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National Symphony Orchestra: 2014-2015 Season

Do You Hear the People Sing / Steven Reineke, conductor   (Pops Concert)

Mar. 27 - 28, 2015

Do You Hear the People Sing
Steven Reineke, conductor
Lea Salonga, vocals
Eric Kunze, vocals
Terrence Mann, vocals
Kathy Voytko, vocals
Marie Zamora, vocals
University of Maryland Concert Choir
Children's Chorus of Washington


With their epic masterpiece Les Misérables, the Tony Award–winning creative team of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg changed the face of musical theater. More than 25 years later, this soaring concert experience celebrates their musical genius with songs from Les Misérables and their other Broadway hits--Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, The Pirate Queen, and La Révolution Française--plus a few special surprises. Tony Award winner Lea Salonga--who portrayed the original Kim in Miss Saigon and both Eponine and Fantine in Les Misérables--leads a talented cast of vocalists in what Broadway World calls "an unexpectedly moving tribute to the universal appeal of [Boublil & Schönberg's] collaborations... Lea Salonga is flawless; the clarity of her voice is astounding."


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

NSO Family Concert: The Magic Horn   (Family Concert)

Sun., Mar. 29, 2015

Magic Circle Mime Company
Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor

At the invitation of the conductor, "Sahara Bob"--an adventurer of questionable character--brings his crate full of exotic musical instruments to the concert. Little does he know the invitation is a trap! Sahara Bob is about to meet the Genie of the Magic Horn, and the audience is about to witness the legendary powers of the orchestra! Renowned for uniting the Concert Hall with visual theater, Magic Circle Mime Company brings together a program that includes Bruce Broughton's The Magic Horn in four movements, "Morning Mood" and "Arabian Dance" from Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt suites, and "Bacchanale" from Camille Saint-Saëns's Samson and Delilah.

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission

Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo" in the lobbies of the Eisenhower Theater. Young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they'll see played on the stage--from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Stay after the 4 p.m. concert for a Kids' Chat. Young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.

Krzysztof Urbanski, conductor: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 / Daniil Trifonov, piano, plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3   (Classical Concert)

Apr. 2 - 4, 2015

Krzysztof Urbanski , conductor
Daniil Trifonov , piano

RACHMANINOFF
 Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
SHOSTAKOVICH
 Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Imagination Duo   (Family Concert)

Apr. 11 - 12, 2015

NSO Teddy Bear Concert
Imagination Duo

Back by popular demand! Ever hear a violin gallop? Wonder why a lullaby sighs? Curious how a bumblebee takes flight on wings of song? Then join husband-and-wife violin duo--Glenn Donnellan of the NSO and Jan Chong--as they use stories, sound effects, children's songs, and gems from the classical repertoire to make your imagination come alive! For ages 3 to 5.

Performance Timing: 45 minutes, with no intermission.

Kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal to these interactive programs and have their teddy bear friend join in all the fun! Lasting approximately 45 minutes, they're perfect for even the youngest music lovers in your family.

Come early for "Musical Playtime." Starting 45 minutes before each Teddy Bear Concert, enjoy music and movement activities especially designed for small children. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Vassily Sinaisky, conductor: Rachmaninoff's The Bells / Loren Kitt, Principal Clarinet, plays Mozart's Clarinet Concerto   (Classical Concert)

Apr. 16 - 18, 2015

Vassily Sinaisky , conductor
Loren Kitt , clarinet
Dina Kuznetsova , soprano
Sergey Semishkur , tenor
Elchin Azizov , baritone
The Choral Arts Society of Washington , scott tucker, artistic director

BORODIN
 Overture to Prince Igor
MOZART
 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
RACHMANINOFF
The Bells

NSO Family Concert: Gershwin's Magic Key   (Family Concert)

Sun., Apr. 26, 2015

Classical Kids Live!
Benjamin Rous, conductor

Extra, extra! Read all about it! On the streets of New York, a poor newspaper boy has a chance encounter with a talented musician. Turns out, it's George Gershwin, one of the greatest American composers of all time! In this entertaining and educational world premiere concert, the NSO magically weaves Gershwin's greatest hits into the drama, as the master composer shares anecdotes about his life and musical passion. Pretty soon, a friendship develops highlighting the vast melting pot of American music--which ultimately becomes the key to unlocking the boy's own potential! Audiences of all ages will be captivated by excerpts from more than 20 of Gershwin's most popular works, including "An American in Paris," "I Got Rhythm," "Porgy and Bess," "The Man I Love," "Cuban Overture," "Strike up the Band," Concerto in F," "Someone to Watch over Me," "Fascinatin' Rhythm," and "Rhapsody in Blue."

