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National Symphony Orchestra

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National Symphony Orchestra
Banner of the NSO.jpg
Kennedy Center
Short name NSO
Founded 1931 (1931)
Location Washington DC, United States
Concert hall John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Music director Gianandrea Noseda

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), founded in 1931, is an American symphony orchestra based in Washington, D.C.. Its principal performing venue is the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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The next piece of music yeah, I don't really know how to introduce it without saying something, I have said many times before. Well, we are going to listen to the best movie music in the world. Nothing less, at least according to the American Film Institute. who made a list some years ago and this music rose to the first place. But let us start at the beginning George Lucas says that he planned the whole thing from the beginning. Nine films should be made. Everything was planned. He knew all of it. The Ewoks. Jar Jar Binks Everything was imagined right from the beginning. But there are also others. Some of his pals from back then who say, that they just wanted to make a Flash Gordon movie. or a Buck Rogers movie One of the old series heroes who they loved and had seen as kids They could not get the rights, so they made their own copy and that became pretty great. Anyway, 40 years ago some, those who were around 40 years ago, saw the movie for the first time. We went to the cinema and we left the cinema as changed human beings. I would like to say and I have said it many times before but I think it is true Every person has two birthdays. The day they are technically born. The scientific aspect. And the day they see Star Wars for the first time. And that is true because I can feel.... I can actually feel a disturbance in the force. Uhm... I think Someone, one or more people in here, who have not seen Star Wars Uhm... No no no, you shall not show yourselves You, who have not seen Star Wars, shall stay quiet. You are not among friends. But... We just have to help them see it soon because they shall listen to its music in a moment. It was the music that meant alot. I left the theatre and I wanted the adventure to continue. I should continue being out there in the galaxy There were no sequels and no place to download illegally or legally Not that I could dream of doing it of course but but I did. What I could do was to run to the nearest records store. Because that existed back then. A record store.... And I have brought it with me. Here it is. This. My original vinyl record. Woooow! With pictures inside. and Darth Vader on the back. It was a fantastic record. I heard it many times and that was because it recreated the whole universe, that I already loved at that time And it developed and became something everyone know and have shared. And the music is an incredible part of it and we are going to listen to it now. It is of course composed by John Williams. That, we all know. John Williams. Perhaps the biggest of them all at least the most well known of all movie composers. He, himself, has said when he plays with young musicians today then they sometime show him this record and say: This is what made me become a musician. I do not know if anyone in the orchestra feel that way. Raise your hands for good measure. Thank you. There was one. We have selected an assortment of Star Wars music. A pretty beautiful and immense selection Of course we start with the original from the first movie. From back when no such thing was called 'A New Hope'. There were no CGI effects. And Han shot first. Exactly. And then we have some from the other movies. The fifth movie and some from the prequel trilogy. And please stop. I know there are people who don't like them but the musical side is quite fantastic. and when you hear 'Duel of the Fates' especially with the choir behind me Then I say: forget the nerd critique and listen to the music We have a great selection, which we are going to listen to now. Maybe you would like to touch it a little bit to feel the force Yes. Okay. Are you ready? Let's go! Into the galaxy a long long time ago. We are currently celebrating the 40th anniversary The whole year. But there is one we celebrate it without. A funny, energetic, magnificent woman Who firstly captivated us as princess and later, when we heard about her, also as a civil person. And we slowly found out how much influence she had had on Star Wars how much good she had done. How much more rebellious, ironic, different and exciting she had made the universe. And we found out that it would not have been the same without her. Therefore, we want to dedicate our version of Princess Leia's theme to Carrie Fisher. I do not know. They are really worn. They have to go home now. Or... They are musicians. So... Ha! They go on all night long. They have to go now. I think so. They have to go to the city and I think they steam into somewhere Meet some other aliens. And if you give them a drink, they will maybe play a song. It probably sounds a little bit different. There is a cantina down here



For the first period of its history, the NSO performed in Constitution Hall. During the tenure of the first music director, Hans Kindler, the musicians received a salary of $40.00 per week, for three rehearsals and one concert, for five months of the year.[1] The first female member of the NSO was a harpist, Sylvia Meyer, who joined in 1933.[2]

Kindler and the NSO made several 78-rpm recordings for RCA Victor, including the two Roumanian Rhapsodies by George Enescu; much later, in 1960, the NSO would perform the first of these works under the baton of the visiting Romanian conductor George Georgescu, a close associate and favored exponent of the composer.[3] One of the more unusual RCA recordings with the orchestra was of the complete ballet music from the opera King Henry VIII by Camille Saint-Saëns, one of the very few recordings conducted by Walter Damrosch. Years later, Howard Mitchell made a series of stereophonic recordings with the orchestra for RCA. Antal Doráti recorded with the orchestra for Decca Records. Mstislav Rostropovich made recordings for Teldec, Sony Records, and Erato. The orchestra returned to RCA Victor under Leonard Slatkin, until RCA abandoned new classical recordings.

