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Apr. 24 - 26, 2014 (Classical Concert) Osmo Vänskä, conductor / Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony, plus Sibelius and Aho

[Osmo Vänskä, conductor / Mendelssohn's

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Fri., Apr. 25, 2014, 8:00 PM (Classical Concert) Beyond the Score: Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4--Why Italy?

[<i>Beyond the Score: Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4--Why Italy?</i>.]

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Sat., May 3, 2014 (Family Concert) NSO Kinderclassics: Bears, Bears Everywhere!

[NSO Kinderclassics: <i>Bears, Bears Everywhere!</i>.]

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NSO Kinderclassic (formerly Kinderkonzert)
Bears, Bears Everywhere!
 
Back by popular demand and all grown up from a Teddy Bear Concert! It's a big bear world out there, and every sort of bear has its own look and growl. This concert takes a peek at these adorable creatures and the sounds of their homelands--music that's as unique as they are. With NSO musicians Elisabeth Adkins and Paula Akbar, violins; Lewis Lipnick, bassoon and contrabassoon; guest percussionist Joseph Connell; and storyteller Lynn-Jane Foreman, this performance assembles a wild combination of instruments to create music from around the world. Children will also be introduced to the theremin, an instrument used to create the crazy sounds in a lot of classic films.
 
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.


May 7 - 8, 2014 (Classical Concert) NEW MOVES: symphony + dance: Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Keigwin + Company / From Schuman to Bernstein

[<i>NEW MOVES: symphony + dance</i>: Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Keigwin + Company / From Schuman to Bernstein.]

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Thomas Wilkins , conductor
Sue Heineman , bassoon

SCHUMAN
New England Triptych
NEIKRUG
Bassoon Concerto
BERNSTEIN
 On The Town - Three Dance Episodes
BERNSTEIN
Suite from On the Waterfront

May 10 - 13, 2014 (Classical Concert) NEW MOVES: symphony + dance: Thomas Wilkins, conductor; New Ballet Ensemble / From Gershwin to Ellington

[<i>NEW MOVES: symphony + dance</i>: Thomas Wilkins, conductor; New Ballet Ensemble / From Gershwin to Ellington.]

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Thomas Wilkins , conductor
Jauvon Gilliam , timpani

GERSHWIN
Suite from Porgy and Bess
arr. Bennett
BARBER
Souvenirs
OLIVERIO
Timpani Concerto No. 1
ELLINGTON
Giggling Rapids
ELLINGTON
The King of the Magi
ELLINGTON
Martin Luther King
ELLINGTON
Harlem

May 11 - 24, 2014 (Family Concert) NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Two Divas and a Bear!

[NSO Teddy Bear Concert: <i>Two Divas and a Bear!</i>.]

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NSO Teddy Bear Concert
Two Divas and a Bear!
 
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.

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.

Note: The 11 a.m. performance on Sat., May 24 is Sensory-Friendly.

Sensory-Friendly Performances are designed to create a theater experience that is welcoming to all families with children on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.

Accommodations for these performances include:
* Lower volume and consistent sound levels (no jarring sounds);
* Lights remaining at a low level in the theater during the performance;
* A reduction of strobe lighting focused on the audience;
* An understanding that patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
* Short performance times, lasting 60-75 minutes with no intermission;
* Designated quiet areas within the theater;
* Space throughout the theater for standing and movement;
* Smaller crowds and a limited number of visitors at the Kennedy Center during the day and timing of the performance; and
* Trained Kennedy Center staff members who are inviting and accommodating to families' needs.

Families will also have access to resource materials to prepare for their visit. Please contact the Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 (voice/relay) or access@kennedy-center.org for more information.


May 16 - 17, 2014 (Classical Concert) NEW MOVES: symphony + dance: Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Jessica Lang Dance; with Leila Josefowicz, violin / From Adams to Copland

[<i>NEW MOVES: symphony + dance</i>: Thomas Wilkins, conductor; Jessica Lang Dance; with Leila Josefowicz, violin / From Adams to Copland.]

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Thomas Wilkins , conductor
Leila Josefowicz , violin

DAUGHERTY
Red Cape Tango
WALKER
Sinfonia No. 4
COPLAND
 Appalachian Spring (Suite from the ballet)
ADAMS
Violin Concerto

Wed., May 21, 2014, 8:00 PM (Classical Concert) Organ Recital: Iveta Apkalna, organ: presented by the National Symphony Orchestra

[Organ Recital: Iveta Apkalna, organ: presented by the National Symphony Orchestra.]

