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National Symphony Orchestra: 2012-2013 Season

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Past Events for this Season

Season Opening Ball Concert: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin   (Classical Concert)

Sun., Sep. 30, 2012, 7:00 PM

The Romance of Tchaikovsky   (Classical Concert)

Oct. 4 - 6, 2012

Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Kelley O'Connor , mezzo-soprano
WAGNER
Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
LIEBERSON
Neruda Songs
TCHAIKOVSKY
Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
TCHAIKOVSKY
 Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

The Power of Bruckner   (Classical Concert)

Oct. 11 - 13, 2012

Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Nathalie Stutzmann , contralto
WAGNER
Wesendonck Lieder
arr. Henze
BRUCKNER
 Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107

Roberta Flack / Steven Reineke, conductor: Roberta's Back in Town   (Pops Concert)

Oct. 25 - 27, 2012

Steven Reineke , conductor
Roberta Flack , vocalist

A DC-area native, Roberta Flack went from being a schoolteacher who sang sets at Mr. Henry's on Capitol Hill to an international recording sensation almost overnight. Over a four-decade career, her hits "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "Killing Me Softly with His Song," and "Where Is the Love" have sparked love stories and dance parties and entertained audiences and heads of state the world over. Now the Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter pays tribute to The Beatles with her newest album Let It Be Roberta. From "The Long and Winding Road" to "Here Comes the Sun," Roberta brings her folk, soul, and jazz styles to hits by John, Paul, George, and Ringo, as well as some of her favorite tunes in these homecoming concerts with the NSO Pops. A "master of the art of turning large venues into intimate spaces with her soulful balladry and gospel-tinted piano arrangements" (The Washington Post) Roberta Flack will dazzle in concerts conducted by Steven Reineke.

NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular!   (Family Concert)

Sun., Oct. 28, 2012

Halloween Spooktacular
Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor

Is it ever cool to "boo" the orchestra? It is on Halloween! And during their Halloween Spooktacular, NSO musicians dressed up as ghosts, ghouls, and goblins just might peek out from behind their instruments to go "BOO" back at you!

Come early outfitted in your spookiest 'ween wear for pre-concert trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." A project of the Women's Committee for the NSO.

Then take your seats for a "spirited" performance as an incognito Ankush Kumar Bahl conducts selections from Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, John Williams's Imperial March from Star Wars, Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice with narration, Prokofiev's Cinderella Suite No. 1, and more. For age 5 and up.

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.

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Beethoven: Missa Solemnis   (Classical Concert)

Nov. 1 - 3, 2012

Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Erin Wall , soprano
Iris Vermillion , mezzo-soprano
Richard Croft , tenor
Kwangchul Youn , bass
The Choral Arts Society of Washington
BEETHOVEN
 Missa Solemnis

Chamber Concert: Christoph Eschenbach, piano / NSO Principal Players: Music of Beethoven   (Classical Concert)

Fri., Nov. 2, 2012, 8:00 PM

Nurit Bar-Josef , violin
Marissa Regni , violin
Daniel Foster , viola
David Hardy , cello
Nicholas Stovall , oboe
Loren Kitt , clarinet
Sue Heineman , bassoon
Laurel Ohlson , horn
Christoph Eschenbach , piano
Lambert Orkis , piano
BEETHOVEN
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 in D major Op. 12/1
(Nurit Bar-Josef, violin; Lambert Orkis, piano)
BEETHOVEN
String Trio in C minor Op. 9 No. 3
(Marissa Regni, violin; Daniel Foster, viola; David Hardy, cello)
BEETHOVEN
Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major Op. 16
(Christoph Eschenbach, piano; Nicholas Stovall, oboe; Loren Kitt, clarinet; Sue Heineman, bassoon; Laurel Bennert Ohlson, horn)

In Recital: Lang Lang, piano   (Classical Concert)

Sun., Nov. 4, 2012, 4:00 PM

Lang Lang , piano
MOZART
Piano Sonata in G major, KV 283
MOZART
Piano Sonata in E flat major, KV 282
MOZART
Piano Sonata in A minor, KV 310
CHOPIN
Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
CHOPIN
Ballade for Piano No. 2 in F major/a minor, Op. 38
CHOPIN
Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47
CHOPIN
Ballade for Piano No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