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission

Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo" in the Atrium. Young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they'll see played on the stage--from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Stay after the 4 p.m. concert for a Kids' Chat. Young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 / Works by Penderecki & J. Strauss Jr.   (Classical Concert)

Apr. 30 - May 2, 2015

Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Steven Honigberg , cello
James Lee , cello
David Teie , cello

STRAUSS JR.
Overture to Die Fledermaus
PENDERECKI
Concerto Grosso for Three Cellos and Orchestra
BEETHOVEN
 Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Beyond the Score: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5--Fate Knocks?   (Classical Concert)

Fri., May 1, 2015, 8:00 PM

NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: Science & Math + Music   (Family Concert)

Sat., May 2, 2015

Calling all math nerds, science geeks, and music lovers to this world premiere Connections program! Cellist and host Yvonne Caruthers teams up with her NSO colleagues--Natasha Bogachek (violin), Stephen Dumaine (tuba), and Eric Shin (percussion)--for this fast-paced multimedia program that shows 26 ways (a full alphabet's worth!) that math and science are related to music. From "a" for accents and "h" for harmonics, to "s" for sine waves and "x" for xylophones, this exciting new concert experience promises to give students a musical AND mental workout! 

For age 9 and up

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Mahler's Symphony No. 5 / Leonidas Kavakos, violin, plays Sibelius's Violin Concerto   (Classical Concert)

May 7 - 9, 2015

NSO Kinderclassics: Beethoven at the Ballpark!   (Family Concert)

Sat., May 9, 2015

NSO Kinderclassics
Beethoven at the Ballpark!

World premiere! Find out what baseball and music have in common when NSO violinist Glenn Donnellan--famous for his Electric Slugger, a fiddle made out of a baseball bat--joins Washington Nationals ballpark organist Matthew Van Hoose in this zany program that's sure to entertain as much as it educates! Using musical examples from classical, pop, and baseball-themed works, plus Ernest Thayer's beloved poem "Casey at the Bat," this grand slam duo will show how the basics of ball play relate to the fundamentals of fiddling and mastery of music. You'll see how numbers play their part, how music adds drama to America's favorite pastime, and how to hit your spot on an instrument, just like players on the field do. So slide into a seat and cheer along as our tuneful team hits this family concert experience right out of the park! For age 4 and up.

Performance Timing: 50 minutes, with no intermission

Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." Starting one hour before each Kinderkonzert, this hands-on activity in the Kennedy Center Hall of States gives children a chance to get up close with the instruments they'll see played on stage--from violins and trumpets to oboes and flutes. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Organ Recital: Thierry Escaich, organ (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)   (Classical Concert)

Wed., May 13, 2015, 8:00 PM

Thierry Escaich , organ

Distinguished French organist Thierry Escaich--a "brilliant improviser" who plays with a "virtuosity that combines great insight and feeling" (Le Monde)--brings his many talents to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. His program includes improvisations and music by Vierne, Bach, Escaich, and Stravinsky.

Performance Timing: TBA

Leonidas Kavakos, conductor & violin: Works by J.S. Bach, Mussorgsky, & Sibelius   (Classical Concert)

May 14 - 16, 2015

BACH
 Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041
SIBELIUS
Pelléas and Mélisande
MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL
 Pictures at an Exhibition
--orch. Ravel

Leonidas Kavakos takes the podium for Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel, and Sibelius's Pelléas and Mélisande. He also showcases his solo talents in J.S. Bach's Violin Concerto No. 1.

About Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition:
The tragic loss of a dear friend and artist led Mussorgsky to compose an imaginary musical tour through his drawings and watercolors of scenes from European life. In ten soaring movements, Ravel's orchestration whisks concertgoers from a grand Italian castle to Polish farmland to the gardens and catacombs of Paris. 

Jennifer Mondie, NSO viola, on the program:
"It's a rare treat for the NSO to play Bach with the soloist conducting, and Leonidas Kavakos is a dynamic musician. I'm looking forward to the elegance of that collaboration." 
 
Natasha Bogachek, NSO violin, on the program:
"Playing with Leonidas Kavakos is always a thrilling and moving experience. Knowing his deep musical knowledge, the thoroughness of his research, and his incredible intuition, I'm excited to work with him as a conductor."

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

Manuel López-Gómez, conductor: Liam Teague, steelpan, plays Akiho: New work for Steelpan and Orchestra   (Classical Concert)

May 29 - 30, 2015

Manuel López-Gómez , conductor
Liam Teague , steelpan

GERSHWIN
Cuban Overture
CARREÑO
Margariteña
AKIHO
Steelpan Concerto
(NSO Hechinger commission, World Premiere)
GINASTERA
Estancia--Suite
ESTÉVEZ
Melodia en el llano
BERNSTEIN
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Violins and Trombones and Bears, Oh My!   (Family Concert)

May 30 - 31, 2015

NSO Teddy Bear Concert
Violins and Trombones and Bears, Oh My!