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Rubenstein Family Organ Recital
Iveta Apkalna, organ

Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna is a leading performer steeped in the traditions of Eastern Europe. She has won numerous prizes, including the ECHO-Klassik prize of Instrumentalist of the Year for her world premiere recording of Jean Guillou's transcription of Prokofiev's Toccata. 

Please note: the National Symphony Orchestra does not perform in this presentation.

Performance Timing: Part One - 45 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Part Two - 45 min.


May 30 - 31, 2014 (Pops Concert) Rajaton: The Music of ABBA / Steven Reineke, conductor

[Rajaton: <i>The Music of ABBA</i> / Steven Reineke, conductor.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor
Rajaton , guest artist

Their name means "boundless" in their native Finland, and that's exactly how this acclaimed a cappella sextet approaches their music! Rajaton's infectious energy and singing style have made them a bona fide pop phenomenon on the world stage--and now they descend upon Washington to pay tribute to another Scandinavian supergroup with the music of ABBA. They'll have everyone up on their feet for electrifying versions of "Dancing Queen," "Mamma Mia," "Take a Chance on Me," and other beloved ABBA hits, all specially arranged for full orchestra. After this "dazzling show of invention and great vocals" (The Toronto Star), audiences will definitely be saying "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" more Rajaton!

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

NOTE: The ensemble Rajaton will sign CDs post-concert in the Concert Hall Foyer following the NSO Pops performances on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31.
 


Sun., Jun. 1, 2014 (Family Concert) NSO Family Concert: Mozart's Magnificent Voyage

[NSO Family Concert: <i>Mozart's Magnificent Voyage</i>.]

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Mozart's Magnificent Voyage
Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor
Classical Kids Live!
 
Mozart's young son Karl longs to leave boarding school and spend more time with his famous father. When he stumbles upon a magic traveling trunk, his wish comes unexpectedly true as he's swept back in time to Mozart's childhood and great opera The Magic Flute! Through his mesmerizing journey, Karl learns of his father's time as a traveling prodigy, his pressures from family and fame, his passion for composing, and the common bonds they both share. Two actors recreate historical incidents from Mozart's life while the NSO weaves together 23 excerpts from the master's music, including themes from The Magic Flute and other operas The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, along with some of his most important and engaging works like Ave Verum, Symphony No. 1, Clarinet Quintet, and Eine kleine Nachtmusik.
 
For age 5 and up.

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission

Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." 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--in the Kennedy Center Atrium. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Stay after the 3 p.m. concerts for a Kids' Chat. Following the 3 p.m. concert, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.


Jun. 5 - 7, 2014 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique" plus Nicola Benedetti, violin, & Leonard Elschenbroich, cello, play Brahms's Double Concerto

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Tchaikovsky's

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Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Nicola Benedetti , violin
Leonard Elschenbroich , cello

BRAHMS
Double Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY
 Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Pathétique, Op. 74

Jun. 12 - 14, 2014 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Bruckner's Symphony No. 8

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Bruckner's Symphony No. 8.]

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Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
University of Maryland Chamber Singers , edward maclary, music director

BRUCKNER
Four Motets - Locus iste; Christus factus est; Virga Jesse; Ave Maria
BRUCKNER
Symphony No. 8

Fri., Jun. 20, 2014, 8:30 PM (NSO at Wolf Trap) NSO at Wolf Trap: Emil de Cou, conductor / Pixar in Concert

[NSO at Wolf Trap: Emil de Cou, conductor / <i>Pixar in Concert</i>.]

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

Emil de Cou, conductor

From the Toy Story trilogy to The Incredibles and UP, Pixar has had a dramatic impact on filmmaking and given audiences of all ages some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. Now, for the first time, at Wolf Trap, the NSO performs Pixar in Concert, with visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each Disney/Pixar movie.

For further information about the program, performance timing, and 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.


Jun. 27 - 28, 2014 (Pops Concert) The Midtown Men / Steven Reineke, conductor

[The Midtown Men / Steven Reineke, conductor.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor
The Midtown Men , guest artists

They took Broadway by storm in the mega-hit musical Jersey Boys, and now four stars from the original show reunite for a one-of-a-kind concert experience! In this celebration of music that defined the 1960s, The Midtown Men put a new twist on iconic songs by The Beatles, The Drifters, and The Four Seasons, plus Motown favorites and more. Don't miss all the top-shelf choreography, smooth harmonies, and magnetic onstage chemistry of these sensational entertainers. "Authenticity is the core of this musical brotherhood," says the New York Daily News. "The Midtown Men sound as crisp as their Rat Pack–inspired suits!"

