National Symphony Orchestra: 2016-2017 Season

National Symphony Orchestra: Shakespeare at the Symphony: From Tchaikovsky to Elgar   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Sep 29 - Sat., Oct 01 2016

Edward Elgar
Falstaff
Sir William Walton
Suite from Henry V
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Romeo and Juliet

National Symphony Orchestra: Emanuel Ax plays Beethoven / Shakespeare at the Symphony   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Oct 06 - Sat., Oct 08 2016

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 1
Erich Korngold
Suite for Much Ado About Nothing
Antonín Dvorák
Othello - Overture
Richard Strauss
Macbeth

NSO Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie: Halloween Extravaganza   (Pops Concert)

Thu., Oct 13 - Sun., Oct 16 2016

Cirque de la Symphonie
Halloween Extravaganza
Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Join Cirque de la Symphonie for tons of spooky fun with their trademark fusion of sensational acrobatics and powerful music! Presenting Halloween-themed thrills and awe-inspiring feats, this high-flying group continues to wow NSO Pops audiences with jugglers, aerialists, contortionists, strongmen, and more, bringing the music of the symphony to life in unique and delightful ways. Experience spine-tingling classics like never before, from Saint-Saëns's Danse macabre and Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice to Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" and Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Most enjoyed by age 5 and up.

Come early for a Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo"
Starting one hour before the Sunday performance, hands-on activities let children get up close with the instruments they'll see played on the stage--from violins and trumpets to oboes and flutes. And on the Sunday matinee only, enjoy special trick-or-treating in our "Haunted Hall" before the concert!
 
The Sunday performance is sensory friendly
Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. If you order these performances and do not require these Accessibility accommodations, your family is still very much welcome to attend.

Performance timing: Approximately 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

National Symphony Orchestra: Benedetti plays Marsalis / Tchaikovsky's "Polish" Symphony   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Oct 27 - Sat., Oct 29 2016

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Wynton Marsalis
Violin Concerto
(NSO co-commission, East Coast premiere)
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 3 "Polish"

Sixth & I presents: The Kennedy Center Chamber Players in an all-Beethoven Program   (Classical Concert)

Sun., Oct 30 2016 7:00 PM

National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet - part of Shakespeare at the Symphony and A Salute to Slava   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Nov 03 - Sat., Nov 05 2016

National Symphony Orchestra: Duruflé's Requiem / Debussy Préludes & Nocturnes   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Nov 10 - Sat., Nov 12 2016

Donald Runnicles, Conductor
Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-Soprano
Christian Bowers, Baritone
The University of Maryland Concert Choir, Edward Maclary, Director


Claude Debussy
Four Préludes (orch. Colin Matthews)
Minstrels, Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir, La Puerta del Vino, Général Lavine, eccentric
Claude Debussy
Trois Nocturnes
Maurice Duruflé
Requiem, Op. 9

National Symphony Orchestra: Dvorák's "New World" Symphony / Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Nov 17 - Sat., Nov 19 2016

Wojciech Kilar
Orawa, for string orchestra (1988)
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 33
Antonín Dvorák
Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World")

DECLASSIFIED: Jacomo Bairos, conductor / Bryce Dessner LIVE   (Classical Concert)

Fri., Nov 18 2016 9:00 PM

The world-renowned guitarist from The National, contributing composer for the soundtrack to The Revenant, and all-around borderless artist performs his celebrated original compositions, including St. Carolyn by the Sea and Lachrimae, conducted by Jacomo Bairos.

National Symphony Orchestra: DECLASSIFIED

These late-night Friday programs feature bold and boundary-breaking music, dynamic multimedia, exciting pre/post-concert performances and parties, and audience interaction. Plus, you can bring drinks and snacks into the Concert Hall.

Performance Timing: 85 minutes with no intermission

NSO Pops: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - Film with Live Music   (Pops Concert)

Fri., Nov 25 - Sat., Nov 26 2016

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Film with Live Music
Steven Reineke, conductor

Over three decades ago, a young boy and his unlikely friend from another galaxy first "phoned home" in what became the highest-grossing film of its time. Thanksgiving weekend, Steven Spielberg's award-winning "children's classic of the space age" (The New York Times) returns.
 
