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OFFSITE EVENT: NSO In Your Neighborhood Day at the Zoo (part of SHIFT)

Sunday, April 15, 2018 1:00 PM


FREE, open to the public. National Symphony Orchestra musicians perform an animal-themed program, and the Volunteer Council for the NSO hosts a Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” for a Day of Music at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Please note this event does NOT take place at the Kennedy Center. 

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PLEASE NOTE: This event does NOT take place at the Kennedy Center.

NSO In Your Neighborhood
Day of Music at the Zoo

LOCATION: Smithsonian’s National Zoo
FREE, open to the public

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is thrilled to host members of the National Symphony Orchestra for a free, engaging, animal-themed musical performance for all ages. On April 15, the National Symphony Orchestra perform two concerts held at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Zoo's Visitor Center auditorium, followed by Musical Instrument “Petting Zoos” at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to collect free, same-day passes, which will be available on-site starting at 11 a.m. for both concerts. Visitors must have a pass to attend the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. concerts. Please note that there is a limit of six passes per family. Passes are not required for the Musical Instrument Petting Zoos at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Featured musicians include Jae-Yeon Kim (violin), Ko Sugiyama (violin), Tiffany Richardson (viola), Sean Neidlinger (cello), Charles Nilles (bass), and Joel Ayau (piano).

Presented as part of #SHIFTmusic, a week celebrating the vitality, identity, and extraordinary artistry of orchestras and chamber orchestras by creating an immersive festival experience April 9–15 in the nation's capital:

For further information, please call the National Symphony Orchestra at (202) 416-8100.

SHIFT is co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and the Kennedy Center in cooperation with the League of American Orchestras.