National Symphony Orchestra: 2016-2017 Season

NSO Pops: Snarky Puppy   (Pops Concert)

Wed., Feb 22 2017 8:00 PM

Snarky Puppy
Jules Buckley, Conductor


Displaying a rare and delicate mixture of hip composition, harmony, and improvisation, fusion-influenced Snarky Puppy makes exploratory jazz, rock, and funk. Snarky Puppy features 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, making its North American orchestral debut with the NSO Pops, invites you to its exciting live U.S. premiere of the group's 2015 concept album Sylva, which won a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. This funky, Impressionist collaboration first recorded with Metropole Orkestis is dedicated to the mysteries of the forest--taking you from the tree-covered slopes of the Sintra mountains in Portugal and giant tall trees of North Carolina to the somber woods of Virginia and teeming swamps of Louisiana. 

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."

Following Sylva, Snarky Puppy and the NSO Pops will also perform "Thing of Gold," "Shofukan," and "Lingus."

Performance Timing: Approximately 80 minutes, with no intermission.

NSO Pops: An Evening with Ledisi   (Pops Concert)

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

Ledisi
The Mellow Tones
Darin Atwater


An Evening with Ledisi
Darin Atwater, 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 "amazing vocal gift" (Rolling Stone) led by conductor Darin Atwater. 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 from the Duke Ellington School of the 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

NSO Pops: Common   (Pops Concert)

Wed., Mar 22 2017 8:00 PM

Common
Steven Reineke


Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe–winning Chicago rapper, actor, film producer, activist, and poet Common joins the NSO Pops and Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke for a one-night-only concert of music from his latest album, Black America Again, as well as some of his biggest hits. Black America Again is his most political album to date, a call to action inspired by the works of filmmaker Ava DuVernay, social critic Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Black Lives Matter movement, among other 21st century cultural touchstones. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? and maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. Common won the 2015 Golden Globe for Best Original Song and the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song, for his song "Glory" from the 2014 film Selma, in which he featured as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel.


Performance Timing: 85 minutes, with no intermission.

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

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

Capathia Jenkins
Steven Reineke


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

Cristian Macelaru
Zakir Hussain


Classical tabla virtuoso and international phenomenon Zakir Hussain performs his new concerto Peshkar with the NSO conducted by Cristian Macelaru. Afterward, santoor player Rahul Sharma joins Hussain 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

Bumper Jacksons
Emil de Cou
LeAnn Rimes


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.

The evening also features an opening set by Bumper Jacksons, "a D.C. band that plays old-timey American roots with dashes of hot jazz and blues" (Washington Post).

Performance Timing: 80 minutes, with no intermission.

NSO Pops: Indigo Girls   (Pops Concert)

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

Steven Reineke


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

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

Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood
Based on Sergei Prokofiev's classic
Co-directed and created by Doug Fitch and Edouard Getaz
Prequel written by Stephen Greco and Molly Smith Metzler
Live sound effects design by Jason Mills and John Sawicki
Co-produced by Incopix and Schirmer Theatrical
Produced by Edouard Getaz
Executive producer: Frederic Gumy

Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood is a new creation by critically acclaimed Brooklyn-based production company Giants Are Small, giving an invigorating new perspective on Prokofiev's classic. The live production is an unforgettable journey of classical music and visual wonder, with a narrator and the musicians of the NSO creating all the sound effects on stage. The production is based on the award-winning app and album co-produced by Deutsche Grammophon.

Prokofiev's tale is set in modern-day Los Angeles and anchored with a thrilling prequel that is set off when the wolf escapes from the local zoo. Peter is swept up in an exciting adventure that includes the building of a giant robot, a whirlwind helicopter chase, and a moment of poignant introspection--all before he enters the forbidden meadow where he finally captures the wolf. The prequel features excerpts of some of the greatest classical music ever written and leads seamlessly into Prokofiev's complete original score.

Most enjoyed by age 5 and up. All patrons, regardless of age must have a ticket.

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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

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Get the award-winning app or audio album

Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood is a fantastic introduction to classical music and the art of storytelling. To get the most out of the show, get the award-winning app in the iTunes App Store (available both for iPad and iPhone, featuring the entire story, a music discovery section, behind-the-scenes material, and eight games within the story) or the audio album (available on major music platform, including Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, etc.). Discover the world of Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood before--or after--you see it live!

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

Wed., May 24 2017 8:00 PM

Mason Bates
Sasha Cooke
Yo-Yo Ma


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. 
Passage examines the theme of American exploration through the visionary words of Walt Whitman and John F. Kennedy.  Composed for renowned mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and the National Symphony Orchestra, the work imaginatively sets Whitman's "Passage to India" alongside recorded fragments of JFK's moonshot speech.  Two iconic American voices – that of poet and President – come together on a journey to the ever-expanding human frontier.

