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Catch The Vibe

Cuesheet: NSO Music For Young Audiences: Catch The Vibe
“Vibes” is short for vibrations, those little movements that make sound. Hear some big sounds with NSO musicians Stephen Dumaine and Eric Shin, who introduce the tuba and a bunch of percussion instruments.
Music, Musical Instruments

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Close Your Eyes… Now Open Your Ears!

Cuesheet: NSO Music For Young Audiences: Close Your Eyes… Now Open Your Ears!
Music can be lots of fun, especially when you really listen to it, like when you close your eyes and let your ears do the work. In this performance, you will learn how to open your ears to the wonders of music with the help of three musicians and music teacher Madam Mavis Pugh—and a very special song.
Music, Musical Instruments

Performance Guide: The String Queens
Praised for its “authentic, soulful, and orchestral sound,” The String Queens is a dynamic trio that creates stimulating musical experiences that inspire diverse audiences to love, hope, feel, and imagine. With an array of repertoire spanning from the Baroque era to the Jazz Age to today’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart, The String Queens perform versatile programs that transport audiences through time and a multitude of musical genres.
Music

Performance Guide: NSO Open Rehearsal
Peek behind the curtain and see what takes place as the NSO prepares for its concert performance
Backstage, Orchestra, Music

Performance Guide: Cantus
Meet Cantus—eight men who use their voices to make a big sound and an even bigger impact within the music community
Music

Performance Guide: Beauty and the Beat
See NSO principal second violinist Marissa Regni and NSO principal percussionist Eric Shin in an exciting new program exploring the magic created when the violin and percussion join forces. Eric may have a vast array of percussion instruments, but Marissa will show you how versatile the violin can be. This melodic and rhythmic ride for audiences proves that no matter how different the instruments are, they can come together to make some beautiful music.
Music, Musical Instruments

Performance Guide: Don Flemons: American Songster
Grammy® Award-winner Dom Flemons shares the music of the early American Songsters, conveying nearly a century of folklore and styles, including ragtime, blues, country western, bluegrass, and string band music. Flemons, founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and a renowned singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music scholar, illuminates the history and influence of Black American musicians through spirited performances on banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, quills, and rhythm bones.
Music

Performance Guide: Glimpse
What do colors sound like? Who can understand the moon? How do you sing a tree? This concert presented by Dutch music company Oorkaan transports young audiences to an enchanted world in which music, artists, images, and technology interact with one another. Jazzy melodies mix bright visuals, forming a captivating new way to relate to music and sounds.
Visual Arts, Music

Performance Guide: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical!)
Whatever you do, don't let the Pigeon star in his own musical production! It's not easy being the Pigeon--you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical!)" is sure to get everyone's wings flapping.
Musicals, Puppets

Performance Guide: Peter & Friends
Inspired by Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," this concert developed specifically for toddlers is sure to have audience members playing like ducks, catching a wicked wolf, and engaging with music all along the way! This wild adventure features actors, puppets, and a quintet of woodwind and brass musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra, presented in collaboration with Atlanta Georgia's Teller Productions. A NSO Music for Young Audiences program.
Music, Animals, Folklore

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.
Music, Musical Instruments

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.
Music, Musical Instruments

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.
Music, Musical Instruments

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

Cuesheet: The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
Christopher Paul Curtis’ Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award–winning book comes to life in a staged concert reading. Told through Kenny’s ever-witty perspective, The Watsons Go to Birmingham captures hilarious family antics alongside poignant observations of Birmingham’s tragic church bombing. Experience the beloved story of a family’s bond and endurance amidst one of the darkest periods in America’s history.
The Human Journey, Family, America, Theater, Music, History