Experience this heartfelt tale as never before on a big screen, with John Williams's soaring Oscar(r)-winning score performed live by the NSO Pops. Bring popcorn, drinks, and snacks from the intermission bars into the Concert Hall to complete this totally unique cinematic experience. Get ready--it's going to "beeee gooood!" Most enjoyed by age 7 and up.

Performance Timing: TBA

NSO Pops: Diana Ross: All the Best of Times   (Pops Concert)

Thu., Dec 01 - Sat., Dec 03 2016

Legendary entertainer and Kennedy Center Honoree Diana Ross makes her Concert Hall debut performing favorites from her catalogue of hits with the NSO Pops conducted by Emil de Cou. Ross's famed and remarkable career spanning almost five decades has resulted with major awards and accolades and music history milestones. She is a consummate performer, as well as one of the most iconic female singers of all time and one of the most prominent women in popular music history and pop culture of the late 20th century.



Performance Timing: Part One - 55 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 55 min.

NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! featuring Laura Benanti and Santino Fontana   (Pops Concert)

Fri., Dec 09 - Sat., Dec 10 2016

A Holiday Pops!
featuring Laura Benanti and Santino Fontana
Steven Reineke, conductor
with The Washington Chorus

Our holiday tradition continues! Warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics and singalong carols in this year's merriment, joined by The Washington Chorus and two acclaimed stage-and-screen performers: Tony(r) winner Laura Benanti (She Loves Me, Gypsy, Supergirl) and Santino Fontana (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Frozen). And if you've been good, jolly Ol' Saint Nick may even pay a visit! Most enjoyed by age 9 and up.


Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Close Your Eyes... Now Open Your Ears!   (Family Concert)

Sun., Dec 11 2016

We're mixing Mozart and Mendelssohn with meows and moos--and just a little bit of monkey business--in this brand new animal-inspired show that demonstrates how powerful your ears can be, especially when there's great music around! Join NSO violinist Holly Hamilton and former NSO violinist Paula Akbar as they present an earful of satisfying sounds. Plus, expect a visit from "Madam Mavis Pugh," our famed and delightfully wacky violin teacher who's eager to take us all on a musical tour of the zoo! With so many fuzzy friends in store, this is the perfect concert for your favorite stuffed animal to join in the fun. Most enjoyed by age 3 and up.

Come early for a Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo"
Starting one hour before each concert, hands-on activities let children get up close with the instruments they'll see played on the stage.

Performance Timing: Approximately 1 hour, with no intermission.

National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Dec 15 - Sun., Dec 18 2016

National Symphony Orchestra: Stravinsky's The Firebird / Ravel's "Left Hand" Concerto   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Jan 12 - Sat., Jan 14 2017

National Symphony Orchestra: Portraits of America / Gianandrea Noseda, conductor   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Jan 19 - Sun., Jan 22 2017

Traditional
The Star-Spangled Banner
John Williams
Suite from the movie, Lincoln
Aaron Copland
Lincoln Portrait
Leonard Bernstein
Fanfare for the Inauguration of JFK
John Williams
Suite from the movie, JFK
George Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue

National Symphony Orchestra: Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony / Kremer plays Weinberg - part of A Salute to Slava   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Jan 26 - Sat., Jan 28 2017

Mieczyslaw Weinberg
Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 67
Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Catch the Vibe   (Family Concert)

Sat., Jan 28 - Sun., Jan 29 2017

The tuba may make lots of LOW sounds--but did you know how HIGH it can take the fun? NSO tuba player Stephen Dumaine and NSO percussionist Eric Shin team up in a unique pairing to show you just how lively the tuba can be! You'll hear plenty of exciting music from classical to jazz, and experience the joyful sounds of tuba favorites like Effie the Elephant and the innovative Fnugg. Along the way, you'll get to meet some ancestors and relatives of the tuba from around the world, and you might even get to see Stephen play his instrument… while riding his bicycle! Most enjoyed by age 3 and up.

Come early for a Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo"
Starting one hour before each concert, hands-on activities let children get up close with the instruments they'll see played on the stage.

Performance Timing: Approximately 1 hour, with no intermission.

National Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Eighth Symphony / Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Feb 02 - Sat., Feb 04 2017

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
Christopher Rouse
Trombone Concerto
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

DECLASSIFIED: Rhymes and Rhythms Poetry Collective with the National Symphony Orchestra   (Classical Concert)

Fri., Feb 03 2017 9:00 PM

When poetry and music meet, magnificent things can happen. Join us for a unique evening of sound and spoken word featuring progressive hip hop artist Christylez Bacon and electric cellist Wytold.

National Symphony Orchestra: DECLASSIFIED
These late-night Friday programs feature bold and boundary-breaking music, dynamic multimedia, exciting pre/post-concert performances and parties, and audience interaction. Plus, you can bring drinks and snacks into the Concert Hall.

Performance Timing: 85 minutes with no intermission

National Symphony Orchestra: An Evening with Joshua Bell   (Classical Concert)

Sat., Feb 11 2017 8:00 PM

NSO Family Concert: Joshua Bell in The Man with the Violin   (Classical Concert)

Sun., Feb 12 2017 2:00 PM

Once upon a time, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell took his Stradivarius into the D.C. subway and played as an anonymous "busker" for the bustling commuters. Of the thousands who passed, only a few stopped to listen! Bell's experience was imaginatively captured in the multi-award-winning children's book The Man with the Violin--and now he joins us for a very special concert featuring a Canada's National Arts Centre and Kennedy Center co-commissioned work inspired by the tale. Don't miss this stunning world premiere that brings together sensational music, an engaging narrator, and colorful imagery from the storybook. Most enjoyed by age 5 and up.

Come early for a Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo"
Starting one hour before the concert, hands-on activities let children get up close with the instruments they'll see played on the stage.

Stay after for a Kids' Chat
Following the concert, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with some of the artists.

Performance Timing: TBA

National Symphony Orchestra: Hahn plays Mendelssohn / Strauss, Janácek & Dvorák   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Feb 16 - Sat., Feb 18 2017

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Follow That Fiddle   (Family Concert)

Sat., Feb 18 2017

NSO musician Glenn Donnellan has joined together two of his most unlikely interests: the violin and baseball! In this home-run performance, Glenn will introduce you to the Electric Slugger™, an electric violin that he custom made from a Louisville Slugger™ baseball bat. He has used his slugger to play our National Anthem at the start of games at Nationals Park, and now you're invited to have a ball as he plays this and a variety of violins from around the world. Enjoy a wide range of musical styles, from mystical Eastern music to American fiddling, from Vivaldi to Van Halen. Learn about the history of this special instrument, as well as the science of how it makes its sound. Most enjoyed by age 3 and up.

Come early for a Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo"
Starting one hour before each concert, hands-on activities let children get up close with the instruments they'll see played on the stage.

Performance Timing: Approximately 1 hour, with no intermission.

NSO Pops: Snarky Puppy   (Pops Concert)

Wed., Feb 22 2017 8:00 PM

Displaying a rare and delicate mixture of sophisticated composition, harmony, and improvisation, fusion-influenced jam band Snarky Puppy make exploratory jazz, rock, and funk. Snarky Puppy feature a wide-ranging group of nearly 40 musicians known affectionately as "The Fam," centered around bassist, composer, bandleader, and Alexandria, VA native Michael League. Snarky Puppy makes its Kennedy Center debut with the NSO Pops, Jules Buckley conducting, performing music from their 2015 Grammy-winning Best Contemporary Instrumental album Sylva, a collaboration with Metropole Orkest recorded live. Says League, "Throughout the whole process [of writing it], my governing concept was to try to capture the many sides and personalities of the only place where I feel truly connected to the earth as a human being. A place that is at once innocent, frightening, awe-inspiring, impenetrable, fragile, stoic, telling, a shelter, a labyrinth, a temple, a tomb, a sanctuary, a parliament, a prison. The forest. I wanted it to be a suite, a single piece of music connected by a thread."