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


Thu., Jul. 10, 2014, 8:15 PM (NSO at Wolf Trap) NSO at Wolf Trap: Steven Reineke, conductor / Matthew Morrison

[NSO at Wolf Trap: Steven Reineke, conductor / Matthew Morrison.]

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

Steven Reineke, conductor
Matthew Morrison

Emmy, Tony, and Golden-Globe nominated Matthew Morrison is best known for playing Link in Hairspray on Broadway and Will Schuester on the television show Glee, a role that won him a Screen Actors Guild Award. He just released Where it all Began (2013), a collection of timeless covers. NSO Principal Pops conductor Steven Reineke leads Morrison in a program of romantic standards and hits from musicals.

For further information about the program, performance timing, and 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.


Jul. 11 - 12, 2014 (NSO at Wolf Trap) NSO at Wolf Trap: Emil de Cou, conductor / Disney Fantasia Live in Concert

[NSO at Wolf Trap: Emil de Cou, conductor / <i>Disney Fantasia Live in Concert</i>.]

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

Emil de Cou, conductor

Disney's groundbreaking marriage of symphonic music and animation, Fantasia, comes to Wolf Trap. Repertoire from the original 1940 version and Fantasia 2000, including excerpts from Beethoven's Symphonies No. 5 and No. 6 ("Pastoral"), Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Dukas will be performed by the NSO while Disney's stunning footage is shown on the big screen. Experience iconic moments and childhood favorites!  

For further information about the program, performance timing, and 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.


Fri., Jul. 18, 2014, 8:15 PM (NSO at Wolf Trap) NSO at Wolf Trap: Andrew Litton, conductor / Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

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

Andrew Litton, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Jean-Yves Thibaudet is often described as one of the finest pianists in the world, and he brings his artistry and stylish playing to the jazz-influenced Piano Concerto in G major of Maurice Ravel. Ravel, who had recently toured America, said that "the most captivating part of jazz is its rich and diverting rhythm." Andrew Litton--whose relationship with the National Symphony goes back to 1982--will open the program with Rossini's Overture to William Tell. If the Ravel Concerto contains a veneer of Americana from Ravel's travels, the Overture to William Tell does also, but not one Rossini ever intended. Appropriated by the television series The Lone Ranger, the trumpet fanfare from the Overture's finale evokes the Wild West. The second half of the program is devoted to Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.        

For further information about the program, performance timing, and 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.


Sat., Jul. 19, 2014, 8:30 PM (NSO at Wolf Trap) NSO at Wolf Trap: Emil de Cou, conductor / 2001: A Space Odyssey

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

Emil de Cou, conductor
2001: A Space Odyssey

Journey through time and space with Stanley Kubrick's Oscar-winning sci-fi epic played on huge screens, while its breathtaking score featuring the music of Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss, Jr., and György Ligeti is performed by the National Symphony Orchestra.

For further information about the program, performance timing, and 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.


Fri., Jul. 25, 2014, 8:15 PM (NSO at Wolf Trap) NSO at Wolf Trap: Grant Gershon, conductor / Carmen

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

Carmen
Wolf Trap Opera Company
Grant Gershon
, conductor

With its bullfighters, soldiers, smugglers, Gypsies, and, above all, the alluring protagonist, Bizet's Carmen is one of the most beloved of all operas. The National Symphony will perform with the Wolf Trap Opera Company.         

For further information about the program, performance timing, and 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.


Fri., Aug. 1, 2014, 8:15 PM (NSO at Wolf Trap) NSO at Wolf Trap: Vince Mendoza, conductor / Mary Chapin Carpenter: Songs From The Movie

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

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Songs From The Movie
Vince Mendoza
, conductor

Over the course of her career, Mary Chapin Carpenter has recorded 13 albums and sold over 13 million records. The five-time Grammy Award(r)-winner will join the National Symphony Orchestra for an evening of songs from her debut orchestral record, Songs From The Movie. Arranged by six-time Grammy Award(r) winner Vince Mendoza, who also conducts the program, the album harkens to Carpenter's love of classic film and symphonic music. The album features new interpretations of ten beloved songs by Carpenter, including "Come On Come On," "On And On It Goes," "I Am A Town," and "Goodnight America."       