NSO YPC: Inside the Music

Cuesheet: NSO Young People's Concert: Orchestra Look-In: NSO! Inside the Music
The NSO continues in the spirit of a series of Young People’s Concerts made popular by Leonard Bernstein at Carnegie Hall. Michael Butterman conducts this delightful performance that explores all of the pieces that come together to create an orchestra, and demonstrates that it can be accessible to everyone. The concert includes well-known works by Brahms, Copland, and Tchaikovsky, and introduces students to Jessie Montgomery, a living composer keeping the orchestra music alive and vibrant. The NSO along with Conductor Michael Butterman and NSO Assistant Principal 2nd Violinist Marissa Regni are joined onstage by an unexpected guest who is just as ecstatic about the orchestra as they are.
Music, Musical Instruments

Banda Magda

Cuesheet: Banda Magda
This award-winning band combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, sung in six languages for a globetrotting adventure. Banda Magda returns with a lively performance showcasing its new album Tigre, featuring Uruguayan candombe to Greek folklore to Brazilian samba beats. With plenty of audience participation and irresistible rhythms led by accordionist and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda will get everyone moving.
Latin America, Music, World Cultures

NSO: Let's Go To The Moon!

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Let's Go To The Moon!
As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing draws near, join the NSO for a fun-filled concert of interstellar proportions! Tap into your imagination and be transported from the Concert Hall to outer space with music from Star Trek and a new NSO Commission from Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino (Star Trek trilogy, Star Wars: Rogue One, numerous Pixar films), Also sprach Zarathustra (the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey), and more.
Music, Musical Instruments, Space

Voyagers

Cuesheet: Voyagers: A Dance Among the Planets
A majestic ride awaits a young stargazer who is carried away by the magician Uranus. Join her and fellow voyagers in a journey through the solar system for the young and young at heart. The Kennedy Center and D.C. dance ensemble Company | E and composer Eric Shimelonis share an interplanetary display of modern movement set to Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Through a reimagining of Holst’s soaring suite, Company | E combines live music, dance, and a bit of Einstein to celebrate curiosity, compassion, and the natural world. Experience the distinct character of each planet, from the majestic and jolly Jupiter, to the angry and ominous Mars, to the lively and flighty Mercury.
Music, Space, Composers, Dance

NSO Family Concert: Symphonic Storytelling: The Travels of Babar

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Symphonic Storytelling: The Travels of Babar
Come children (and children at heart!) for a concert that mixes the magic of stories, images, and music, including Return to the Land of the Elephants by composer Raphael Mostel—the U.S. premiere of the orchestral version of one of his two multimedia musical voyages based on The Travels of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff.
Music, Musical Instruments, Animals

Break It Down!

Cuesheet: Break It Down!
Watch, listen, and lend a helping hand as the dynamic duo of Paul Fadoul on marimba and Zara Lawler on flute build music from the ground up. This energetic program delights in dissecting parts of music and musical instruments. Children will be amazed by the way instruments from the wind and percussion families—plus some interesting “outsiders”—are taken apart and put back together again.
Music, Musical Instruments

Halloween Spooktacular

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular
An annual tradition! The Concert Hall transforms into a ghostly sight when the NSO performs new and old classics to celebrate Halloween, which this year also marks the Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) with our ghoulishly attired musicians. Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.” Age 5+
Music, Musical Instruments

Timbalooloo Live

Cuesheet: Timbalooloo Live
Explore the thrilling language of instruments! Grammy Award®–winning clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin and his band use games, stories, songs, and movement to teach children rich musical and cultural heritage. Instruments speak through music in this interactive, immersive concert for young audiences. Grammy Award®–winning clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin and his band use games, stories, songs, and movement to teach children rich musical and cultural heritage. Examining sounds from Mozart to Willie Nelson to Herbie Hancock, children will explore how music is as unique and magical as their own imagination.
Music, Musical Instruments

The Human Beatbox

Cuesheet: Christylez Bacon: The Human Beatbox
Christylez Bacon, Grammy-nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist combines rhyming, storytelling, and interactive call and response choruses with diverse instrumentation to deliver a message of cultural acceptance & unification blending traditional elements of musical styles from jazz to hip-hop.
Music, Hip-Hop

