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National Symphony Orchestra: 2016-2017 Season

Preview 2017 - 2018 Season

National Symphony Orchestra: National Memorial Day Concert (Classical Concert)

Sun., May 28 2017 8:00 PM

JFK Centennial Week
NSO Memorial Day Concert & Live Broadcast on PBS
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Sunday, May 28, 2017, 8 p.m. (Gates open at 5 p.m.)
Free event, no tickets required.
Free rehearsal on Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m.


The National Symphony Orchestra delivers its traditional Memorial Day Concert, an uplifting performance honoring the military service of all men and women in uniform as well as their families at home. The award-winning program is broadcast live each year on PBS. Program details to be announced at a later date.
 

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

Fri., Jun 02 2017 8:00 PM

The Kennedy Center, National Institutes of Health, singer-songwriter-actor Jussie Smollett (Empire), singer-songwriter-composer Ben Folds, renowned soprano and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Renée Fleming, and the National Symphony Orchestra take you on a fascinating journey to uncover mysteries about the human brain and its connection to music. What happens in your brain when listening, performing, and interacting with music? How does engaging with music contribute to better health and a longer life? Find out with the NSO conducted by Edwin Outwater alongside renowned neuroscientists Dr. Daniel LevitinDr. Charles Limb, and Dr. Nina Kraus.

Check out the Sound Health blog.

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More about Sound Health

The Kennedy Center, the National Institutes of Health, and renowned soprano and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Renée Fleming have launched this new partnership designed to explore the connections between music, health, and wellness. The collaboration, spearheaded by Fleming, builds upon the performances that the National Symphony Orchestra has given at the NIH Clinical Center over the past several years, broadening the scope and bringing together the diverse artistic resources of the Kennedy Center with the scientific, clinical, and research expertise of the NIH. See related events.

Over two days on June 2 and 3, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, 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.

Says Renée Fleming:
“A tremendous wealth of knowledge exists between the nation’s largest performing arts center and our largest health research institute. I hoped we could share and amplify the exciting work being done where science and music intersect, by bringing these two great institutions together for this initiative. There are ramifications here for a host of health topics: childhood development, autism, pain management, Alzheimer’s, PTSD—the list goes on and on, because music’s impact on the brain can be so powerful.”

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

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

Steven Reineke
The Choral Arts Society of Washington


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. This summer, the NSO Pops and The Choral Arts Society of Washington journey through a selection of entrancing and exhilarating music composed by the most Oscar®-nominated man alive. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars franchise, the entire second half of the program is devoted to the unforgettable music from the legendary series.

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

DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents  (Classical Concert)

Fri., Jun 30 2017 9:00 PM

Ben Folds
Jacomo Bairos, Jacomo Bairos
Blake Mills, Blake Mills


Newly named Artistic Advisor Ben Folds curates, hosts and performs with the National Symphony Orchestra—conducted by Jacomo Bairos—for a special evening that features new music and hits by Folds, singer/composer/producer/guitarist Blake Mills, and Cuban R&B/rap singer Danay Suarez. This inaugural concert from the Ben Folds Presents series spotlights a unique multi-genre melding of 21st-century pop and orchestral music for all ages. Pre- and post-concert events for attendees will also be held in the foyer and Millennium Stage, including a free after-party with live band karaoke featuring HariKaraoke.

More about the DECLASSIFIED concert concept:
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.

More about Blake Mills:
Since quietly making his debut album Break Mirrors, which critics hailed as one of the best albums of 2010, Blake Mills has been consistently busy. In 205, he produced the highly acclaimed sophomore album Sound & Color for Alabama Shakes, which reached #1 on Billboard charts and won four Grammy Awards®. He has also produced music ranging from albums by John Legend, Perfume Genius, Dawes, and Laura Marling to music for ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Sara Watkins, Fiona Apple, Sky Ferreira, and many others. Mills composed original music for the 2015 Oscar®-nominated film Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence, and as a session player and sideman he has worked with Beck, Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Band of Horses, Frank Ocean, and Neil Diamond, among others. Rick Rubin and T Bone Burnett frequently call upon his services as a guitarist.

Performance Timing: 85 minutes with no intermission

NSO at Wolf Trap: Emil de Cou, conductor / Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone™ (film with orchestra) (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Fri., Jul 07 - Sat., Jul 08 2017

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia


Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone  (film with orchestra)
National Symphony Orchestra
Emil de Cou, conductor

The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the National Symphony Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams' unforgettable score.


