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Sun., Sep. 25, 2011, 7:00 PM (Classical Concert) Season Opening Ball Concert

[Season Opening Ball Concert.]

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Sep. 29 - Oct. 1, 2011 (Classical Concert) Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor / Beethoven & Orff

[Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor / Beethoven & Orff.]

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Rafael de Burgos , conductor
Laura Claycomb , soprano
Nicholas Phan , tenor
Hugh Russell , baritone
The Choral Arts Society of Washington , (norman scribner, artistic director)
The Children’s Chorus of Washington , (joan gregoryk, artistic director)
BEETHOVEN
 Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
ORFF
 Carmina Burana

Oct. 6 - 9, 2011 (Classical Concert) John Storgårds, conductor / Gidon Kremer, violin, plays Sibelius

[John Storgårds, conductor / Gidon Kremer, violin, plays Sibelius.]

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Oct. 13 - 15, 2011 (Pops Concert) Some Enchanted Evening: The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein / Steven Reineke, conductor

[<i>Some Enchanted Evening: The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein</i> / Steven Reineke, conductor.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor
Rebecca Luker , soprano
Aaron Lazar , tenor
Rod Gilfry , baritone
The Washington Chorus

Together, Broadway legends Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II helped bring emotional music and meaningful lyrics to the musicals that lined the Great White Way. South Pacific, The Sound of Music, The King and I, Oklahoma!, and Carousel helped define a new era in the American theater experience. Now, the NSO Pops led by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke is joined by three-time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker (Mary Poppins), Drama Desk–nominated Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music), two-time Grammy-nominated Rod Gilfry (South Pacific National Tour), and The Washington Chorus to sing the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein--including classic hits such as "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "There is Nothing Like a Dame," "Surrey With the Fringe on Top," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Shall We Dance?," and many more.


Sun., Oct. 16, 2011 (Family Concert) NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf Live

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

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Mark Stephenson , conductor
Bobby Smith , narrator
Suzie Templeton
PROKOFIEV
Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Oct. 27 - 29, 2011 (Classical Concert) Lorin Maazel, conductor / Simon Trpčeski, piano, plays Grieg

[Lorin Maazel, conductor / Simon Trpčeski, piano, plays Grieg.]

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Lorin Maazel , conductor
Simon Trpčeski , piano
BERLIOZ
Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, Op. 23
GRIEG
 Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL
 Pictures at an Exhibition

Nov. 3 - 5, 2011 (Classical Concert) Oliver Knussen, conductor / Peter Serkin, piano, plays Messiaen & Benjamin

[Oliver Knussen, conductor / Peter Serkin, piano, plays Messiaen & Benjamin.]

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Sat., Nov. 5, 2011 (Family Concert) NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Tunes 'n' (Pig) Tales

[NSO Teddy Bear Concert: <i>Tunes 'n' (Pig) Tales</i>.]

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Music and stories go together like pieces of a puzzle--together they help create a better picture. Enjoy stories and music all about animals in this Teddy Bear Concert featuring The Three Pigs, Teddy Bear Rag, The Swan, and Baby Elephant Walk. Performed with a very unusual combination of instruments, NSO principal musicians Marissa Regni on violin and Dotian Levalier on harp join with Marissa's father Albert Regni on four different saxophones to give each animal its own unique voice. And as a "little" surprise, along with full-sized instruments, the musicians perform on their miniature counterparts--a toy piano, a sopranino saxophone, and a tiny violin! 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.


Nov. 10 - 12, 2011 (Classical Concert) Leonard Slatkin, conductor / Gautier Capuçon, cello, plays Saint-Saëns

[Leonard Slatkin, conductor / Gautier Capuçon, cello, plays Saint-Saëns.]

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Nov. 17 - 19, 2011 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Leonidas Kavakos, violin, plays Brahms

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Leonidas Kavakos, violin, plays Brahms.]