For further information about the program, performance timing, and 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

Sep. 19 - 22, 2013 (Pops Concert) Cirque de la Symphonie / Steven Reineke, conductor

[Cirque de la Symphonie / Steven Reineke, conductor.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor
SHOSTAKOVICH
 Festive Overture, Op. 96
KHACHATURIAN
Suite No. 1 from Gayaneh
Dance of Ayshe
MARQUEZ
Danzón No. 2
BERNSTEIN
 Overture to Candide
KHACHATURIAN
"Lesginka" from Gayaneh
RESPIGHI
La boutique fantasque
Tarantella (arr. Sargent)
DE FALLA
Spanish Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve
SAINT-SAËNS
"Bacchanale" from Samson et Dalila, Op. 47
SMETANA
Dance of the Comedians from The Bartered Bride
WAGNER
"The Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walküre
DE FALLA
"Ritual Fire Dance" from El amor brujo
DELIBES
Cortège de Bacchus from Sylvia

Thu., Sep. 26, 2013, 8:00 PM (Pops Concert) Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday Celebration with the Wayne Shorter Quartet and special guest Esperanza Spalding / Vince Mendoza, conductor

[<i>Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday Celebration</i> with the Wayne Shorter Quartet and special guest Esperanza Spalding / Vince Mendoza, conductor.]

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"A true musical giant" (Los Angeles Times), multiple Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer, and NEA Jazz Master Wayne Shorter celebrates turning 80 with guest conductor Vince Mendoza, the NSO Pops, Shorter's own quartet--featuring pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade--plus Grammy-winning vocalist Esperanza Spalding, one of the jazz world's hottest new stars. Their inspiring program features the D.C. premiere of the NSO co-commissioned Gaia, "a masterful piece of work and one for the books--an orchestral jazz opus" (JazzTimes).

Performance Timing: Approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.

 


Sun., Sep. 29, 2013, 7:00 PM (Classical Concert) Season Opening Ball Concert: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Cameron Carpenter, organ

[Season Opening Ball Concert: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Cameron Carpenter, organ.]

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Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Yo-Yo Ma , cello
Cameron Carpenter , organ
TCHAIKOVSKY
Romeo and Juliet
TCHAIKOVSKY
 Rococo Variations
BIZET
Carmen Suite No. 2
SAINT-SAËNS
Movement 4 from Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78, "Organ Symphony"

Oct. 3 - 5, 2013 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Saint-Saëns's "Organ Symphony," plus the world premiere of Roger Reynolds's george WASHINGTON

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Oct. 5 - 6, 2013 (Family Concert) NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Teddy and the Ten Hats

[NSO Teddy Bear Concert: <i>Teddy and the Ten Hats</i>.]

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NSO Teddy Bear Concert
The Tale of Teddy and the Ten Hats
 
Back by popular demand! Little children love dress-up as much as these playful musicians spinning a story about a teddy bear whose zany collection of hats represents a wide variety of music, from Haydn to Sousa and beyond. Presented by NSO musicians Carole Bean, flute; William Wielgus, oboe; and Janet Frank, cello; this program actively engages children as listeners in an atmosphere of fun. For ages 3 to 5.

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.

Note: The 11 a.m. performance on Sat., October 5 is Sensory-Friendly.

Sensory-Friendly Performances are designed to create a theater experience that is welcoming to all families with children on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.

Accommodations for these performances include:
* Lower volume and consistent sound levels (no jarring sounds);
* Lights remaining at a low level in the theater during the performance;
* A reduction of strobe lighting focused on the audience;
* An understanding that patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
* Short performance times, lasting 60-75 minutes with no intermission;
* Designated quiet areas within the theater;
* Space throughout the theater for standing and movement;
* Smaller crowds and a limited number of visitors at the Kennedy Center during the day and timing of the performance; and
* Trained Kennedy Center staff members who are inviting and accommodating to families' needs.

Families will also have access to resource materials to prepare for their visit. Please contact the Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 (voice/relay) or access@kennedy-center.org for more information.


Oct. 10 - 12, 2013 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Celebrating Wagner at 200: Act III of Parsifal, in concert

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Celebrating Wagner at 200: Act III of <i>Parsifal</i>, in concert.]

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Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Nikolai Schukoff , parsifal
Thomas Hampson , amfortas
Yuri Vorobiev , gurnemanz
The Washington Chorus , julian wachner, music director
WAGNER
 Parsifal, Act III

Wed., Oct. 16, 2013, 8:00 PM (Classical Concert) Organ Recital: Cameron Carpenter, organ: presented by the National Symphony Orchestra

[Organ Recital: Cameron Carpenter, organ: presented by the National Symphony Orchestra.]

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Rubenstein Family Organ Recital
Cameron Carpenter, organ

The first organist ever nominated for a Grammy for a solo album (2009), Cameron Carpenter's virtuosity, technique, and musicianship have won praise around the globe, and he is renowned for obliterating the boundaries between musical genres. His repertoire--in addition to the staples of organ music--includes jazz, pop, his own compositions, and more than 100 transcriptions of non-organ works. 

