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Summon the Heroes!

National Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert

Summon the HeroesHeroes exist in history, movies, and comic books, but also in our own communities and even our own homes. From firefighters to Olympic athletes, soldiers to even the heroes in ourselves, heroes are all around us.

Throughout the ages, composers have celebrated the accomplishments of famous heroes through music. This program explores how classical music has wonderfully depicted heroes for centuries—heroes both real and fictional, from America or far-away lands. What does a hero “sound” like? Get ready to find out!

Join NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl and the National Symphony Orchestra for a rousing concert celebrating heroes—especially what it takes to be a hero—and how to know a hero when you see (and hear) one.

View the Cuesheet performance guide online (view the teacher guide here), or use the resources below to go deeper.

Field Guide
Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a concert hall
Flash Interactive
Batter up! This multimedia exploration introduces students to the most enduring all-stars of the orchestra: the instruments.
Slideshow
Learn to identify the strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments that make up an orchestra
Article
The basics for a harmonious family outing
Video
Conductor Emil de Cou leads an expedition to the Kennedy Center's grand Concert Hall
Field Guide
Everything you need to know before you go to a symphonic, orchestral, or jazz concert performance
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