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Noseda conducts Mahler's Fifth

Feb. 20 - 22, 2020

Passion, rage, tenderness, joy, sorrow—Mahler's Fifth has it all. It begins with the fateful call of a lone trumpet...then explodes into an enormous work of drama and power. Noseda leads the towering showpiece in a program that also features Schubert’s great “Unfinished” Symphony.

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Mozart Mash-Up

Feb. 22 - 23, 2020

Share the magic and music of Mozart in a special family concert when members of the National Symphony Orchestra play favorites from the prolific composer. Age 7+

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Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

Feb. 27 - 29, 2020

The youngest-ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Akiko Suwanai, joins Noseda for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, a work radiating Russian spirit. 

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Kozhukhin plays Grieg’s Piano Concerto

Apr. 2 - 4, 2020

Following his celebrated NSO debut last season, acclaimed Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin returns to perform one of the most-loved concertos of all time under the baton of Gustavo Gimeno.

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Langrée conducts Brahms
Hough plays Beethoven

Apr. 16 - 18, 2020

Under the baton of Louis Langrée, world renowned pianist Stephen Hough effortlessly conquers the Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, a work demanding remarkable mastery and range from the soloist.

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Family Concert: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Sun. Apr. 19, 2020

Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur… and a Dinosaur visiting from Norway! That’s the just the beginning of this hilarious take on a classic, retold by Mo Willems with music by Ben Folds. Ages 5+

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Eschenbach conducts Boléro | Carpenter plays Poulenc

Apr. 23 - 25, 2020

Christoph Eschenbach leads an all-French program featuring Ravel’s sultry slow-burn, Boléro. Rock star organist Cameron Carpenter, “a modern-day throwback to the flamboyant virtuosos of the 19th century” (NPR), performs Poulenc’s vibrant Organ Concerto.

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Noseda conducts Mahler’s Fourth
NSO stars play Haydn

May 7 - 9, 2020

Four exceptional NSO principals engage in a spirited musical conversation as they take center stage in Haydn’s joyful Sinfonia Concertante. The program, conducted by Noseda, concludes with Mahler’s heavenly Fourth Symphony.

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Lang Lang in Recital

Sat. May 23, 2020

For one concert only, the National Symphony Orchestra presents “the hottest artist on the classical music planet” (The New York Times), Lang Lang. Experience his dazzling piano talents to a solo program of J.S. Bach’s iconic Goldberg Variations.

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Beethoven at 250:
Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

May 28 - 29, 2020

“Eroica” illustrates the composer’s Beethoven's spiritual quest towards heroism as he coped with deafness. The program also includes his Third Symphony and Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus.

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Beethoven at 250:
Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5

May 30 - Jun. 3, 2020

Fate knocks at the door in the most famous four notes in symphonic history! Experience the memorable motif that changed music forever in this fearless symphony Beethoven called “a duel between free will and determination.”

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Beethoven at 250:
Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7

Jun. 5 - 6, 2020

Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony starts small but grows into a giant. Upon first hearing the masterpiece, 26-year-old Robert Schumann was so enthralled that he “sat in place without moving a muscle or even breathing.”

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Beethoven at 250:
Symphonies Nos. 6 & 8

Jun. 9 - 10, 2020

Join Noseda for a program of masterworks beginning with the rapid-fire wit of Beethoven’s Coriolan overture followed by his explosive Eighth Symphony and popular “Pastoral” Symphony.

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Beethoven at 250:
Symphony No. 9

Jun. 12 - 14, 2020

The NSO culminates its tribute with Beethoven’s epic Ninth, the symphony by which all others are measured. With its grand emotional melodies and tremendous final “Ode to Joy,” the masterpiece resounds as loudly today as it did centuries ago.

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DECLASSIFIED®: Ben Folds Presents

Fri. Jun. 19, 2020

Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos headlines the next DECLASSIFIED® concert hosted by Ben Folds, Artistic Advisor to the NSO. Ben’s laid-back, late-night concert series defies the traditional symphony experience with exciting guest artists, pre/post-shows and parties, drink specials, and more—it's classical music, DECLASSIFIED.

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Season Opening Gala Concert:
Gianandrea Noseda & Isabel Leonard

Sat. Sep. 26, 2020

Attend the most glamorous event of the season! Gianandrea Noseda begins his fourth season as NSO Music Director with an evening of Spanish flair featuring Ravel’s hypnotic Boléro and famous arias from Carmen, featuring Grammy Award®–winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard.

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Beethoven at 250: with Noseda & Ehnes

Oct. 1 - 3, 2020

Under the baton of maestro Noseda, two-time Grammy® winner James Ehnes returns for an astounding interpretation of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Then, Schubert’s Symphony No. 9—hear it as a sunlit summer day…or as a 20-something genius throwing down a challenge to Beethoven himself!

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Beethoven at 250: Noseda conducts Missa Solemnis

Oct. 8 - 10, 2020

It’s not only one of the mightiest, most ambitious masses in existence—it’s the supreme spiritual vision of a genius and an intimate self-portrait of a human soul. With Noseda at the helm, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis is sure to be the emotional summit of our Beethoven at 250 celebration.

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Paired to Perfection
Christina & Michelle Naughton play Poulenc

Oct. 15 - 17, 2020

Identical twin sisters and piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton make their anticipated NSO debuts in Poulenc’s delightfully witty Concerto. Maestro Yan Pascal Tortelier concludes the evening with Ravel’s decadent La valse.

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Vinnitskaya plays Prokofiev

Nov. 5 - 7, 2020

Anna Vinnitskaya, “a true lioness at the keyboard” (Washington Post), takes on Prokofiev’s towering Piano Concerto No. 2 in performances led by Michael Sanderling, Principal Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic.

