Denise Wilkinson (viola), and Kerry van Lannen (guest cello) perform a classical concert in a gallery space of the museum.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (in the Lincoln Gallery)
5:30–6:30 p.m.
8th & F St., NW
NSO musicians Alexandra Osborne and Joel Fuller (violins), Mahoko Eguchi (viola), and Rachel Young (cello)—otherwise known as The Last Stand Quartet—perform a classical concert in a gallery space of the museum.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (in the Kogod Courtyard)
7:30–8:30 p.m.                                                                 
8th & F St., NW
Led by guest conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, the entire National Symphony Orchestra performs a concert inspired by art exhibited at the museum.

Sunday, January 10

Calvary Baptist Church
10:50 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
755 8th St., NW
NSO musician Steven Hendrickson (trumpet) and guest musician Eric Schnobrick (piano) perform during the 11 a.m. service. At 12:30 p.m., NSO musician Jennifer Mondie (viola) joins a discussion about the relevance of music and the fine arts in today's world.

National Building Museum
Performance Demonstration: Sound in Spaces >>

RSVP at nbm.org

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. & 1:30.–3 p.m.
401 F St., NW
Note: RSVPs for these performances are currently full, but patrons may arrive at the venue early to join a waiting list. NSO musicians Wanzhen Li and Jae-Yeon Kim (violins), Daniel Foster (viola), and Steven Honigberg (cello) join Andrew Hulva, a graduate student in acoustics from Virginia Tech, to explore how different spaces and building materials affect sound.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Artistic Exchange: Music and Spoken Word

2–4 p.m.
901 G St., NW
NSO musician Glenn Donnellan (violin) performs with spoken word artists from Words, Beats & Life and members of the Hip Hop Orchestra of UMD.

First Congregational United Church of Christ
Performance Demonstration: Rhythm and Culture

3–4 p.m.
945 G St., NW
NSO musician Joseph Connell (percussion) leads a performance demonstration highlighting rhythms from different regions and cultures.

International Spy Museum
3–4 p.m.             
800 F St., NW
NSO musicians Nurit Bar-Josef (concertmaster), Natasha Bogachek (violin), Eric deWaardt (viola), and James Lee (cello) perform an espionage-themed program for this family-friendly event. Patrons who attend the performance will also receive a coupon for $5 off the price of admission to visit the museum's exhibits.

Sixth & I
An Evening of Chamber Music >>

RSVP at sixthandi.org

7–8:30 p.m.
600 I St., NW
In an evening honoring Mrs. Irene Pollin—a longtime supporter of the National Symphony's community programs, Sixth & I, and the revitalized Penn Quarter—NSO musicians Marissa Regni and Jane Bowyer Stewart (violins), Daniel Foster and Abigail Evans Kreuzer (violas), David Hardy (cello), and Lisa Emenheiser (piano) offer a rousing program of classical works.

Monday, January 11

Corcoran School of the Arts and Design>>
RSVP at eventbrite.com
6–7:30 p.m.
500 17th St., NW
Note: RSVPs for this performance are currently full, but patrons may arrive at the venue early to join a waiting list. From 6–6:30 p.m. in the Corcoran School Main Atrium, NSO musician Sophie Shao (cello) offers a classical solo program. Then, from 6:30-7 p.m. in the Corcoran School Auditorium, NSO musicians Wanzhen Li and Jae-Yeon Kim (violins), Daniel Foster (viola), and Steven Honigberg (cello) perform chamber works. Finally, from 7–7:30 p.m. in the Corcoran School Salon Doré, NSO musicians Mark Evans (cello) and Charles Nilles (bass) play several duo pieces.

Busboys and Poets
7–9 p.m.
1025 5th St., NW
NSO musicians Alexandra Osborne (violin), Abigail Evans Kreuzer (viola), Jamie Roberts (oboe), Paul Cigan (clarinet), and Alexander Jacobsen (bass) perform classical works.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
A Celebration of Guards at the Taj>>
RSVP at woollymammoth.net

8–9:30 p.m.
641 D St., NW
NSO musicians Alexandra Osborne and Joel Fuller (violins), Mahoko Eguchi (viola), and Rachel Young (cello)—otherwise known as The Last Stand Quartet—perform in collaboration with Nistha Raj and her Indian classical music ensemble.  The performance celebrates Woolly Mammoth's production of Guards at the Taj, which follows two guards tasked with guarding India's Taj Mahal.