In 1986, the NSO became the artistic affiliate of the Kennedy Center, where it has presented a concert season annually since the Center opened in 1971.


The NSO regularly participates in events of national and international importance, including performances for ceremonial state affairs, presidential inaugurations and official holiday celebrations, including concerts for Memorial Day and the regular A Capitol Fourth concerts on 4 July.

The NSO itself numbers 100 musicians, presenting a 52-week season of approximately 175 concerts each year. These include classical subscription series, pops concerts, and educational programs. In addition to these activities, small groups of NSO members develop education programs designed at age levels from pre-kindergarten through high school. Collectively, these ensembles present as many as 100 additional performances a year during the American Residencies and at the Kennedy Center.

Through the John and June Hechinger Commissioning Fund for New Orchestral Works, the NSO has commissioned more than 50 works, including cycles of fanfares and encores. During his tenure, Slatkin founded the National Conducting Institute in 2000.

Also of note is the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute. For more than a decade, scholarships provided by the National Trustees of the National Symphony Orchestra have enabled top-level students from across the country and from many nations to come to the nation’s capital for several weeks of study with NSO musicians. These participants, selected from a competitive pool of applicants, come from a variety of backgrounds, some currently enrolled in music conservatories such as Juilliard and others still completing high school.

First Lady Nancy Reagan conducts the National Symphony Orchestra, 1987
First Lady Nancy Reagan conducts the National Symphony Orchestra, 1987

Another important project is the National Symphony Orchestra American Residencies for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This venture encompasses sharing all elements of classical symphonic music with a specific region of the United States, exploring the diversity of musical influences, and giving the region a musical voice in the nation’s center for the performing arts through exchanges, training programs, and commissions. Established in 1992, the project has taken the NSO to fifteen states.

In November 2004, the orchestra announced the conclusion of Slatkin's NSO directorship in 2008. One report spoke of tensions between the conductor and the orchestra, and mentioned criticisms of Slatkin's programming and rehearsal styles.[4] With the 2006–2007 season, Iván Fischer became the principal guest conductor of the orchestra.[5][6] On 13 April 2007, the orchestra announced the appointment of Fischer as the orchestra's principal conductor as of the 2008–2009 season, for two seasons.[7][8]

On September 25, 2008, the orchestra announced the appointment of Christoph Eschenbach as the orchestra's sixth music director, effective with the 2010–2011 season, for an initial contract of four years.[9] In September 2011, the orchestra extended Eschenbach's contract through the 2014–2015 season, and in March 2014, his contract was extended through the 2016–2017 season.[10][11] In February 2015, the NSO announced the scheduled conclusion of Eschenbach's tenure as NSO music director at the end of the 2016-2017 season, at which time he is scheduled to become the NSO's conductor laureate.[12]

In 2011, Gianandrea Noseda first guest-conducted the NSO, and returned in November 2015 for an additional guest engagement. In January 2016, the NSO announced the appointment Noseda as its next music director, effective with the 2017–2018 season.[13] He is to serve as music director-designate in the 2016-2017 season, and his initial contract as music director is for 4 seasons.[14] In September 2018, the NSO announced the extension of Noseda's contract through the 2024-2025 season.[15]

Music directors


  1. ^ Tim Page (2005-09-04). "The NSO: 75 and Counting Its Blessings". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
  2. ^ Bernstein, Adam (March 30, 2005). "Esteemed NSO Harpist Sylvia Meyer". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ Programme for National Symphony Orchestra performances of December 13–15, 1960.
  4. ^ Tim Page (2004-11-18). "Slatkin, NSO to Part in 2008". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
  5. ^ "Q&A: Iván Fischer". Playbill Arts. 2006-10-19. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
  6. ^ Tim Page (2007-02-12). "Ivan Fischer: Plays Well With Children". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-03-18.
  7. ^ Tim Page (2007-04-12). "NSO Picks Fischer as Interim Maestro". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-04-13.
  8. ^ "Iván Fischer Appointed Principal Conductor of DC's National Symphony Orchestra". Playbill Arts. 2007-04-12. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
  9. ^ Anne Midgette (2008-09-25). "Christoph Eschenbach to Lead National Symphony". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
  10. ^ Anne Midgette (2011-09-25). "Kennedy Center extends Eschenbach's contract; new organ in works". Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-09-28.
  11. ^ "Christoph Eschenbach Extends Contract as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra and Kennedy Center Through the 2016-2017 Season" (PDF). Kennedy Center Press Release. 2014-03-24. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  12. ^ Anne Midgette (2015-02-18). "Eschenbach's NSO contract to end in 2017; will become conductor laureate". Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-02-20.
  13. ^ Anne Midgette (2016-01-04). "National Symphony Orchestra names rising star Gianandrea Noseda as music director". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-01-07.
  14. ^ "Gianandrea Noseda Named Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra". Kennedy Center Press Release. 2016-01-04. Archived from the original on 2016-01-27. Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  15. ^ Anne Midgette (2018-09-23). "Noseda extends NSO contract; will stay through 2024-2025 season". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-09-24.

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