Voices of Light

National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale Present Richard Einhorn’s Oratorio and the Silent Film The Passion of Joan of Arc

Sat Nov 23 @ 8pm
Join us for a special pre-concert Q&A with composer Richard Einhorn & WTOP Entertainment Editor Jason Fraley, 6:45 pm

Suzanne Karpov, soprano
Katherine Pracht, mezzo-soprano
Matt Smith, tenor
Kerry Wilkerson, baritone
National Philharmonic Chorale
Stan Engebretson, conductor

Voices of Light merges the legendary silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with a live performance of a ravishing score by award-winning composer Richard Einhorn.

Voices of Light has been hailed as “a triumph” (Los Angeles Times) and praised as “lush,” “brilliantly effective” and “moving” by The New York Times.

Kids 7-17 Free, Complimentary parking


FRI DEC 6, 2019, 7:30pm

Ali Ewoldt Phantom of the Opera
Hilary Morrow Birdland Jazz Club
Kevin Rose international vocalist
Addalie Burns tap dancer
Luke Frazier conductor
National Philharmonic Chorale

Create memories with your family and friends as you share in the sights and sounds of the holidays at the National Philharmonic’s annual Holiday Singin’ Pops. Join top-level Broadway and international talent for a fun and festive evening featuring fresh new takes on beloved holiday songs at our annual Holiday Singin’ Pops.

Kids 7-17 Free; Complimentary parking


SAT DEC 21, 2019, 8pm
SUN DEC 22, 2019, 3pm

Esther Heideman, soprano
Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano
Matthew Smith, tenor
Hunter Enoch, baritone
National Philharmonic Chorale
Stan Engebretson, conductor

No Christmas celebration is complete without a performance of Handel’s uplifting oratorio Messiah, a work that has delighted and inspired audiences worldwide since its premiere in 1741.

Purchase tickets early to these popular performances!

Kids 7-17 Free; Complimentary parking


SAT JAN 18, 2020, 8pm
SUN JAN 19, 2020, 3pm

Sat: Pre-concert lecture 6:45pm
Sun: Pre-concert lecture 1:45pm
Sat + Sun: Member Encore Q&A
Sun 2-2:30pm: Meet the Musicians

Orli Shaham, piano
Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Mozart Overture to Il Re Pastore (The Shepherd King)
Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor with Beethoven cadenzas
Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”)

Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony is regarded as among the greatest symphonies in classical music.

Pianist Orli Shaham is “a first-rate Mozartean.”  — The Chicago Tribune

Kids 7-17 Free; Complimentary parking

10th Year! Brian Ganz Plays Chopin

Chopin and the Growth of Genius

SAT FEB 1, 2020, 8pm
Note: No pre-concert lecture

Join pianist extraordinaire Brian Ganz as he celebrates the 10th year in his monumental quest to perform the complete works of the great Romantic composer Frédéric Chopin.

Kids 7-17 Free; Complimentary parking


SAT FEB 22, 2020, 8pm
Pre-concert lecture 6:45pm

Melissa White, violin
Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Wynton Marsalis Wild Strumming of Fiddle (from All Rise)
Florence Price Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major
George Walker Lyric for Strings
William Grant Still Symphony No. 1 (“Afro-American”)

Sphinx Competition winner violinist Melissa White is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent.” – The Cincinnati Enquirer

Kids 7-17 Free; Complimentary parking


SAT MARCH 21, 2020, 8pm
Pre-concert lecture, 6:45pm
Member Encore Q&A

Jon Manasse, clarinet
Suzanne Karpov, soprano
Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano
Norman Shankle, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass
National Philharmonic Chorale
Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A Major
Requiem in D minor

The genius of Mozart found its last expressions in two works of transcendent beauty and power, each of them an iconic masterpiece in its genre: the Clarinet Concerto and the Requiem.

Jon Manasse is “an absolutely first-rate clarinet soloist.” — The New York Times

Kids 7-17 Free; Complimentary parking


SAT APRIL 18, 2020, 8pm
Meet the composers 6:45-7:30pm
Member Encore Q&A

Danielle Talamantes, soprano
Zuill Bailey, cello (three-time Grammy winner)
Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Samuel Barber Overture to The School for Scandal
Henry Dehlinger The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
A Rhapsody for Voice and Orchestra
 (orchestral premiere)
Alistair Coleman Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (world premiere)
Michael Daugherty Tales of Hemingway

Hear cellist Zuill Bailey’s Grammy-winning performance of Michael Daughtery’s Tales of Hemingway and two world premieres.

“If you have not heard [Zuill] Bailey in live performance, you have not experienced all that the cello is capable of.”—The Spokesman Review

Kids 7-17 Free; Complimentary parking


SAT MAY 30, 2020, 8pm
Pre-concert lecture 6:45pm

Esther Heideman, soprano
Shirin Eskandani, mezzo-soprano
Norman Shankle, tenor
Kerry Wilkerson, baritone
National Philharmonic Chorale
Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Immerse yourself in Beethoven’s powerful Missa Solemnis, which he regarded as his greatest work.

For Young People
Participate in the Color the Music Project

Kids 7-17 Free; Complimentary parking

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