Back by popular demand! A delicate violin and a brassy trombone... playing together?! How can two instruments that are so different fit into one piece of music? Find out in this show from NSO violinist Marissa Regni, the "mother" of the Teddy Bear Concerts. Joined by NSO trombonist Barry Hearn, musical compatibility is put to the test in a program that moves between classical and popular music with some ragtime and Spanish tunes thrown into the mix. As it turns out, we can be as different as trombones and violins, and still play together in harmony! What's more, these performances also feature the unique sounds of a garden hose and funnel horn, a grownup violin as well as a baby one, and trombones in three different sizes! For ages 3 to 5.

Performance Timing: 45 minutes, with no intermission.
 
Kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal to these interactive programs and have their teddy bear friend join in all the fun! Lasting approximately 45 minutes, they're perfect for even the youngest music lovers in your family.

Come early for "Musical Playtime." Starting 45 minutes before each Teddy Bear Concert, enjoy music and movement activities especially designed for small children. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Let's Be Frank: The Songs of Frank Sinatra / Steven Reineke, conductor   (Pops Concert)

Jun. 5 - 6, 2015

Let's Be Frank: The Songs of Frank Sinatra
Steven Reineke, creator, arranger, and conductor

To celebrate the centennial year of Frank Sinatra's birth, Steven Reineke brings together his own Rat Pack of stellar entertainers to pay tribute to America's original idol! The stylish and sophisticated program created, arranged, and conducted by Reineke features a quartet of all-star vocalists hand-picked to make "Ol' Blue Eyes" proud: piano man Tony DeSare, "a lean baby Sinatra with burning brown eyes and flashing teeth" (The New York Times); the "truly charismatic" Ryan Silverman, "whose big voice and even bigger heart are a dreamy combination" (Playbill); "sensational" songstress Storm Large (The New York Times), renowned for her vibrant stage presence and lead vocals with Pink Martini; and the Vegas-vetted Frankie Moreno, who "just may be the second coming of the King" (Where Magazine). Don't miss these cool cats putting their unique spin on "My Way," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "New York, New York," and many other quintessential Sinatra hits in this final NSO Pops program of the season.


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

NSO at Wolf Trap: Emil de Cou, conductor / Back to the Future   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Fri., Jun. 19, 2015, 8:30 PM

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

Emil de Cou, conductor
Back to the Future

Power up the DeLorean and join Marty McFly and the National Symphony Orchestra as they take you Back to the Future with this beloved film projected in HD on the big screen with Alan Silvestri's expanded score performed live. Don't miss this exclusive North American premiere!

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: Andrew Litton, conductor / Emanuel Ax, piano   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Sun., Jun. 21, 2015, 8:15 PM

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

Andrew Litton, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

Andrew Litton leads the The National Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, the 1812 Overture, complete with cannon blasts, and his romantic fantasy overture to Romeo and Juliet, with internationally-acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax's "thoughtful, lyrical, lustrous" (The Washington Post) playing of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2..

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: Andy Einhorn, conductor / Audra McDonald   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Mon., Jun. 22, 2015, 8:15 PM

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

Andy Einhorn, conductor
Audra McDonald

Spend an enchanting evening with the six-time Tony and double Grammy-winning queen of Broadway praised as "one of the most consummate performers there is," (The Boston Globe) as she sings beloved show tunes and pop standards with the National Symphony Orchestra.

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: Shi-Yeon Sung, conductor / Sarah Chang, violin   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Sat., Jul. 11, 2015, 8:15 PM

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

Shi-Yeon Sung, conductor
Sarah Chang, violin

The world's most recognizable classical composition revered as "splendid beyond all measure" (E.T.A. Hoffmann) provides a dramatic finale to the Wolf Trap debut of an award-winning international violinist's performance of Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1.

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: Susie Benchasil Seiter, conductor / Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Sat., Jul. 18, 2015, 8:30 PM

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

Susie Benchasil Seiter, conductor
Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions 

Pokémon trainers, Wolf Trap chooses you! Journey through nearly 20 years of memorable Pokémon music from the popular franchise as the orchestra performs all-new arrangements live, with clips from the video games projected on huge screens.

$1 of each ticket goes to supporting National Symphony Orchestra education programs.

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: Daniele Callegari, conductor / Verdi's Aida in Concert   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Fri., Jul. 24, 2015, 8:15 PM

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

Daniele Callegari, conductor
Verdi's Aida in Concert
Wolf Trap Opera Alumni Artists

Venture into Ancient Egypt with the majestic music of Verdi's grand opera Aida, sung by Metropolitan Opera artists and Wolf Trap Opera alumni Michelle DeYoung, Marjorie Owens, Carl Tanner, and Scott Hendricks. Verdi's music takes center stage as the imprisoned slave girl Aida is caught between her love for Radamès and her duty to her father and country. This concert will not feature sets or costumes, but the entire score will be performed, as this exciting cast sings roles that they have performed at the Met and on other major stages.

