In last week’s blog you sang along with us and learned how we decorate the Concert Hall’s trees for the holidays. But what about the giant ornaments that hang over the stage? It’s more complicated than you might think.
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: The Capital Area Food Bank is returning to the Messiah concerts this year and will be accepting canned goods. Here’s... -
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When Messiah was premiered in Dublin in 1742, the proceeds went to the relief of three charitable organizations. Time and again, the oratorio has brought aid to
the hungry and impoverished. The Foundling Hospital in London, for example, was the recipient of at least one…
Yesterday the NSO held their annual day of decorating in the Concert Hall to the tune of 12 Days of Christmas. The holidays are here at the Kennedy Center.
“I’m honored to be back,” he says in this feature in the Washington Times.
An Open Rehearsal audience gets a sneak peek of the Orchestra working with conductor Juraj Valcŭha, who is making his Philharmonic debut this week in a program that includes Weber’s Oberon Overture, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with André Watts, and two works by Richard Strauss: Symphonic Fantasy on Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman Without a Shadow), and the Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.
Join us in welcoming the Slovakian native for concerts tonight through December 11.
Oh, and his name? It’s pronounced Yur-eye VAL-chu-ah.
Valcŭha conducted the National Symphony Orchestra just last week with special guest, pianist, Jonathan Biss.
On Nov. 27 the Kennedy Center Concert Hall unveiled its new Rubenstein Family Organ. The house was packed that night with people who braved the cold just for a chance to score one of the free tickets that were given out before the concert. The line tripled on itself in the Hall of Nations and gradually made its way out the front door and along the facade of the Kennedy Center building. It was truly a sight to see.
If you missed this organ concert, don’t fret, you’ll have a few more opportunities this season to check out what all the buzz is about. In the meantime, watch the time-lapse video of the Concert Organ installation.
: NSO conductor Vasily Petrenko on Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 -
Friday night NSO conductor Vasily Petrenko will explore Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4. Here he talks a little about what the piece means to him.
For me Shostakovich 4 is a combination of many things and thoughts by Dmitry Dmitriyevich at that time. It’s clearly a massive step forward in…