The Kennedy Center unveils the new Rubenstein Family Organ with a free concert featuring NSO organist William Neil and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl. The organ, created by Casavant Frères of St-Hyacinthe, Québec, is a generous gift by Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein, given on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Kennedy Center and the 80th anniversary of the National Symphony Orchestra.
The repertoire for the performance, at which the instrument is publicly heard for the first time, includes both works for the organ alone and with other instruments. The program opens with the Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, by Johann Sebastian Bach and continues with Morceau symphonique by Alexandre Guilmant, perhaps the most noteworthy member of a leading family of French organists. Next is Giovanni Gabrieli's Canzon a 12. Instead of the traditional 12 players, the piece is performed by 8 members of the Orchestra's brass section in two of the three choirs for which the piece is written, and the organ, using the appropriate stops, replaces four brass instruments as the other choir. The program culminates in the "Organ" Symphony of Saint-Saëns, with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl.
FREE – TICKETS REQUIRED
Tickets are distributed beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the performance (Tue., Nov. 27) in the Hall of Nations. Up to two tickets per person in line will be distributed. Kennedy Center policies have been vetted to be non-discriminatory and to provide equal access for everyone.
Note: There is no free parking when attending or picking up tickets for free events.