Performance Timing: 2 hours, 45 minutes, including one intermission
Sung in Italian with English supertitles in-house

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 / Rufus Wainwright   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Fri., Jul. 31, 2015, 8:15 PM

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

Emil de Cou, conductor
Rufus Wainwright

Referred to by Elton John as "the greatest songwriter on the planet" and praised by The New York Times for his "genuine originality," this award-winning singer/songwriter pairs his poignant lyrics with the dynamic sounds of the National Symphony Orchestra.

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 / Star Trek   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Sat., Aug. 1, 2015, 8:30 PM

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

Emil de Cou, conductor
Star Trek

Boldly go where no one has gone before in J.J. Abrams's acclaimed Star Trek (2009), presented in HD on the big screen while the NSO performs Michael Giacchino's unforgettable score live!

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 Madama Butterfly   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Fri., Aug. 7, 2015, 8:15 PM

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

Grant Gershon, conductor
Puccini's
Madama Butterfly
Wolf Trap Opera Artists
The Choral Arts Society of Washington

Experience Puccini's heartbreaking masterpiece of passion, honor, and sacrifice with Wolf Trap Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra in this new staged and costumed production with custom video projections. Puccini's lush romantic music is infused with the exoticism of early 20th-century Japan as the young geisha Cio-Cio San gives up everything for the dashing American Lieutenant Pinkerton.

Performance Timing: 3 hours, including one intermission
Sung in Italian with English supertitles in-house


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 / The Music of John Williams   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Sat., Aug. 8, 2015, 8:15 PM

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

Emil de Cou, conductor
The Music of John Williams

From a galaxy far, far away to the edge of Neverland, John Williams' iconic scores have accompanied you on epic adventures--journey now with the NSO as they perform entrancing and exhilarating music by the most Oscar-nominated man alive, with songs from beloved films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Hook, and more.

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.

Past Events for this Season

Pink Martini & The von Trapps / Steven Reineke, conductor   (Pops Concert)

Sep. 11 - 13, 2014

Pink Martini & The von Trapps
Steven Reineke, conductor

If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, Pink Martini would be that band. One minute you're in a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, the next you're in a palazzo in Naples. Founded in 1994, this eclectic, genre-bending, multilingual ensemble picks up where it left off after its sold-out 2011 engagement with the NSO Pops to celebrate 20 years of sophisticated music making. With conductor Steven Reineke and The von Trapps--the great grandchildren of the family whose legacy inspired The Sound of Music--expect a cool vibe with a hint of a wild side when Pink Martini featuring China Forbes returns to continue its musical travelogue, performing favorite hits from the band's past two decades alongside material fresh from its collaborative new album, Dream a Little Dream. Says the Washington Post: "This is rich, hugely approachable music, utterly cosmopolitan yet utterly unpretentious. And it seems to speak to just about everybody...from grade-schoolers to grandmothers to the young and hip and beautiful."


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

NOTE: Members of Pink Martini and the von Trapps will sign various CDs in the Grand Foyer outside of the Concert Hall, following all performances, Thu., Sep. 11; Fri., Sep. 12; Sat., Sep. 13.

Season Opening Ball Concert: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Steven Reineke, conductor / Joshua Bell, violin / Kelli O'Hara, soprano   (Classical Concert)

Sun., Sep. 21, 2014, 7:00 PM

Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Steven Reineke , conductor
Joshua Bell , violin
Kelli O'Hara , soprano
BERNSTEIN
 Overture to Candide
SAINT-SAËNS
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
RAVEL
Tzigane
BERNSTEIN
"Glitter and be Gay" from Candide
FLAHERTY/AHRENS
"Something Beautiful"
KOSMA/MANILOW/MERCER/REINEKE
"Autumn Leaves"/"When October Goes"
MONNOT/GUGLIELMI/REINEKE
"La Vie en Rose"
RAVEL
 La Valse

Matthew Halls, conductor: Paul Jacobs, organ, plays Poulenc's Organ Concerto / Works by J.S. Bach & Mendelssohn   (Classical Concert)

Oct. 1 - 4, 2014

David Zinman, conductor: Angela Hewitt, piano, plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 / Works by R. Strauss & Schoenberg   (Classical Concert)

Oct. 9 - 11, 2014

Organ Recital: Jeremy Filsell, organ (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)   (Classical Concert)

Wed., Oct. 15, 2014, 8:00 PM

Jeremy Filsell , organ
JONGEN
Sonata Eroica, Op. 94
DUPRÉ
Évocation (poème symphonique) Op. 37
HAMPTON
"Everyone Dance" (1981)
RACHMANINOFF
 Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
(transcription Jeremy Filsell)

Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton / John Mauceri, conductor   (Pops Concert)

Oct. 23 - 25, 2014

Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton
John Mauceri, conductor

"INCREDIBLE... A raucous and unforgettable evening! The most exquisite Halloween gift conceivable... a hybrid vibe somewhere between a traditional symphonic performance, a rock concert, and a sporting event"
--L.A. Weekly

From his films Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, and Batman to The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, and Alice in Wonderland, no one knows how to combine weird and wonderful quite like two-time Academy Award–nominated director Tim Burton. And with his unforgettable scores, Grammy Award–winning composer Danny Elfman brings humor, drama, and pathos to these and other cinematic classics by his longtime collaborator. 