Performance Timing: Please contact Wolf Trap Box Office.

Tickets go on sale at the Wolf Trap Box Office on Saturday, Mar. 18. For further information about the program, performance timing, and to purchase tickets, please call Wolf Trap TOLL FREE at 1-(877) WOLFTRAP or visit Wolf Trap's website. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Filene Center Box Office. Groups of 20 or more should contact Wolf Trap Group Sales at (703) 255-1851.

NSO at Wolf Trap: Grant Gershon, conductor / Wolf Trap Opera: Puccini's Tosca (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Fri., Jul 14 2017 8:15 PM

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia


Wolf Trap Opera: Puccini's Tosca
National Symphony Orchestra
Grant Gershon, conductor
The Washington Chorus
Children's Chorus of Washington

Caught up in a world of political intrigue and corruption, Puccini's fiery diva is trapped between her allegiance to her rebel lover and a treacherous police chief who will stop at nothing to possess her. The explosive conflict between these three unforgettable characters comes to a hair-raising conclusion in one of opera's most popular, suspenseful, and unforgettable dramas. 


Performance Timing: Approximately 2-1/2 hours, including one intermission. 

Tickets go on sale at the Wolf Trap Box Office on Saturday, Mar. 18. For further information about the program, performance timing, and to purchase tickets, please call Wolf Trap TOLL FREE at 1-(877) WOLFTRAP or visit Wolf Trap's website. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Filene Center Box Office. Groups of 20 or more should contact Wolf Trap Group Sales at (703) 255-1851.

NSO at Wolf Trap: Steven Reineke, conductor / The Tenors (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Sat., Jul 15 2017 8:15 PM

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia


The Tenors
National Symphony Orchestra
Steven Reineke, conductor


The three magnetic singers of The Tenors join the National Symphony Orchestra to showcase the powerful crossover sound that has earned them international acclaim. “The star of the show is The Tenors’ voices and tasteful arrangements, which flow liquid-smooth from tag-team lead exchanges to rich, choral harmonies” (Billboard).

Performance Timing: Please contact Wolf Trap Box Office. 

Tickets go on sale at the Wolf Trap Box Office on Saturday, Apr. 22. For further information about the program, performance timing, and to purchase tickets, please call Wolf Trap TOLL FREE at 1-(877) WOLFTRAP or visit Wolf Trap's website. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Filene Center Box Office. Groups of 20 or more should contact Wolf Trap Group Sales at (703) 255-1851.

NSO at Wolf Trap: Kelly Corcoran, conductor / The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Sat., Jul 22 2017 8:30 PM

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia


The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
National Symphony Orchestra
Kelly Corcoran, conductor


For decades, The Legend of Zelda series has captivated gamers with its iconic characters, engrossing gameplay, and unforgettable music. Journey to Hyrule and beyond as the National Symphony Orchestra explores the innovative music and mesmerizing moments from the legendary games--including 2017's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.  


Performance Timing: Please contact Wolf Trap Box Office. 

Tickets go on sale at the Wolf Trap Box Office on Saturday, Mar. 18. For further information about the program, performance timing, and to purchase tickets, please call Wolf Trap TOLL FREE at 1-(877) WOLFTRAP or visit Wolf Trap's website. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Filene Center Box Office. Groups of 20 or more should contact Wolf Trap Group Sales at (703) 255-1851.

NSO at Wolf Trap: Gianandrea Noseda, conductor / Orff's Carmina Burana & Beethoven's Emperor Concerto (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Fri., Jul 28 2017 8:15 PM

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia


Orff's Carmina Burana & Beethoven's Emperor Concerto
National Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
The Choral Arts Society of Washington & The Washington Chorus
Seong-Jin, Cho, piano

Experience the new vision of the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda--the Orchestra's new music director--in a powerful classical program of Carl Orff's iconic choral masterwork Carmina Burana along with Beethoven's resplendent "Emperor" Piano Concerto featuring award-winning pianist Seong-Jin Cho.


Performance Timing: Please contact Wolf Trap Box Office.
 

Tickets go on sale at the Wolf Trap Box Office on Saturday, Mar. 18. For further information about the program, performance timing, and to purchase tickets, please call Wolf Trap TOLL FREE at 1-(877) WOLFTRAP or visit Wolf Trap's website. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Filene Center Box Office. Groups of 20 or more should contact Wolf Trap Group Sales at (703) 255-1851.