In the Concert Hall, the imaginative and unconventional organist follows his "brilliant... glorious" (The Washington Post) performance at last month's NSO Season Opening Ball Concert with a thrilling solo program featuring some of Carpenter's own organ transcriptions. At the concert, you'll also be the first to hear the world premiere of one of his own compositions--a work he's called "epic and extremely difficult" and soon to be recorded for his first Sony album, due next spring. 

Full program:
 
J.S. Bach: Trio Sonata No. 6
Mozart: Sonata in D Major
Scriabin: Sonata No. 4
Tchaikovsky: Scherzo from Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique"
Dupré: Variations on a Noël
Carpenter: Music for an Imaginary Film (2013) (world premiere)

Please note: the National Symphony Orchestra does not perform in this presentation.

Performance Timing: Part One - 45 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Part Two - 45 min.


Sat., Oct. 19, 2013, 2:00 PM (Classical Concert) Young People's Concert at THEARC

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NOTE: This event does NOT take place at the Kennedy Center.

NSO IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD--AT THEARC

National Symphony Orchestra
Young People's Concert
Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 2 p.m.
THEARC Theater (1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Washington, DC)

Listen Up! Music is a Language
Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor
Nick Kendall, violin & host

Listen Up! Music is a Language
is a full orchestra concert that explores how music inspires the imagination and speaks to us in various ways. The concert will touch upon the unique qualities music has as a language to energize us, to describe complex emotions, tell us stories, and connect us to each other. Join the NSO in this live concert experience that shows how music is our first language!

Performance Timing: 60 minutes, with no intermission

This is a FREE event open to the general public, however space is limited. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

One hour prior to the concert, join us for the "Instrument Petting Zoo," a project of the Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra.


Oct. 25 - 26, 2013 (Pops Concert) Michael Cavanaugh: The Songs of Elton John and More / Steven Reineke, conductor

[Michael Cavanaugh: <i>The Songs of Elton John and More</i> / Steven Reineke, conductor.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor
Michael Cavanaugh , vocalist

Watch the video trailer featuring an interview with Prinicpal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke!

Plus, watch him reveal (and play) his favorite Elton John song.

He's been dubbed "the new voice of the American rock and roll songbook" (Billboard Magazine). Now, charismatic vocalist, piano man, and actor Michael Cavanaugh--the Tony- and Grammy–nominated star of Broadway's Movin' Out featuring the music of Billy Joel--returns to the NSO Pops to pay tribute to another great piano legend: Sir Elton John. Cavanaugh is certain to bring down the house with his acclaimed renditions of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Benny and the Jets," "Rocket Man," "Crocodile Rock," "Candle in the Wind," and more--plus several other rock and roll classics and a few special surprises!

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


Sun., Oct. 27, 2013 (Family Concert) NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular: The Sequel!

[NSO Family Concert: <i>Halloween Spooktacular: The Sequel!</i>.]

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Halloween Spooktacular: The Sequel!
Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor
 
When is it ever cool to "boo" the orchestra? On Halloween, of course! But watch out, because at this frightfully fun follow-up to the NSO's popular Halloween Spooktacular program, ghoulishly attired musicians might "BOO" you from behind their instruments in return! Don your spookiest 'ween wear and come early for pre-concert trick-or-treating plus a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." Then take your seats for a "spirited" performance as an incognito Ankush Kumar Bahl conducts a new round of goosebump-inducing favorites including the Toccata and Fugue in D minor--J.S. Bach's most famous organ piece--featuring the Concert Hall's new Rubenstein Family Organ, the "Ritual Fire Dance" from Manuel de Falla's ballet score El amor brujo ("Love, the Magician"), "Anitra's Dance" from Edvard Grieg's music for the play Peer Gynt, and a selection from John Williams's score for the Harry Potter films.  
 
For age 5 and up.

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission

Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." 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--in the Kennedy Center Atrium. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Stay after the 3 p.m. concerts for a Kids' Chat. Following the 3 p.m. concert, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.


Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2013 (Classical Concert) Kristjan Järvi, conductor / Jennifer Koh, violin, plays Barber

[Kristjan Järvi, conductor / Jennifer Koh, violin, plays Barber.]

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Nov. 7 - 9, 2013 (Classical Concert) John Storgårds, conductor / Sol Gabetta, cello, plays Shostakovich

[John Storgårds, conductor / Sol Gabetta, cello, plays Shostakovich.]

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Nov. 14 - 16, 2013 (Classical Concert) Neeme Järvi, conductor / Alice Sara Ott, piano, plays Liszt

[Neeme Järvi, conductor / Alice Sara Ott, piano, plays Liszt.]

