Immerse yourself in Mnemosyne’s Pool, Grammy®-winning composer Steven Mackey’s luminous work Musical America dubbed “the first great American symphony of the 21st century.” Named for the Greek goddess of memory, this NSO co-commission tells the story of souls who dared drink from the river Lethe in Hades in their quest for eternal life.
Extraordinary soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha makes her NSO debut in Barber’s dreamy, nostalgic impression of nighttime in Knoxville. Visionary maestro David Robertson concludes the program with West Side Story’s most memorable music—from shouts of “Mambo!” to the wistful final chords of “Somewhere.”
Former NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach returns to lead Brahms’ idyllic Symphony No. 2. Hear its warm melodies and familiar lullabies conjure a verdant landscape—then blossom into a grand, uninhibited finale. Acclaimed soprano Chen Reiss lends her “voice of silver brightness and clarity” (Bachtrack) to a performance of Mozart’s scintillating motet Exsultate, jubilate.
Renowned maestro Sir Mark Elder returns to conduct Mahler’s bitterly beautiful Ninth Symphony. As Music Director of Manchester’s esteemed Hallé Orchestra, Elder has conducted and recorded superb performances of Mahler’s Ninth—don’t miss your chance to hear this masterwork LIVE in the hands of one of its most revered champions.
The singular piano sensation of the 21st century returns! For one concert only, “the hottest artist on the classical music planet” (The New York Times) brings his dazzling piano talents to a solo program of J.S. Bach’s iconic Goldberg Variations. As Noseda says, listening to Lang Lang is “pure heaven.”
See NSO principal second violinist Marissa Regni and NSO assistant principal timpanist/percussionist Scott Christian in an exciting program exploring the magic created when the violin and percussion join forces. This melodic and rhythmic ride proves that no matter how different the instruments are, they can come together to make some beautiful music.
Ditch your tux—this is a new way to enjoy the symphony! Join the National Symphony Orchestra at The Anthem for a one-night-only performance of Dvořák’s mysterious and dramatic Seventh Symphony.
Dvořák’s Seventh immediately draws us into a world of mystery, tension, and wild heroic energy. In the hands of James Gaffigan, this dark extravaganza of a symphony is an event. Beatrice Rana makes her NSO debut performing Schumann’s romantic Piano Concerto, a brilliant showpiece for her “ferocious technique” (The New York Times).
Three-time Grammy Award-winning platinum selling singer, songwriter, producer, and actor Ne-Yo treats the Concert Hall to his greatest hits and more! Ne-Yo has sold over 10 million albums worldwide including In My Own Words (2006), Because of You (2007), Year of the Gentleman (2008), Libra Scale (2010), and more.
Indie superstar Ben Rector’s passionate, piano-driven pop has garnered more than one billion streams. As one of the most successful independent artists to-date, he’s performed on countless national broadcasts, had music featured in more than one hundred TV shows (his single “Brand New” is one of the most licensed songs for television and film in the last five years), was an American Idol all-star mentor, and sold out amphitheaters nationwide on his most recent headlining tour. Nashville-based singer/songwriter Cody Fry’s enthralling fusions of popular song and luminous orchestration have made him a viral sensation. In 2021, he became an overnight phenomenon with the TikTok success of his song “I Hear a Symphony.” The very same year, his bombastic cover of “Eleanor Rigby” was nominated for a Grammy in the category of “Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals.” Now, these old friends share the stage with the National Symphony Orchestra for an unforgettable performance in the Concert Hall!
The haunting sound of Leonidas Kavakos’s 1734 “Willemotte” Stradivarius will be on full display in Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto, a challenging showpiece raging with raw fury and dark humor. Don’t miss the Greek virtuoso’s much-anticipated return as Noseda conducts the sublime concerto along with Bruckner’s striking Symphony No. 6.
He’s often viewed as a heavily bearded Viennese maestro, but Johannes Brahms was once a dashing young man in love with Clara Schumann—brilliant composer and pianist (who happened to be the wife of Brahms’ mentor). Feel Brahms’ yearning as Seong-Jin Cho performs this Piano Concerto written in the throes of forbidden love. Closing the program is a masterwork by Robert Schumann himself: the “Rhenish” Symphony.
Celebrate the holidays with performances of cool classics by Shorty Rogers, Thad Jones, Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn, Stan Kenton, and a handful of arrangements by BCJO Ghosts of Christmas Past. Directed by Brad Linde and Joe Herrera, the 17-piece big band is enjoying its 12th year of adventurous and exciting programming. The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra was founded in 2010, maintaining residence at the historic Bohemian Caverns each Monday night until its closing in March 2016. During that time, the band featured the District’s finest musicians in presenting a wide repertoire of music and guest artists including Oliver Lake, Warren Wolf, Miho Hazama, Elliott Hughes, Nathan Parker Smith, and others. The BCJO received numerous awards including annual recognition from the Washington City Paper and the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award. Currently, the band plays at Milkboy Arthouse in College Park and Levine Music in Silver Spring. In 2018, BCJO released two volumes of pianist Dan Roberts’ music, titled “Bohemiana”. The band is directed by Brad Linde and Joe Herrera.
With Rigoletto, Giuseppe Verdi weaves a richly illuminated tapestry around traditional themes of vanity, pride, avarice, spiritual corruption and festering recrimination. In this cautionary tale, compromised morals are the order of the day. It’s hard to predict where fate’s fickle finger will point when there’s a reconciliation of past sins. But as any Verdi fan will tell you, those books always get balanced, and nobody escapes palace intrigue without a florid, dramatically scored comeuppance! From the Duke’s opening salvo bragging about his romantic conquests, Questa o quella (This woman or that one), to the famous quartet from Act III, Bella figlia dell’amore (Beautiful daughter of love), Verdi’s Rigoletto stitches together a revolutionary evening at the palazzo that will keep you on the edge of your seats.