In Recital: Lang Lang & Christoph Eschenbach   (Classical Concert)

Wed., Nov. 7, 2012, 8:00 PM

MOZART
Sonata for 2 Pianos in D major, K. 448
MOZART
Sonata for Piano 4 hands in F major, K. 497
SCHUBERT
Fantasie for Piano 4 hands in F minor, D 940/Op. 103
SCHUBERT
Duo in A minor, D 947 "Lebenssturme" (The Torments of Life)


Please Note: The National Symphony Orchestra does not perform at this recital.


Performance Timing:  Part One - 52 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 38 min.

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Lang Lang, piano, plays Beethoven   (Classical Concert)

Nov. 8 - 10, 2012

Lang Lang: 101 Pianists   (Family Concert)

Sat., Nov. 10, 2012, 4:00 PM

Join internationally renowned pianist Lang Lang and 100 young pianists for what promises to be a life-changing (for them) and thrilling (for all) music-making event. DC-area pianists ages 8–18 join Lang Lang on the Concert Hall stage for a performance that will entertain and educate both young audience members and experienced concertgoers. This unique program is part master class, part concert, and includes arrangements of Franz Schubert's Marche Militaire No. 1 and Johannes Brahms's Hungarian Dance No. 5. Who knows, you may see the Kennedy Center Concert Hall debut of tomorrow's piano superstar!  Performance Timing:  1 hour

NOTE: The NSO does not perform in this event.

See below under the "Resources" section for more information on how to apply to participate as one of the 100 on-stage young pianists.

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto   (Classical Concert)

Nov. 15 - 17, 2012

Vasily Petrenko , conductor
Sergey Khachatryan , violin
TCHAIKOVSKY
 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
SHOSTAKOVICH
 Symphony No. 4

Vasily Petrenko, conductor / Beyond the Score: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4 – Is Music Dangerous?   (Classical Concert)

Fri., Nov. 16, 2012, 8:00 PM

Vasily Petrenko , conductor
Michael Boudewyns , actor
Nigel Boon , narrator
SHOSTAKOVICH
 Symphony No. 4

Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More / Steven Reineke, conductor   (Pops Concert)

Nov. 23 - 24, 2012

Steven Reineke , conductor
Megan Hilty , vocalist
Aaron Lazar , vocalist

From Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Wicked, and 9 to 5 on Broadway to NBC's hit television show Smash, America's newest star is the multi-talented Megan Hilty! Over Thanksgiving weekend, she joins the NSO Pops for Luck Be a Lady--singing the songs of Frank Sinatra and more.
 
Hailed as "the new princess of Broadway" by Time Magazine, Megan Hilty comes together with NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and dashing leading man Aaron Lazar (Les Misérables, A Little Night Music) to pay tribute to the tunes of Ol' Blue Eyes--including "The Lady Is a Tramp," "Moon River," and "I've Got You Under My Skin"--as well as Broadway classics such as "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," "Almost like Being In Love," "Two Sleepy People," and "Someone to Watch Over Me." The program also includes favorites by Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and many others.

Note: This replaces the previously scheduled concerts by Seth MacFarlane, who is unavailable to perform due to a scheduling conflict.

Hans Graf, conductor / Yuja Wang, piano, plays Chopin   (Classical Concert)

Dec. 6 - 8, 2012

Happy Holidays! / Randall Craig Fleischer, conductor / New York Voices   (Pops Concert)

Dec. 13 - 16, 2012

Randall Craig Fleischer , conductor
New York Voices

Here's a holiday gift so big that only a box the size of the Kennedy Center can hold it. The spirit of the season is yours to enjoy in this evening of joyful song conducted by Randall Craig Fleischer that also features Grammy-winning vocal ensemble New York Voices, a visit from Santa Claus, and other special guests. The Washington Post has raved about this festive time when the "Concert Hall is festooned with seasonal decorations and young children are watching the proceedings raptly. Infectious rhythms and soaring voices made for the best kind of Pops holiday." There are flurries of flakes and holiday hits in the forecast for the Concert Hall, so don't miss this annual Kennedy Center tradition!

