The Kennedy Center


National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert 2019

Sunday, September 1, 2019 8:00 PM

National Symphony Orchestra NSO Summer and Capital Concerts

The National Symphony Orchestra led by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke performs its annual free Labor Day weekend concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Sunday, Sep. 1, at 8 p.m. The concert features vocalists Mykal Kilgore and Nova Payton in a program of popular songs by R&B hitmakers including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, James Brown, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and others.


West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol

Run Time

Approx. 1-1/2 hours


National Symphony Orchestra
Steven Reineke, conductor
Mykal Kilgore & Nova Payton, vocals
Micah Robinson, Shacara Rogers & Jillian Willis, background vocals

West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol (Rain Location - Kennedy Center Concert Hall)
Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 8 p.m.
FREE event, no tickets required. Gates open at 3 p.m., open rehearsal at 3:30 p.m.
Note: No alcohol permitted. 

The Star Spangled Banner
Various, arr. Shoup: “September Celebration!”
Al Green, arr. Shoup: “Let’s Stay Together”
Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell, arr. Shoup:  “You’re All I Need to Get By”
Aretha Franklin, arr. Shoup: “Respect”
James Brown, arr. Shoup: “Papa’s Feelin’ Good”
Various, arr. Reineke: “River Medley”
Aretha Franklin, arr. Shoup: “Think”
Diana Ross, arr. Tim Berens: “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”
Jackie Wilson, arr. Tim Berens: “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher”
Stevie Wonder, arr. Matt Podd: “Sir Duke”
Chaka Khan/ Whitney Houston, arr. Shoup:  Whitney Houston Medley
Sam Cooke, arr. Reineke: “A Change Is Gonna Come”
Arr. Kessler: Service Medley
Arr. Shoup: “America The Beautiful” (Ray Charles version)

Performance Timing: Approximately 90 minutes. 

NOTE: In case of inclement weather, please call the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Concert Hotline at (202) 416-8114 after 2:30 p.m. on the day of the concert to find out whether the performance will take place at The Capitol, or whether it will move indoors to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. If the concert moves indoors, there will be NO open rehearsal.



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