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Sep. 11 - 13, 2014 (Pops Concert) Pink Martini & The von Trapps / Steven Reineke, conductor

[Pink Martini & The von Trapps / Steven Reineke, conductor.]

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Pink Martini & The von Trapps
Steven Reineke, conductor

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


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


Sun., Sep. 21, 2014, 7:00 PM (Classical Concert) Season Opening Ball Concert: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Steven Reineke, conductor / Joshua Bell, violin / Kelli O'Hara, vocals

[Season Opening Ball Concert: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Steven Reineke, conductor / Joshua Bell, violin / Kelli O'Hara, vocals.]

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Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Steven Reineke , conductor
Joshua Bell , violin
Kelli O'Hara , vocals

BERNSTEIN
 Overture to Candide
SAINT-SAËNS
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
RAVEL
Tzigane
BERNSTEIN
"Glitter and be Gay" from Candide
FLAHERTY/AHRENS
"Something Beautiful"
KOSMA/MANILOW/MERCER/REINEKE
"Autumn Leaves"/"When October Goes"
MONNOT/GUGLIELMI/REINEKE
"La Vie en Rose"
RAVEL
 La Valse

Oct. 1 - 4, 2014 (Classical Concert) Matthew Halls, conductor: Paul Jacobs, organ, plays Poulenc's Organ Concerto / Works by J.S. Bach & Mendelssohn

[Matthew Halls, conductor: Paul Jacobs, organ, plays Poulenc's Organ Concerto / Works by J.S. Bach & Mendelssohn.]

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Matthew Halls , conductor
Paul Jacobs , organ
Tamara Wilson , soprano
Twyla Robinson , soprano
Paul Appleby , tenor
The Washington Chorus

POULENC
Organ Concerto in G minor
BACH
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543
MENDELSSOHN
Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 52 "Lobgesang"

Oct. 9 - 11, 2014 (Classical Concert) David Zinman, conductor: Angela Hewitt, piano, plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 22 / Works by R. Strauss & Schoenberg

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

Schedule & Tickets

David Zinman , conductor
Angela Hewitt , piano

SCHOENBERG
Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16
MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, K. 482
STRAUSS
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Wed., Oct. 15, 2014, 8:00 PM (Classical Concert) Organ Recital: Jeremy Filsell, organ (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)

[Organ Recital: Jeremy Filsell, organ (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra).]

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Jeremy Filsell , organ

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

Oct. 23 - 25, 2014 (Pops Concert) Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton / John Mauceri, conductor

[Danny Elfman's <i>Music from the Films of Tim Burton</i> / John Mauceri, conductor.]

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

From his films Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, and Batman to The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, and Alice in Wonderland, no one knows how to combine weird and wonderful quite like two-time Academy Award–nominated director Tim Burton. And with his unforgettable scores, Grammy Award–winning composer Danny Elfman brings humor, drama, and pathos to these and other cinematic classics by his longtime collaborator. Just in time for Halloween, Grammy and Tony Award–winning conductor John Mauceri leads this "thrilling" (The Evening Standard) multimedia concert of Elfman's "barbed and bouncy" (The Guardian) film music, already performed to sell-out crowds in London and Los Angeles. Visuals of some of Burton's original sketches, drawings, and storyboards will be projected above the orchestra to illuminate the collaborative relationship between music and storytelling.  


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


Sun., Oct. 26, 2014 (Family Concert) NSO Family Concert: Halloween Whodunit

[NSO Family Concert: <i>Halloween Whodunit</i>.]

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Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor
Stephen Dumaine, tuba

There's a mystery in the Concert Hall on All Hallows' Eve! For this frightfully fun third chapter in the NSO's popular Spooktacular concert series, don your freaky-deakiest costumes and join all the ghoulishly attired musicians for a wickedly wacky, music-filled whodunit. When the NSO's Stephen Dumaine alerts the orchestra that his tuba has been stolen, NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl asks the audience to help them rewind time, follow the clues, lure out the "thief," and crack the case! Come early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument "Petting Zoo." Then take your seats for spine-tingling classics--including Adam Glaser's March of the Little Goblins, the "Infernal Dance" from Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird, and Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique--plus new favorites like "Let It Go" from the smash animated movie Frozen, and plenty of Halloween surprises!