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Sat., Nov. 19, 2011 (Family Concert) NSO Kinderkonzert: Follow That Fiddle

[NSO Kinderkonzert: <i>Follow That Fiddle</i>.]

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NSO musician Glenn Donnellan has joined together two of his most unlikely likes: the violin and … baseball?? Yes! In this home-run performance, kids are introduced to the Electric Slugger™--a new electric violin that he custom made out of a Louisville Slugger(r) baseball bat. Playing a variety of violins from around the world, Donnellan brings together far-flung musical styles--from mystical Eastern music to American fiddling, Vivaldi to Van Halen--revealing the histories of these world instruments and the science of how a violin makes its music. For age 4 and up.

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.


Nov. 25 - 26, 2011 (Pops Concert) An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole with George Benson

[<i>An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole</i> with George Benson.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor
Randy Waldman , conductor
George Benson

Legendary entertainer Nat "King" Cole visited the households of America every week through his groundbreaking television program. Now the swing and charm of Nat come to the NSO Pops audience in this very special Thanksgiving weekend Pops event. Ten-time Grammy Award–winning guitarist and vocalist George Benson brings audiences the music that made Cole's show so special, including "Mona Lisa," "Route 66," "Looking Back," and "Nature Boy." Led by conductor Randy Waldman and new NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, the program also features Benson's own blistering hits as part of the Kennedy Center's Swing, Swing, Swing jazz festival.


Dec. 1 - 3, 2011 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Midori, violin, plays Britten

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Midori, violin, plays Britten.]

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Dec. 8 - 11, 2011 (Pops Concert) The Perfect Gift - The Canadian Tenors

[<i>The Perfect Gift</i> - The Canadian Tenors.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor
The Children’s Chorus of Washington , 

The holiday forecast from the NSO Pops and Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke calls for a strong front moving in from the Great White North, so brace for a blizzard of seasonally festive songs when The Canadian Tenors blow into town with The Perfect Gift. Enjoy your favorite Christmas and holiday tunes with Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray, Remigio Pereira, and Fraser Walters--four gifted young men who have dazzled the world with their diverse vocal styles and undeniable charm--as well as The Children's Chorus of Washington. They've performed on Oprah and alongside Celine Dion as well as for U.S. presidents and international heads of state. Now they welcome audiences to a winter wonderland as only our neighbors to the north can.

Artist signing: Following each of their Dec. 8?11 performances with the NSO Pops, The Canadian Tenors will sign copies of their CD The Perfect Gift outside the Concert Hall.


Dec. 15 - 18, 2011 (Classical Concert) Handel's Messiah

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

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Matthew Halls , conductor
Kiera Duffy , soprano
Jay Carter , counter-tenor
James Gilchrist , tenor
Tyler Duncan , bass-baritone
The University of Maryland Concert Choir , (edward maclary, director)
HANDEL
 Messiah

Sat., Dec. 31, 2011, 8:30 PM (Classical Concert) New Year's Eve at the Kennedy Center

[<i>New Year's Eve at the Kennedy Center</i>.]

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ENESCO
Excerpts from Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11, No. 1
SOUSA
"Stars and Stripes Forever," March
ROSSINI
Overture to  Semiramide
FALLA
The Three-Cornered Hat Suite No. 2
RODRIGO
Concierto de Aranjuez
BERNSTEIN
 Overture to Candide
STRAUSS (THE YOUNGER)
Voices of Spring
MASCAGNI
Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
TCHAIKOVSKY
 1812 Overture, Op. 49
STRAUSS (THE ELDER)
"Radetzky March"
SOUSA
"Hands Across the Sea," March
ELGAR
Pomp and Circumstance
TRADITIONAL
Auld Lang Syne
(words by Robert Burns)

New Year's Eve at The Kennedy Center
--Murry Sidlin, conductor
--with members of the National Symphony Orchestra
--and Pepe Romero, guitar
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Concert Hall, 8:30 p.m.

