NSO In Your Neighborhood

January 3–9, 2017

Overview | RSVP for Featured Events | Full Schedule

What is “NSO In Your Neighborhood?”

NSO In Your Neighborhood is an initiative that provides free performances and educational activities by the National Symphony Orchestra in neighborhoods throughout the Washington DC area. Over the course of one week, events include full orchestra concerts, in-school visits, chamber performances, artistic exchange, instrument petting zoos, and a range of classes, presented in schools, churches, community centers, night clubs and performing arts venues that reflect the makeup of a participating neighborhood. Through this community engagement program, the NSO strives to build deeper connections with audiences of all ages, to inspire learning, and to create excitement and foster appreciation for live classical music.

IYN 2016–2017: Southeast/Southwest

This year’s NSO In Your Neighborhood program heads to the vibrant Southeast and Southwest areas of Washington, D.C. — bringing a week’s worth of free chamber music, orchestral concerts, educational events for the entire family, and much more!

Over seven days, members of the NSO will break into various ensembles and configurations to present dozens of performances and activities throughout the community, including a kickoff chamber concert at Arena Stage and two full-orchestra performances at Ballou High School and Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Center (THEARC). You can follow all of the action on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram — and don’t forget to share your own In Your Neighborhood experiences on social media. Tag your posts, photos, and videos using the hashtag #NSOneighbor!

RSVP for our Featured Events

Free reservations are required or recommended for the following three concerts. An advanced reservation guarantees you admission to the seating area up to 15 minutes before the concert. Plan to arrive early, as seating is general admission (no assigned seats) and on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons who arrive without an advanced reservation may enter a standby line and will be granted admission as space permits, at the discretion of the concert staff.

Official Kick-Off Concert

Arena Stage
RSVPs for this event are full, but patrons in the standby line at the venue may be granted admission as space permits.
Wednesday, January 4
 7:30–8:30 p.m.
1101 6th St., SW
NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef (violin) and NSO musicians Charles Nilles (bass) and Joseph Connell (percussion) are joined by guest musician Tony Nalker (piano) to perform an evening chamber concert in Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle.

Full Orchestra Concert

Ballou High School
RSVPs for this event are full, but patrons in the standby line at the venue may be granted admission as space permits.
Friday, January 6
7–8 p.m.
3401 4th St., SE
Portuguese American conductor Jacomo Bairos leads the entire National Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring the acclaimed duo Black Violin, a pair of classically trained string musicians from Florida whose unique style combines classical and Hip Hop sensibilities.

Full Orchestra Concert

Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Center (THEARC)
RSVPs for this event are full, but patrons in the standby line at the venue may be granted admission as space permits.
Saturday, January 7
2–3 p.m.
1901 Mississippi Ave., SE
The entire National Symphony Orchestra reunites with Grammy®-nominated beatboxer/multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon and wildly original electric cellist/composer Wytold for a crash course in the fundamentals of remixing! With a flair for fresh art forms like progressive Hip Hop, live-looping, and instrumental innovation, this dynamic D.C. duo brings a jam-packed program filled with all sorts of unique and clever twists. Through beatboxing, improvising, and other creative techniques, Christylez Bacon and Wytold are ready to take Pachelbel’s Canon and Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 — plus other classical masterpieces featured everywhere from movies to TV to weddings — and make them completely their own. Stay after the performance for the Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo!” The program includes:

Bernstein: Overture to Candide
Shostakovich: Allegro from Symphony No. 10 in E minor
Bacon: “X-2”
Wytold: “Bach Remix”
Bacon: “It’s the Beatbox”
Prokofiev: “Montagues and Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet
Wytold: “My Regards”
Bacon: “Mambo Sauce”
Bernstein: “Mambo” from West Side Story

Full Schedule

All of these concerts are free to the public with first-come, first-served seating. Some concerts require a free RSVP for reservations and are marked accordingly with links to register. Look for more details on all concerts to be posted here soon.

Tuesday, January 3

Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library

10:30–11:30 a.m.
3660 Alabama Ave., SE
NSO musician Jae-Yeon Kim (violin) joins guest musicians Ko Sugiyama (violin) Tiffany Richardson (viola), and Sean Neidlinger (cello) in a performance for children.

Anacostia Arts Center

7–8 p.m.
1231 Good Hope Rd., SE
NSO musicians Jennifer Mondie (viola), Nicholas Stovall (oboe), and Alexander Jacobsen (bass) perform during a musical program and lecture inspired by Frederick Douglass.

Wednesday, January 4

Anacostia Neighborhood Library

1:30–2:30 p.m.
1800 Good Hope Rd., SE
NSO musicians Heather LeDoux Green (violin) and Paul DeNola (bass) give a performance for children. A Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” will be set up at the library.

Holiday Inn Capitol

6–7 p.m.
550 C St., SW
NSO musicians Jane Bowyer Stewart (violin) and Eric de Waardt (viola) are joined by guest musicians Claudia Chudacoff (violin) and Schuyler Slack (cello) for a chamber concert in the hotel’s restaurant, 21st Amendment Bar & Grill.

Official Kick-Off Concert
Arena Stage

RSVPs for this event are full, but patrons in the standby line at the venue may be granted admission as space permits.
7:30–8:30 p.m.
1101 6th St., SW
NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef (violin) and NSO musicians Charles Nilles (bass) and Joseph Connell (percussion) are joined by guest musician Tony Nalker (piano) to perform an evening chamber concert in Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle.

Mr. Henry’s Restaurant

9–10 p.m.
601 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
NSO musician Alexander Jacobsen (bass) performs for an hour in the middle of the restaurant’s weekly Jazz Jam hosted from 8 to 11 p.m. on the second floor.