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission

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

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


Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2014 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Midori, violin, plays Schumann's Violin Concerto / Symphonies by Mendelssohn & Mozart

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Midori, violin, plays Schumann's Violin Concerto / Symphonies by Mendelssohn & Mozart.]

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Sat., Nov. 1, 2014 (Family Concert) NSO Kinderclassics: Musical Opposites

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

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NSO Kinderclassics
Musical Opposites

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

Performance Timing: 50 minutes, with no intermission

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


Nov. 6 - 8, 2014 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Prokofiev's Sinfonia concertante / Symphonies by Brahms & Haydn

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Claudio Bohórquez, cello, plays Prokofiev's <i>Sinfonia concertante</i> / Symphonies by Brahms & Haydn.]

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Nov. 13 - 15, 2014 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps / Aaron Goldman, Principal Flute, plays Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Stravinsky's <i>Le Sacre du printemps</i> / Aaron Goldman, Principal Flute, plays Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2.]

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Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Aaron Goldman , flute

AUERBACH
Eterniday - Homage to W.A. Mozart
MOZART
 Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 314
STRAVINSKY
Le Sacre du printemps

Fri., Nov. 14, 2014, 8:00 PM (Classical Concert) Beyond the Score: Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps

[<i>Beyond the Score:</i> Stravinsky's <i>Le Sacre du printemps</i>.]

Schedule & Tickets

Ankush Kumar Bahl , conductor (beyond the score)
Christoph Eschenbach , conductor (full symphony)

STRAVINSKY
Le Sacre du printemps

Nov. 20 - 22, 2014 (Classical Concert) Rossen Milanov, conductor: Stravinsky's Firebird Suite / Garrick Ohlsson, piano, plays Busoni's Piano Concerto

[Rossen Milanov, conductor: Stravinsky's <i>Firebird</i> Suite / Garrick Ohlsson, piano, plays Busoni's Piano Concerto.]

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Rossen Milanov , conductor
Garrick Ohlsson , piano
Washington Men's Camerata , frank albinder, music director

STRAVINSKY
Suite from The Firebird
BUSONI
Piano Concerto, Op. 39

Nov. 28 - 29, 2014 (Pops Concert) An Evening with Sutton Foster / Steven Reineke, conductor

[<i>An Evening with Sutton Foster</i> / Steven Reineke, conductor.]

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An Evening with Sutton Foster
Steven Reineke, conductor


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


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


Dec. 4 - 6, 2014 (Classical Concert) Helmuth Rilling, conductor: All-J.S. Bach Program including the Concerto for Oboe, Violin, and Orchestra

[Helmuth Rilling, conductor: All-J.S. Bach Program including the Concerto for Oboe, Violin, and Orchestra.]

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Helmuth Rilling , conductor
Julia Sophie Wagner , soprano
Anke Vondung , alto
Nicholas Phan , tenor
Michael Nagy , baritone
Nicholas Stovall , oboe
Marissa Regni , violin
The University of Maryland Concert Choir , edward maclary, director

BACH
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BVW 1068
BACH
Cantata "Unser Mund sei voll Lachens" BWV 110
BACH
Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Orchestra in C minor, BWV 1060
BACH
Cantata "Christen, ätzet diesen Tag" BWV 63

Dec. 11 - 13, 2014 (Pops Concert) Happy Holidays! with Cirque de la Symphonie / Steven Reineke, conductor

[<i>Happy Holidays!</i> with Cirque de la Symphonie / Steven Reineke, conductor.]

