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Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, December 17, 2015
The National Symphony Orchestra Announces
Full Schedule for
Preview Event January 3 at Verizon Center
More than 40 free performances, events, and
musical instrument petting zoos January 511
A Day of Music at the Smithsonian American Art Museum January 9
Acoustical tour of National Building Museum and an
espionage-themed concert at National Spy Museum January 10
Ensemble performance at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue January 10
Announcement of an annual award in honor of Irene Pollin
Four joint performances with poets, actors, and spoken word artists
(WASHINGTON)The National Symphony Orchestra will blanket the neighborhoods of
Downtown and Penn Quarter January 511, building deeper connections to its community in a
week-long residency featuring more than 40 free events and performances. From concerts at the
Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to in-school
visits, artist panels and discussions, and performances at homeless shelters, NSO members will
make music in ensembles large and small. The National Spy Museum, First Congregational
United Church of Christ, Central Union Mission, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Martin
Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Busboys and Poets, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company:
these are but a few of the distinctive and colorful locales to be visited.
Advance sign-up is required for the following locations: The Hamilton Live, Sixth & I
Historic Synagogue, the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, the National Building Museum
and the National Press Club. To attend the Preview Event at the Verizon Center, tickets to the
Washington Wizards game are necessary.
Preview Event: On January 3, the NSOs powerhouse brass section will enliven the
Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat game by performing before warm-ups at center court
Sunday at 6:20 p.m. Tickets for the game are required and are available at
www.msesales.com/wiz/nso, The promotional code is NSO.
Official Kick-off Event: Doors will open to The Hamilton Live January 5 at 6:30 p.m.
The performance will begin at 8:00, featuring NSO musicians Glenn Donnellan, Heather
LeDoux Green, and Teri Lee, violins; Abigail Evans Kreuzer, viola; Jim Lee, cello; Charles
Nilles, bass; and Joe Connell, percussion. This performance opens the In Your Neighborhood
program in the Downtown and Penn Quarter communities. This event is open to the public, but
reservations are required due to space limitations. http://live.thehamiltondc.com/event/1035721-
A Day of Music January 9, 2016, beginning at 1:00 p.m.: The Smithsonian American
Art Museum will host a day with six separate events. Preceding and following the 2 p.m. Family
Concert will be musical instrument petting zoos, so that children of all ages can try out
orchestral instruments. The Family Concert is called Inspiration! and explores the ideas that
help shape composers creativity, such as literature, poetry, travel, nature, and more. A musical
instrument petting zoo will take place before and after the performance. The concert will be
conducted by Michael Butterman and NSO Principal Second Violinist Marissa Regni will serve
as both soloist and host.
A Day of Music will continue with two chamber music performances that will take
place in the Lincoln Gallery at 4 p.m., and in the museums Luce Foundation Center at 5:30 p.m.
The orchestra program at 7:30 p.m. in the Kogod Courtyard, led by guest conductor
Francesco Lecce-Chong, will feature pieces relating to artworks in the museums collection.
Among the musical works will be an excerpt from Jefferson Friedmans The Throne of the Third
Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly, inspired by an artwork with the same title
by James Hampton that has been praised as Americas greatest work of visionary art. The
symphonic work was commissioned by the National Symphony and given its world premiere in
2004, and concert-goers can view sculpture and other art relating to the concert prior to the
performance. The museum, which ordinarily closes its doors at 7 p.m., has arranged to keep the
galleries on the first floor only open through 8:30 p.m. for the duration of the concert. The events
at the Smithsonian American Art Museum are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and
will be available on a first come, first served, basis. Please see the listings below for additional
January 10, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.: NSO Board member Irene Pollin will be honored by the
creation of a community service award at the concert at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Mrs.
Pollin, a long-time member of the NSO Board, has been a keen supporter of the NSOs
community engagement programs. She and her late husband Abe Pollin also played a leading
role in the renewal of Downtown D.C., and were instrumental in saving the Sixth & I Historic
Synagogue. The Irene Pollin Community Service Award will be given to one organization
annually that provides grassroots health and human services combined with programs for
intellectual and artistic enrichment as exemplified by the arts in all forms. The award will be
presented during the program of chamber music by members of the National Symphony
Four events will feature NSO musicians interacting with local artists. The Last Stand
Quartet will appear with the Drawbridge Collective at Busboys and Poets on January 7, and with
actors of the Shakespeare Theatre Company on January 8. The same ensemble will collaborate
with Classical Indian artists on January 11, celebrating Woolly Mammoth Theatres production
of Guards at the Taj. The NSOs Glenn Donnellan will perform with representatives of Words,
Beats and Life and the Hip Hop Orchestra of UMD at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Library January 10.
The complete list of activities, as known at the time of this release, follows.
IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: DOWNTOWN / PENN QUARTER
JANUARY 5-11, 2016
SUNDAY, JANUARY 3
6:20 p.m. Preview Event
601 F St., NW
This Primetime Performance will feature NSO musicians in a six-minute
segment before warm-ups at center court during the Washington Wizards v.
Miami Heat game. Tickets to the game are necessary.
James Nickel, horn
William Gerlach, trumpet
Tom Cupples, trumpet
David Murray, trombone
Stephen Dumaine, tuba
TUESDAY, JANUARY 5
10:15 a.m. Randle Highlands Elementary School
1650 30th St., SE
This performance of The String Thing is for 20 kindergarten students.
Heather LeDoux Green, violin
Paul DeNola, bass
11:00 a.m. Central Union Mission
65 Massachusetts Ave., NW
This 45 to 60-minute performance is for people at the Emergency Shelter at Gales
Craig Mulcahy, trombone
David Murray, trombone
Matthew Guilford, bass trombone
Stephen Dumaine, tuba
5:00 p.m. Horman Violin Studio
First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G St., NW
The Horman Violin Studio will host a master class in the sanctuary of First
Congregational United Church of Christ. This event is open to the public with up
to 150 attendees.
Jane Bowyer Stewart, violin
6:30 p.m. to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
8:00 p.m. 901 G St., NW
Panel Discussion: Promoting the Orchestra in the 21st Century
Participants will discuss trends and challenges for modern ensembles. This event
will take place in the librarys Great Hall, which can hold an audience of up to
400. The discussion will be recorded and live-streamed for the community.
Michael Bracy, Co-Founder, Future of Music Coalition
Victoria Gau, Conductor and Artistic Director, Capital City Symphony
Gregory Hughes, Social Media Manager, Kennedy Center
Jennifer Mondie, NSO viola, Orchestra Committee Chair
Shay Stevens, Mars Urban Arts Curator, Washington Performing Arts
Mario R. Rossero, Kennedy Center Senior Vice President for Education
7:00 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G St., NW
This event, a discussion and demonstration, is open to the public and will take
place in the churchs sanctuary.
David Teie, cello
8:00 p.m. Kick-off Event at The Hamilton Live 600 14th St., NW
This 75-minute chamber performance at The Hamilton Live will welcome the
public officially to the NSO In Your Neighborhood week. Doors open at 6:30
p.m. Reservations required via http://live.thehamiltondc.com.
Glenn Donnellan, violin
Teri Lee, violin
Heather Ledoux Green, violin
Abigail Evans Kreuzer, viola
James Lee, cello
Charles Nilles, bass
Joe Connell, percussion
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6
1:00 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G St., NW
This program featuring the churchs Casava