Free Concert on the National Mall with the National Symphony Orchestra (Classical Concert)

Sat., Jul 29 2017 4:00 PM

National Symphony Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda, incoming music director
Free Concert on the National Mall (between 4th & 7th Streets)
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Activities begin at 4 p.m.


What better way is there to introduce Washington, D.C. to our new music director than with a free concert on the National Mall? Joined by local choruses and other special guests, Gianandrea Noseda brings a program of incredible music to the community in the heart of the Nation's Capital. The fun starts at 4 p.m. with a host of family-friendly activities including an instrument petting zoo, music and dance performances by local groups, and so much more! Be sure to visit this page again for program updates.

Performance Timing: TBA

This is a FREE event, no tickets required.
 

NSO at Wolf Trap: Emil de Cou, conductor / La La Land (film with orchestra) (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Fri., Aug 04 2017 8:30 PM

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia


La La Land  (film with orchestra)
National Symphony Orchestra
Emil de Cou, conductor

An award-winning film dubbed "ardent and full of feeling, passionate but also exquisitely controlled" by Variety, La La Land is a must-see musical romance. Watch the runaway hit on huge screens as the National Symphony Orchestra performs its refreshing original soundtrack live. "You'll want to sing its praises, literally" (Vulture).



Performance Timing: Please contact Wolf Trap Box Office.

Tickets go on sale at the Wolf Trap Box Office on Saturday, Mar. 18. For further information about the program, performance timing, and to purchase tickets, please call Wolf Trap TOLL FREE at 1-(877) WOLFTRAP or visit Wolf Trap's website. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Filene Center Box Office. Groups of 20 or more should contact Wolf Trap Group Sales at (703) 255-1851.

NSO at Wolf Trap: Emil de Cou, conductor / Jurassic Park™ (film with orchestra) (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Sat., Aug 05 2017 8:30 PM

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia
 

Jurassic Park™  (film with orchestra)
National Symphony Orchestra
Emil de Cou, conductor

An adventure 65 million years in the making comes back to the big screen. Watch Spielberg's Oscar(r)-winning dinosaur classic in high definition as the National Symphony Orchestra brings John Williams's iconic music to soaring, scaly life.


Performance Timing: Please contact Wolf Trap Box Office.

Tickets go on sale at the Wolf Trap Box Office on Saturday, Mar. 18. For further information about the program, performance timing, and to purchase tickets, please call Wolf Trap TOLL FREE at 1-(877) WOLFTRAP or visit Wolf Trap's website. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Filene Center Box Office. Groups of 20 or more should contact Wolf Trap Group Sales at (703) 255-1851.

NSO Pops: Blue Suede Tunes with Frankie Moreno (Pops Concert)

Fri., Sep 15 - Sat., Sep 16 2017

Steven Reineke, conductor
Lacey Schwimmer, dancer
Benji Schwimmer, dancer

Get all shook up to the music of Elvis Presley and more golden age rock ’n’ rollers in a rollicking retrospective for the ages! Led by the smooth voice of star crooner Frankie Moreno, who “just may be the second coming of the King” (Where Magazine), this jam-packed concert also spotlights the unforgettable dance styles of the ’50s and ’60s with sibling duo Lacey and Benji Schwimmer of Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance fame. Along with the King’s greatest hits, this jam-packed program features favorites by Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Ray Charles, The Beatles, and more with an NSO Pops twist—and shout!

NSO Pops: Selma: A Film and Live Music Event (Pops Concert)

Fri., Sep 22 2017 8:00 PM

Ryan McAdams, conductor
Jason Moran, piano
The Bandwagon

Experience Ava DuVernay’s 2014 Academy Award®–nominated film for Best Picture—which chronicles Martin Luther King Jr.’s movement to secure equal voting rights—on a big screen with Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran’s acclaimed score for the film performed live by the NSO. Moran joins the performance along with his trio mates from The Bandwagon and a children’s chorus, creating a communal, collaborative event that also celebrates the one-year anniversary of the opening of D.C.’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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

Sun., Sep 24 2017 6:00 PM

Yo-Yo Ma
Gianandrea Noseda
Cynthia Erivo


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.

