Free Labor Day Weekend Concert

When:
September 5, 2021 @ 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
2021-09-05T20:00:00-04:00
2021-09-05T21:00:00-04:00
Where:
Kennedy Center’s South Plaza
Cost:
Free

Annual free Labor Day weekend concert

 

This year’s program relocated from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to the Kennedy Center’s South Plaza

A celebration of American composers in a program spanning

patriotic to popular music

Award-winning singer-songwriter and NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds,

saxophonist Charlie Young among guest artists

Sunday, September 5 at 8:00 p.m.

 

(WASHINGTON)—A beloved tradition since 1979, the National Symphony Orchestra’s (NSO) free annual Labor Day weekend concert returns on Sunday, September 5, at 8:00 p.m. and is relocated this year from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to the Kennedy Center South Plaza. Conducted and hosted by Larry Loh, Music Director of West Virginia Symphony, the concert features multi-platinum singer-songwriter and NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds and saxophonist Charlie Young. Featuring music from Duke Ellington, new Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Carlos Simon, Jessie Montgomery, and Michael Abels, amidst patriotic music like the Star Spangled Banner, the program spans a wide spectrum of American composers.

The performance is FREE to attend, no tickets required. Seating is first-come, first serve. Masks are optional outdoors, but required to enter the building to use the restrooms.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will move indoors to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. For the most up to date information regarding the concert, please check the Kennedy Center website and social media channels. The concert will be approximately 80 minutes long, with no intermission.

The full program is located below.

Full Program (with Composers)

Star Spangled Banner………………………………………………………………………………….…….arr. Antal Dorati

The Block………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Carlos Simon

Three Black Kings………………………………………………………………………………………………..Duke Ellington

Starburst……………………………………………………………………………………..………….…..Jessie Montgomery

Tribute……………………………………………………………………………….………………….…………….Michael Abels

Ben Folds Set

Star and Stripes Forever……………………………………………………………….………..………………………..… Sousa

 

 

TICKET INFORMATION

This is a free concert, first-come, first served for seating. No tickets required.

 

CREDITING:

Support provided by the U.S. Department of the Army and the U.S. Department of the Interior; the National Park Service; the National Capital Region; and the National Mall and Memorial Parks.

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