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National Symphony Orchestra: 2019-2020 Season

Preview 2019 - 2020 Season

National Symphony Orchestra DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents (Classical Concert)

Fri., Dec 06 2019 9:00 PM

As part of his popular DECLASSIFIED series, Artistic Advisor to the NSO Ben Folds welcomes three special guests: country music artist Jamey Johnson; pop-soul singer Emily King; and folk, blues, and Latin fusion songstress Gaby Moreno. These late-night concerts, curated and hosted by Folds, defy the traditional symphony experience by offering great live music—both classical and contemporary—in a casual setting.

National Symphony Orchestra at The Anthem: Ugly Sweater Holiday Concert (Classical Concert)

Wed., Dec 11 2019 8:00 PM

The NSO continues its series of casual, affordable concerts—a new way to enjoy the symphony! To purchase tickets online, please click here.

NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! with Leslie Odom, Jr. (Pops Concert)

Fri., Dec 13 - Sat., Dec 14 2019

Our annual tradition, complete with Santa, the joyful voices of The Choral Arts Society of Washington, and even “snow!” Warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics and sing-along favorites in the festively decorated Concert Hall. This year, we welcome Leslie Odom, Jr., whose remarkable talents continue to inspire audiences across the globe, from his Tony®-winning role in Hamilton to singing “America the Beautiful” at the 2018 Super Bowl™.

NSO Pops: Game ON!  featuring music from League of Legends, World of Warcraft, and more (Pops Concert)

Wed., Jan 08 2020 8:00 PM

Don’t miss this mesmerizing celebration of symphonic video game music in its world premiere! Game music legend Andy Brick conducts the NSO and The Washington Chorus in concert premieres from more than a dozen blockbuster video games—The Witcher 3, World of Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, Bioshock, Sid Meier’s Civilization series, and many more—combining world-class symphonic arrangements with stunning in-game HD videos and never-before-seen concept art.

NSO Pops: Diana Ross - Music Book 2020 (Pops Concert)

Thu., Jan 09 - Sat., Jan 11 2020

Legendary entertainer and Kennedy Center Honoree Diana Ross returns to perform hits from her remarkable career!

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Beauty and the Beat (Classical Concert)

Sat., Jan 18 - Sun., Jan 26 2020

Marissa Regni
Eric Shin


See NSO principal second violinist Marissa Regni and NSO principal percussionist Eric Shin in an exciting new program exploring the magic created when the violin and percussion join together. Ages 3+

National Symphony Orchestra at The Anthem: Holst's The Planets (Classical Concert)

Wed., Jan 22 2020 8:00 PM

The NSO continues its series of casual, affordable concerts—a new way to enjoy the symphony! To purchase tickets online, please click here.

NSO Pops: Megan Hilty and Cheyenne Jackson (Pops Concert)

Thu., Feb 13 - Sat., Feb 15 2020

The two multi-talented stars of the stage, screen, and music charts join forces with conductor and notable actor Damon Gupton and the NSO over Valentine’s Day weekend to celebrate songs from Broadway, film, and the American Songbook.

NSO Family Concert: Girl Power! Celebrating Women in Music (Classical Concert)

Sun., Feb 16 2020

Don’t miss a special showcase of female composers, conductors, and performers to mark 100 years since the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. Arrive early for a Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” (1–2 p.m. and 3–4 p.m. in the Atrium). Ages 5+

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Mozart Mash-Up (Classical Concert)

Sat., Feb 22 - Sun., Feb 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+

NSO Family Concert: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs (a Symphonic Spectacular) (Classical Concert)

Sun., Apr 19 2020

Mo Willems
Ben Folds
Michael Butterman


Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur… and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway! That’s the just the beginning of a hilarious fractured, symphonic take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, as retold by Mo Willems. Don't miss this new classic performed by favorite performers and the NSO, featuring original music composed by indie pop icon and NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds. Ages 5+

NSO Pops: Disney•Pixar’s Up in Concert (Pops Concert)

Fri., May 01 - Sat., May 02 2020

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. 

Lang Lang in Recital (Classical Concert)

Sat., May 23 2020 8:00 PM

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.

NSO Pops: Bernstein's On the Town in Concert (Pops Concert)

Thu., Jun 25 - Sun., Jun 28 2020

Don’t miss the NSO in a show-stopping, semi-staged version of Leonard Bernstein’s first Broadway musical hit! The story follows the adventures of three sailors on 24-hour shore leave during WWII and features classic numbers such as “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town,” and “Some Other Time.”

NSO Pops: Amos Lee (Pops Concert)

Tue., Jun 30 2020 8:00 PM

American singer-songwriter Amos Lee—whose musical influences span folk, rock, blues, and soul—joins the NSO Pops for a one-night-only show featuring songs from his latest album, My New Moon. His seventh album, My New Moon reaches into experiences of hope, hopelessness, loss, and renewal. The result is the most wide-ranging musical effort of his career, a set of songs examining issues of mortality, survival, connection, and celebration in ways that are both deeply personal and profoundly universal.