Ring in the New Year at a dazzling concert conducted by Murry Sidlin with members of the NSO and guest guitarist Pepe Romero playing a program featuring selections from Rossini, Enesco, DeFalla, Bernstein, Copland, Tchaikovsky, and others.

Patrons are then invited to the Grand Foyer Party. Welcome 2012 with waltzing to music performed by the Salon Orchestra of Washington and swing dancing to music by Full Swing in the Grand Foyer from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m.  There's a big balloon countdown at midnight.

Free for all patrons with any December 31 evening performance ticket or Roof Terrace Restaurant receipt from that evening.


Jan. 12 - 14, 2012 (Classical Concert) Hannu Lintu, conductor / Leila Josefowicz, violin, plays Mackey

[Hannu Lintu, conductor / Leila Josefowicz, violin, plays Mackey.]

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Hannu Lintu , conductor
Leila Josefowicz , violin
DEBUSSY
Preludes
orchestrated by Colin Matthews
MACKEY
Beautiful Passing
SIBELIUS
 Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82

Sat., Jan. 14, 2012 (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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What's a bear to wear when he has ten hats but only one head? The answer to that puzzle is in the music of this cute Teddy Bear Concert about a fuzzy fella with a zany collection of hats that represent a wide variety of music from Haydn to Sousa and beyond. Part dress-up party, part musical travelogue, kids can travel across styles and borders in these concerts presented by NSO musicians Aaron Goldman on flute, William Wielgus on oboe, and Janet Frank on cello. 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. 


Sun., Jan. 15, 2012 (Family Concert) NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: MORE Language and Music

[NSO Ensemble Concert: <i>Connections: MORE Language and Music</i>.]

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Language is one of the world's most perplexing puzzles. It can be different from country to country and even person to person. But musical works have a language that everyone can understand! Join NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers as she hosts a program linking music to the world of language, featuring two musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra and guest artists.
 
Connections: MORE Language and Music is a fast-paced, zany multimedia program where letters of the alphabet = musical notes; sentences = musical phrases; and poetic rhymes = musical rhythms. With a nod to modern freestyle poetry events, the performances end with an exciting re-enactment of a famous 19th century musical "slam." Don't miss it! For age 9 and up.


Jan. 19 - 21, 2012 (Classical Concert) James Gaffigan, conductor / Ingrid Fliter, piano, plays Schumann

[James Gaffigan, conductor / Ingrid Fliter, piano, plays Schumann.]

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Jan. 26 - 29, 2012 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Widmann, Mozart & Schubert

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Widmann, Mozart & Schubert.]

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Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Jörg Widmann , clarinet
Christa Schönfeldinger , glass harmonica
WIDMANN
 Armonica
MOZART
 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
SCHUBERT
 Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944 "The Great"

Feb. 2 - 4, 2012 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Strauss & Beethoven

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Strauss & Beethoven.]

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Feb. 9 - 11, 2012 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin, plays Shostakovich

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin, plays Shostakovich.]

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Feb. 16 - 19, 2012 (Classical Concert) Herbert Blomstedt, conductor / Beethoven & Strauss

[Herbert Blomstedt, conductor / Beethoven & Strauss.]

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Feb. 23 - 25, 2012 (Pops Concert) Cirque de la Symphonie / Michael Krajewski, conductor

[Cirque de la Symphonie / Michael Krajewski, conductor.]

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The high-flying fantasy of cirque soars over the Concert Hall as conductor Michael Krajewski and the NSO Pops welcome Cirque de la Symphonie. Music and magnificence combine in a performance that matches symphonic thrills from the likes of Khachaturian, Dvorák, and Tchaikovsky with heart-stopping circus acts by aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, and strongmen. Classical music gets the pizzazz it deserves in an act that the San Francisco Examiner calls "dazzling and elegant if not death-defying!"


Sun., Mar. 4, 2012 (Family Concert) NSO Family Concert: The Mozart Experience with Magic Circle Mime Company

[NSO Family Concert: <i>The Mozart Experience</i> with Magic Circle Mime Company.]