Just in time for Halloween, Grammy and Tony Award–winning conductor John Mauceri leads the NSO Pops, violinist Sandy Cameron, boy soprano Thomas Lynch, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington in this "thrilling" (The Evening Standard) multimedia concert of Elfman's "barbed and bouncy" (The Guardian) film music, already performed to sell-out crowds in London and Los Angeles. Brief scenes and visuals from some of Burton's films and original sketches, drawings, and storyboards will be projected above the orchestra to illuminate the collaborative relationship between music and storytelling.

Act 1
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Beetlejuice
Sleepy Hollow
Mars Attacks!
Big Fish
Batman/Batman Returns

Act 2
Planet of the Apes
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Dark Shadows
Frankenweenie
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
Edward Scissorhands
Alice in Wonderland

Performance Timing: Approximately 2-1/4 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

NSO Family Concert: Halloween Whodunit   (Family Concert)

Sun., Oct. 26, 2014

Ankush Kumar Bahl , conductor
Stephen Dumaine , tuba

Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor
Stephen Dumaine, tuba

There's a mystery in the Concert Hall on All Hallows' Eve! For this frightfully fun third chapter in the NSO's popular Spooktacular concert series, don your spookiest costumes and join all the ghoulishly attired musicians for a wickedly wacky, music-filled whodunit. When the NSO's Stephen Dumaine alerts the orchestra that his tuba has been stolen, NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl asks the audience to help them rewind time, follow the clues, lure out the "thief," and crack the case! 

Come early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." Then take your seats for spine-tingling classics--including Adam Glaser's March of the Little Goblins, the "Infernal Dance" from Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird, and Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique--plus new favorites like "Let It Go" from the smash animated movie Frozen, a special appearance by 13-year-old NSO Youth Fellow and tuba player Diego Stine, and plenty of Halloween surprises!

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission

Come early for Trick-or-Treating and our special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo" in the Atrium. An hour before each NSO Family Concert, young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they'll see played on the stage--from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Stay after the 4 p.m. concert for a Kids' Chat. Young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Midori, violin, plays Schumann's Violin Concerto / Symphonies by Mendelssohn & Mozart   (Classical Concert)

Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2014

NSO Kinderclassics: Musical Opposites   (Family Concert)

Sat., Nov. 1, 2014

NSO Kinderclassics
Musical Opposites

Back by popular demand! Sometimes you're left with two puzzle pieces that just don't seem to fit. But then with a little squinting and a lot of imagination, you find that they go together perfectly! The Kennedy String Quartet (violinists Holly Hamilton and Jane Bowyer Stewart, violist James Deighan, cellist David Teie) demonstrates many types of musical contrasts that work together, from the technical to the emotional. The four NSO musicians engage the audience as they explore such simple musical building blocks as high and low, loud and soft, fast and slow, arco and pizzicato. Then, playing excerpts by string quartet masters Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich, the quartet shows how composers use opposites to express a stunning variety of musical moods and emotions. For age 4 and up.

Performance Timing: 50 minutes, with no intermission

Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." Starting one hour before each Kinderkonzert, this hands-on activity in the Kennedy Center Hall of States gives children a chance to get up close with the instruments they'll see played on stage--from violins and trumpets to oboes and flutes. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Prokofiev's Sinfonia concertante / Symphonies by Brahms & Haydn   (Classical Concert)

Nov. 6 - 8, 2014

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps / Aaron Goldman, Principal Flute, plays Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2   (Classical Concert)

Nov. 13 - 15, 2014

Beyond the Score: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring--Savage or Sacred?   (Classical Concert)

Fri., Nov. 14, 2014, 8:00 PM

Ankush Kumar Bahl , conductor (beyond the score)
Christoph Eschenbach , conductor (full symphony)
Nigel Boon , narrator
Edward Christian , actor
Rick Foucheux , actor
Andrei Pidkivka , folk musician
STRAVINSKY
 Le Sacre du printemps

Rossen Milanov, conductor: Stravinsky's Firebird Suite / Garrick Ohlsson, piano, plays Busoni's Piano Concerto   (Classical Concert)

Nov. 20 - 22, 2014

Rossen Milanov , conductor
Garrick Ohlsson , piano
Washington Men's Camerata , frank albinder, music director
STRAVINSKY
 Suite from The Firebird
BUSONI
 Piano Concerto, Op. 39

An Evening with Sutton Foster / Steven Reineke, conductor   (Pops Concert)

