The 2016 National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Denise Grant and Franklin Raines
Catherine and Michael Mayton, Co-Chairs

We hope you will join us on Sunday, September 25 for our Season Opening as we usher in a new year with a festive and exciting benefit evening. This year we not only pay tribute to Maestro Christoph Eschenbach's final season as Music Director, but also recognize the historical event taking place in Washington the same weekend: the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Joining piano virtuoso Lang Lang, will be NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke conducting 16 time Grammy nominee American R&B singer-songwriter Brian McKnight and American jazz singer Nnenna Freelon.  In addition, these artists will perform a newly composed work by American film composer Mervyn Warren in celebration of this important occasion. 

Different than in previous years, this year, guests will enjoy cocktails and dinner on the roof terrace level of the Kennedy Center before the performance while dancing and dessert will follow the concert. 

As the single largest fundraising event for the NSO, all proceeds of the evening provide critical support for the Orchestra's many artistic, education, and community engagement programs throughout the year. Furthermore, all contributions to the Ball count towards eligibility to purchase tickets to the Kennedy Center Honors on December 4.

If you would like more information on the NSO Season Opening, please call (202) 416-8102 or e-mail us.

Now is the time to mark your calendars for this remarkable and extraordinary celebration!

Photo Gallery

  • Image of the spring Gala event
  • Image of the spring Gala event
  • Photo of the 2011 NSO Seasoning Opening Ball
  • Photo of the 2011 NSO Seasoning Opening Ball
  • Photo of the 2010 - 20011 NSO  with Christoph Eschenbach
  • Photo of the 2010 - 20011 NSO  with Christoph Eschenbach
  • Image of the spring Gala event
  • Photo of the 2010 - 20011 NSO  with Christoph Eschenbach
  • Image of the spring Gala event
  • Photo of the 2010 - 20011 NSO  with Christoph Eschenbach
  • Photo of the 2010 - 20011 NSO  with Christoph Eschenbach
  • Photo of the 2010 - 20011 NSO  with Christoph Eschenbach
  • Photo of the 2010 - 20011 NSO  with Christoph Eschenbach
  • Photo of the 2010 - 20011 NSO  with Christoph Eschenbach
  • Photo of the 2011 NSO Seasoning Opening Ball
  • Image of the spring Gala event

Performers



Christoph Eschenbach (Photo Credit: uncredited)

Christoph Eschenbach



Steven Reineke (Photo Credit: uncredited)

Steven Reineke