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See the life of Mozart come together--one piece at a time--when Magic Circle Mime Company rejoins the NSO to perform The Mozart Experience as part of The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna.

When a mischievous street musician is caught playing the orchestra's grand piano, she is surprised to not receive a scolding from the conductor, but instead an invitation to "be Mozart" in this program about one of the most famous composers of all time.  The street musician and her prankster companion must now confront dilemmas and opportunities similar to those faced by Mozart himself.  In doing so, the audience experiences Mozart's life as a very human story--as well as a great musical adventure!

This fun trip through Mozart's life and music features some of his best-known works, including Ah!  vous dirai-je Maman, The Magic Flute Overture, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Overture to Don Giovanni, and the "Jupiter" Symphony. For age 5 and up.
 
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.


Mar. 8 - 10, 2012 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Matthias Goerne, bass-baritone & Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano / Music of Bartók

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Matthias Goerne, bass-baritone & Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano / Music of Bartók.]

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Fri., Mar. 9, 2012, 8:00 PM (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Hungarian Dances

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Hungarian Dances.]

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Mar. 10 - 11, 2012 (Family Concert) NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Violins, and Trombones, and Bears, Oh, My!

[NSO Teddy Bear Concert: <i>Violins, and Trombones, and Bears, Oh, My!</i>.]

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A delicate violin and a brassy trombone… playing together?! How can those two different-shaped parts fit into one piece of music? Find out in this new show from NSO violinist Marissa Regni, the "mother" of the Teddy Bear Concerts, joined by 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.

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.


Mar. 15 - 17, 2012 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Beethoven: Fidelio

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Beethoven: <i>Fidelio</i>.]

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Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Melanie Diener , leonore
Simon O'Neill , florestan
Eric Halfvarson , rocco
Jegyung Yang , marzelline
Paul Appleby , jaquino
Tomasz Konieczny , don pizarro
Kyle Ketelsen , don fernando
Jeffrey Gwaltney , prisoner
Aleksey Bogdanov , prisoner
The Choral Arts Society of Washington , (norman scribner, artistic director)
BEETHOVEN
 Fidelio

Fri., Mar. 16, 2012, 1:30 PM (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Music by the Strauss Family

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Music by the Strauss Family.]

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Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
STRAUSS JR.
Overture to Die Fledermaus
STRAUSS JR.
Auf der Jagd (On the Hunt) Polka, Op. 373
STRAUSS JR.
Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring) Waltzes, Op. 410
STRAUSS
Pizzicato Polka
STRAUSS
Sphärenklänge (Music of the Spheres) Waltzes
STRAUSS JR.
Overture to Waldmeister
STRAUSS JR.
Annen Polka
STRAUSS JR.
Overture to Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice)
STRAUSS JR.
An der schönen blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Waltzes, Op. 314

Mar. 22 - 24, 2012 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Dvorák: Stabat Mater

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Dvorák: <i>Stabat Mater</i>.]

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Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Anne Schwanewilms , soprano
Nathalie Stutzmann , contralto
Steve Davislim , tenor
Burak Bilgili , bass
The Washington Chorus , (julian wachner, music director)
DVORÁK
 Stabat Mater, Op. 58

Mar. 29 - 31, 2012 (Pops Concert) Wayne Brady Sings the Sammys / Steven Reineke, conductor

[<i>Wayne Brady Sings the Sammys</i> / Steven Reineke, conductor.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor
Wayne Brady

No one can play a room quite like singer/comedian/improv artist extraordinaire Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway? and The Wayne Brady Show), but there were a couple of singers who helped pave his way in the entertainment biz… two guys named Sammy. From vaudeville to venerable Rat Pack Vegas legend, vocalist Sammy Davis Jr. cracked smiles and jokes with the best of them. Meanwhile Sam Cooke helped make soul and R&B the national sensations they remain today. Now Wayne Brady, with a little help from the NSO Pops and Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, pays tribute to the Sammys with a musical look back at their biggest hits and groundbreaking moves.


