All posts by Amy Drew

There’s no place like…a Young People’s Concert!

A pair of ruby slippers will take you home, but where do a pair of sparkly sneakers take you? Right to a Young People’s Concert at the NSO, of course!

Concert host and Principal Second Violin Marissa Regni models the sparkly shoes she wears for the performances.

This week the NSO is hosting over 10,000 local school children from Maryland, D.C., and Virginia for five performances of a Young People’s Concert.

School groups get seated before the performance begins.
Buses line up outside the Kennedy Center.

NSO Principal Second Violin Marissa Regni dons her sparkly shoes with conductor Michael Butterman to lead the NSO to the final frontier: space! The performance, called Reach for the Moon: John F. Kennedy’s Vision and Courage, explores different space-themed music.

Marissa wears some head gear that is out of this world!

From “Mars” from Holst’s The Planets to the main theme from Star Wars there’s something for all young earthlings to enjoy. We’re having a great time seeing so many young people in the Concert Hall!

Back from Russia and on to Shostakovich

After a whirlwind tour of Moscow and St. Petersburg, the NSO is back home rehearsing for this weekend’s concerts in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. It’s fitting that immediately upon their return from Russia the orchestra will perform music by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

Shostakovich was a close friend of former NSO music director, Mstislav Rostopovich and his Symphony No. 5 is a favorite of the orchestra. Since the NSO was founded, it has been performed well over one hundred times! Here’s what NSO cellist Glenn Garlick had to say about the piece last time it was performed in May 2013.

The NSO Pays Tribute to Slava

As the NSO kicks off its 2017 Russia Tour, we’re remembering the late former music director Mstislav Rostropovich, who would have turned 90 today. His tenure proved to be one of the most glittering periods in the life of the NSO thus far, and saw the introduction of the signature projects that remain an important part of the NSO’s life to this day.