Handel's Messiah   (Classical Concert)

Dec. 20 - 23, 2012

Rolf Beck , conductor
Katherine Whyte , soprano
Anthony Roth Costanzo , countertenor
Sunnyboy Dladla , tenor
Scott Conner , bass
The University of Maryland Concert Choir
HANDEL
 Messiah

NSO Kinderkonzert: Musical Opposites   (Family Concert)

Sat., Jan. 12, 2013, 11:00 AM

NSO Kinderkonzert
Musical Opposites
 
The Kennedy String Quartet--violinists Holly Hamilton and Jane Bowyer Stewart, violist James Deighan, cellist David Teie--demonstrates many types of musical contrasts, from the technical to the emotional. The four NSO musicians engage the audience as they explore simple musical building blocks such as high and low, loud and soft, fast and slow and musical opposites like 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.
 
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: This performance 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.

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Tzimon Barto, piano, plays Bartók   (Classical Concert)

Jan. 17 - 19, 2013

NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Bears, Bears Everywhere   (Family Concert)

Jan. 19 - 26, 2013

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

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Dan Zhu, violin, plays Mozart   (Classical Concert)

Jan. 24 - 26, 2013

Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Dan Zhu , violin
BEETHOVEN
 Grosse Fuge
Grosse Fuge will be performed in the Weingartner edition for string orchestra.
MOZART
 Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
BARTÓK
 Concerto for Orchestra

NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: Science and Music   (Family Concert)

Sun., Jan. 27, 2013

NSO Ensemble Concert
Connections: Science and Music
 
Endangered species, synapses and neurons, condensation and precipitation-- are these terms from a science course or a music class? In this fast-paced, multimedia performance by NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers with her NSO colleagues Natasha Bogachek, violin and Stephen Dumaine, tuba, students hear and see how a melody can be played on a laundry hose (or a tuba); how instrument makers are responding to the near-extinction of their favorite trees; and whether a violinist can break a world speed record... don't miss it! For age 9 and up.

NSO Kinderkonzert: Break It Down!   (Family Concert)

Sat., Feb. 9, 2013

NSO Kinderkonzert
Break It Down!
 
An exciting look at music makers and making music! This energetic program delights in dissecting the pieces and parts of music and musical instruments. Children will be amazed by the way in which instruments from the wind and percussion family (and some interesting "outsiders") are taken apart and put back together again. Instruments will even "transform" before their very eyes into other instruments, and a variety of useful objects! This highly engaging program is also an introduction to some of the basic structures of music. Watch, listen, and lend a helping hand as this dynamic duo of Paul Fadoul on marimba and Zara Lawler on flute build music from the ground up! 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.

Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor / Renaud Capuçon, violin, plays Mendelssohn   (Classical Concert)

Feb. 21 - 23, 2013

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Pekka Kuusisto, violin - Sibelius's Symphony No. 7   (Classical Concert)

Feb. 28 - Mar. 2, 2013

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Music of Mahler, Schubert & Mozart   (Classical Concert)

Mar. 7 - 9, 2013

Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Anne Sofie von Otter , mezzo-soprano
Jegyung Yang , soprano
Daniela Lehner , mezzo-soprano
Sunnyboy Dladla , tenor
Tareq Nazmi , bass
The University of Maryland Concert Choir , edward maclary, director
MAHLER
 Blumine
SCHUBERT
 Romanze aus Rosamunde
SCHUBERT
 "Gretchen am Spinnrade", Op. 2
orch. Reger
SCHUBERT
 "Die Forelle" ("The Trout") for Soprano and Piano, D550
orch. Britten
SCHUBERT
 "Im Abendrot"
orch. Reger
SCHUBERT
 "An Sylvia", Op. 106
orch. anon
SCHUBERT
 "Erlkönig"
orch. Reger
MOZART
 Requiem, K. 626
Franz Beyer edition

The Chieftains: Lucky You / Emil de Cou, conductor   (Pops Concert)

Mar. 14 - 16, 2013

The Chieftains

You might call it the luck of the Irish, but The Chieftains know it takes a workman's discipline and a tradesman's skill to make great music and stage a spectacular show for more than 40 years. And lucky you, this legendary Irish folk band is bringing their Grammy-winning hits and their troupe of musical friends to the NSO Pops just in time for St. Patrick's Day! With a strong Celtic heritage and a pinch of good cheer, The Chieftains are here to paint the town green. Please Note: The NSO does not perform in the first part of the program.

