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National Symphony Orchestra Classical Season

Music Director Christoph Eschenbach welcomes you to an exciting season of your favorite music performed by today’s biggest stars and tomorrow’s masters. Our 2014–2015 season also features a celebration of Tchaikovsky masterworks, the beginning of a Mahler exploration, spotlights on NSO principals, insightful Beyond the Score concerts, exciting new works and premieres, programs featuring the Rubenstein Family Organ, and much more. Join us for the incomparable experience of live music! 

Performances available in this season

  • Midori (2014)
  • ClaudioBhorquez
  • Christoph Eschenbach (2014)
  • Garrick Ohlsson
  • Helmuth Rilling
  • Tzimon Barto
  • Juraj Valcuha
  • Matthias Pintscher
  • Emanuel Ax
  • Iberian Suite Program
  • Christoph Eschenbach (2014)
  • Christoph Eschenbach (2014)
  • Daniil Trifonov
  • Vassily Sinaisky
  • Christoph Eschenbach (2014)
  • Leonidas Kavakos
  • Leonidas Kavakos
  • Christoph Eschenbach (2014)
  • Christoph Eschenbach (2014)
  • Christoph Eschenbach (2014)
  • Nicholas McGegan
  • Nurit Bar-Josef
  • Arabella Steinbacher

Dramatic & Fantastic

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Want your concerts to be a thrill ride from start to finish? You’ll be on the edge of your seat with music depicting perilous merriment, fiery romance, and colorful remembrance.  Enjoy Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, Ravel’s Boléro, and Mussorgsky’s pictures at an Exhibition on these programs.
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Epic Symphonies

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Are those storm clouds rolling in over the Concert Hall? The forces of good and evil are about to wage a monumental battle through Brahms’s Symphony No. 4, Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. And you’re at the epicenter of all the swirling strings, heart-pounding percussion, heavenly woodwinds, and valiant brass.
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Grand Piano

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If the key to your musical enjoyment involves majestic melodies and dazzling piano pyrotechnics, these concerts will unlock sweeping expanses of sound, from soul-searching depths to towering peaks. Lush sonorities and lavish colors abound when Angela Hewitt plays Mozart, Garrick Ohlsson plays Busoni, and Daniil Trifonov plays Rachmaninoff.  
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Principal Picks

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Let our gifted principal musicians be your guide through some of their favorite masterpieces. Marissa Regni (principal 2nd violin) and Nicholas Stovall (principal oboe) play J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin. Loren Kitt (principal clarinet) plays Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. And Lambert Orkis (principal keyboard) is a fan of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, to be played by Emanuel Ax.
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Sensational Strings

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A violinist’s performance is like a high-wire act: a jaw-dropping tour de force of balance, bravura, and grace. In this concert collection, prepare to be captivated as three virtuosos pierce the stillness with music of euphoric rapture and aching desire. Midori plays Schumann, Karen Gomyo plays a U.S. premiere by Pintscher, and Leonidas Kavakos plays Sibelius.
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Tchaikovsky Masterworks

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“There is not a note here which I did not feel.” Tchaikovsky is testament: from great struggle comes great art. Experience music by the Russian master as never before in programs that form the NSO’s three-week celebration Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks. Works include his Symphonies No. 1, 4, & 5, the Violin Concerto, Sérénade mélancolique , and more.
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Unique & Unusual

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Nothing beats the feeling of discovering something new, innovative, or rare—it ignites the imagination, sparks discussion, and unleashes possibility. This concert collection is a treasure trove of surprises and delights: Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, a U.S. premiere by Wolfgang Rihm, and a program that’s part of the Kennedy Center festival IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix.
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