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Sat., Nov. 23, 2013, 8:00 PM (Classical Concert) American Voices Concert with the National Symphony Orchestra: Steven Reineke, conductor / Renée Fleming, host

[<i>American Voices</i> Concert with the National Symphony Orchestra: Steven Reineke, conductor / Renée Fleming, host.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor
Renée Fleming , host
Sara Bareilles
Kim Burrell
Kurt Elling
Ben Folds
Sutton Foster
Josh Groban
Alison Krauss
Norm Lewis
Eric Owens
Dianne Reeves

Hosted by legendary soprano Renée Fleming and conducted by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, the cornerstone concert of American Voices, her Kennedy Center festival celebrating the past, present, and future of singing in America, features special guest vocalists from a variety of musical genres including Broadway sensations Sutton Foster and Norm Lewis, jazz veterans Dianne Reeves and Kurt Elling, gospel diva Kim Burrell, pop stars Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, singer/songwriter Ben Folds, country/bluegrass star Alison Krauss, opera singer Eric Owens, and others to be announced!

Performance Timing:  TBA

American Voices Festival Package
The three-day festival includes the American Voices Concert, the six Vocal Master Sessions, plus expert symposia, networking opportunities, and more. Register online or call the Subscription Office at (202) 416-8500, M-F, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Nov. 29 - 30, 2013 (Pops Concert) An Evening with Matthew Morrison / Steven Reineke, conductor

[<i>An Evening with Matthew Morrison</i> / Steven Reineke, conductor.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor
Matthew Morrison , vocalist

From his role as perpetually optimistic teacher Will Schuester on TV's Glee, to his star turns in Broadway's Hairspray and South Pacific, Emmy, Golden Globe, and Tony Award nominee Matthew Morrison seems virtually unstoppable. A genuine "quintuple threat"--actor, dancer, singer, songwriter, and musician--Morrison joins the NSO Pops over Thanksgiving weekend to perform his own compositions along with selections from his upcoming album Where It All Began. He'll put his own personal stamp on such standards as "Singin' in the Rain," "Send in the Clowns," "As Long as She Needs Me," "It Don't Mean a Thing," "The Lady Is a Tramp," and many more.

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


Dec. 5 - 7, 2013 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Nurit Bar-Josef, concertmaster, plays Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 / Brahms's Symphony No. 1

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Nurit Bar-Josef, concertmaster, plays Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 / Brahms's Symphony No. 1.]

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Dec. 12 - 14, 2013 (Pops Concert) Happy Holidays! with Brian Stokes Mitchell / Steven Reineke, conductor

[<i>Happy Holidays!</i> with Brian Stokes Mitchell / Steven Reineke, conductor.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor
Brian Stokes Mitchell , vocalist

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With his "singularly thunderous baritone" (The New York Times), Tony Award winner and Kennedy Center favorite Brian Stokes Mitchell headlines this annual NSO Pops tradition! The spirit of the season is yours to enjoy in an evening of joyful song led by the versatile Stokes, who's equally at home singing and dancing in blockbuster musicals (Kiss Me, Kate; Man of La Mancha; Sweeney Todd) or crooning a jazzy standard in his one-man cabaret act. And since it's the holidays, be on the lookout for festive decorations, a visit from Jolly Ol' Saint Nick, and even some snowflakes in the Concert Hall!

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


Dec. 19 - 22, 2013 (Classical Concert) Handel's Messiah

[Handel's <i>Messiah</i>.]

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Rossen Milanov , conductor
Leah Crocetto , soprano
Elizabeth DeShong , mezzo-soprano
Russell Thomas , tenor
Iain Paterson , bass-baritone
The Choral Arts Society of Washington
HANDEL
 Messiah

Jan. 7 - 13, 2014 (Classical Concert) NSO In Your Neighborhood 2014

[Kennedy Center Logo..]

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NOTE: This schedule of events does NOT take place at the Kennedy Center.

NSO In Your Neighborhood 2014
Tuesday - Monday, January 7-13, 2014
Venues throughout Capitol Hill and H Street, NE


The National Symphony Orchestra makes Capitol Hill and H Street, NE, the focus of its free community engagement activities in January 2014. Between January 7 and 13, members of the NSO will break into small ensembles to perform chamber music and educational activities as requested by more than 20 community organizations.

Visit the NSO In Your Neighborhood minisite for more information and a complete schedule of the week's events.

 
 


Sat., Jan. 11, 2014 (Family Concert) NSO Kinderclassics: Presto! The Case of the Vanishing Viola

[NSO Kinderclassics: <i>Presto! The Case of the Vanishing Viola</i>.]

