NSO Star Wars Series: Empire Strikes Back

October 23, 2018 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566

The National Symphony Orchestra continues its Star Wars series this season with The Empire Strikes Back, in three performances on Tuesday, October 23 at 7 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, October 24 and 25, at 8 p.m.in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke leads the Orchestra in John Williams’s memorable score to accompany the film as it’s shown on the big screen above the Orchestra.

Throughout the 2018–2019 season, the NSO also performs the scores to accompany other films in the series—Return of the Jedi (January 22–24, 2019) and The Force Awakens (February 21–23, 2019)—as well as other live scores performed to film: Get Out (September 20) and Walt Disney Animation Studios: A Decade in Concert (November 23–25, 2018).


Tickets ($34–$159) are available at the Kennedy Center Box Office, online at kennedy-center.org, and via phone through Instant Charge, (202) 467-4700; toll-free at (800) 444-1324. For all other ticket-related customer service inquires, call the Advance Sales Box Office at (202) 416-8540. 


The 2018–2019 season marks the National Symphony Orchestra’s 88th, and Gianandrea Noseda’s second as its music director. The Italian conductor serves as the Orchestra’s seventh music director, joining the NSO’s legacy of such distinguished leaders. Its artistic leadership also includes Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and Artistic Advisor Ben Folds.

Founded in 1931, the Orchestra has always been committed to artistic excellence and music education. In 1986, the National Symphony became an artistic affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where it performs year-round. The NSO’s community engagement projects are nationally recognized, including NSO In Your Neighborhood, an annual week of approximately 50 performances in schools, churches, community centers, and other unexpected venues; Notes of Honor, which offers free performances for active, veteran, prior service, and retired members of the military and their families; and Sound Health, a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its affiliated organizations. Career development opportunities for young musicians include the NSO Youth Fellowship Program and its tuition-free Summer Music Institute. For more information, visit nationalsymphony.org.



David M. Rubenstein is the Presenting Underwriter of the NSO

AARP is the presenting sponsor of the NSO Pops Season.


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