Sat., Mar. 31, 2012 (Family Concert) NSO Kinderkonzert: Musical Opposites

[NSO Kinderkonzert: <i>Musical Opposites</i>.]

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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! In this fast-paced program, the Kennedy String Quartet--violinists Holly Hamilton and Jane Bowyer Stewart, violist James Deighan, and 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. 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. The musical selections the quartet plays (as well as the instruments they play on!) range from centuries-old to brand-new. For age 4 and up.

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.


Apr. 5 - 7, 2012 (Classical Concert) Helmuth Rilling, conductor / Mendelssohn: Elijah

[Helmuth Rilling, conductor / Mendelssohn: <i>Elijah</i>.]

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Apr. 13 - 14, 2012 (Classical Concert) Sweet Honey In The Rock: Affirmations for a New World

[Sweet Honey In The Rock: <i>Affirmations for a New World</i>.]

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Thomas Wilkins , conductor
Sweet Honey in the Rock , 
Morgan State University Choir
BERNSTEIN
 Overture to Candide
TAYLOR
Danse Negre
HAILSTORK
Symphony No. 1 - 2nd Movement
ELLINGTON
Three Black Kings - 1. King of the Magi
STILL
Symphony No. 1 - IV. Aspirations
TCHAIKOVSKY
Symphony No. 4 - 4th movement
BANFIELD
Symphony No. 10 "Affirmations for a New World"

Apr. 19 - 21, 2012 (Classical Concert) Andrew Litton, conductor / Stephen Hough, piano, plays Rachmaninoff

[Andrew Litton, conductor / Stephen Hough, piano, plays Rachmaninoff.]

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May 3 - 4, 2012 (Pops Concert) Marvin Gaye's What's Going On with John Legend and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

[Marvin Gaye's <i>What's Going On</i> with John Legend and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor
John Legend
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

On May 1, 1972, R&B soul master Marvin Gaye made history performing his seminal album What's Going On in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. In honor of the album's 40th anniversary, the Kennedy Center and the NSO Pops will commemorate that legendary concert with a fresh look at Gaye's powerful recording from Grammy Award–winning artist John Legend and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. An R&B sensation in his own right, Legend will echo Marvin Gaye's inspirational lyrics while premier soul band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings fills the shoes of the original Funk Brothers.

What's Going On...NOW
Singer-songwriter John Legend joined the Kennedy Center to launch "What's Going On…NOW," a national arts and digital media campaign to inspire and engage youth while marking the 40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye's iconic album and his 1972 Kennedy Center performance. Using Marvin Gaye's music as a catalyst, the Kennedy Center's campaign asks: "How have things changed in the last 40 years? What's going on…now?" Young people can go to www.whatsgoingonnow.org and share their own creative perspectives on the similarities and differences between Marvin Gaye's "then" and their own "now." They can upload video, photos, poems, music--whatever art form inspires their own creative expression.


Sat., May 5, 2012 (Family Concert) NSO Kinderkonzert: Brass of Peace

[NSO Kinderkonzert: <i>Brass of Peace</i>.]

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Brass instruments make a BIG sound. When Brass of Peace takes the stage, kids might be surprised to see musicians not too much bigger than they are behind this powerful playing. But seeing is believing as this brass group comprised of 13 DC-area high school students perform pieces that just might blow the roof off the Family Theater. NSO hornist Sylvia Alimena conducts these concerts that bring together the city's finest young brass musicians to teach all about the instruments of the brass family and how they make music out of metal and wind. For age 4 and up.

Come early for the Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." Starting one hour before the 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 10 - 12, 2012 (Pops Concert) Big Bad Voodoo Daddy / Steven Reineke, conductor

[Big Bad Voodoo Daddy / Steven Reineke, conductor.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor

Dancing shoes shined? Check. Fedoras feathered? Check. Zoot suits zooted? Check! And we are cleared for takeoff into the upper stratosphere of swing with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy! The driving force behind a swing dance sensation in the mid-'90s, their hits like "You & Me and the Bottle Makes Three (Tonight)" and "Go Daddy-O" have passed into the classic American songbook. These hep cats are helping to keep swing music swinging, and with the NSO Pops at their back and Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke on the podium, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will have the Concert Hall flying.