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NSO Kinderclassic (formerly Kinderkonzert)
Presto! The Case of the Vanishing Viola
 
Oh no, a musician's viola has been stolen! Could the culprit be the magician next door? With the guidance of Presto!--a talented string trio composed of violinist Karen Lowry-Tucker and violist Elizabeth Pulju-Owen (both members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra) along with cellist/magician Drew Owen--you get to follow the clues to help our detective crack the case. Along the way, discover the secrets of string instruments and the music they play. Expect engaging stories, a wide range of classical styles, plenty of audience participation, and phenomenal feats of magic!
 
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.

Note: The 11 a.m. performance on Sat., January 11 is Sensory-Friendly.

Sensory-Friendly Performances are designed to create a theater experience that is welcoming to all families with children on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.

Accommodations for these performances include:
* Lower volume and consistent sound levels (no jarring sounds);
* Lights remaining at a low level in the theater during the performance;
* A reduction of strobe lighting focused on the audience;
* An understanding that patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
* Short performance times, lasting 60-75 minutes with no intermission;
* Designated quiet areas within the theater;
* Space throughout the theater for standing and movement;
* Smaller crowds and a limited number of visitors at the Kennedy Center during the day and timing of the performance; and
* Trained Kennedy Center staff members who are inviting and accommodating to families' needs.

Families will also have access to resource materials to prepare for their visit. Please contact the Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 (voice/relay) or access@kennedy-center.org for more information.


Jan. 16 - 18, 2014 (Classical Concert) Sir Mark Elder, conductor / Stephen Hough, piano, plays Liszt

[Sir Mark Elder, conductor / Stephen Hough, piano, plays Liszt.]

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Sun., Jan. 19, 2014 (Family Concert) NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: Music Matters

[NSO Ensemble Concert: <i>Connections: Music Matters</i>.]

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NSO Ensemble Concert
Connections: Music Matters
Yvonne Caruthers, cello and host
 
What do earthquakes, sports cars, and memories have in common? Did you immediately say "music"? If you didn't, you'll want to come to this new multimedia program to find out what's going on in research labs around the world. Cellist Yvonne Caruthers is joined by three of her NSO colleagues (Natasha Bogachek, violin; Eric Shin, percussion; and Stephen Dumaine, tuba) to take you deep into the world of music and illustrate why music matters--and how it makes you smarter!
 
For age 9 and up.

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission


Jan. 23 - 25, 2014 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Dvorák's "New World" Symphony, plus Mozart and an NSO premiere with Martin Grubinger, percussion

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Dvorák's

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Fri., Jan. 24, 2014, 8:00 PM (Classical Concert) Beyond the Score: Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 - Whose World?

[<i>Beyond the Score: Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 - Whose World?</i>.]

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Ankush Kumar Bahl , conductor (beyond the score)
Christoph Eschenbach , conductor (full symphony)
John Lescault , actor
Clark Young , actor
Vanessa Williams , gospel singer
Nigel Boon , narrator
DVORÁK
 Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World, Op. 95

Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2014 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Joshua Bell, violin, plays Mendelssohn; Matthias Goerne, baritone, & Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano, sing Hindemith

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Joshua Bell, violin, plays Mendelssohn; Matthias Goerne, baritone, & Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano, sing Hindemith.]

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Wed., Feb. 5, 2014, 8:00 PM (Classical Concert) Organ Recital: Paul Jacobs, organ: presented by the National Symphony Orchestra

[Organ Recital: Paul Jacobs, organ: presented by the National Symphony Orchestra.]

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VIERNE
 Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 14 - finale
BOULANGER
 Prelude in F minor
DURUFLÉ
 Suite Op. 5
MESSIAEN
 Le Dieu caché; La Présence Multipliée; Prière après la Communion from Livre du Saint Sacrement
GUILMANT
 Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 42

Rubenstein Family Organ Recital
Music of Paris
Paul Jacobs, organ

Grammy Award winner Paul Jacobs--"one of the most supremely gifted organists of his generation" (The Chicago Tribune)--unites technical skills of the first order with probing emotional artistry. Last year, he was a featured performer at the Grand Organ Festival in London's Westminster Cathedral. 

Please Note: the National Symphony Orchestra does not perform in this presentation.

Performance Timing: Approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.


Feb. 6 - 8, 2014 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Steven Isserlis, cello, plays Schumann

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Steven Isserlis, cello, plays Schumann.]

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Feb. 13 - 15, 2014 (Classical Concert) Cristian Macelaru, conductor / Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin, plays Dvorák and a D.C. premiere

[Cristian Macelaru, conductor / Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin, plays Dvorák and a D.C. premiere.]