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Happy Holidays! with Cirque de la Symphonie
Steven Reineke, conductor
 
High-flying fantasy soars once again with Cirque de la Symphonie--back by popular demand for a special holiday program, following its nearly sold-out 2013 engagement! Acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strongmen, and other new and returning acts perform astonishing feats uniquely choreographed to classical masterpieces. As aerialists take flight above the stage of our festively decorated Concert Hall, the NSO Pops provide plenty of orchestral suspense, turning the concert into an entertainment extravaganza. Get ready to enjoy your favorite music--and some of the most nail-biting circus acts you've ever seen--in a dazzling spectacle the Seattle Times calls "a fantastic holiday show… the look on kids' faces in the crowd doesn't lie!"


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


Dec. 18 - 21, 2014 (Classical Concert) Handel's Messiah

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

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

HANDEL
 Messiah

Jan. 15 - 17, 2015 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Tzimon Barto, piano, plays Rihm's Piano Concerto / Works by Berlioz & Dvorák

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Tzimon Barto, piano, plays Rihm's Piano Concerto / Works by Berlioz & Dvorák.]

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Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Tzimon Barto , piano

DVORÁK
 Carnival Overture, Op. 92
RIHM
Piano Concerto
(NSO co-commission, U.S. premiere)
BERLIOZ
 Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Fri., Jan. 16, 2015, 8:00 PM (Classical Concert) Beyond the Score: Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique

[<i>Beyond the Score:</i> Berlioz's <i>Symphonie fantastique</i>.]

Schedule & Tickets

Ankush Kumar Bahl , conductor (beyond the score)
Christoph Eschenbach , conductor (full symphony)

BERLIOZ
 Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Jan. 22 - 24, 2015 (Classical Concert) Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Symphony No. 1 / Nurit Bar-Josef, Concertmaster, plays Sérénade mélancolique and Valse-Scherzo

[<i>Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks:</i> Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Symphony No. 1 / Nurit Bar-Josef, Concertmaster, plays <i>Sérénade mélancolique</i> and <i>Valse-Scherzo</i>.]

Schedule & Tickets

Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Nurit Bar-Josef , violin

TCHAIKOVSKY
Hamlet, Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare, Op. 67
TCHAIKOVSKY
Sérénade mélancolique, Op. 26
TCHAIKOVSKY
Valse-Scherzo, Op. 34
TCHAIKOVSKY
 Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter Dreams"

Jan. 29 - 31, 2015 (Classical Concert) Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Symphony No. 4 / Arabella Steinbacher, violin, plays the Violin Concerto

[<i>Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks:</i>  Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Symphony No. 4 / Arabella Steinbacher, violin, plays the Violin Concerto.]

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Wed., Feb. 4, 2015, 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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Cameron Carpenter , organ

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

Performance Timing: TBA


Feb. 5 - 7, 2015 (Classical Concert) Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Juraj Valcuha, conductor: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 / Works by Stravinsky & Bruch

[<i>Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks:</i> Juraj Valcuha, conductor: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 / Works by Stravinsky & Bruch.]

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Sat., Feb. 7, 2015 (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

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

Performance Timing: 45 minutes, with no intermission.

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

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


Sun., Feb. 15, 2015 (Family Concert) NSO Family Concert: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!

[NSO Family Concert: <i>The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!</i>.]

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Steven Reineke, composer and conductor

Think you know the story of the three little pigs? Well, just wait until you hear it from the wolf's point of view. You might not think he's all that big and bad anymore! According to Alexander T. Wolf, he was framed by the headline-starved media. All he wanted was to borrow a cup of sugar for his sweet granny's birthday cake--and his cold made him accidentally sneeze down the pigs' poorly constructed houses. (So why did he also eat them, you ask? He says he doesn't believe in letting good food go to waste!) The treasured children's book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith comes to life through glorious music and engaging narration in this world premiere concert that's been commissioned by the NSO. Composed and conducted by the NSO's very own Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, this delightful tale will leave everyone wondering: is the wolf really the villain or the victim? Bring the whole family and let the debate begin!

New this season! The 2 p.m. performance is sensory-friendly.