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This event is part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy, inspired by five enduring ideals often ascribed to JFK: Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service, and Gratitude. Learn more about this event's connection to the celebration.  
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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")

Sound Health: Music and the Mind with the National Symphony Orchestra   (Classical Concert)

Fri., Jun 02 2017 8:00 PM

A performance by the National Symphony Orchestra kicks off the Kennedy Center's Sound Health: Music and the Mind events with a program demonstrating, among other things, that the simple act of listening to music is closely related to brain function and structure.
 
Over two days on June 2 and 3, Sound Health: Music and the Mind will feature performances, as well as interactive presentations and discussions with some of the leading minds working at the intersection of neuroscience and music from around the world.

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

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

National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach conducts Beethoven's Ninth Symphony   (Classical Concert)

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

Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Leah Crocetto, Soprano
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 Choral Arts Society of Washington
Steven Reineke


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)

Fri., Jun 30 2017 9:00 PM

Ben Folds
Jacomo Bairos


The Kennedy Center favorite curates and hosts a special evening of exquisite and inspired music. Jacomo Bairos conducts the National Symphony Orchestra alongside 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

National Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Gala Concert   (Classical Concert)

Sun., Sep 24 2017 6:00 PM

Cynthia Erivo
Yo-Yo Ma
Gianandrea Noseda


Gianandrea Noseda leads cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Tony-winning singer Cynthia Erivo in a tribute to the late Leonard Bernstein that includes the composer's Overture to Candide, "Three Meditations" from Mass, "Symphonic Dances" from West Side Story, and a selection of vocal works.

Part of Leonard Bernstein at 100.

Performance Timing: Approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

National Symphony Orchestra: Carpenter plays Copland / Favorites by Bernstein & Adams   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Sep 28 - Sat., Sep 30 2017

Cameron Carpenter
Cristian Macelaru


Cristian Macelaru conducts an all-American program featuring organist Cameron Carpenter, pairing Copland's Symphony for Organ and Orchestra and Appalachian Spring Suite with Bernstein's Divertimento in honor of the late composers' famous friendship.

Part of Leonard Bernstein at 100.

Performance Timing: TBA

National Symphony Orchestra: Dvorák's Seventh Symphony / Steinbacher plays Brahms   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Oct 05 - Sat., Oct 07 2017

Arabella Steinbacher
Nathalie Stutzmann


Frequent NSO guest Nathalie Stutzmann conducts a concentrated taste of late 19th-century music with Lalo's Overture from Le roi d'Ys, Brahms's Violin Concerto featuring Arabella Steinbacher, and Dvorák's Symphony No. 7.

Performance Timing: Part One - 57 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 40 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique" Symphony / Ohlsson plays Barber   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Oct 12 - Sun., Oct 15 2017

Garrick Ohlsson
Juanjo Mena


Conductor Juanjo Mena pairs Tchaikovsky's stirring "Pathétique" Symphony with Barber's Pulitzer Prize–winning Piano Concerto featuring soloist Garrick Ohlsson. The program also includes the ghostly Auditorium by Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates.

Performance Timing: TBA

National Symphony Orchestra: Slatkin conducts Bernstein / Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring   (Classical Concert)

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

Leonard Slatkin


Former NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin leads two Bernstein compositions: the lively fanfare Slava! A Political Overture and Songfest, a tribute to American perspectives and writers. He concludes with Stravinsky's legendary ballet score, The Rite of Spring.

Part of Leonard Bernstein at 100.

Performance Timing: Part One - 45 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 35 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Borrowed from Baroque: Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony & more   (Classical Concert)

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

Corinne Winters
Gianandrea Noseda


Gianandrea Noseda showcases three pieces that reach into the past and feature Baroque styles in distinct and innovative ways: Webern's Passacaglia, Dallapiccola's Partita, and Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony.

Performance Timing: Part One - 45 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 60 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Tastes of Italy, France & Spain: Classics by Respighi, Chausson, Gershwin & Falla   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Nov 16 - Sun., Nov 19 2017

Nurit Bar-Josef
Gianandrea Noseda


Take a tour of Europe through works heavily inspired by Italy, France, and Spain. Gianandrea Noseda explores Respighi's Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), Chausson's Poème, Gershwin's An American in Paris, and Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat Suites No. 1 & 2.