NSO Pops: The Life Aquatic: A Tribute to David Bowie with Seu Jorge (Pops Concert)

Fri., Sep 29 2017 8:00 PM

Jacomo Bairos, conductor

The late David Bowie was a cultural chameleon whose music flirted with everything from avant-pop to glam rock to new wave. In a concert inspired by his role in Wes Anderson’s 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Brazilian actor/musician Seu Jorge celebrates Bowie’s legendary catalog, elevating his gorgeous acoustic interpretations of “Rebel, Rebel,” “Life on Mars,” “Starman,” and more with the evocative power of the NSO. Billboard raves, “Few versions of David Bowie’s music underscore the breadth and depth of his compositions as Seu Jorge’s adaptations.” And Bowie himself once remarked, “Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs acoustically in Portuguese, I would never had heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with.”

NSO Pops: Pink Martini with China Forbes (Pops Concert)

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

Emil de Cou, conductor

With an eclectic, whimsical charm and a repertoire spanning from jazz to classical to retro pop, the self-described “little orchestra” and singer China Forbes return to D.C. for a highly anticipated reunion with the NSO. Enjoy an elegant evening of this unique ensembles hallmark multilingual music, which traces its many influences through a boundary-breaking collection of cultures, times, and styles. The Telegraph raves: Pink Martini’s “songs swoosh past like fabulous gowns in a vintage fashion parade.”

DECLASSIFIED: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring with the National Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Classical Concert)

Fri., Nov 03 2017 9:00 PM

Former NSO Music Director Lenoard Slatkin conducts a DECLASSIFIED concert featuring Stravinsky's bold and famously controversial The Rite of Spring. The evening will also include pre- and post-concert activities.

More about the DECLASSIFIED concert concept:
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.

NSO Pops: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert (Pops Concert)

Fri., Nov 24 - Sun., Nov 26 2017

NSO Pops: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert
Age 5+

NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! featuring Megan Hilty (Pops Concert)

Fri., Dec 08 - Sat., Dec 09 2017

Steven Reineke, conductor
The Washington Chorus

Dash through the snow to our merrily adorned Concert Hall and warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics and singalong carols in this annual NSO tradition. Make an unforgettable holiday memory in a cozy, music-filled winter wonderland with your favorite yuletide tunes sung by Kennedy Center favorite and Tony®-nominated stage and screen star Megan Hilty (Broadway’s Noises Off, 9 to 5 and Wicked; NBC’s Smash). If you’ve been good, jolly Ol’ Saint Nick may even pay a visit!

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.

DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents with the National Symphony Orchestra, Guest Artists TBA (Classical Concert)

Fri., Jan 12 2018 9:00 PM

As part of his new role as the first-ever Artistic Advisor for the National Symphony Orchestra, multifaceted composer/musician Ben Folds presents a curated NSO concert uniting musicians from multiple genres and styles to collaborate with the NSO and create new experiences for audiences and performers alike. Exciting guest artists will be announced at a later date.

NSO Pops: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds (Pops Concert)

Fri., Jan 19 - Sat., Jan 20 2018

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds


With 16 No. 1 Billboard hits, 11 Grammy Awards®, and an unmistakably smooth tenor sound, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has left an indelible mark on popular music through luscious original grooves like “When Can I See You,” “It’s No Crime,” and “Whip Appeal,” and high-profile collaborations with artists ranging from Michael Jackson to Madonna. Now, the “songwriter-producer who defined ’90s R&B” (Rolling Stone) joins the NSO in a world-premiere orchestral collaboration featuring two sophisticated evenings of passionate tunes delivered with his hallmark debonair style.

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

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

Christoph Eschenbach
Leila Josefowicz


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

Hannu Lintu
Kirill Gerstein


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

Fabien Gabel
Alban Gerhardt


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.

NSO Pops: West Side Story in Concert (Pops Concert)

Wed., Feb 14 - Sat., Feb 17 2018

Steven Reineke, conductor

Experience forbidden love, fierce family loyalties, and the ruthless feud between the Sharks and the Jets through the iconic music of West Side Story! Bernstein’s legendary, Broadway-shaping musical interpretation of Romeo & Juliet with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim comes to life in three concert performances as part of a nationwide celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday year. Soloists for these performances will be announced in the coming months.

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

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

Marek Janowski
Stefan Jackiw


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

Donald Runnicles


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

Gianandrea Noseda
Kelley O'Connor
University of Maryland Concert Choir


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

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


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.