Thursday, January 5

Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library

7–8 p.m.
1547 Alabama Ave., SE
NSO musicians Jane Bowyer Stewart (violin) and Eric de Waardt (viola) are joined by guest musicians Claudia Chudacoff (violin) and Schuyler Slack (cello) to perform familiar classical works.

Hill Center At Old Naval Hospital

This event is free, but advanced reservations are required.
7–8 p.m.
921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
NSO musicians Leah Arsenault (flute), Jamie Roberts (oboe), and Robert Rearden (horn) along with guest musicians Kristin Bowers (clarinet) and Sam Blair (bassoon) perform classical works.

Westminster Presbyterian Church

To RSVP, please email wpcdcoffice@gmail.com with the subject line “RSVP NSO” and the names of those attending.
7–8 p.m.
400 I St., SW
NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef (violin) joins NSO musicians Joel Fuller (violin), Daniel Foster (viola), Aaron Goldman (flute), and Adriana Horne (harp) to perform classical works in the church’s Labyrinth. After a brief intermission, silent prayer and meditation will be welcomed as the music continues. A brief reception will follow the performance.

Friday, January 6

Southwest Neighborhood Library

10:30–11:30 a.m.
900 Wesley Pl., SW
NSO musician Marissa Regni (violin) is joined by guest vocalist Kari Paludan to perform a concert for children. A Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” will be set up at the library.

Full Orchestra Concert
Ballou High School

RSVPs for this event are full, but patrons in the standby line at the venue may be granted admission as space permits.
7–8 p.m.
3401 4th St., SE
Portuguese American conductor Jacomo Bairos leads the entire National Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring the acclaimed duo Black Violin, a pair of classically trained string musicians from Florida whose unique style combines classical and Hip Hop sensibilities.

East City Bookshop

4:30–5:30 p.m.
645 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Suite 100
NSO musicians Holly Hamilton (violin), Ruth Wicker Schaaf (viola), and guest vocalist Kari Paludan perform a program for children.

Saturday, January 7

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

11 a.m.–12 noon
545 7th St., SE
NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan (violin), Wanzhen Li (violin), Tsuna Sakamoto (viola), and Eugena Chang (cello) perform a family program of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in CHAW’s gallery space.

Full Orchestra Concert
Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Center (THEARC)

RSVPs for this event are full, but patrons in the standby line at the venue may be granted admission as space permits.
2–3 p.m.
1901 Mississippi Ave., SE
The entire National Symphony Orchestra reunites with Grammy®-nominated beatboxer/multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon and wildly original electric cellist/composer Wytold for a crash course in the fundamentals of remixing! With a flair for fresh art forms like progressive Hip Hop, live-looping, and instrumental innovation, this dynamic D.C. duo brings a jam-packed program filled with all sorts of unique and clever twists. Through beatboxing, improvising, and other creative techniques, Christylez Bacon and Wytold are ready to take Pachelbel’s Canon and Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 — plus other classical masterpieces featured everywhere from movies to TV to weddings — and make them completely their own. Stay after the performance for the Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo!” The program includes:

Bernstein: Overture to Candide
Shostakovich: Allegro from Symphony No. 10 in E minor
Bacon: “X-2”
Wytold: “Bach Remix”
Bacon: “It’s the Beatbox”
Prokofiev: “Montagues and Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet
Wytold: “My Regards”
Bacon: “Mambo Sauce”
Bernstein: “Mambo” from West Side Story

Bluejacket

6–7 p.m.
300 Tingey St., SE
NSO musicians Craig Mulcahy (trombone), Matthew Guilford (bass trombone), and guest trombones Jeremy Buckler and Colin Wise perform in the bar area of the restaurant.

Sunday, January 8

Historic Congressional Cemetery

2–3 p.m.
1801 E St., SE
NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan (violin), Wanzhen Li (violin), Tsuna Sakamoto (viola), and Eugena Chang (cello) perform a family program of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in the Chapel.

Anacostia Community Museum

3:30–4:30 p.m.
1901 Fort Pl., SE
NSO musicians Mahoko Eguchi (viola), and Rachel Young (cello) perform classical works during the museum’s music performance series Rhythm Café.

The Corner Store

To RSVP, please email swantelier@earthlink.net with the subject line “RSVP NSO” and the names of those attending.
5–6 p.m.
900 South Carolina Ave., SE
NSO musicians Leah Arsenault (flute), Jamie Roberts (oboe), and Robert Rearden (horn) with guest musicians Kristin Bowers (clarinet) and Sam Blair (bassoon) play classical works.

East City Bookshop

5–6 p.m.
645 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Suite 100
NSO musicians Jane Bowyer Stewart (violin) and Eric de Waardt (viola) are joined by guest musicians Claudia Chudacoff (violin) and Schuyler Slack (cello) for a chamber concert. Pieces from different eras of classical music will be paired with literature from the same eras.

Blind Whino

Please note that this event, originally scheduled for 6 p.m., has been cancelled.

Monday, January 9

Hill Center At Old Naval Hospital

This event is free, but advanced reservations are required.
7–8 p.m.
921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
NSO musicians Craig Mulcahy (trombone) and Matthew Guilford (bass trombone) join guest trombones Jeremy Buckler and Colin Wise to perform in an artistic exchange with a local Go-go band.

Savoy Elementary School — Kid Pan Alley
Please note that this event, originally scheduled for 7 p.m., has been cancelled.


David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.

The National Symphony Orchestra’s Community Engagement Program is made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Irene Pollin.

Additional support is provided by Linda and Tobia Mercuro, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, and Tina and Albert Small, Jr.

NSO In Your Neighborhood SE/SW is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

NSO In Your Neighborhood: SE/SW is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.