National Symphony Orchestra: 2016-2017 Season

NSO Salutes the Military: NSO Pops Concert: Home for the Holidays   (Pops Concert)

Thu., Dec 08 2016 7:00 PM

Notes of Honor: NSO Salutes the Military

NSO Pops Concert:
Home for the Holidays
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Concert Hall, 7 p.m.

The USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and the National Symphony Orchestra are proud to present a free concert in honor of all service members and their families during the holiday season. Warm your spirit as the NSO Pops offers comforting classics and singalong carols.

Performance Timing: 80 minutes, with no intermission.


Note: To make a reservation for this special event, click on the Tickets Tab and then the Tickets Button and complete the information required. Please be aware that you MUST present a valid military ID along with your reservation voucher to pick up your reserved seat ticket(s) at the designated table in the Kennedy Center Grand Foyer beginning at 5 p.m. on the evening of the performance.

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

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

Joe Isenberg


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

Warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics and singalong carols in this NSO Pops tradition, a holiday treat perfect for the entire family! Along with The Washington Chorus and a possible visit from jolly Ol' Saint Nick (only if you've been good!), this year's program also welcomes two very special guests: frequent collaborators and Tony Award nominees Laura Osnes (Anything Goes, Grease, Bonnie & Clyde) and Santino Fontana (Disney's Frozen, The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). This dynamic duo most notably performed opposite each other on Broadway in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella.

Most enjoyed by age 9 and up.

Program update 9/30/16: Laura Osnes replaces Laura Benanti, who has withdrawn from the program due to her pregnancy.

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, NSO violist Ruth Schaaf, and soprano Kari Paludan 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. All patrons, regardless of age must have a ticket.

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

Gidon Kremer


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.
All patrons, regardless of age must have a ticket.

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

Sergei Prokofiev
The Love for Three Oranges - Suite
Paul Dukas
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Maurice Ravel
Mother Goose Suite
Anne Dudley
The Man with the Violin
(World Premiere - NSO Co-commission)

NSO Pops: Valentine's Day with Patti LaBelle   (Classical Concert)

Tue., Feb 14 2017 8:00 PM

Spend Valentine's Day night with legendary singer, author, actress, and entrepreneur Patti LaBelle. The Grammy winner joins the NSO Pops for a special one-night-only concert event led by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke.




Performance Timing: Approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission

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

Jules Buckley


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 inspiredevenings 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 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

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. All patrons, regardless of age must have a ticket.

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. 

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: 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 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

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