PROGRAM
Part One
 
TBA: Selections announced from the Stage (performed by The Chieftains and guest artists only)

Part Two
 
Anderson: "The Wearing of the Green" from Irish Suite
 
Composite: Chieftains 2013
  --The Long Journey Home (Paddy Moloney, arr. Brian Keane, Fiachra Trench)
  --Galician Overture (Moloney)
  --Did You Ever Go A-Courtin', Uncle Joe? (Moloney)
  --An Dró
  --Lullaby for the Dead
(Moloney-Graham, arr. Joe Csibi)
  --Planxty Mozart (Moloney)
  --March to Battle (Moloney, arr. Jocelyn Morlock)
  --March of the King of Laois (Moloney, arr. Paul Frost)

Performance Timing: Part One - 30 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 73 min.

NSO Family Concert: Tchaikovsky Discovers America   (Family Concert)

Sun., Mar. 24, 2013

Courtney Lewis , conductor
Roger Anderson , actor (peter ilyich tchaikovsky)
Nicole Hren , actor (jennie petroff)
Douglas Cowling , playwright & music editor
Paul Pement , dramaturge & timing

Tchaikovsky Discovers America
Courtney Lewis, conductor

"I saw his ship sail into New York Harbor that day in 1891--past the Statue of Liberty, past the hundreds of people cheering on the shore. All America seemed to be waiting for him and his music..."
 
Cool fact: Tchaikovsky, that genius Russian guy who gave us The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake, sailed into New York in 1891 to lend his music to the grand opening of Carnegie Hall. In Tchaikovsky Discovers America, Classical Kids Live's imagining of this famous trip, a surprise encounter with a young American girl, Jennie, during a visit to Niagara Falls reveals a whole lot about Tchaikovsky--his life in Russia, his love of music, and his fears of conducting. Dance and music are magically woven into the drama, with more than 25 excerpts of the composer's music, including passages from his most famous ballets--The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake--to his 1812 Overture, First Piano Concerto, and String Serenade. This is a poignant story of the meeting of old world influences and new world experiences; a tale of contrast, courage, and classical music.
 
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.

Marek Janowski, conductor / Arabella Steinbacher, violin, plays Beethoven   (Classical Concert)

Mar. 28 - 30, 2013

Hugh Wolff, conductor / Emanuel Ax, piano, plays Chopin   (Classical Concert)

Apr. 4 - 6, 2013

Hugh Wolff , conductor
Emanuel Ax , piano
ALBERT
 Rivering Waters
(Movements I & IV from Symphony No. 1 "Riverrun")
CHOPIN
 Piano Concerto No. 2
DVORÁK
 Symphony No. 5 in F major, Op. 76

An Evening with Chris Botti / Steven Reineke, conductor   (Pops Concert)

Apr. 18 - 20, 2013

Steven Reineke , conductor
Chris Botti , trumpet

He's the picture of a band-leading jazz trumpeter--dashing and dressed to the nines. But Chris Botti has the chops to back up the look. He's a master artist, a musician with dozens of hit recordings under his belt, and a consummate performer who has played with greats like Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, and Joshua Bell.
 
"With his romantic bent and beautifully honed technique, this chart-topping trumpeter never has a problem wooing audiences with a classic pop melody. But Chris Botti has a lot more to offer…" says the Washington Post. He'll put it all out there when he joins conductor Steven Reineke and the NSO Pops for a wide-ranging evening of pop, jazz, and classical music.