Sun., May 13, 2012 (Family Concert) NSO Family Concert: Carnival of the Animals

[NSO Family Concert: <i>Carnival of the Animals</i>.]

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Tito Muñoz , conductor
Lisa Emenheiser , piano
Eileen Cornett , piano
Jennifer Waters , soprano
Sarah Mesko , mezzo-soprano
Jack Prelutsky , narrator

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Poetry and narration by Jack Prelutsky
Images by Mary GrandPré

Ready for a puzzling riddle? When does a piano hop like a kangaroo, a violin bray like a donkey, and a cello swim like a swan? In Carnival of the Animals, of course!
 
Beloved children's author and America's first children's poet laureate Jack Prelutsky takes the stage with the NSO for a musical and lyrical program built around Camille Saint-Saëns' classic Carnival of the Animals. With narrated poetry and an IMAG projected picture parade of the musical suite's 14 fantastic animals as illustrated by Mary GrandPré, this Carnival roars to life before kids' eyes. For age 5 and up.
 
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.


May 17 - 19, 2012 (Classical Concert) Andreas Delfs, conductor / Nelson Freire, piano, plays Brahms

[Andreas Delfs, conductor / Nelson Freire, piano, plays Brahms.]

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May 31 - Jun. 2, 2012 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Beethoven

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Beethoven.]

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Jun. 7 - 9, 2012 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo.]

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Fri., Jul. 6, 2012, 8:15 PM (NSO at Wolf Trap) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo.]

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Randall Craig Fleischer , conductor
Morgan James , vocals
LaKisha Jones , vocals
Rob Evan , vocals
Doug LaBrecque , vocals
The City Choir of Washington , robert shafer, artistic director

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia

Broadway ROCKS!
Randall Craig Fleischer, conductor
Rob Evan, Morgan James, LaKisha Jones & Doug LaBrecque, vocals
The City Choir of Washington

Four of Broadway's stars perform in an evening of Broadway showstoppers from Dreamgirls, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, and more.

For further information about the program, performance timing, and tickets, please call Wolf Trap TOLL FREE at 1-(877) WOLFTRAP or visit http://www.wolftrap.org/Filene_Center/NSO.aspx. 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. 7, 2012, 8:15 PM (NSO at Wolf Trap) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor
The Washington Chorus , julian wachner, music director
Alexandra Osborne , violin
Mark Evans , cello

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia

The Music of John Williams
Steven Reineke, conductor
The Washington Chorus

Experience the breathtaking music of John Williams, composer of the scores for such mega-hit films as Harry Potter, E.T., Star Wars, Jaws, and many more.
 
For further information about the program, performance timing, and tickets, please call Wolf Trap TOLL FREE at 1-(877) WOLFTRAP or visit http://www.wolftrap.org/Filene_Center/NSO.aspx. 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. 13, 2012, 8:15 PM (NSO at Wolf Trap) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo.]

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Marvin Hamlisch , conductor
Melissa Errico , vocalist
Kevin Cole , piano

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia

Marvin Hamlisch, conductor
Melissa Errico, vocalist
Kevin Cole, piano

Multi-award-winning conductor Marvin Hamlisch, Broadway sensation Melissa Errico, and "America's Pianist" Kevin Cole present an evening of George Gershwin showstoppers including An American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue, "Embraceable You" and more!

For further information about the program, performance timing, and tickets, please call Wolf Trap TOLL FREE at 1-(877) WOLFTRAP or visit http://www.wolftrap.org/Filene_Center/NSO.aspx. 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. 14, 2012, 8:30 PM (NSO at Wolf Trap) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo.]

