NSO In Your Neighborhood Master Schedule Released – Kick-off Jan. 5th

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From a press release:

“The National Symphony Orchestra will blanket the neighborhoods of Downtown and Penn Quarter January 5–11, 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 NSO’s 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 www.msesales.com/wiz/nso, 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 museum’s 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 museum’s collection. Among the musical works will be an excerpt from Jefferson Friedman’s 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 America’s 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 information.

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 NSO’s 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 Orchestra.

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 Theatre’s production of Guards at the Taj. The NSO’s 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.

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: DOWNTOWN / PENN QUARTER

JANUARY 5-11, 2016

Master Schedule

SUNDAY, JANUARY 3

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 5

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 School.

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 library’s Great Hall, which can hold an audience of up to 400. The discussion will be recorded and live-streamed for the community.

Participants:

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

Moderator:

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 church’s 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 http://live.thehamiltondc.com.

Glenn Donnellan, violin

Teri Lee, violin

Heather Ledoux Green, violin

Abigail Evans Kreuzer, viola

James Lee, cello

Charles Nilles, bass

Joe Connell, percussion

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6

1:00 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G St., NW

This program featuring the church’s Casavant organ will take place in the church’s sanctuary and is open to the public.

Steven Hendrickson, trumpet
Phil Snedecor, trumpet*
Russell Weismann, organ*

3:15 p.m. Department of Labor Child Development Center
200 Constitution Ave., NW

This performance is for pre-school aged children.

Holly Hamilton, violin
Paula Akbar, violin

6:30 p.m. My Sister’s Place

A musical instrument “petting zoo” will be held for the children of the Shelter.

7:00 p.m. My Sister’s Place

This child-friendly performance will be for the Shelter’s 15 families, including 20 children.

Marissa Regni, violin
Barry Hearn, trombone

7:00 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G St., NW

This performance will take place in the sanctuary, and is open to the public.

Carole Tafoya Evans, violin
Eric deWaardt, viola
Mark Evans, cello

THURSDAY, JANUARY 7

1:00 p.m. & Walker-Jones Education Campus
2:00 p.m. 1125 New Jersey Ave., NW

Walker-Jones Education Campus will host back-to-back performances in the school’s cafeteria for approximately 300 pre-K to 8th grade students.

Glenn Donnellan, violin

4:00 p.m. Central Union Mission
65 Massachusetts Ave., NW

This 45-60 minute chamber performance is at the Emergency Shelter at Gales School.

Alexandra Osborne, violin
Abigail Evans Kreuzer, violin
Alexander Jacobson, bass
Jamie Roberts, oboe
Paul Cigan, clarinet

6:00 p.m. to Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel
7:00 p.m. 999 9th St., NW

This hour-long chamber performance will take place in the hotel’s lobby during happy hour.

James Nickel, horn
Julianna Nickel, flute*
Adriana Horne, harp

7:00 p.m. Busboys & Poets
2021 14th St., NW

An artistic exchange will take place with The Last Stand Quartet, all NSO members, and the Drawbridge Collective. The Drawbridge Collective members come from both spoken word and formal literary backgrounds, to create experiences imbued with dynamic performance and literary merit, and that encompass the celebration of various cultural perspectives and unique identities. For more information please visit http://tagdmv.com/tag/the-drawbridge-collective/. This event is open to the public.

The Last Stand Quartet
Alexandra Osborne, violin
Joel Fuller, violin
Mahoko Eguchi, viola
Rachel Young, cello

The Drawbridge Collective and their origins:

Pages Matam, Camaroon, Africa
Amin Drew Law, Palestinian/Egyptian-American
Elizabeth Acevedo, Dominican-American
Terisa Siagatonu, Samoan-American
Clint Smith, New Orleans, Louisiana

7:00 p.m. National Press Club
529 14th St., NW, Suite 1300

This performance will take place in the Holeman Lounge within the Press Club, and includes music of Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin, Ravel, Dvořák, and more.

Reservations required via http://www.press.org.

Jae-Yeon Kim, violin
Wanzhen Li, violin
Daniel Foster, viola
Steven Honigberg, cello

7:30 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church
755 8th St., NW

This performance will take place in the church’s sanctuary and is open to the public.

Holly Hamilton, violin
Claudia Chudacoff, violin
Kathryn Brake, piano*

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8

6:00 p.m. D.C. Jewish Community Center
1529 16th St., NW

This concert for the DCJCC community is open to the public, and includes music of Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin, Ravel, Dvořák, and more.

Jae-Yeon Kim, violin
Wanzhen Li, violin
Daniel Foster, viola
Steven Honigberg, cello

7:00 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G St., NW

This concert is open to the public and will take place in the church’s sanctuary.

Jeffrey Weisner, bass
Ira Gold, bass
Charles Nilles, bass
Alexander Jacobsen, bass

7:00 p.m. Shakespeare Theatre Company

Forum of Sidney Harman Hall
610 F St., NW

The Last Stand Quartet will collaborate with the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Affiliated Teaching Artists to present a musical retrospective of Cole Porter’s work. The audience is encouraged to dress in 1920s attire.