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

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission

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

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


Feb. 19 - 21, 2015 (Classical Concert) Matthias Pintscher, conductor: Karen Gomyo, violin, plays Pintscher's Mar'eh / Works by Fauré & Ravel

[Matthias Pintscher, conductor: Karen Gomyo, violin, plays Pintscher's <i>Mar'eh</i> / Works by Fauré & Ravel.]

Schedule & Tickets

Matthias Pintscher , conductor
Karen Gomyo , violin

FAURE
 Pelléas et Mélisande, Suite, Op. 80
PINTSCHER
Mar'eh
(U.S. Premiere)
RAVEL
 Daphnis et Chloé

Feb. 26 - 28, 2015 (Classical Concert) Herbert Blomstedt, conductor: All-Beethoven Program / Emanuel Ax, piano, plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3

[Herbert Blomstedt, conductor: All-Beethoven Program / Emanuel Ax, piano, plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3.]

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Mar. 5 - 7, 2015 (Classical Concert) Iberian Suite: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor: Falla's La vida breve & Albéniz's Suite española

[<i>Iberian Suite</i>: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor: Falla's <i>La vida breve</i> & Albéniz's <i>Suite española</i>.]

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Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos , conductor
Nancy Fabiola Herrera , salud
Vicente Ombuena , paco
Cristina Faus , abuela
Alfredo García , tio salvaor
Gustavo Peña , voz de la fragua
Josep Miquel Ramón , manuel
Núria Pomares , dancer
Pablo Villegas , guitar
The Choral Arts Society of Washington , scott tucker, artistic director

ALBÉNIZ
Suite española - Castilla, Granada, Sevilla, Asturias, Aragona
--arr. Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
FALLA
La vida breve

Sat., Mar. 7, 2015, 4:00 PM (Classical Concert) Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks: Lang Lang in recital (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)

[<i>Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks:</i> Lang Lang in recital (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra).]

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Lang Lang , piano

BACH
Italian Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY
The Seasons
CHOPIN
Four Scherzos (Op. 20, 31, 39, & 54)

Mar. 12 - 14, 2015 (Classical Concert) Iberian Suite: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Four French Composers Inspired by Spain

[<i>Iberian Suite:</i> Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Four French Composers Inspired by Spain.]

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Christoph Eschenbach , conductor
Leticia Muñoz Moreno , violin

CHABRIER
España
LALO
 Symphonie Espagnole
DEBUSSY
 Images - Ibéria
RAVEL
 Boléro

Mar. 19 - 21, 2015 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Mahler's Symphony No. 9

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Mahler's Symphony No. 9.]

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Mar. 27 - 28, 2015 (Pops Concert) Do You Hear the People Sing / Steven Reineke, conductor

[<i>Do You Hear the People Sing</i> / Steven Reineke, conductor.]

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


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


Sun., Mar. 29, 2015 (Family Concert) NSO Family Concert: The Magic Horn

[NSO Family Concert: <i>The Magic Horn</i>.]

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Magic Circle Mime Company
Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor

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

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission

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

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


Apr. 2 - 4, 2015 (Classical Concert) Krzysztof Urbanski, conductor: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 / Daniil Trifonov, piano, plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3

[Krzysztof Urbanski, conductor: Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 / Daniil Trifonov, piano, plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.]

Schedule & Tickets

Krzysztof Urbanski , conductor
Daniil Trifonov , piano

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

Apr. 11 - 12, 2015 (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

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

Performance Timing: 45 minutes, with no intermission.

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

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


Apr. 16 - 18, 2015 (Classical Concert) Vassily Sinaisky, conductor: Rachmaninoff's The Bells / Loren Kitt, Principal Clarinet, plays Mozart's Clarinet Concerto

[Vassily Sinaisky, conductor: Rachmaninoff's <i>The Bells</i> / Loren Kitt, Principal Clarinet, plays Mozart's Clarinet Concerto.]