Lewis Nash Quintet

Cuesheet: Lewis Nash Quintet: Fascinating Rhythm—Wonderful Sounds
Meet celebrated jazz drummer and bandleader Lewis Nash and explore the range of rhythms and instrumental sounds in jazz music.
Music, Jazz, Musical Instruments

NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf
“Boys like me are not afraid of wolves!” says Peter to his grandfather. But when one actually wanders out of the woods, what will Peter do to save his animal friends?
Animals, Folklore, Musical Instruments, Music, Composers, Orchestra

NSO Family Concert: Mozart's Magnificent Voyage

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Mozart's Magnificent Voyage
Mozart’s young son longs to leave school and spend more time with his famous father. When he finds a magic traveling trunk, his wish comes true as he’s swept back in time to Mozart’s childhood and opera The Magic Flute.
Music, Family, Musical Instruments, Orchestra

Terence Blanchard Group

Cuesheet: Terence Blanchard Group: A Performance and Demonstration
Meet Blue Note artist Terence Blanchard, a multi-Grammy Award®–winning jazz trumpeter, bandleader, arranger, and composer.
Music, Jazz, Musical Instruments

NSO Kinderclassics: Bears, Bears Everywhere!

Cuesheet: NSO Kinderclassics: Bears, Bears Everywhere!
It’s a big bear world out there! This concert takes a peek at these adorable creatures and the sounds of their homelands—music as unique as they are. Join NSO musicians and a special guest storyteller for a performance that assembles a wild combination of instruments to create music from around the world.
Music, Family, Musical Instruments, Orchestra

NSO Halloween Spooktacular: The Sequel!

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular: The Sequel!
Join the NSO for a frightfully fun follow-up program, complete with ghoulishly attired musicians who might just “BOO” you in return from behind their instruments.
Composers, Folklore, Music, Orchestra, Science Fiction & Fantasy

NSP YPC: Listen Up! Music is a Language

Cuesheet: NSO Young People's Concert: Listen Up! Music Is a Language
Did you know music has a lot to say? Without any words at all, music is a language anyone can understand. It tells stories, expresses feelings, and even makes us think.
Composers, Folklore, Music, Orchestra

Enso String Quartet

Cuesheet: Enso String Quartet: Performance & Demonstration
Known for their high-energy performances and musical versatility, the Enso String Quartet has proven they are much more than your average chamber music group. Get to know them as they perform a wide range of musical styles, and discuss how music is created and why it affects us as listeners.
Music, Musical Instruments, Orchestra, Young Artists

Grace Kelly Quintet

Cuesheet: Grace Kelly Quintet: Performance & Demonstration
Join young jazz saxophonist, singer, and composer Grace Kelly for a high-energy concert that guides students in how to listen to jazz.
Jazz, Music, Composers, Young Artists

NSO Teddy Bear Concerts

Cuesheet: NSO Teddy Bear Concerts
The 2013-14 season’s Teddy Bear Concerts invite the youngest of music lovers (and their favorite stuffed animal) to join in fun, interactive performances with musicians from the NSO. Concerts include The Tale of Teddy and the Ten Hats, Imagination Duo, and Two Divas and a Bear!
Music, Family, Cartoons, Comics, & Animation

NSO Open Rehearsal: George Washington

Cuesheet: NSO Discussion, Demonstration & Open Rehearsal: george WASHINGTON
Music meets history as state-of-the-art technology, beautiful imagery, surround-sound, spoken words, and orchestral music blend together in this new multimedia composition.
Music, America, Composers, Orchestra, Presidents

Time for Three

Cuesheet: Time for Three: A Performance and Demonstration (2014)
Meet Time for Three, the young string ensemble who knows no musical boundaries. They play it all from classical to hip-hop and everything in-between.
Musical Instruments, Music, Young Artists