Jaap van Zweden, conductor / Andreas Haefliger, piano, plays Beethoven   (Classical Concert)

Apr. 25 - 27, 2013

Jaap van Zweden, conductor / Beyond the Score: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 - Pure Melodrama?   (Classical Concert)

Fri., Apr. 26, 2013, 8:00 PM

NSO Kinderkonzert: Viva Violins: From Baby Talk to Mozart   (Family Concert)

Sun., Apr. 28, 2013

NSO Kinderkonzert
Viva Violins: From Baby Talk to Mozart
 
The violin grows up in the spotlight in this new program which tells the tale of three little violins and how their mother teaches them to "sing." Follow their stages of development from the baby babbling of teeny tiny pint-sized violins; learning the ABCs of notes and scales; discovering the grammar of proper rhythm, intonation, and note combinations; that awkward teenage experience of finding your voice and a way to be heard; and finally the maturity that comes with shared "conversation." Join NSO violinists Elisabeth Adkins, Paula Akbar, Holly Hamilton, and Jane Bowyer Stewart as they grow the musical experience from sweet lullabies like "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" all the way to breathtaking Bach. 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.

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Alisa Weilerstein, cello, plays Elgar   (Classical Concert)

May 2 - 4, 2013

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Music of Schnittke & Shostakovich   (Classical Concert)

Fri., May 3, 2013, 8:00 PM

NSO Teddy Bear Concert: Teddy and the Ten Hats   (Family Concert)

Sat., May 4, 2013

NSO Teddy Bear Concert
The Tale of Teddy and the Ten Hats
 
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 Aaron Goldman, 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.

The Wizard and I: The Musical Journey of Stephen Schwartz / Steven Reineke, conductor   (Pops Concert)

May 16 - 18, 2013

Steven Reineke , conductor
Jennifer Laura Thompson , vocalist
Julia Murney , vocalist
Jeremy Jordan , vocalist
Norm Lewis , vocalist
The Washington Chorus , julian wachner, music director
Stephen Schwartz , special guest

JUST ANNOUNCED! Stephen Schwartz--the Broadway wizard himself--will make a special guest appearance at these concerts, playing the piano and sharing stories about the writing of Wicked!

Wicked, that other story of Oz, has been "popular" now on Broadway and on tour for 10 years. To what bit of magic do we owe this impressive run? None other than the musical wizardry of legendary songwriter Stephen Schwartz. In honor of his 65th birthday, we're celebrating the man who brought us the Broadway hits Godspell and Pippin and composed scores for major films such as Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame with a concert of his best-loved tunes, conducted by Steven Reineke and featuring former Wicked Broadway vocalists Jennifer Laura Thompson (Glinda) and Julia Murney (Elphaba) as well as Broadway actors Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) and Norm Lewis (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) and The Washington Chorus. If you love the bewitching music of Wicked, you'll be defying gravity and floating on air for this rare treat!

NSO Family Concert: The Cricket in Times Square   (Family Concert)

Sun., May 19, 2013

NSO Family Concert
The Cricket in Times Square
Based on the book by George Selden
Composed and Adapted by Chris Brubeck
Directed by Scot Reese

Steven Reineke, conductor
Marne Anderson, stage manager

Doug Brown, Narrator/Cricket
James J. Johnson, Papa Bellini
Nick Kendall, Violin/Cricket
Donna Migliaccio, Mama Bellini
Tony Nam, Smedley/etc.
Jason Phillips, Mario Bellini
Michael Russotto, Tucker Mouse
Holly Twyford, Harry Cat
 
When little country cricket Chester mistakenly travels by picnic basket to New York City, his music is transformed forever. Chester's pitch-perfect chirps accompany classical sounds to make him a Times Square sensation in this world premiere retelling of George Selden's Newbery Honor book, The Cricket in Times Square, composed and adapted by jazz innovator and genre-bending modern classical composer Chris Brubeck. Join the NSO, Chester Cricket as performed by Nick Kendall on solo violin, and Chester's buddies--Mario, Tucker Mouse, and Harry Cat--portrayed by actors, for a funny, sweet, and magically musical story of a little cricket finding his voice in the big city. 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.