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Sun., Feb. 23, 2014 (Family Concert) NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf

[NSO Family Concert: <i>Peter and the Wolf</i>.]

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PROKOFIEV
March and Scherzo from The Love for Three Oranges
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
The Lark Ascending
DEBUSSY
Three Movements from Children's Corner
orch. Caplet
PROKOFIEV
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67
(with Michael Boudewyns/Really Inventive Stuff)

Peter and the Wolf
Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor
Really Inventive Stuff
Michael Boudewyns, actor
Marissa Regni, violin
 
"Boys like me are not afraid of wolves!" says Peter defiantly to his grandfather. But when one actually wanders out of the woods, what will Peter do to save his animal friends? Prokofiev's timeless musical tale of boy vs. wolf comes roaring to life with the NSO and a vaudeville-inspired performance by actor Michael Boudewyns from theater ensemble Really Inventive Stuff. The orchestra portrays each character with different instruments--flutes flutter like a bird, clarinets stalk like a cat, and horns glare like a big hungry wolf. Meanwhile, the Richmond-Times Dispatch raves: "With the help of a feather duster, a purse, two toilet plungers, and other household items charmingly turned into ad-hoc puppets, Boudewyns acted out Peter's story across the stage. We were tickled!"
 
For age 5 and up.

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission

Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." 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--in the Kennedy Center Atrium. A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Stay after the 3 p.m. concerts for a Kids' Chat. Following the 3 p.m. concert, young audience members can ask questions and hear engaging stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the concert artists.


Feb. 27 - Mar. 1, 2014 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Beethoven's Symphonies 1 & 2 / Christian Tetzlaff, violin, plays a U.S. premiere

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Beethoven's Symphonies 1 & 2 / Christian Tetzlaff, violin, plays a U.S. premiere.]

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Mar. 8 - 9, 2014 (Family Concert) NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Imagination Duo

[NSO Teddy Bear Concert: <i>Imagination Duo</i>.]

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NSO Teddy Bear Concert
Imagination Duo
 
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.

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.


Sat., Mar. 8, 2014, 6:00 PM (Classical Concert) Der Rosenkavalier in concert with Renée Fleming / Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

[<i>Der Rosenkavalier</i> in concert with Renée Fleming / Christoph Eschenbach, conductor.]

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Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Renée Fleming , soprano (the marschallin, princess von werdenberg)
Stephanie Houtzeel , mezzo-soprano (octavian)
Marisol Montalvo , soprano (sophie von faninal)
Franz Hawlata , bass (baron ochs auf lerchenau)
Adrian Eröd , baritone (herr von faninal)
Steve Davislim , tenor (an italian singer)
STRAUSS
 Der Rosenkavalier

Mar. 13 - 15, 2014 (Classical Concert) Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor / Daniil Trifonov, piano, plays Rachmaninoff; Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano, sings Falla

[Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor / Daniil Trifonov, piano, plays Rachmaninoff; Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano, sings Falla.]

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Mar. 20 - 22, 2014 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Celebrating R. Strauss at 150 featuring Christine Goerke, soprano, and John Relyea, bass-baritone

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Celebrating R. Strauss at 150 featuring Christine Goerke, soprano, and John Relyea, bass-baritone.]

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Mar. 28 - 29, 2014 (Pops Concert) One Mic: NSO Pops: Nas with the 20th Anniversary Celebration of ILLMATIC / Steven Reineke, conductor

[<i>One Mic</i>: NSO Pops: Nas with the 20th Anniversary Celebration of <i>ILLMATIC</i> / Steven Reineke, conductor.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor
Nas , hip hop artist

The NSO Pops enter exciting new musical territory when they welcome Nas--actor, rapper, multi-platinum recording artist, and son of Harlem-based bandleader Olu Dara--to kick off the Kennedy Center festival One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide! Their program is a 20th anniversary symphonic celebration of Nas's debut album and instant classic Illmatic, "a densely textured, deeply lyrical portrait of life in Long Island City's Queensbridge projects" (The New York Times).

PLEASE NOTE: This concert contains explicit language.

Performance Timing: Approximately 80 minutes with NO intermission.  NOTE: There will be continuous late seating throughout the performance.


Apr. 10 - 12, 2014 (Classical Concert) James Conlon, conductor / Gil Shaham, violin, plays Korngold

[James Conlon, conductor / Gil Shaham, violin, plays Korngold.]

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Apr. 17 - 19, 2014 (Classical Concert) Cornelius Meister, conductor / Nikolai Lugansky, piano, plays Prokofiev

[Cornelius Meister, conductor / Nikolai Lugansky, piano, plays Prokofiev.]

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