Nov. 28 - 29, 2014

An Evening with Sutton Foster
Steven Reineke, conductor


She's "the musical theater dynamo with the long legs and cheery smile," says the Washington Post. And the New York Times raves: "her triple mastery of words, music, and moves is unmatched by any performer on Broadway at the moment." Famed for portraying the indomitable leading lady in the revival of Anything Goes--and for originating roles in such hit musicals as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek the Musical, and Young Frankenstein--two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster joins the NSO Pops over Thanksgiving weekend. Following her participation in last fall's Kennedy Center American Voices festival and her 2011 concert as part of Barbara Cook's Spotlight series, Foster now headlines her own Concert Hall program, in which she'll perform selections from her Broadway hits and more with special guest vocalists Joshua Henry and Megan McGinnis.

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

Note: After the NSO Pops concert Saturday, Nov. 29, Sutton Foster will sign various CDs and materials in the Grand Foyer outside of the Concert Hall.

Helmuth Rilling, conductor: All-J.S. Bach Program including the Concerto for Oboe, Violin, and Orchestra   (Classical Concert)

Dec. 4 - 6, 2014

Happy Holidays! with Cirque de la Symphonie / Steven Reineke, conductor   (Pops Concert)

Dec. 11 - 13, 2014

Happy Holidays! with Cirque de la Symphonie
Steven Reineke, conductor
Washington Master Chorale 
--Thomas Colohan, artistic director

 
Following its sold-out engagement last fall, Cirque de la Symphonie returns to the Concert Hall to spread holiday cheer to all who are near! With magic acts, acrobats, and everything in between, this nail-biting circus spectacle brings nonstop thrills to a festive NSO Pops program of seasonal favorites, including several fresh arrangements plus a live choir. Enjoy selections from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and Duke Ellington's The Nutcracker Suite along with "Ave Maria,""Sleigh Ride," "Deck the Halls," music by John Williams, and much more. Get ready for a holly jolly holiday--and some of the most unbelievable acts you've ever seen--in a whimsical winter extravaganza the San Francisco Examiner calls "dazzling and elegant if not death-defying!"

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

Handel's Messiah   (Classical Concert)

Dec. 18 - 21, 2014

Nicholas McGegan , conductor
Sherezade Panthaki , soprano
Jay Carter , countertenor
Thomas Cooley , tenor
Christopher Purves , baritone
The Washington Chorus , julian wachner, music director
HANDEL
 Messiah

Offsite Event: NSO in Your Neighborhood: Brookland to NoMa - Union Market   (Classical Concert)

Wed., Jan. 7, 2015, 7:00 PM

THIS FREE EVENT DOES NOT TAKE PLACE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER.

A FREE TICKET IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT.

Click here to register and for more information.

Seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 4 tickets per RSVP. Unclaimed seats will be released 15 minutes prior to the start of each performance. 

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Historic Union Market is not only home to more than 30 of the top artisanal food producers in the region, but above the marketplace it also boasts the distinctive event space Dock 5. Come early to dine, shop, and explore Union Market--and then enjoy NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan, Teri Lee, Carole Evans, and Jan Chong, violins; Mark Evans, cello; Charles Nilles, bass; and Joe Connell, percussion, as they bring their mix of rock ‘n' roll, blues/jazz, fiddling, and maybe even classical to this spacious urban venue. An arrival time of 6 p.m. is suggested; the performance begins at 7 p.m.

Offsite Event: NSO in Your Neighborhood: Brookland to NoMa - Echostage   (Classical Concert)

Fri., Jan. 9, 2015, 7:30 PM

THIS FREE EVENT DOES NOT TAKE PLACE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER.

A FREE TICKET IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT.

Click here to register and for more information.

Seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 4 tickets per RSVP. Unclaimed seats will be released 15 minutes prior to the start of each performance.

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Led by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, the NSO collaborates with three Washington artists at EchoStage, D.C.'s newest and largest nightlife concert venue. DJ Stylus, dubbed "The Vibe Conductor" by his fans, launches the action with his self-described "party rocking philosophy." Bach and Pachelbel then meet Christylez Bacon and Wytold. 

Christylez Bacon, a Grammy(r)-nominated musician "whose sound lives at the intersection of soul, hip-hop, and jazz" (Washington Post), and Wytold, performer extraordinaire on the electric six-stringed cello, also bring some of their original compositions to the NSO. 

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with DJ Stylus; the NSO and guests begin at 8:30 p.m.

