National Symphony Orchestra: 2016-2017 Season

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

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

Gianandrea Noseda
Jon Kimura Parker
Phylicia Rashad


Traditional
The Star-Spangled Banner
--Stravinsky arrangement
John Williams
Music 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

Christoph Eschenbach


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

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

Fri., Feb 03 2017 9:00 PM

Pages Matam
Christylez Bacon
Jacomo Bairos
Wytold


Update as of 1/10: The National Symphony Orchestra's DECLASSIFIED concert on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 with Christylez Bacon and Wytold has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. Patrons currently holding tickets for this concert may exchange their tickets for any upcoming NSO concert in the 2016-2017 season, or request a refund. The Advance Sales Box Office, (202) 416-8540, will contact ticketholders to facilitate these transactions.

When poetry and music meet, magnificent things can happen. Join the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jacomo Bairos for a unique evening of sound and spoken word featuring progressive Hip Hop artist Christylez Bacon, electric cellist Wytold, and multidimensional poet Pages Matam.

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

The National Symphony Orchestra with Joshua Bell, curated by Gourmet Symphony   (Classical Concert)

Wed., Feb 08 2017 7:00 PM

Manuel Ponce
Estrellita
Eric Nathan
Glimpse
Respighi
Ancient Airs and Dances
--Suite No. 2, mvt. 1
Nigel Hess
Ladies in Lavender
Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
--mvt. 1: Allegro non troppo
Maurice Ravel
Tzigane

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

Patti LaBelle


For decades, the legendary Patti LaBelle has set the mood with her catalogue of romantic hits, from "If You Only Knew" and "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)" to "Lady Marmalade" and "On My Own." This Valentine's Day, treat your sweetheart to an unforgettable date in this one-night-only concert of love songs from this soulful diva and the NSO Pops, led by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke! 

Over her iconic career in music and beyond, LaBelle she has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. The sultry and soulful singer has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. In 2005, the World Music Awards recognized her years in the music business by awarding her the Legend Award. She is also included in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers.  

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, Conductor


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 2016 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."


Performance Timing: Approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

NSO Pops: An Evening with Ledisi   (Pops Concert)

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

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 "strident, soulful voice" (The New York Times) 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: 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 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

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.

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

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