Watch Three National Symphony Orchestra Performances Live
The NSO and medici.tv Announce New Collaboration
The Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra, and medici.tv recently announced a new collaboration to film and stream three NSO concerts between January and June 2017. All three performances, which take place at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, will be filmed and available worldwide free of charge for live HD streaming on medivi.tv and Facebook Live, and subsequently on demand for 90 days after the live concert on medici.tv. Plans are also underway to expand this collaboration in upcoming seasons to include other Kennedy Center offerings.
The three live NSO performances can be viewed worldwide in HD on medici.tv on Sunday, January 22, at 3 p.m.; Saturday, February 11, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, June 17, at 8 p.m. All times noted are U.S. Eastern. All three concerts will be available on demand for 90 after the live performance date at no cost.
The January 22 concert celebrates America’s musical landscape and is led by the NSO’s music director designate, Gianandrea Noseda. Repertoire includes music by Copland, Bernstein, John Williams, and Gershwin, with piano soloist Jon Kimura Parker. The program honors two iconic U.S. presidents — Lincoln and Kennedy — and is part of the Kennedy Center’s yearlong celebration of President Kennedy’s centennial. Emmy Award®–winning actress Phylicia Rashad narrates Copland’s famous Lincoln Portrait.
The February 11 performance features Joshua Bell, as part of his weeklong residency at the Kennedy Center. First, Bell conducts the NSO in Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, and then appears as violin soloist with the Orchestra under the baton of Michael Stern in Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, which also features Dance Heginbotham in original choreography to accompany the piece.
Saturday, June 17, marks Christoph Eschenbach’s final concert as NSO music director, concluding his seven-year tenure which also includes the post of Kennedy Center Music Director. Bright Sheng’s Zodiac Tales opens the concert; Beethoven’s world-renowned Symphony №9 includes a cast of distinguished singers — soprano Leah Crocetto, mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges, tenor Joseph Kaiser, and bass Soloman Howard — as well as Washington’s famed Choral Arts Society, for this fitting final performance and musical sendoff before Eschenbach assumes the post of Conductor Laureate with the NSO.