Trey Anastasio / Steven Reineke, conductor   (Pops Concert)

Wed., May 22, 2013, 8:00 PM

NSO Pops with Trey Anastasio

Guitarist and singer Trey Anastasio, known for his work with the Grammy-nominated, genre-melding rock band Phish, performs with the NSO Pops. The program, conducted by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, features orchestrations of classic Phish songs and solo Anastasio compositions. A curious and constant composer, he draws inspiration from experimental jazz, classical, pop, reggae, metal, and barbershop music. In 2009, Anastasio made his debut with the New York Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony in programs that featured his concerto for electric guitar and orchestra, Time Turns Elastic, as well as original compositions. The New York Times hailed Anastasio's Carnegie Hall performance with the New York Philharmonic as "that rarest of rarities, a classical-rock hybrid that might please partisans from both constituencies."

Performance Timing: Part One - 60 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Part Two - 70 min.

John Adams, conductor / Jeremy Denk, piano, plays Ravel   (Classical Concert)

May 30 - Jun. 1, 2013

John Adams , conductor
Jeremy Denk , piano
RESPIGHI
Fontane di Roma
RAVEL
 Piano Concerto in G major
ADAMS
City Noir

Jakub Hrusa, conductor / Augustin Hadelich, violin & Nadya Serdyuk, mezzo-soprano   (Classical Concert)

Jun. 6 - 8, 2013

Jakub Hrusa , conductor
Augustin Hadelich , violin
Nadya Serdyuk , mezzo-soprano
The Washington Chorus
MOZART
Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183
DVORÁK
 Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
PROKOFIEV
Alexander Nevsky

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

Jun. 8 - 9, 2013

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 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.

Matthew Halls, conductor / David Hardy, cello, plays Dutilleux   (Classical Concert)

Jun. 13 - 15, 2013

Matthew Halls , conductor
David Hardy , cello
RAVEL
 Le Tombeau de Couperin
DUTILLEUX
 Tout un monde lointain
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Symphony No. 2, "A London Symphony"

Krzysztof Urbanski, conductor / Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano, plays MacMillan & Saint-Saëns   (Classical Concert)

Jun. 20 - 22, 2013

NSO Kinderkonzert: Peter & the Wolf   (Family Concert)

Sat., Jun. 22, 2013

NSO Kinderkonzert
Peter and the Wolf
 
Those wonderful wind instruments give voice to a little boy named Peter and a wolf on the prowl in Prokofiev's beloved musical tale. A woodwind quintet of NSO musicians--Alice Weinreb, flute; Nicholas Stovall, oboe; Loren Kitt, clarinet; Truman Harris, bassoon; and Laurel Ohlson, horn--introduces young audiences to the storytelling magic of music in this family favorite. 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.

Note: The 11 a.m. performance on Sat., June 22 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.

NSO Kinderkonzert: Peter & the Wolf   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Wed., Jun. 26, 2013, 8:15 PM

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

Emil de Cou, conductor
Featuring Warren Haynes, guitar and vocals

Jam out at this groundbreaking tribute to the late Grateful Dead legend featuring Grammy(r)-winning blues rocker Warren Haynes and orchestral interpretations of Garcia's timeless compositions.

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.

NSO Kinderkonzert: Peter & the Wolf   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Fri., Jun. 28, 2013, 8:30 PM

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

George Fenton, conductor
 
Experience a stunning portrait of earth's frozen wilderness, brought to life by gorgeous imagery of wildlife, glaciers, and majestic tundra from the BBC Earth series shown on huge screens in-house and on the lawn, plus an original score conducted by its composer, George Fenton.
 
Pre-Performance Discussion at 7:30 p.m. on the Old Farmhouse Lawn with Emil de Cou, NSO@Wolf Trap Festival Conductor.

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.

NSO Kinderkonzert: Peter & the Wolf   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Fri., Jul. 12, 2013, 8:15 PM

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

Emil de Cou, conductor
Soloists from the Wolf Trap Opera Company:
Ying Fang, soprano
Juan José de León, tenor
Steven LaBrie, baritone
The Choral Arts Society of Washington, Scott Tucker, artistic director
 
If you like soaring singing, don't miss Carl Orff's epic choral masterpiece Carmina Burana, along with Stokowski's orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.
 
Pre-Performance Discussion at 7:15 p.m. on the Old Farmhouse Lawn with Scott Tucker, Artistic Director of The Choral Arts Society of Washington. 