NSO Pops: An Evening with Ledisi   (Pops Concert)

Fri., Feb 24 - Sat., Feb 25 2017

An Evening with Ledisi
Damon Gupton, conductor
with the Mellow Tones

American R&B and jazz recording artist Ledisi joins the NSO Pops for two inspired evenings spotlighting her unique sound and "strident, soulful voice" (The New York Times) led by conductor and actor Damon Gupton. Nominated for nine Grammy Awards and a mainstay on Billboard's R&B charts, the prolific New Orleans native artfully channels gospel, blues, and funk influences with style, navigating intimate ballads and up-tempo grooves with ease. For the first half of the program, the NSO is joined by The Mellow Tones, an ensemble hailing from the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts.


Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

National Symphony Orchestra: Brahms's Second Symphony / Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Mar 02 - Sat., Mar 04 2017

National Symphony Orchestra: Weilerstein plays Shostakovich / Schubert's Ninth Symphony - part of A Salute to Slava   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Mar 09 - Sat., Mar 11 2017

National Symphony Orchestra: Bruckner's First Symphony / Mozart's Third Violin Concerto   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Mar 16 - Sat., Mar 18 2017

W.A. Mozart
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, WAB 101

NSO Pops: Sophisticated Ladies: 100 Years of Ella & Company   (Pops Concert)

Fri., Mar 24 - Sat., Mar 25 2017

Sophisticated Ladies: 100 Years of Ella & Company
Steven Reineke, conductor
with vocalists Sy Smith, Capathia Jenkins, and Montego Glover

In the 100th year of Ella Fitzgerald's birth, acclaimed singers Sy Smith, Capathia Jenkins, and Montego Glover come together to celebrate her legendary music. Along with favorites made famous by the First Lady of Song--including "Summertime," "Fascinatin' Rhythm," and more--this program also looks back on the unforgettable contributions of her artistic contemporaries, including American classics by Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington.


Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

National Symphony Orchestra: Prokofiev's Piano Concerto / Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony - part of A Salute to Slava   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Apr 06 - Sat., Apr 08 2017

National Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Violin Concerto   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Apr 20 - Sat., Apr 22 2017

DECLASSIFIED: featuring Zakir Hussain with the National Symphony Orchestra   (Classical Concert)

Fri., Apr 21 2017 9:00 PM

Classical tabla virtuoso and international phenomenon Hussain performs his new concerto Peshkar with the NSO and is joined by santoor player Rahul Sharma for a unique world music duet.  

National Symphony Orchestra: DECLASSIFIED

These late-night Friday programs feature bold and boundary-breaking music, dynamic multimedia, exciting pre/post-concert performances and parties, and audience interaction. Plus, you can bring drinks and snacks into the Concert Hall.

Performance Timing: 85 minutes with no intermission

NSO Pops: LeAnn Rimes   (Pops Concert)

Fri., Apr 28 2017 8:00 PM

LeAnn Rimes


UPDATE as of 7/8: Due to a scheduling conflict, the July 18, 2016 performance by LeAnn Rimes has been rescheduled for Friday, April 28, 2017, at 8 p.m. Patrons currently holding July-dated tickets will be contacted by the box office and will receive new tickets with the April 28, 2017 date.

With a career spanning more than two decades and 44 million albums sold, LeAnn Rimes has made her mark in the world of music while winning two Grammy Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards, and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Rimes appears with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops, conducted by Emil de Cou, in a program of her biggest hits, including "How Do I Live," "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)," "I Need You," "Unchained Melody," "Can't Fight the Moonlight," and "Blue," the global smash that kicked off her career at age 11.

Performance Timing: 80 minutes, with no intermission.

NSO Pops: Indigo Girls   (Pops Concert)

Fri., May 05 - Sat., May 06 2017

Indigo Girls
Steven Reineke, conductor

Rolling Stone raves: the voices of the Indigo Girls "soar and swoop as one, alternately raucous and soothing. When they sing together, they radiate a sense of shared purpose." Now, the Grammy(r)-winning duo behind hits like "Closer to Fine" and "Galileo" brings its signature sonic blend of folk and rock to the NSO Pops for an outstanding program of fan favorites from across its groundbreaking career.



Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

National Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite / Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade   (Classical Concert)

Thu., May 11 - Sat., May 13 2017

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
The Nutcracker Suite, No. 1
Christopher Rouse
Organ Concerto
NSO Hechinger co-commission and D.C. premiere
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade, Op. 35

National Symphony Orchestra: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 / Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks   (Classical Concert)

Thu., May 18 - Sat., May 20 2017

J.S. Bach
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
J.S. Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046
George Frideric Handel
Concerto a due cori in F major, No. 3, HWV 334
George Frideric Handel
Music for the Royal Fireworks

NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood   (Classical Concert)

Sun., May 21 2017

After moving from Russia to Los Angeles to live with his grandfather, an aging hippie working for a movie star, Peter finds it hard to adjust and meet other kids. Instead, he befriends the animals around him. But when a wolf escapes from the nearby zoo, Peter goes on an epic adventure--complete with robot-building and a helicopter chase--to save his friends. Using a fusion of theater, animation, Foley effects, and the live music of Prokofiev's original score plus works by other composers, this classic tale becomes an immersive, inclusive, and brand new experience. Audience participation is encouraged--you decide the fate of the wolf! Most enjoyed by age 5 and up.

Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo"
Starting one hour before each concert, hands-on activities let children get up close with the instruments they'll see played on the stage--from violins and trumpets to oboes and flutes. 

Stay after for a Kids' Chat
Following the 3:30 p.m. concert, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with some of the artists.

The 1:30 p.m. performance is sensory friendly
Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. If you order these performances and do not require these Accessibility accommodations, your family is still very much welcome to attend.

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission

National Symphony Orchestra: John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration with Yo-Yo Ma   (Classical Concert)

Wed., May 24 2017 8:00 PM

World-renowned cellist and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Yo-Yo Ma, called "the best-known, most versatile music soloist in this country and perhaps in the world" (The Washington Post), joins the NSO for a concert celebration of John F. Kennedy's monumental legacy.

The program also features a world premiere from Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates featuring the return of mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke. Commissioned specially for this concert and scored for voice, orchestra, and electronica, the work juxtaposes the poetry of longtime JFK confidant Robert Frost with excerpts of the President's own words. The two men enjoyed a deep and productive relationship.  Frost spoke at JFK's inauguration, and the President gave a moving address about the role of arts in society at a service commemorating Frost's death. This work explores the contemplation of the heavens from the perspectives of poetry and power.

Performance Timing: TBA

National Symphony Orchestra: Mahler's Second Symphony   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Jun 01 - Sat., Jun 03 2017

Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Golda Schultz, Soprano
Nathalie Stutzmann, Mezzo-Soprano
The Washington Chorus, Julian Wachner, Music Director


Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 2 in C minor ("Resurrection")

National Symphony Orchestra: Ott plays Tchaikovsky / Rachmaninoff's Third Symphony   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Jun 08 - Sat., Jun 10 2017

National Symphony Orchestra: Farewell to Christoph Eschenbach featuring Beethoven's Ninth Symphony   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Jun 15 - Sat., Jun 17 2017

Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
J'nai Bridges, Mezzo-Soprano
Joseph Kaiser, Tenor
Soloman Howard, Bass
The Choral Arts Society of Washington, Scott Tucker, Artistic Director


Bright Sheng
Zodiac Tales
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, "Choral"

NSO Pops: The Music of John Williams   (Pops Concert)

Thu., Jun 22 - Sat., Jun 24 2017

The Music of John Williams
Steven Reineke, conductor
With the Choral Arts Society of Washington

From a galaxy far, far away to the magical school of Hogwarts to the thrilling adventures of Indiana Jones, John Williams's iconic scores have accompanied moviegoers on epic journeys for decades. In celebration of the acclaimed composer's 85th birthday year, the NSO Pops and The Choral Arts Society of Washington journey through a selection of entrancing and exhilarating music by the most Oscar(r)-nominated man alive.



Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents with the National Symphony Orchestra   (Classical Concert)

Mon., Jan 01 0001 12:00 AM

The Kennedy Center favorite curates and hosts a special evening of exquisite and inspired music featuring exciting guest artists to be announced.

National Symphony Orchestra: DECLASSIFIED

These late-night Friday programs feature bold and boundary-breaking music, dynamic multimedia, exciting pre/post-concert performances and parties, and audience interaction. Plus, you can bring drinks and snacks into the Concert Hall.

Performance Timing: 85 minutes with no intermission