Connections: Music Matters

Cuesheet: Connections: Music Matters
What do earthquakes, sports cars, and memories have in common? Music, of course! Join NSO musicians to discover the connections and explore why music matters.
Musical Instruments, Orchestra, Music

Mariinsky Ballet's Swan Lake

Cuesheet: Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake
Russia’s historic Mariinsky Ballet—one of the most influential classical companies for more than two and a half centuries—returns to the Kennedy Center with the romantic masterpiece Swan Lake, in which the forces of evil are no match for true love.
Dance, Comedy, Choreographers, Music, Composers

GOLD

Cuesheet: Cas Public of Canada: GOLD
Canada’s Cas Public dance ensemble uses everyday sounds and objects to explore the joy, humor, and mischief of childhood—performed to Canadian pianist Glenn Gould’s famous recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
Dance, Comedy, Choreographers, Music, Composers

Presto! The Case of the Vanishing Viola

Cuesheet: NSO Kinderkonzert: Presto! The Case of the Vanishing Viola
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.
Musical Instruments, Orchestra, Music

NSO Family Concert: Let's Remix The Classics

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Let's Remix The Classics
What would the classics sound like with a hip-hop beat? Join the National Symphony Orchestra and two guest musicians to find out!
Music, Musical Instruments

Mariinsky Ballet: Raymonda

Cuesheet: Mariinsky Ballet: Raymonda
Raymonda is set in medieval Hungary and follows a countess torn between her betrothed, a crusading knight, and the arrival of a handsome warrior.
Dance, Comedy, Choreographers, Music, Composers

Laurie Anderson: The Language of the Future

Cuesheet: Laurie Anderson: The Language of the Future
Music meets storytelling at the place where the voices of today collide with the ever-changing digital language of tomorrow.
Music Legends, Innovators & Pioneers

National Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal

Cuesheet: NSO Open Rehearsal: Christoph Eschenbach with Ray Chen and Adriana Horne
Violinist Ray Chen and harpist Adriana Horne join the NSO to explore three classical symphonies.
Music, Musical Instruments

Time For Three

Cuesheet: Time for Three: A Performance and Demonstration
Meet Time for Three, the young string ensemble who knows no musical boundaries. They play it all from classical to hip-hop and everything in-between.
Musical Instruments, Music, Young Artists

Matthew Whitaker

Cuesheet: Matthew Whitaker: A Performance and Demonstration
At age 14, jazz, gospel, and R&B keyboardist Matthew Whitaker, who happens to be blind, is quickly becoming one of the most promising young talents in jazz music today.
Musical Instruments, Music, Young Artists

Enso String Guartet

Cuesheet: Enso String Quartet: A Performance and Demonstration
Known for their high-energy performances and musical versatility, the Enso String Quartet has proven they are much more than your average chamber music group.
Musical Instruments, Music

NSO: Lights! Canvas! Music!

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Lights! Canvas! Music!
You've heard of paint by numbers, right? Well, get ready to paint by music! Speed painter Dan Dunn joins the National Symphony Orchestra to turn your favorite music into visual works of art.
Music, Musical Instruments

NSO Kinderclassic: The String Thing

Cuesheet: NSO Kinderclassic: The String Thing
Two musicians. Two string instruments. No words, but lots of music…and maybe a playful disagreement or two. Get ready for plenty of great music and madcap musical fun!
Music, Musical Instruments

Fancy That!

Cuesheet: NSO Kinderclassic: Fancy That!
Discover the secrets for making music even more interesting and how it can change the way it makes people feel.
Music, Musical Instruments

Stefon Harris and Sonic Creed

Cuesheet: Stefon Harris & Sonic Creed: A Performance and Demonstration
Get to know jazz vibraphonist Stefon Harris and his electric groove-base band, Sonic Creed, as they explore the different techniques musicians use to personalize their music and create their own unique sound.
Musical Instruments, Music, Young Artists

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