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.

NSO Kinderkonzert: Peter & the Wolf   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Sat., Jul. 13, 2013, 8:30 PM

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


Emmanuel Fratianni, conductor
Tommy Tallarico, host/creator
Laura Intravia, vocalist
Jillian Aversa, vocalist
 
Power up for a spectacular fusion of ALL-NEW live music and visuals from some of the world's most popular video games such as Zelda, Halo, Final Fantasy, and many more shown on huge screens in-house and on the lawn. Pre-show activities include a Guitar Hero competition, costume contest, interactive game demos, and prize giveaways!

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.

NSO Kinderkonzert: Peter & the Wolf   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Fri., Jul. 19, 2013, 8:15 PM

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


The Wolf Trap Opera Company
Grant Gershon, conductor
José Maria Condemi, stage director
Aaron Rhyne, projection designer
Anka Lupes, costume designer
Mark Stanley, lighting designer
with The Washington Chorus,
  Julian Wachner, music director
 
Love like there's no tomorrow… and experience the heights of passion and the depths of heartbreak with La traviata, Verdi's timeless story of love's second chances. Wolf Trap Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra celebrate Verdi's bicentennial birthday together with this new Operascape production of his sublime masterpiece.  The NSO shares the stage with the singers, performing in front of cutting-edge multimedia projections developed especially for the Filene Center.
 
Verdi's unforgettable characters and their journeys of love and loss resonate as intensely with us today as when the opera premiered. Come see why La traviata is one of the most frequently performed operas in the world.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
 
Pre-Performance Discussion at 7:15 p.m. on the Old Farmhouse Lawn with Lee Anne Myslewski, Director, Artistic Administration, Wolf Trap Opera & Classical Programming.

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.

NSO Kinderkonzert: Peter & the Wolf   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Fri., Jul. 26, 2013, 8:15 PM

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

Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
 
The 1812 Overture, Tchaikovsky's cannon-firing tour de force, and Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto, featuring young piano prodigy Benjamin Grosvenor, make for a thrilling musical match.
 
Pre-Performance Discussion at 7:15 p.m. on the Old Farmhouse Lawn with Emil de Cou, NSO@Wolf Trap Festival Conductor.

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.

NSO Kinderkonzert: Peter & the Wolf   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Sat., Jul. 27, 2013, 8:30 PM

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

Emil de Cou, conductor
 
Spend a star-spangled evening with music to include Copland's A Lincoln Portrait, Gershwin's An American in Paris, and Chris and Dave Brubeck's "Ansel Adams: America," paired with more than 100 of Adams's breathtaking landscape photographs shown on huge screens in-house and on the lawn.
 
Pre-Performance Discussion at 7:30 p.m. on the Old Farmhouse Lawn with Rich Kleinfeldt of WETA. 

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.

NSO Kinderkonzert: Peter & the Wolf   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Sun., Jul. 28, 2013, 8:15 PM

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

With Julia Murney & Stephanie J. Block
Steven Reineke, conductor
 
Featuring two of Wicked's leading witches, this delightful and diva-licious musical revue keeps the Broadway hits coming, with selections from The Phantom of the Opera, Gypsy, Chicago, Titanic, 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.

NSO Kinderkonzert: Peter & the Wolf   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Aug. 1 - 2, 2013

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

Created and conducted by Emmy Award winner George Daugherty, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II combines the magic of the symphony with the fun of cartoons, featuring famous Looney Tunes shorts, such as What's Opera, Doc? and The Rabbit of Seville. The playful antics of America's iconic "Wascally Wabbit" and his gang of mischievous friends come to life with the cartoons shown on huge screens in-house and on the lawn and the score played live 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 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.

NSO Kinderkonzert: Peter & the Wolf   (NSO at Wolf Trap)

Sat., Aug. 3, 2013, 8:30 PM

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

Emil de Cou, conductor
 
Put on your dancing shoes for a brilliantly restored high-definition version of this movie musical classic shown on huge screens in-house and on the lawn featuring a live performance of the score, giving a rich sonic texture to sing-along hits like "Make 'Em Laugh" and the title number.

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.