The Concept

This mini-site is based on the concert performed by National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Assistant Conductor Emil de Cou and the NSO, held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on November 7 and 8, 2002.

For addtional information, please visit the NSO Education program of the Kennedy Center's Education Department. The activities on this site have been adapted and extended for online presentation from NSO Education's Cuesheet (performance guide) activites.

Questions about the site should be directed to the ARTSEDGE staff at For more about the NSO, visit

Use of this Site

This site was designed for classroom use for students in grades 3-7. Teachers and other adults may wish to visit the Teacher Guide for more information and suggestions for use.

Audio clips are presented in several formats for online and offline use.

The Concert Program

Musical selections from the NSO concert, Xploring Xtremes, include:

* Beethoven, Ludwig van. "The Storm" from Symphony No. 6, Naxos 8.553474.

* Brahms, Johannes. Excerpt of the Finale from Symphony No. 1, Naxos 8.553228.

* Debussy, Claude. Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun, Naxos 8.550262.

** Ellington, Duke. "Take the 'A' Train." The Definitive Duke Ellington, Ken Burns Jazz, Columbia/Legacy, CK 61444, 2000.

* Haydn, Joseph. Symphony No. 94 in G major ("Surprise").

* Prokofiev, Sergei. Excerpt of "The Death of Tybalt" from Romeo and Juliet, Naxos 8.553184-5.

* Saint-Saëns, Camille. Finale from Symphony No. 3 ("Organ"), Naxos 8.550138.

* Strauss, Richard. Fanfare from Also sprach Zarathustra, Naxos 8.550182.

* Stravinsky, Igor. "Infernal Dance" from the Firebird Suite, Naxos 8.550263.

* Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich. Scherzo from Symphony No. 4, Naxos, 8.550488.

The media clips on this site and the selections on the CD that accompanies the Xploring Xtremes Cuesheets are from the above recordings.

* Recording courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.
** Recording courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.

Compact Disc Production: AudioMaster, Inc.
Audio Clip Production: Fraidy Cat A/V


Listening activites and supplemental materials have been adapted from the Teacher and Student Cuesheets.

Editor: Lynne B. Silverstein
Writer: Marcia Daft
Print Design: Good Design/Nice Pictures


© 2002 ARTSEDGE/The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts