The Kennedy Center

National Symphony Orchestra 2019 Season Opening Gala

Saturday, September 28, 2019
5:30 p.m.

Anne K. Altman and Daniel S. Pelino

L. Patrick Chauvin

Gala Co-Chairs


Program to include

  • Bernstein: Divertimento
  • Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Stravinsky: Circus Polka
  • Stravinsky: Scherzo à la Russe
  • Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No. 2
  • Gershwin: An American in Paris

The 2019 NSO Season Opening Gala will take place on Saturday, September 28 and will celebrate the beginning of Maestro Gianandrea Noseda's third season as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra.

The evening will begin with an elegant cocktail reception on the grounds of the REACH, a beautiful new space in the Kennedy Center’s expansion, followed by a gala performance in the Concert Hall featuring a program of classical music inspired by jazz.

Following the fun and energetic concert, guests will experience the sights and sounds of Paris as they enter the grand pavilion on the Kennedy Center North Plaza for a dinner and reception with Maestro Noseda, guest artists, and NSO musicians. The Gala will immerse guests in the charms and romance of Parisian streets through themed décor, a delicious French-themed dinner, and dancing throughout the evening.

The NSO Season Opening Gala regularly attracts executives from Fortune 500 companies, members of Congress and other government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, and philanthropic leaders from across the nation. It is the perfect opportunity for corporate and individual hospitality, and all proceeds from the evening go to support the Orchestra's many artistic, educational, and community engagement programs throughout the year.

The fundraising goal for this year's event is $1.8 million, and your support is critical to reaching that ambitious target.

If you would like more information on the NSO Season Opening Gala, please call (202) 416-8102 or e-mail us.

Now is the time to mark your calendars for this memorable celebration!

Download a copy of the sponsorship benefits and registration form.


  • Gianandrea Noseda at the Kennedy Center

    Gianandrea Noseda

  • Yuja Wang by Ian Douglas

    Yuja Wang

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