Performance Timing: Part One - 35 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 45 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts The Artist Abroad: Yuja Wang plays Prokofiev / Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Nov 30 - Sat., Dec 02 2017

Yuja Wang
Gianandrea Noseda


Gianandrea Noseda examines three composers through the lens of their lives away from home. Britten's Matinées musicales and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances highlight pieces written in America, while soloist Yuja Wang conquers Prokofiev's Paris-penned Piano Concerto No. 5.

Performance Timing: Part One - 40 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 40 min.

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

Thu., Dec 14 - Sun., Dec 17 2017

Join the NSO, gifted singers, and a heavenly chorus for this annual holiday tradition! This year, conductor Jeannette Sorrell brings fresh perspective to Handel's cherished Messiah with gifted soloists Sophie Daneman, Ann McMahon Quintero, Karim Sulayman, and Christian Immler along with the University of Maryland Concert Choir. Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of this angelic masterpiece in the festively decorated Concert Hall.

Performance Timing: Part One - 65 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 65 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Bernstein's "The Age of Anxiety" / Ravel's Bolero   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Jan 11 - Sat., Jan 13 2018

Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Yutaka Sado


Yutaka Sado leads a tribute of works composed or conducted by Bernstein, with whom Sado studied conducting. The program includes Rossini's Overture to The Thieving Magpie, Bernstein's "The Age of Anxiety" featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini, and Ravel's Boléro.

Part of Leonard Bernstein at 100.

Performance Timing: Part One - 45 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 45 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Eschenbach conducts Schumann & Brahms / Josefowicz plays Knussen   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Jan 25 - Sat., Jan 27 2018

Leila Josefowicz
Christoph Eschenbach


Christopher Eschenbach conducts Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Schumann's "Rhenish" Symphony, both linked by religious themes. The program also features violinist Leila Josefowicz in Oliver Knussen's Violin Concerto as part of Josefowicz's Kennedy Center residency this season.

Performance Timing: Part One - 40 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 50 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto / Tchaikovsky's The Tempest   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Feb 01 - Sat., Feb 03 2018

Kirill Gerstein
Hannu Lintu


Pianist Kirill Gerstein shines in Rachmaninoff's charged Piano Concerto No. 2 on an all-Russian program. Conductor Hannu Lintu also pays homage to Tchaikovsky through the composer's The Tempest and Stravinsky's The Fairy's Kiss, a work written in Tchaikovsky's memory.

Performance Timing: Part One - 60 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 45 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony / Gerhardt plays Bloch   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Feb 08 - Sat., Feb 10 2018

Alban Gerhardt
Fabien Gabel


Fabien Gabel conducts a program inspired by nonmusical sources, from a heartbreaking love poem to World War II politics to the book of Ecclesiastes. He leads Dukas's Overture to Polyeucte, Bloch's Schelomo featuring cellist Alban Gerhardt, Rachmaninoff's The Rock, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9.

Performance Timing: Part One - 40 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 50 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Jankowski conducts Brahms's First Symphony / Jackiw plays Bruch   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Feb 22 - Sat., Feb 24 2018

Stefan Jackiw
Marek Janowski


Known for his skill with the core classical repertoire, conductor Marek Janowski leads Bruch's electrifying First Violin Concerto featuring the NSO debut of Stefan Jackiw. The program also includes Brahms's Beethoven-influenced Symphony No. 1.

Performance Timing: Part One - 36 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 40 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Runnicles conducts Mahler's Tenth Symphony   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Mar 01 - Sat., Mar 03 2018

Yefim Bronfman
Gianandrea Noseda


Donald Runnicles returns to lead Mahler's Symphony No. 10, a moving work sketched in the wake of his daughter's death and completed after his own. This posthumous entry continues the NSO's multi-season Mahler exploration.

Performance Timing: Approximately 80 minutes, with no intermission.

Pleae Note: There is no late seating for this performance. Please plan to arrive at the Kennedy Center with sufficient time for parking, picking up tickets, and being seated in the Concert Hall.

National Symphony Orchestra: John Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Mar 08 - Sat., Mar 10 2018

Kelley O'Connor
University of Maryland Concert Choir
Gianandrea Noseda


In celebration of John Adams's 70th birthday year, Gianandrea Noseda conducts The Gospel According to the Other Mary, Adams's expansive composition for chorus, soloists, and orchestra depicting Jesus's final weeks as told from the unique perspective of Mary Magdalene.

Performance Timing: Part One - 65 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 65 min.

Note: There is no late seating once Part One of the concert has begun. Please allow sufficient time to arrive at the Kennedy Center and be seated in the Concert Hall before the performance begins.