PROGRAM:

·         Dvo?ák: Slavonic Dance No. 1
·         Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 (Movement II)
·         Christylez Bacon: X-2
·         Bach/Wytold: Bach Remix, themes from the Cello Suite No. 1, Prelude
·         Pachelbel/Christylez Bacon: It's the Beatbox, themes from Canon in D major
·         Prokofiev: "Dance of the Knights" from Romeo and Juliet
·         Wytold: My Regards
·         Christylez Bacon: Mambo Sauce
·         Bernstein: "Mambo" from West Side Story

Offsite Event: NSO in Your Neighborhood: Brookland to NoMa - McKinley Tech   (Classical Concert)

Sat., Jan. 10, 2015, 4:00 PM

THIS FREE EVENT DOES NOT TAKE PLACE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER.

A FREE TICKET IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT.

Click here to register and for more information.

Seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 4 tickets per RSVP. Unclaimed seats will be released 15 minutes prior to the start of each performance.

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From 3 to 4 p.m., kids of all ages can enjoy hands-on fun with our "Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." 

From 4 to 5 p.m., the NSO brings mirth, musical mastery, and more to a family program called "Exploring Extremes" created by NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl and Marissa Regni, principal second violin. 

·         Beethoven: Adagio--Allegro vivace (Mvt. 1) from Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60
·         Holst: "Mars" from The Planets
·         Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor
·         Mozart: Adagio-Allegro from String Quartet in C major, K. 465, "Dissonant"
·         Tchaikovsky: "Ave verum corpus" from Suite No. 4 in G major, Op. 61, "Mozartiana"
·         Haydn: Andante (Mvt. II) from Symphony No. 94 in G major, "Surprise"
·         Khachaturian: "Sabre Dance" from Gayaneh
·         Veracini: Allegro for Solo Violin
·         Strauss: An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64
·         Brahms: Adagio--Più andante--Allegro non troppo, ma con brio from Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
·         Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever

Offsite Event: NSO in Your Neighborhood: Brookland to NoMa - Catholic University   (Classical Concert)

Mon., Jan. 12, 2015, 7:30 PM

THIS FREE EVENT DOES NOT TAKE PLACE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER.

A FREE TICKET IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT.

Click here to register and for more information.

Seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 4 tickets per RSVP. Unclaimed seats will be released 15 minutes prior to the start of each performance.

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Music Director Christoph Eschenbach leads the NSO in a concert saluting Catholic University's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music on its 50th anniversary. The all-Mozart program includes the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Symphony No. 41 ("Jupiter"), plus Principal Flute Aaron Goldman is featured in Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2, with cadenzas by Lera Auerbach, commissioned by the NSO.

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Tzimon Barto, piano, plays Rihm's Piano Concerto / Works by Berlioz & Dvorák   (Classical Concert)

Jan. 15 - 17, 2015

Beyond the Score: Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique   (Classical Concert)

Fri., Jan. 16, 2015, 8:00 PM

Ankush Kumar Bahl , conductor (beyond the score)
Christoph Eschenbach , conductor (full symphony)
BERLIOZ
 Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Symphony No. 1 / Nurit Bar-Josef, Concertmaster, plays Sérénade mélancolique and Valse-Scherzo   (Classical Concert)

Jan. 22 - 24, 2015

Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Symphony No. 4 / Arabella Steinbacher, violin, plays the Violin Concerto   (Classical Concert)

Jan. 29 - 31, 2015

Organ Recital: Cameron Carpenter, organ (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)   (Classical Concert)

Wed., Feb. 4, 2015, 8:00 PM

Cameron Carpenter , organ

After launching the NSO's new organ recital series in October 2013, the imaginative and unconventional "classical organ rebel" (Washington Post) returns with improvisations and music by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Bach, and William Walton.

Performance Timing: TBA

Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Juraj Valcuha, conductor: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 / Works by Stravinsky & Bruch   (Classical Concert)

Feb. 5 - 7, 2015

NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Two Divas and a Bear!   (Family Concert)

Sat., Feb. 7, 2015

NSO Teddy Bear Concert
Two Divas and a Bear!

Back by popular demand! What happens when you bring together a concert violinist, an opera singer, and everyone's favorite stuffed animal? You get Two Divas and a Bear! Join NSO violinist Marissa Regni and soprano Kari Paludan as they explore the human voice. As it turns out, the violin has a voice, too! As you listen to Schubert's The Trout, Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, and Rossini's Two Cats, you'll discover that the strings of the violin are very similar to our very own vocal cords. For ages 3 to 5.

Performance Timing: 45 minutes, with no intermission.

Kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal to these interactive programs and have their teddy bear friend join in all the fun! Lasting approximately 45 minutes, they're perfect for even the youngest music lovers in your family.

Come early for "Musical Playtime." Starting 45 minutes before each Teddy Bear Concert, enjoy music and movement activities especially designed for small children. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Valentine's Day with Seth MacFarlane   (Pops Concert)

Sat., Feb. 14, 2015, 8:00 PM

Just announced! In a special, one-night-only concert, Family Guy funny man and Grammy-nominated artist Seth MacFarlane breaks out his smooth singing talents to celebrate the day of the year made just for romance. The Concert Hall audience will be zinging when Seth sings "I Met a Girl," "Face to Face," "Violets for Your Furs," and many more American Songbook standards with the NSO Pops led by Steven Reineke.

