From a press release:
“The National Symphony Orchestra will blanket the neighborhoods of Brookland and NoMa home January 5–January 12, building deeper connections to its community by giving more than 50 free events and performances. From concerts at Echostage and Catholic University of America’s Hartke Theatre to in-school visits, concerts for toddlers, and performances at homeless shelters, NSO members will make music in ensembles large and small. The Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Echostage, McKinley Technology Education Campus, Dance Place, Union Market’s Dock 5, NPR: these are but a few of the distinctive and colorful locales to be visited, culminating in the concert at Hartke Theatre.
Four events anchor the array of performances, including three by the full orchestra. For these key events free reservations are required, but 15 minutes before performances, unclaimed reservations will be opened up to those waiting in line. NSO In Your Neighborhood Event Reservations.
January 7: Historic Union Market is not only home to more than 30 of the top artisanal food producers in the region, above the marketplace it boasts the distinctive event space Dock 5. There Glenn Donnellan (creator of “The Electric Slugger”—an electric violin made from a Louisville Slugger baseball bat) and NSO colleagues will bring their mix of rock ‘n’ roll, blues/jazz, fiddling, and maybe even classical, to this spacious urban venue. An arrival time of 6 p.m. is suggested; the performance begins at 7 p.m. (more…)