TUESDAY, JANUARY 8
Roundtable Discussion/Brown Bag Lunch Forum
Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St., NW
Film and Discussion: Duke Ellington's Washington
African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave., NW
View a screening of Hedrick Smith's historical documentary, a dynamic blend of the music and pictures that illuminate both young Duke Ellington and the hometown that nurtured him. A discussion with members of DC's jazz community follows, moderated by Kevin Struthers, Director of Kennedy Center Jazz Programming. This event is a collaboration with the Humanities Council of Washington, DC.
Opening Event at The Howard Theatre – The Event is at Capacity, Registration is now Closed
The Howard Theatre, 620 T St., NW
The NSO In Your Neighborhood kick-off event features members of the National Symphony in an evening of chamber music and jazz at the newly renovated Howard Theatre.
Ben's Chili Bowl/Next Door, 1213 U St., NW/1211 U St., NW
No visit to U Street would be complete without a stop at Ben's Next Door! As part of their "Live @ Ben's Next Door" series, NSO trombonists Craig Mulcahy, Barry Hearn, Matt Guilford, and David Murray perform a variety of classical and popular music. Come hungry!top
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9
Recital: Kari Quartet
Howard University's Blackburn Center Gallery, 2455 6th St., NW
NSO musicians Alexandra Osborne and Joel Fuller, violins; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; and Rachel Young, cello, play classical works. Part of Howard University Department of Music's Centennial Celebration.
Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St., NW
NSO musicians Holly Hamilton, violin; William Wielgus, oboe; and guest pianist Brad Clark play classical works.top
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10
Howard University's Childers Hall/Fine Arts Building, 2455 6th St., NW
Howard University Department of Music students participate in master classes led by NSO musicians Elisabeth Adkins, violin; Tom Cupples, trumpet; Craig Mulcahy, trombone; Alice Kogan Weinreb, flute; William Wielgus, oboe; Jauvon Gilliam, timpani; and Elizabeth Blakeslee, harp. Part of Howard University Department of Music's Centennial Celebration.
Hemphill Fine Arts, 1515 14th St., NW, Ste. 300
NSO musicians William Wielgus, oboe; Yvonne Caruthers, cello; and Carole Bean, flute, perform. A Q&A with the musicians follows the performance.
Chamber Music: Kari Quartet
Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St., NW
NSO musicians Alexandra Osborne and Joel Fuller, violins; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; and Rachel Young, cello, perform.top
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11
Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 9th St., NW
NSO musicians Carole Bean, flute; Jamie Roberts, oboe; Edward Cabarga, clarinet; Steven Wilson, bassoon; and James Nickel, horn, play classical works for youth and families.top
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12
Percussion Workshop with Batalá Washington
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
9:30 Club, 815 V St., NW
Regularly engaged NSO percussionists Joe Connell, Danny Villanueva, and Aubrey Adams join the all-women percussion band Batalá Washington in a demonstration and workshop. Audience members are welcome to bring their own drums and to actively participate in this event.
Family Concert – The Event is at Capacity, Registration is now Closed
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St., NW
The National Symphony Orchestra performs the enduring children's favorite Peter and the Wolf led by Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl and narrated by WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi. Also featured will be flutist Emma Resmini, the youngest student ever admitted to the NSO's Youth Fellowship program. Immediately following the concert, enjoy the ever-popular Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo," a project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.
Program to include:
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro-Overture
Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
Rossini: Overture to William Tell
Ensemble Performance: Viva Violins
Lincoln Temple, 1701 11th St., NW
NSO violinists Elisabeth Adkins, Holly Hamilton, Linda Schroeder, and Jane Bowyer Stewart play classical works for children, youth, and families.
Community Performance: Follow That Fiddle
Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th St., NW
NSO violinist Glenn Donnellan plays classical works for children, youth, and families. This event is in collaboration with the YMCA Anthony Bowen of Metropolitan Washington.
Jazz and Chamber Music
8 & 10 p.m.
Twins Jazz, 1344 U St., NW
NSO musicians Jeffrey Weisner, bass; David Teie, cello; Ruth Wicker Schaaf, viola; and the Eric Wheeler Trio perform two 90-minute sets of classical and jazz works.
A Night of Imagination with the Y & NSO
YMCA of Metropolitan Washington
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Register for this event
Learn all about the new YMCA Anthony Bowen, and the ways it will help you and your family grow! Special bonus - see Glenn Donnellan play his famous electric violintop
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13
Source, Rehearsal Studio, 1835 14th St., NW
Students from the Horman Violin Studio participate in a violin master class led by NSO violinist Heather Green. This event is in collaboration with Cultural DC.
Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, 1630 Vermont Ave., NW
NSO violinist Natasha Bogachek and pianist Darya Gabay play works by Dvořák, William Grant Still, and Gershwin.
Whole Foods (Logan Circle location), 1440 P St., NW
Check out the Whole Foods schedule
Enjoy great music while taking care of your grocery list! NSO trombonists Craig Mulcahy, Barry Hearn, Matt Guilford, and David Murray perform a variety of classical and popular music.
Florida Avenue Baptist Church, 623 Florida Ave., NW
Florida Avenue Baptist Church and the African American Civil War Museum commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, in a community concert featuring members of the NSO.
Professional Development Workshop
Source, Rehearsal Studio, 1835 14 St., NW
Led by NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers, students from the Horman Violin Studio participate in a workshop designed to assist young musicians to develop education and outreach performances. This event is in collaboration with Cultural DC.
Room and Board, 1840 14th St., NW
NSO musicians Nurit Bar-Josef and Heather Green, violins; and Abigail Evans, viola, play classical works.
Dahlak Eritrean Restaurant, 1771 U St., NW
NSO violinist Glenn Donnellan performs with local jazz musicians as a part of DC Jazz Jam, a weekly no-cover jazz jam session held every Sunday evening in the heart of Washington DC's historic U Street jazz corridor.top
MONDAY, JANUARY 14
Howard University's Childers Recital Hall, 2455 6th St., NW
NSO Musicians Nick Stovall, oboe; Loren Kitt, clarinet; Truman Harris, bassoon; Laurel Bennert Ohlson, horn; and Alice Weinreb, flute, play classical works. Part of Howard University Department of Music's Centennial Celebration.
NSO at Howard University's Cramton Auditorium
The Event is at Capacity, Registration is now Closed
NSO Howard University's Cramton Auditorium, 2455 6th St., NW
Led by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, the National Symphony performs a full concert at Howard University. Guest artists include the Kennedy Center's Artistic Advisor for Jazz pianist Jason Moran, Sphinx violinist Elena Urioste, Howard University's jazz/pop a cappella ensemble Afro Blue, and the Howard University Choir. The program will include the Washington premiere of George Walker's Sinfonia No. 4, co-commissioned by the NSO. Part of Howard University Department of Music's Centennial Celebration.
Program to include:
Bernstein: Overture to Candide
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor for Violin and Orchestra
Walker: Sinfonia No. 4
Ellington: New World A-Comin'
Ellington: The Golden Broom and the Green Apple
Ellington: Satin Doll
Ellington: "Make Our Garden Grow" from Candide
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.
The National Symphony Orchestra's Community Engagement Program is made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Irene Pollin.
Additional support is provided by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Linda and Tobia Mercuro, and Tina and Albert Small Jr.
This project is supported in part by an award from
the National Endowment for the Arts.