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    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, 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.


    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.


    JANUARY 5-11, 2016

    Master Schedule


    6:20 p.m. Preview Event

    Verizon Center

    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


    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

    Glenn Donnellan, violin

    Teri Lee, violin

    Heather Ledoux Green, violin

    Abigail Evans Kreuzer, viola

    James Lee, cello

    Charles Nilles, bass

    Joe Connell, percussion


    1:00 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ

    945 G St., NW

    This program featuring the churchs Casava


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