NSO Pops: Black Violin (Pops Concert)

Wed., Apr 04 2018 8:00 PM

Steven Reineke, conductor

Raised on a steady diet of both Hip Hop and classical music, violinist Kevin Sylvester (“Kev Marcus”) and violist Wilner Baptiste (“Wil B”) have built a musical style all their own that shares one common theme from both genres—bringing people together. The duo joins the NSO to showcase its dynamic performance style, bridging infectious beats and lyrical melodies with classical instrumentation and searing technique in a unique blend that defies expectations and shatters stereotypes.

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

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

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

Gianandrea Noseda
Leila Josefowicz


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

Gianandrea Noseda
James Ehnes


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.

DECLASSIFIED: Selections from Variations on Bach with the National Symphony Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda, conductor (Classical Concert)

Fri., May 18 2018 9:00 PM

Gianandrea Noseda, the NSO's new music director, leads an abbreviated DECLASSIFIED concert featuring selected works from his Variations on Bach program with violinist James Ehnes taking place the same week. The evening will also include pre- and post-concert activities.

More about the DECLASSIFIED concert concept:
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.

NSO Pops: Space, the Next Frontier  (Pops Concert)

Fri., Jun 01 - Sat., Jun 02 2018

Emil de Cou, conductor

Explore the sights and sounds of deep space and the music, art, and fiction that it has inspired as the NSO and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) present a celebration of science fact and fiction in honor of NASA’s 60th anniversary. Boldly go where few orchestras have gone before with breathtaking projections from the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station, the Curiosity rover on Mars, and famous films and television programs celebrating space exploration—all while the NSO performs space-age musical selections including a new commission by Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino and favorites from Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and more.

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

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

Christoph Eschenbach
Daniel Foster


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

Christoph Eschenbach
Nicholas Stovall


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

Christoph Eschenbach
Abel Pereira


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.

NSO Pops: Audra McDonald (Pops Concert)

Tue., Jun 19 2018 8:00 PM

Andy Einhorn, conductor

As beloved on Broadway and opera stages as she is in her roles in film and on television, iconic singer and actress Audra McDonald joins the NSO for an exquisite selection of her favorite music. The Juilliard-trained soprano is the winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards® (Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill), two Grammy Awards®, and an Emmy Award®, and The New York Times proclaims: “She is a one-of-a-kind musical supertalent… As a singer she is an irreplaceable resource.”

NSO Pops: Melissa Etheridge (Pops Concert)

Fri., Jun 22 - Sat., Jun 23 2018

Steven Reineke, conductor

With hits like “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One,” this pioneer’s truthful, Grammy®-winning songwriting and bluesy influences have cemented her place in rock n roll history. Rolling Stone declares: “Etheridge’s homespun appeal… and her confessional, straight-fromthe- heartland songs have made her a working-class hero, as Springsteen and Bob Seger were before her.” Now, Melissa Etheridge brings her raw, expressive voice and powerhouse guitar prowess to the Concert Hall for a sampling of heartfelt hits from her groundbreaking career.

NSO Pops: A Night of Jazz with Gregory Porter (Pops Concert)

Wed., Jun 27 2018 8:00 PM

Jacomo Bairos, conductor

An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Grammy®-winning singer Gregory Porter returns to the Kennedy Center for an exciting evening of jazz, soul, and gospel with the NSO Pops. The New York Times
raves: Porter’s “sturdy baritone and sure projection make him a natural belter, but he knows how to sidle up to a melody… He also knows how to write a song, and put together a show.”

Co-presented with Renée Fleming VOICES, NSO Pops, and Kennedy Center Jazz.

Renée says, "When Don Was of Capitol Records first mentioned Gregory Porter to me, I immediately found Be Good on the Internet and became, well, obsessed! I was so taken with his melding of R&B and jazz vocals with his completely modern songwriting sensibility, I became a fan. His work takes a refreshingly honest look at the sometimes small moments that truly make up our lives. He has taken Europe by storm, and I'm glad he has found the time to visit us and participate in VOICES. I hope he will return again and again."

DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents with the National Symphony Orchestra, Guest Artists TBA (Classical Concert)

Fri., Jun 29 2018 9:00 PM

As part of his new role as the first-ever Artistic Advisor for the National Symphony Orchestra, multifaceted composer/musician Ben Folds presents a curated NSO concert uniting musicians from multiple genres and styles to collaborate with the NSO and create new experiences for audiences and performers alike. Exciting guest artists will be announced at a later date.