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The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute is an enchanting quest for love and truth featuring colorful characters and unforgettable vocal acrobatics.

NSO YPC

Performance Guide

NSO Young People's Concert

Don’t miss a special showcase of female composers, conductors, and performers to mark 100 years since the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote.

Performance Guide

Otello

Verdi’s monumental retelling of Shakespeare’s masterpiece explores good and evil, and the downfall of a leader

Halloween Spooktacular

Performance Guide

NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular

Enjoy spooky fun for the whole family at this annual tradition!

Performance Guide

Washington Women in Jazz presents the Amy K. Bormet Trio

Washington Women in Jazz celebrates the women of the DC jazz community

Paquita

Performance Guide

Mariinsky Ballet: Paquita

Paquita is a glittering showcase of classical technique, dazzling tutus, and non-stop virtuosic turns.

Presto

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Presto!

Join a string trio—to discover the secrets of string instruments and the music they play

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Halloween Spooktacular

Performance Guide: NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular
Enjoy spooky fun for the whole family at this annual tradition! The Concert Hall transforms into a ghostly sight when our ghoulishly attired musicians perform new and old classics to celebrate Halloween. Nicholas Hersh leads this exciting concert experience, which features music from Harry Potter and more.

NSO YPC

Performance Guide: NSO Young People's Concert
Don’t miss a special showcase of female composers, conductors, and performers to mark 100 years since the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote.

Performance Guide: The Magic Flute
Friends will become foes and enemies will become allies in Mozart's final and beloved opera, a whimsical production designed by children's author/illustrator Maurice Sendak. This quest for love and truth is rich with unforgettable vocal acrobatics, evocative symbols and allegory, and colorful characters such as a handsome young prince, a silly bird-catching sidekick, and a mysterious Queen of the Night.

Paquita

Performance Guide: Mariinsky Ballet: Paquita
Most famous for its Act III “Grand Pas” wedding scene, Paquita is a glittering showcase of classical technique, dazzling tutus, and non-stop virtuosic turns. This 19th-century treasure is rarely performed in its entirety and, after treating our audiences to the Grand Pas in 2016, the company now brings the U.S. premiere of its lavish new full production.

Performance Guide: Otello
As a raging storm breaks on Cyprus, the governor Otello returns victorious from battle. But there is another storm brewing. Iago, Otello’s ensign, launches a malicious scheme to lead his chief to believe his wife Desdemona is unfaithful. As Iago’s manipulations decay Otello’s trust in those he loves, the great hero will confront his most fatal enemy: his own jealousy. Verdi’s monumental retelling of Shakespeare’s masterpiece offers a psychological medium to explore good and evil, as well as the downfall of a celebrated leader.

Presto

Performance Guide: Presto!
Oh no, a musician’s viola has been stolen! Could the culprit be the magician next door? Join Presto!—a string trio—to follow the clues and crack the case. Along the way, discover the secrets of string instruments and the music they play.

Performance Guide: Washington Women in Jazz presents the Amy K. Bormet Trio
Celebrated by Amy K. Bormet in 2011, Washington Women in Jazz celebrates the women of the DC jazz community. In addition to hosting an annual festival, Bormet and her colleagues develop, promote, and lead a wide array of concerts, jam sessions, lectures, panels, discussions, and masterclasses, and provide opportunities for students to connect with professional artists. As a professional jazz pianist and vocalist, Bormet has been featured at the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Emerging Artist Workshop and the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival.

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