National Symphony Orchestra: Dancing on the Danube: Bronfman, Brahms & more   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Mar 15 - Sun., Mar 18 2018

Gianandrea Noseda leads Yefim "Fima" Bronfman in Brahms's monumental Piano Concerto No. 2 in this program that also explores the spirit of dance in Germany, Hungary, and the Czech Republic through dance music by Brahms, R. Strauss, Kodály and Dvorák.

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

Note: There is no late seating once Part One of the concert has begun. Please allow sufficient time to arrive at the Kennedy Center and be seated in the Concert Hall before the performance begins.

National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Verdi's Requiem   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Mar 22 - Sat., Mar 24 2018

Eric Owens
Leah Crocetto
Russell Thomas
The Choral Arts Society of Washington
The Washington Chorus
Gianandrea Noseda


Gianandrea Noseda conducts Verdi's Requiem, a spectacular masterpiece composed in memory of an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi deeply admired. Pairing striking trumpet solos with sweeping symphonic and choral moments, Requiem is a legendary musical experience.

Performance Timing: 90 minutes, with no intermission.

Note: There is no late seating at this performance. Please allow sufficient time to arrive at the Kennedy Center and be seated in the Concert Hall before the concert begins.

National Symphony Orchestra: A Portrait & a Frame: Works by Stravinsky, Mozart & W.F. Bach   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Apr 19 - Sat., Apr 21 2018

Leila Josefowicz
Gianandrea Noseda


Gianandrea Noseda presents a portrait of Stravinsky's complex artistry through his Symphonies of Wind Instruments and his Violin Concerto featuring Leila Josefowicz. Mozart's Adagio and Fugue in F minor and Symphony No. 39 bookend the portrait with a classical frame.

Performance Timing: Part One - 40 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 50 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Elder conducts Strauss's Ein Heldenleben / Haydn's Symphony No. 80   (Classical Concert)

Thu., May 03 - Fri., May 04 2018

Mark Elder


Sir Mark Elder offers a musical biography of Richard Strauss, pairing his triumphant and famously autobiographical Ein Heldenleben with his earlier, more intimate Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments. The program also includes an interlude of Haydn's Symphony No. 80.

Performance Timing: Part One - 45 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 60 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Elder conducts Vaughan Williams's "Pastoral Symphony" / Ravel's Ma mère l'oye   (Classical Concert)

Thu., May 10 - Sat., May 12 2018

Mark Elder


For his second week with the NSO, Sir Mark Elder unites the works of three First World War-era composers and contemporaries. The program includes Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad Rhapsody, Vaughan Williams's "A Pastoral Symphony," and Ravel's Mother Goose and Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2.

Performance Timing: Part One - 40 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 45 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Variations on Bach / Brahms's Fourth Symphony / Ehnes plays Berg   (Classical Concert)

Thu., May 17 - Sat., May 19 2018

James Ehnes
Gianandrea Noseda


In his final concerts of the season, Gianandrea Noseda leads a program unified by J.S. Bach. The program includes Berio's take on Bach's unfinished Contrapunctus XIX, plus two more Bach-influenced works: Berg's Violin Concerto featuring James Ehnes and Brahms's Symphony No. 4.

Performance Timing: Part One - 35 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 40 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Eschenbach conducts Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony / Walton's Viola Concerto   (Classical Concert)

Thu., Jun 07 - Sat., Jun 09 2018

Daniel Foster
Christoph Eschenbach


The first of Christoph Eschenbach's trio of programs concluding the NSO's classical season includes R. Strauss' Potpourri from The Silent Woman and Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony. The program also features NSO Principal Viola Daniel Foster in Walton's Viola Concerto.

Performance Timing: Part One - 35 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 35 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Eschenbach conducts Beethoven's Fourth Symphony / Mozart's Oboe Concerto   (Classical Concert)

Tue., Jun 12 - Wed., Jun 13 2018

Nicholas Stovall
Christoph Eschenbach


Christoph Eschenbach's second program of his late-season trio includes Beethoven's splendid Symphony No. 4, Mozart's fascinating Oboe Concerto featuring NSO Principal Oboe Nick Stovall, and overtures to Rossini's William Tell and Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Performance Timing: Part One - 35 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 50 min.

National Symphony Orchestra: Eschenbach conducts Haydn's "Oxford" Symphony / R. Strauss's First Horn Concerto   (Classical Concert)

Fri., Jun 15 - Sat., Jun 16 2018

Abel Pereira
Christoph Eschenbach


Christoph Eschenbach concludes the NSO's classical season with a program of Haydn's exuberant "Oxford" Symphony, plus Mozart's A Little Night Music, Wagner's Prelude to The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, and R. Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 1 featuring NSO Principal Horn Abel Pereira.

Performance Timing: Part One - 35 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 40 min.