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

NSO Family Concert: Casey at the Bat   (Family Concert)

Sun., Feb. 15, 2015

Steven Reineke, composer and conductor
F.P. Santangelo, narrator

The NSO gears up for Spring Training with this fun program inspired by America's favorite pastime. Wear your team's jersey for this thrilling music program about teamwork. The highlight of the concert is Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke's beguiling baseball composition set to the famous poem Casey at the Bat, narrated by F.P. Santangelo, color analyst for the Washington Nationals on MASN and a former Major League Baseball player. Also on the program is the zany and virtuosic 4-violin version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" performed by NSO violinists Heather LeDoux Green, Holly Hamilton, Marissa Regni, and Jane Bowyer Stewart. Don't miss an exciting day of sports-themed music, jersey-wearing musicians and conductors, and more! For age 5 and up. 

Note (as of Nov. 20): The program for this concert has changed from The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.

New this season! The 2 p.m. performance is sensory-friendly.
Our 2 p.m. performance of Casey at the Bat is a sensory-friendly performance, designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. In fact, we hear from many of our families that sensory-friendly performances are a great opportunity to introduce the orchestra or the performing arts to young children who are new to these exciting experiences. (If you attend the 2 p.m. performance of Casey at the Bat and do not require these accommodations, your family is still very much welcome at the concert.)

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission

Come early for a Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo" in the lobbies of Opera House. Young concertgoers can get up close and hands-on with the instruments they'll see played on the stage--from violins, trumpets, and oboes to trombones and percussion. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Stay after the 4 p.m. concert for a Kids' Chat. Young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.

Young Soloists' Competition Finals 2015   (Classical Concert)

Sun., Feb. 15, 2015, 8:00 PM

NSO Young Soloists' Competition Finals - High School Division
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Concert Hall, 8:00 p.m.

See tomorrow's stars today in the NSO Young Soloists' Competition Finals, where high school musicians compete for a cash award and the chance to perform as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra. Each musician will perform individually, accompanied by a piano collaborator. 

2015 Finalists
Allison Park
, cello [George C. Marshall High School]
Brian Le, piano [Montgomery Blair High School]
Benjamin Aurele St. Pierre, tuba [Yorktown High School]
Mairéad Flory, cello [Homeschooled]
Tavifa Cojocari, violin [Herndon High School]
Emma Resmini, flute [Homeschooled & Curtis Institute]
Didi Park, cello [Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology]
Keiju Takehara, piano [Homeschooled] 

Please Note: The National Symphony Orchestra does not perform at this event.
Performance Timing: Approximately 2 hours, without intermission.

This is a FREE event, no tickets required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Matthias Pintscher, conductor: Karen Gomyo, violin, plays Pintscher's Mar'eh / Works by Fauré & Ravel   (Classical Concert)

Feb. 19 - 21, 2015

Matthias Pintscher , conductor
Karen Gomyo , violin
Washington Master Chorale , thomas colohan, artistic director
FAURE
 Pelléas et Mélisande, Suite, Op. 80
PINTSCHER
 Mar'eh
(U.S. Premiere)
RAVEL
 Daphnis et Chloé Complete Ballet

Herbert Blomstedt, conductor: All-Beethoven Program / Emanuel Ax, piano, plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3   (Classical Concert)

Feb. 26 - 28, 2015

Jesús López-Cobos, conductor: Fri. & Sat. - Juanita Lascarro, soprano (Colombia) & Javier Perianes, piano (Spain), Carminho, fadista (Portugal; Fri. only)   (Classical Concert)

Mar. 5 - 7, 2015

Jésus López-Cobos , conductor
Carminho , singer (thu. only)
Camané , singer (thu. only)
Juanita Lascarro , soprano (fri. & sat. only)
Javier Perianes , piano (fri. & sat. only)
TURINA
 Danzas fantásticas
(All Performances)
ALBÉNIZ
 Iberia
(arr. Arbós -- All Performances)
VARIOUS
 Fado from Portugal
(Thu., Mar. 5 only)
C. HALFFTER
Tiento del primer tono y batalla imperial
(Fri., Mar. 6 & Sat., Mar. 7 only)
FADO
Meu amor marinheiro
VILLA-LOBOS
 Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
(Fri., Mar. 6 & Sat., Mar. 7 only)
FALLA
 Noches en los jardines de España
(Fri., Mar. 6 & Sat., Mar. 7 only)

Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Lang Lang in recital (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)   (Classical Concert)

Sat., Mar. 7, 2015, 4:00 PM

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Four French Composers Inspired by Spain   (Classical Concert)

Mar. 12 - 14, 2015

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Mahler's Symphony No. 9   (Classical Concert)

Mar. 19 - 21, 2015