Upcoming Events: Classical
Organ Recital: Cameron Carpenter, organ (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)
Wed., Feb. 4, 2015, 8:00 PM | Buy Now
After launching the NSO's new organ recital series in October 2013, the imaginative and unconventional "classical organ rebel" (Washington Post) returns with improvisations and music by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Bach, and William Walton.
National Symphony Orchestra: Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Juraj Valcuha, conductor: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 / Works by Stravinsky & Bruch
Feb. 5 - 7, 2015 | Buy Now
Conductor Juraj Valcuha leads Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite, and Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring the NSO debut of Vilde Frang--"clearly a new star in the violin firmament" (The Guardian).
National Symphony Orchestra: Matthias Pintscher, conductor: Karen Gomyo, violin, plays Pintscher's Mar'eh / Works by Fauré & Ravel
Feb. 19 - 21, 2015 | Buy Now
Matthias Pintscher conducts the U.S. premiere of his violin concerto with "first-rate" (Chicago Tribune) violinist Karen Gomyo, Fauré's Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé.
National Symphony Orchestra: Herbert Blomstedt, conductor: All-Beethoven Program / Emanuel Ax, piano, plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3
Feb. 26 - 28, 2015 | Buy Now
Emanuel Ax--who performs "with depth, power, and crisp bravura" (Washington Post)--returns to play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 on a program led by Herbert Blomstedt that also includes Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony.
National Symphony Orchestra: Jesús López-Cobos, conductor: Thursday - Camané & Carminho, fado (Portugal) / Fri. & Sat. - Juanita Lascarro, soprano (Colombia) & Javier Perianes, piano (Spain)
Mar. 5 - 7, 2015 | Buy Now
Spain's Jesús López-Cobos conducts two programs: one featuring Portuguese fado plus works by Turina and Albéniz (Thu.), another celebrating composers from Spain and Brazil (Fri./Sat.).
Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Lang Lang in recital (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)
Sat., Mar. 7, 2015, 4:00 PM | Buy Now
International piano superstar Lang Lang, a Washington favorite, returns for a thrilling Saturday afternoon recital with Tchaikovsky's The Seasons, J.S. Bach's "Italian" Concerto, and four scherzos by Chopin.
National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Four French Composers Inspired by Spain
Mar. 12 - 14, 2015 | Buy Now
Iberian culture's impact on France is explored through Ravel's Boléro, Chabrier's España, Debussy's Ibéria, and Lalo's Symphonie espagnole featuring violinist Leticia Moreno's NSO debut.
National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Mahler's Symphony No. 9
Mar. 19 - 21, 2015 | Buy Now
Eschenbach's multi-season exploration of Gustav Mahler--whom the NSO Music Director has called "the greatest symphonist ever"--begins with the composer's powerful Symphony No. 9, written following Mahler's struggle with several life challenges.
National Symphony Orchestra: Krzysztof Urbanski, conductor: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 / Daniil Trifonov, piano, plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3
Apr. 2 - 4, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
Young piano sensation Daniil Trifonov reveals his "scintillating technique and virtuosic flair" (New York Times) in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3. Conductor Krzysztof Urbanski also leads Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10.
National Symphony Orchestra: Vassily Sinaisky, conductor: Rachmaninoff's The Bells / Loren Kitt, Principal Clarinet, plays Mozart's Clarinet Concerto
Apr. 16 - 18, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
Conductor Vassily Sinaisky and three Russian singers make their NSO debut with Rachmaninoff's The Bells in a program including Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, featuring NSO Principal Clarinet Loren Kitt, and Borodin's Prince Igor Overture.
National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 / Works by Penderecki & J. Strauss Jr.
Apr. 30 - May 2, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
The NSO Music Director conducts Beethoven's epic Symphony No. 5 on a program that also includes J. Strauss II's Die Fledermaus Overture and Penderecki's Concerto Grosso featuring NSO cellists Steven Honigberg, James Lee, and David Teie.
National Symphony Orchestra: Beyond the Score: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5--Fate Knocks?
Fri., May 1, 2015, 8:00 PM | On Sale 2/4/15
For aficionados and newcomers alike, this concert uses actors, narration, music excerpts, and projected visuals to share captivating stories behind Beethoven's epic symphony, followed by a full performance of the work.
National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Mahler's Symphony No. 5 / Leonidas Kavakos, violin, plays Sibelius's Violin Concerto
May 7 - 9, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
Leonidas Kavakos--who "combines utter mastery…with rich sound and searching musicianship" (New York Times)--begins his two-week residency with Sibelius's Violin Concerto. Eschenbach continues his Mahler exploration with Symphony No. 5.
Organ Recital: Thierry Escaich, organ (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)
Wed., May 13, 2015, 8:00 PM | On Sale 2/4/15
Distinguished French organist Thierry Escaich--a "brilliant improviser" who plays with a "virtuosity that combines great insight and feeling" (Le Monde)--brings his many talents to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
National Symphony Orchestra: Leonidas Kavakos, conductor & violin: Works by J.S. Bach, Mussorgsky, & Sibelius
May 14 - 16, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
Leonidas Kavakos takes the podium for Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel, and Sibelius's Pelléas and Mélisande. He also showcases his solo talents in J.S. Bach's Violin Concerto No. 1.
National Symphony Orchestra: Manuel López-Gómez, conductor: Liam Teague, steelpan, plays Akiho: New work for Steelpan and Orchestra
May 29 - 30, 2015 | On Sale 2/4/15
As a follow-up to their 2012 Americas Tour, the NSO presents a percussion-themed program including a world premiere for steelpan and orchestra by American composer Andy Akiho, along with works by George Gershwin, Antonio Estévez, and more.
All programs are subject to change.
David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.
The NSO Music Director Chair is generously endowed by Roger and Vicki Sant.
The Blue Series is sponsored by United Technologies Corporation.
The Green Series is sponsored by
The Rubenstein Family Organ is made possible through
the extraordinary generosity of David and Alice Rubenstein.