Alexandra Osborne, violin
Joel Fuller, violin
Mahoko Eguchi, viola
Rachel Young, cello

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9

10:30 a.m. to Calvary Baptist Church
12:30 p.m. 755 8th St., NW

This event is a master class for violinists and violists. Four students will be chosen to play and receive comments from an NSO musician. Calvary is home to Friday Morning Music Club, which sponsors an international string competition at Calvary, supports the Avanti Orchestra, and has connections with Symphony Kids of Prince George’s Philharmonic.

Holly Hamilton, violin

4:00 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G St., NW

This concert is open to the public and will take place in the church’s sanctuary.

Steven Combs, baritone*
Jae-Yeon Kim, violin
David Teie, cello
Kristin Bowers, clarinet*
Jamie Roberts, oboe
Sue Heineman, bassoon
William Gerlach, trumpet
Donnie Johns, percussion*
Chris Schmitt, piano*

A DAY OF MUSIC AT THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM
8th and F Sts., NW

1:00 p.m. MacMillan Education Center, First Fllor

A musical instrument “petting zoo” will allow youngsters of all ages to try out the instruments they will hear in the concerts.

2:00 p.m. Kogod Courtyard

This NSO Family Concert, titled “Inspiration!,” explores the ideas that help shape composers’ creativity.

3:00 p.m. MacMillan Education Center, First Fllor

The musical instrument “petting zoo” will resume.

4:00 p.m. Lincoln Gallery, Third Floor

This hour-long chamber music program includes quartets by Beethoven and Schumann.

Jane Stewart, violin
Susan Midkiff, violin
Denise Wilkinson, viola
Kerry van Lannen, cello*

5:30 p.m. Luce Foundation Center, Third Floor

The Last Stand Quartet will perform an hour-long concert of chamber music.

Alexandra Osborne, violin
Joel Fuller, violin
Mahoko Eguchi, viola
Rachel Young, cello

7:30 p.m. Kogod Courtyard

This NSO concert will be led by guest conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, in a program of music by Shostakovich, Michael Daugherty, Mozart, Mussorgsky, and more.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10

10:50 a.m. to Calvary Baptist Church
1:15 p.m. 755 8th St., NW

NSO musicians will perform during the 11:00 a.m. service. Following the service members will participate in a discussion about the relevance of music and fine arts in today’s world, and church spaces as performance venues.

Steven Hendrickson, trumpet
Eric Schnobrick, piano*
Jennifer Mondie, discussion participant

11:00 a.m. & National Building Museum
1:30 p.m. 401 F St., NW

Andrew Hulva, a graduate student of acoustics from Virginia Tech, will join four members of the NSO in a performance demonstration in three locations in the National Building Museum, to explore how a room’s space and building materials are used to promote beautiful sound. Space is limited. Therefore, audience members must sign up for these events on the Building Museum’s website.

Jae-Yeon Kim, violin
Wanzhen Li, violin
Daniel Foster, viola
Steven Honigberg, cello

2:00 p.m. to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
4:00 p.m. 901 G St., NW

An NSO musician will participate in a performance with representatives from Words, Beats & Life and the Hip Hop Orchestra from UMD. This event is open to the public.

Glenn Donnellan, violin

3:00 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G St., NW

A performance demonstration will explore rhythms in different regions and cultures. This event is open to the public and will take place in the sanctuary of the church. Audience members are encouraged to bring drums.

Joseph Connell, percussion

3:00 p.m. International Spy Museum
800 F St., NW

This family-friendly event features an NSO string quartet performing espionage-themed music. Attendees will also receive $5 discounts to visit the Museum after the performance.
Nurit Bar-Josef, violin
Natasha Bogachek, violin
Eric deWaardt, viola
James Lee, cello

7:00 p.m. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
600 I St., NW

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players perform a special chamber concert in honor of Mrs. Irene Pollin, a longtime supporter of the NSO’s Community Engagement programs, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, and the Penn Quarter neighborhood’s revitalization efforts. The Irene Pollin Community Service Award will be presented by Monumental Sports and Entertainment. For reservations, please visit https://www.sixthandi.org/event/nso-in-your-neighborhood-an-evening-of-chamber-music/
Marissa Regni, violin
Heather LeDoux Green, violin
Jane Bowyer Stewart, violin
Daniel Foster, viola
Abigail Evans Kreuzer, viola
David Hardy, cello
Lisa Emenheiser, piano

MONDAY, JANUARY 11

10:45 a.m. Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
14th St. & Constitution Ave., NW

Teddy Bear concert experience for 60 pre-school children.”

5 Comment

  • Wow. I see only one exception, it looks like all of their communities are in NW.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      There have been concerts in H St, NE; Brookland; Edgewood; NoMa – and I’m sure it will go to many other areas in the coming years. NW is a large geographic area of DC. Not everything is a conspiracy or a slight…

      • +1. Thanks to D.C.’s design, NW is larger than the other quadrants — it’s 16th Street NW that runs up to the top of the diamond, not North Capitol Street.

    • The press release specifically says: “The National Symphony Orchestra will blanket the neighborhoods of Downtown and Penn Quarter January 5–11.”
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      The “NSO in Your Neighborhood” program targets different neighborhoods every year — last year was Brookland and NoMa.

      • Sorry — that should say “In January 2015, it focused on Brookland and NoMa.” Technically still this year…

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