Schedule & Tickets

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

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

Sun., Apr. 26, 2015 (Family Concert) NSO Family Concert: Gershwin's Magic Key

[NSO Family Concert: <i>Gershwin's Magic Key</i>.]

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Classical Kids Live!
Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor

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

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission

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

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


Apr. 30 - May 2, 2015 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 / Works by Penderecki & J. Strauss Jr.

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 / Works by Penderecki & J. Strauss Jr..]

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

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

Fri., May 1, 2015, 8:00 PM (Classical Concert) Beyond the Score: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5--Fate Knocks?

[<i>Beyond the Score:</i> Beethoven's Symphony No. 5--<i>Fate Knocks?</i>.]

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Sat., May 2, 2015 (Family Concert) NSO Ensemble Concert: Connections: Science & Math + Music

[NSO Ensemble Concert: <i>Connections: Science & Math + Music</i>.]

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

For age 9 and up

Performance Timing: Approximately 60 minutes, with no intermission


May 7 - 9, 2015 (Classical Concert) Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Mahler's Symphony No. 5 / Leonidas Kavakos, violin, plays Sibelius's Violin Concerto

[Christoph Eschenbach, conductor: Mahler's Symphony No. 5 / Leonidas Kavakos, violin, plays Sibelius's Violin Concerto.]

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Sat., May 9, 2015 (Family Concert) NSO Kinderclassics: Beethoven at the Ballpark!

[NSO Kinderclassics: <i>Beethoven at the Ballpark!</i>.]

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NSO Kinderclassics
Beethoven at the Ballpark!

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

Performance Timing: 50 minutes, with no intermission

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


Wed., May 13, 2015, 8:00 PM (Classical Concert) Organ Recital: Thierry Escaich, organ (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra)

[Organ Recital: Thierry Escaich, organ (presented by the National Symphony Orchestra).]

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Thierry Escaich , organ

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

Performance Timing: TBA


May 14 - 16, 2015 (Classical Concert) Leonidas Kavakos, conductor & violin: Works by J.S. Bach, Mussorgsky, & Sibelius

[Leonidas Kavakos, conductor & violin: Works by J.S. Bach, Mussorgsky, & Sibelius.]

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

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

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

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


May 29 - 30, 2015 (Classical Concert) Manuel López-Gómez, conductor: Liam Teague, steelpan, plays Akiho: New work for Steelpan and Orchestra

[Kennedy Center Logo..]

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Rhythms of the Americas

As a follow-up to their 2012 Americas Tour, the NSO presents a thrilling percussion-themed program that includes this season's NSO Hechinger Commission from American composer Andy Akiho--a world premiere work for steelpan and orchestra featuring steelpan master Liam Teague. Conducted by Manuel López-Gómez, the program will also include George Gershwin's Cuban Overture, Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas's Sensemaya, and more.

Performance Timing: TBA


May 30 - 31, 2015 (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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NSO Teddy Bear Concert
Violins and Trombones and Bears, Oh My!

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

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

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


Jun. 5 - 6, 2015 (Pops Concert) Let's Be Frank / Steven Reineke, conductor

[<i>Let's Be Frank</i> / Steven Reineke, conductor.]

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Let's Be Frank: The Songs of Frank Sinatra
Steven Reineke, creator, arranger, and conductor
 
To celebrate the centennial year of Frank Sinatra's birth, Steven Reineke brings together his own Rat Pack of stellar entertainers to pay tribute to America's original idol! In a stylish and sophisticated program created, arranged, and conducted by Reineke, piano man Tony DeSare--"a lean baby Sinatra with burning brown eyes and flashing teeth" (The New York Times)--and other acclaimed vocalists Storm Large, Ryan Silverman, and Frankie Moreno join the NSO Pops for songs made famous by "Ol' Blue Eyes." Don't miss these cool cats putting their unique spin on "My Way," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "New York, New York," and many other quintessential Sinatra hits in this final NSO Pops program of the season.


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