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Salonen conducts Karawane and Daphnis and Chloé

Nov. 12 - 14, 2020

Based on Hugo Ball’s Dada poem of the same name, Karawane is a vocal masterpiece Esa-Pekka Salonen calls “a circus lost in time and space.” The visionary maestro pairs his fabulously fun work with Ravel’s pastoral ballet Daphnis and Chloé. Part of Prism, the NSO’s new artist residency program.

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Salonen conducts Stravinsky’s Perséphone 
Directed by Peter Sellars

Nov. 20 - 21, 2020

“An always serious artist, Esa-Pekka Salonen has learned that there is no shame in entertaining an audience” (The New Yorker). And entertain us he will with Stravinsky’s Perséphone—fully cast and directed by the one and only Peter Sellars. Part of Prism, the NSO’s new artist residency program.

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Noseda & Trifonov return

Dec. 3 - 5, 2020

After last year’s sold-out performances, Grammy®–winning pianist Daniil Trifonov returns to once again dazzle audiences with Beethoven. The program—led by Noseda—also features the unforgettable music from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni.

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Handel’s Messiah

Dec. 17 - 20, 2020

Everyone knows the Hallelujah chorus, but if that’s all you know, you’re in for a treat! Every note of Handel’s Messiah is just as inspired, and our holiday tradition never fails to bring Washingtonians of all beliefs together in joyful celebration.

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Mørk plays Elgar
Debussy’s Images

Jan. 14 - 16, 2021

Truls Mørk brings a unique poetry to a great British classic: Elgar’s haunting Cello Concerto. Charismatic young conductor Dalia Stasevska completes the program with Debussy’s colorful Images and a world premiere commissioned by Classical Movements’s Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program for the NSO.

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Hahn plays Prokofiev
Urbański conducts The Rite of Spring

Jan. 22 - 24, 2021

Prokofiev’s gorgeous First Violin Concerto sets a virtuoso loose in a fairy-tale dreamworld as three-time Grammy Award®–winning violinist Hilary Hahn takes the stage. Krzysztof Urbański pairs the work with another audience favorite: Stravinsky’s primal The Rite of Spring.

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Chamayou plays Saint-Saëns 
Stutzmann conducts Brahms

Jan. 28 - 30, 2021

Bertrand Chamayou makes his NSO debut performing Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a work for which he won the 2019 Gramophone Awards for Best Concerto and Recording of the Year. Then, Brahms’s idyllic Symphony No. 2 blossoms under the baton of renowned conductor Nathalie Stutzmann.

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Kavakos plays Shostakovich 
Noseda conducts Borodin

Feb. 11 - 14, 2021

Leonidas Kavakos unleashes the raw fury—and dark humor—of Shostakovich’s haunting First Violin Concerto. Don’t miss the Greek virtuoso’s anticipated return as Gianandrea Noseda conducts this towering work, along with music by Alexander Borodin.

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Noseda & Ax

Feb. 18 - 20, 2021

Grammy®-winning pianist Emanuel Ax unleashes “a spellbinding prism of possibilities” (The New York Times) with an early Mozart masterpiece. Then, Noseda leads the “Rhenish” Symphony, Schumann’s free-flowing, euphoric depiction of Germany’s mightiest river.

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Remarkable Women: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade

Mar. 4 - 6, 2021

Be transported to exotic Ancient Persia…where a clever young bride spins fantastic tales to survive 1001 nights with a murderous Sultan—to whom she’s betrothed!

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Music Under Tyranny:
with Noseda & Cho

Mar. 11 - 12, 2021

Gianandrea Noseda explores three great composers in pursuit of life, liberty, and unforgettable melodies: Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and the rarely-performed Alfredo Casella.

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Gaffigan conducts Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Mar. 18 - 20, 2021

Relive the most iconic moments from West Side Story—from shouts of “Mambo!” to the heartbreaking final chords of “Somewhere.” Violin superstar Anne Akiko Meyers takes center stage in the world premiere of The Mystery of Flight.

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Josefowicz plays Ligeti 
Storgårds conducts Bartók

Apr. 8 - 10, 2021

Phenomenal violinist Leila Josefowicz has won the hearts of audiences around the world as a champion of contemporary music. Don’t miss your chance to see her magnetic personality in action performing the Ligeti’s Violin Concerto, a wild fusion of avant-garde exploration and traditional concerto form.

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Grosvenor plays Mozart
Elder conducts Elgar

Apr. 15 - 17, 2021

Benjamin Grosvenor makes like Amadeus himself, summoning all the stormy drama of Mozart’s famous piano concerto (heard too on the soundtrack to the film!). Sir Mark Elder completes the program with Elgar’s unabashedly emotional Symphony No. 2.

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Tjeknavorian plays Khachaturian 
Jurowski conducts Tchaikovsky

May 6 - 8, 2021

After his superb debut as an eleventh hour substitute last season, Emmanuel Tjeknavorian needs no introduction! Then, the “Pathétique” shows us a man on the edge as tensions erupt in Tchaikovsky’s glorious final symphony.

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Noseda conducts Rachmaninoff & Dvořák

May 20 - 22, 2021

Rachmaninoff’s rarely performed final symphony is full of surprises. Although composed in exile in the 1930s, the Third has all the trappings of the composer’s Russian style—from the melancholic opening to the angst-ridden, frenzied finale.

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Piano Passions
Noseda & Andsnes

Jun. 10 - 12, 2021

Noseda conducts five-time Gramophone Award winner and eleven-time Grammy® nominee Leif Ove Andsnes in Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1, inspired by the composer’s love for the wife of his mentor, Robert Schumann!

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