NSO In Your Neighborhood (April 9–15, 2018)

Don’t miss this full week of FREE performances and educational activities during SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras.

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5 min readDec 8, 2017


Overview | 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.

Watch highlights from NSO In Your Neighborhood below!

NSO: In Your Neighborhood
SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras
April 9–15, 2018

The 2018 NSO In Your Neighborhood program features a second week of residency events throughout Washington, D.C., in tandem with the SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras. Activities are developed in partnership with local community partners to ensure the initiative provides the performances, educational experiences, and community engagement most desired by the neighborhoods.

The heart of NSO In Your Neighborhood consists of free orchestra concerts, chamber music, in-school events, and other activities by the NSO musicians, showcasing their creativity and skills in the programs they create. In addition to the numerous free public concerts, small ensembles make eight school visits during this week, including the Department of Labor Child Development Center, Bunker Hill Elementary School, Archbishop Carroll High School, the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, Catholic University, and St. Anselm’s Abbey School.

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!

Full Schedule

All of these concerts are free to the public with first-come, first-served seating.


Historic Congressional Cemetery

Chamber Concert
7–8 p.m, 1801 E St., SE

NSO musicians Deanna Lee Bien and Claudia Chudacoff (violin), Eric deWaardt (viola), and Eugena Chang (cello) play classical works in the chapel.


Central Union Mission

Chamber Concert
10–11 a.m., 65 Massachusetts Ave., NW

NSO musicians Malorie Blake Shin (violin), Mahoko Eguchi (viola), Alexander Jacobsen (bass), Jamie Roberts (oboe), and guest musician Kristin Bowers (clarinet) play at D.C.’s oldest social services agency.

Union Station

Full Orchestra Community Performance
1–2 p.m., 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE

Led by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, the National Symphony Orchestra plays a free lunchtime “Pop-Up” concert in the Main Hall of D.C.’s iconic Union Station.


The Hamilton

Late Night Concert
10:30–11:30 p.m.,
600 14th St., NW

NSO musician Joseph Connell (percussion) and live electronic musician Joel Blumenthal collaborate for a late night performance in the Loft bar of the restaurant.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018

Columbia Heights Educational Campus

Community Performance
4–5 p.m., 3101 16th St., NW

NSO Youth Fellows Caitlyn Clingenpeel (violin) and Lourdes de la Pena (cello) give a performance in the school’s Model UN lecture hall.

The Corner Store

Chamber Concert
5–6 p.m., 900 South Carolina Ave., SE

NSO musicians Leah Arsenault (flute), Jamie Roberts (oboe), Robert Rearden (horn), and guest musicians Kristin Bowers (clarinet) and Samuel Blair (bassoon) play classical works.


Anacostia Community Museum

Chamber Concert
2–3 p.m., 1901 Fort Pl., SE

NSO musicians Robert Rearden, James Nickel, and Markus Osterlund (horn) perform in the Museum’s multipurpose room.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Community Performance
4:30–5:30 p.m, 545 7th St., SE

NSO musicians Heather LeDoux Green (violin) and Paul DeNola (bass) give a family-friendly performance in CHAW’s Dance Studio.

The Kennedy Center

Ticketed Full Orchestra Concert
8 p.m, Concert Hall

Following the November 2017 death of baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky — who had originally been scheduled to appear as a soloist at this concert — NSO Music Director Gianandrea Noseda leads an all-Russian program dedicated to Hvorostovsky’s memory. The program reflects Noseda’s own Italian heritage and his experience at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, where he held his first important conducting post. Stravinsky’s Pulcinella is a reaction to Italian composer Pergolesi, whose original music was for a commedia dell’arte libretto. Vocal soloists will be announced at a later date. The second half of the program offers solo piano music by Russian composers Mily Balakirev (Islamey) and Sergei Rachmaninoff (5 Études-Tableaux), colorfully orchestrated by Italian composers Alfredo Casella and Ottorino Respighi, respectively. All tickets $25

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018

Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Community Performance
Concerts: 1–2 p.m. & 3–4 p.m.
Instrument Petting Zoo: 2–3 p.m. & 4–5 p.m.
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW

NSO musicians Jae-Yeon Kim (violin) and Charles Nilles (bass), and guest musicians Ko Sugiyama (violin), Tiffany Richardson (viola), Sean Neidlinger (cello), and Joel Ayau (keyboard) give two family-friendly performances with an animal theme in the Zoo’s auditorium, located in the Visitor Center. A Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo” takes place outdoors adjacent to the Visitor Center.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Passes are required and will be available on-site at the Zoo on April 15 beginning at 11 a.m. for both the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. concerts. Passes are not required for the Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.”

Ticket Information

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Seating limited to capacity. Some events require advance (free) registration. All events/artists/programs are subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice.


Major support for NSO In Your Neighborhood is provided by

Linda and Tobia Mercuro, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and Tina and Albert Small, Jr.

NSO In Your Neighborhood will be supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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