NSO Family Concerts & Tickets

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NSO Music for Young Audiences

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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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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NSO Pops: Disney & Pixar’s Up in Concert

NSO Pops: Pixar's Up

May 1 - 2, 2020

Steven Reineke, conductor

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, this animated classic comes back to the big screen with the NSO playing Michael Giacchino’s Oscar®- and Grammy®-winning score live to the film. The unlikely duo of a curmudgeonly 78-year-old balloon salesman and an 8-year-old stowaway soon find themselves on a hilarious and heartwarming journey to a lost world filled with danger and surprises.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts. © All rights reserved.

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NSO Family: Halloween Spooktacular

Sun. Nov. 1, 2020

An annual tradition! The Concert Hall transforms into a ghostly sight when ghoulishly attired the NSO musicians perform new and old classics to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical PLAYspace.  Most enjoyed by age 5 and up.

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NSO Family: Sleepover at the Museum

Sun. Feb. 28, 2021

Follow Mason and his friends in a musical and scientific scavenger hunt through the many exhibits that make any natural history museum special! Arrive early for a Musical PLAYspace. Most enjoyed by age 5 and up. 

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NSO Family: Because (World Premiere)

Sun. Apr. 25, 2021

Because sometimes it’s the smallest moments that have the biggest impact, New York Times best-selling author and Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems wrote a symphony of chance, discovery, and magic in this tale of a young girl’s journey to center stage. Because you and your loved ones wanted to see and hear this world premiere, you became part of the story. Arrive early for a Musical PLAYspace. Most enjoyed by age 5 and up.

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Bank of America is the Presenting Sponsor of Performances for Young Audiences.

Additional support for the NSO Family Concerts is provided by A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation; Macy's; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; an endowment from the Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation; the U.S. Department of Education; and the Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra.

Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by David M. Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program David M. Rubenstein

Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.

The content of this program may have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the federal government.