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Emil de Cou , conductor

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia

The Wizard of Oz
Emil de Cou, conductor

Take a journey to Oz like you never have before, with the complete 1939 class shown on huge screens in-house and on the lawn, and the full score played live by the NSO.

For further information about the program, performance timing, and tickets, please call Wolf Trap TOLL FREE at 1-(877) WOLFTRAP or visit http://www.wolftrap.org/Filene_Center/NSO.aspx. 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.


Thu., Jul. 26, 2012, 8:30 PM (NSO at Wolf Trap) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo.]

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Eimear Noone , conductor

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia

The Legend of ZELDA: Symphony of the Goddesses
Eimear Noone, conductor

Twenty-five years of video game history unfolds, complete with a gorgeous and cinematic video presentation synced to ZELDA's sensational, thematic, and action-packed music played live by the NSO.
 
For further information about the program, performance timing, and tickets, please call Wolf Trap TOLL FREE at 1-(877) WOLFTRAP or visit http://www.wolftrap.org/Filene_Center/NSO.aspx. 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. 27, 2012, 8:30 PM (NSO at Wolf Trap) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo.]

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Emil de Cou , conductor
The Choral Arts Society of Washington , norman scribner, artistic director

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia

The Planets--An HD Odyssey
Emil de Cou, conductor
The Choral Arts Society of Washington

Experience a powerful performance of Gustav Holst's The Planets paired with an HD film from NASA's latest exploration of the solar system. On giant screens in-house and over the stage and the lawn, you'll see the latest stunning images from the Mars Rovers and past probe missions Magellan, Voyager, and Galileo as the National Symphony Orchestra performs Holst's glorious music.

For further information about the program, performance timing, and tickets, please call Wolf Trap TOLL FREE at 1-(877) WOLFTRAP or visit http://www.wolftrap.org/Filene_Center/NSO.aspx. 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. 28, 2012, 8:15 PM (NSO at Wolf Trap) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo.]

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Emil de Cou , conductor
Nicola Benedetti , violin
Corinne Winters , soprano
Margaret Gawrysiak , mezzo-soprano
Jason Slayden , tenor
Ryan Kuster , bass-baritone
The Washington Chorus , julian wachner, music director

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia

Beethoven's 9th
Emil de Cou, conductor
Nicola Benedetti, violin
Corinne Winters, soprano
Margaret Gawrysiak, mezzo-soprano
Jason Slayden, tenor
Ryan Kuster, bass-baritone
The Washington Chorus, Julian Wachner, music director

The NSO and soloists from Wolf Trap Opera Company perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, with its "Ode to Joy." Also on the program, rising star violinist Nicola Benedetti plays Bruch's Scottish Fantasy.
 
For further information about the program, performance timing, and tickets, please call Wolf Trap TOLL FREE at 1-(877) WOLFTRAP or visit http://www.wolftrap.org/Filene_Center/NSO.aspx. 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. 3, 2012, 8:15 PM (NSO at Wolf Trap) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo.]

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Steven Reineke , conductor
Idina Menzel , vocals

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia

Idina Menzel, vocalist
Steven Reineke, conductor

The Tony Award-winning musical sensation from Broadway blockbusters Wicked and Rent stars in a one-night-only exclusive performance with 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 http://www.wolftrap.org/Filene_Center/NSO.aspx. 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., Aug. 4, 2012, 8:30 PM (NSO at Wolf Trap) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Lalo.]

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Emil de Cou , conductor

NSO at Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia

West Side Story
Emil de Cou, conductor

The complete Leonard Bernstein classic is shown on huge screens in-house and on the lawn. The full score will be played live by the NSO, and features many classic numbers, including "Somewhere," "America," and "Tonight." 

For further information about the program, performance timing, and tickets, please call Wolf Trap TOLL FREE at 1-(877) WOLFTRAP or visit http://www.wolftrap.org/Filene_Center/NSO.aspx. 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.