NSO in Your Neighborhood

Resources:

2015-2016 Press Release

Contact Us

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


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RSVP for Select Concerts

An RSVP is required or recommended for the following concerts. Seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional concerts may be added to the schedule as they are confirmed.

The Hamilton Live
Kick-off Event>>
RSVP at live.thehamiltondc.com

Tuesday, January 5 at 8 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
600 14th St., NW

Come early to dine and socialize at The Hamilton Live; then enjoy NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan, Heather LeDoux Green, and Teri Lee (violins); Abigail Evans Kreuzer (viola); Jim Lee (cello); Charles Nilles (bass); and Joe Connell (percussion) in a special performance to celebrate the In Your Neighborhood program in the Downtown/Penn Quarter communities.

National Press Club
NSO at the NPC>>
RSVP at press.org

Thursday, January 7 from 7–8 p.m.
529 14th St., NW, Suite 1300

NSO musicians Wanzhen Li and Jae-Yeon Kim (violins), Daniel Foster (viola), and Steven Honigberg (cello) perform classical works. Guests can also enjoy 10% off of their meal at the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant before or after the event with their ticket.

Sidney Harman Hall (in the Forum)
Artistic Exchange: Music and Theater>>
RSVP at shakespearetheatre.org

Friday, January 8 from 7–8:30 p.m.
610 F St., NW

Note: RSVPs for this performance are currently full, but patrons may arrive at the venue early to join a waiting list. NSO musicians Alexandra Osborne and Joel Fuller (violins), Mahoko Eguchi (viola), and Rachel Young (cello)—otherwise known as The Last Stand Quartet—offer a musical retrospective of Cole Porter's work featuring performances from Shakespeare Theatre Company's Affiliated Teaching Artists in celebration of the STC's production of Kiss Me, Kate, now extended to January 10! Plus, as a special offer for NSO fans, those craving even more Cole Porter can also click here or use the code Jazz20 for discounted tickets to Kiss Me, Kate.

National Building Museum
Performance Demonstration: Sound in Spaces >>
RSVP at nbm.org

Sunday, January 10 from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. & 1:30.–3 p.m.
401 F St., NW

Note: RSVPs for this performance are currently full, but patrons may arrive at the venue early to join a waiting list. NSO musicians Wanzhen Li and Jae-Yeon Kim (violins), Daniel Foster (viola), and Steven Honigberg (cello) join Andrew Hulva, a graduate student in acoustics from Virginia Tech, to explore how different spaces and building materials affect sound.

Sixth & I
An Evening of Chamber Music >>
RSVP at sixthandi.org

Sunday, January 10 from 7–8:30 p.m.
600 I St., NW

In an evening honoring Mrs. Irene Pollin—a longtime supporter of the National Symphony's community programs, Sixth & I, and the revitalized Penn Quarter—NSO musicians Marissa Regni and Jane Bowyer Stewart (violins), Daniel Foster and Abigail Evans Kreuzer (violas), David Hardy (cello), and Lisa Emenheiser (piano) offer a rousing program of classical works.

Corcoran School of the Arts and Design>>
RSVP at eventbrite.com

Monday, January 11 from 6–7:30 p.m.
500 17th St., NW
Note: RSVPs for this performance are currently full, but patrons may arrive at the venue early to join a waiting list. From 6–6:30 p.m. in the Corcoran School Main Atrium, NSO musician Sophie Shao (cello) offers a classical solo program. Then, from 6:30-7 p.m. in the Corcoran School Auditorium, NSO musicians Wanzhen Li and Jae-Yeon Kim (violins), Daniel Foster (viola), and Steven Honigberg (cello) perform chamber works. Finally, from 7–7:30 p.m. in the Corcoran School Salon Doré NSO musicians Mark Evans (cello) and Charles Nilles (bass) play several duo pieces.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
A Celebration of Guards at the Taj>>
RSVP at woollymammoth.net

Monday, January 11 from 8–9:30 p.m.
641 D St., NW
NSO musicians Alexandra Osborne and Joel Fuller (violins), Mahoko Eguchi (viola), and Rachel Young (cello)—otherwise known as The Last Stand Quartet—perform in collaboration with Nistha Raj and her Indian classical music ensemble. The performance celebrates Woolly Mammoth's production of Guards at the Taj, which follows two guards tasked with guarding India's Taj Mahal.

NSO in Your Neighborhood

Resources:

2015-2016 Press Release

Contact Us

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


Contact Information

  • National Symphony Orchestra
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20566
    Phone: 202-416-8100
    Fax: 202-416-8105

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 101510
    Arlington, VA 22210