Washington, D.C., January 5, 2015 – Get ready for some great music! Starting January 6, the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) will leave the Kennedy Center and come to NoMa and Brookland for a week of free community performances. It’s all part of NSO In Your Neighborhood, a program where for one week each year, the NSO leaves The Kennedy Center to perform for the local community.
This year’s NSO In Your Neighborhood will feature 10 free and open to the public performances in NoMa at locations such as NPR Headquarters (Jan. 6), Union Market (Jan. 7), The Lobby Project (Jan. 8) and McKinley Technology Education Campus (Jan. 10).
Don’t miss these free, public events in NoMa:
Chamber Performance at NPR Headquarters:
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 7–8:30 p.m.
1111 North Capitol Street, NE
NSO musicians Nurit Bar-Josef, concertmaster; Eric deWaardt, viola; Mark Evans, cello; and Aaron Goldman, principal flute, perform chamber music in NPR’s new Studio 1. RSVP required.
Kick-Off Concert at Union Market:
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 6–8 p.m.
1309 Fifth Street, NE, Dock 5 (Second Floor)
Historic Union Market is not only home to more than 30 of the top artisanal food producers in the region, but above the marketplace it also boasts the distinctive event space Dock 5. Come early to dine, shop, and explore Union Market—and then enjoy NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan, Teri Lee, Carole Evans, and Jan Chong, violins; Mark Evans, cello; Charles Nilles, bass; and Joe Connell, percussion, as they bring their mix of rock ‘n’ roll, blues/jazz, fiddling, and classical to this spacious urban venue. An arrival time of 6 p.m. is suggested and the performance begins at 7 p.m. RSVP required.
Chamber Concert at the Lobby Project:
Thursday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
1200 First Street, NE
NSO musicians Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violins; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; and Rachel Young, cello—otherwise known as The Last Stand Quartet—perform classical works.
Family Concert & Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” at McKinley Technology Education Campus:
Saturday, Jan 10, 3–5 p.m.
151 T Street, NE
From 3 to 4 p.m., kids of all ages can enjoy hands-on fun with our Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo,” allowing them to try out the instruments they’ll hear in the performance. From 4 to 5 p.m., the NSO brings mirth, musical mastery, and more to a family program called “Exploring Extremes” hosted by Marissa Regni, principal second violin, and NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl. RSVP required.
Click here for a list of all NSO In Your Neighborhood events in NoMa. Some of the events require a free ticket, which can be reserved here. Unclaimed reservations will be opened up 15 minutes before performances to those waiting in line.
In addition to concerts and events in NoMa, the NSO will also perform at locations in Northeast D.C. including Echostage, Catholic University’s Hartke Theatre, Howard University School of Divinity’s Howard Thurman Chapel and more. For a complete list of NSO In Your Neighborhood events, click here.
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