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Five Things: March 14, 2024

 

1. While we’re waiting for the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms to peak, go see the blooming saucer magnolias at the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle (and plan on some museum visits while you’re there).  Find some other spots to enjoy the flowers and see what else is on the way in the KFDC post about all of the area blooms and the best places to experience them.  You can also prep for the big peak with my Tips for Families Viewing the Cherry Blossoms.  There are some good things to know before you go, so I highly recommend reading it if you’re planning to see the bloom.

 

2. Get ready for this year’s NSO in your Neighborhood!  The National Symphony Orchestra’s annual program that presents free performances in a different area of DC each year begins on Monday.  From March 18-24, NSO musicians will play free concerts in Riverfront areas — Southwest Waterfront, Navy Yard, Capitol Riverfront, Buzzard Point, and Bellevue.   Events are offered at a variety of loal venues — churches, libraries, museums, The Anthem, Pearl Street Warehouse, even a boxing gym. All are open to the public with first-come, first-served seating.

 

3. Something cool coming to the National Mall next week: Metro is hosting the family-friendly Fleet of the Future expo, highlighting a full-sized walk through mock-up of WMATA’s upcoming 8000-series trains and new electric buses. The public is welcome to tour the new vehicles, take fun pictures in photo booths, and take a Metro quiz. The event run daily March 20 – April 3, 9am – 5pm, near 12th St. & Madison Dr. NW.  Admission is freewill .

 

4.  Do you, like me, have a cartful of potential purchases on Amazon?  I recently took a good look at all of the items that have collected in mine, and thought it would be fun to share them in a post.  I may not be ready to buy them just yet, but maybe they’ll provide some inspo for others.

 

5. Happy Pi (e) Day!

 

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NSO in Your Neighborhood Brings Free Music to Downtown & Penn Quarter

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The National Symphony Orchestra has brought back its wonderful NSO in Your Neighborhood initiative. From January 5-11, Downtown DC and Penn Quarter will be a hive of musical activity as the NSO presents a week’s worth of free events for the entire family.

The American Art Museum, International Spy Museum, MLK Library, community churches, local theatres, and more venues around the Downtown/Penn Quarter area will host a variety of presentations, including chamber music performances, orchestral concerts, and educational events.

The performances highlighted below will likely appeal to families with young children most, but just about all of the events can be appreciated by any age. You can view the complete schedule on the Kennedy Center website.

Saturday, January 9
The Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th & F Streets NW
All day & 7pm

There will be pop-up performances throughout the day, including the NSO Family Concert: Inspiration! at 2-3pm, plus instrument petting zoos. And the entire National Symphony Orchestra will perform a special evening concert in the Kogod Courtyard.

Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th Street NW
Master Class, 10:3am – 12:30pm

Audiences are invited to observe NSO musician Holly Hamilton (violin) leading a master class for Symphony Kids of the Prince George’s Philharmonic.

Sunday, January 10
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW
Artistic Exchange: Music and Spoken Word, 2-4pm

NSO musician Glenn Donnellan (violin) performs with spoken word artists from Words, Beats & Life and members of the Hip Hop Orchestra of UMD.

International Spy Museum , 800 F Street NW
Spy-themed music 3-4pm

NSO musicians Nurit Bar-Josef (concertmaster), Natasha Bogachek (violin), Eric deWaardt (viola), and James Lee (cello) perform an espionage-themed program for this family-friendly event. Patrons who attend the performance will also receive a coupon for $5 off the price of admission to visit the museum’s exhibits.


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“NSO in Your Neighborhood” Brings a Week of Free Programs to Capitol Hill

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The National Symphony Orchestra is bringing back its NSO in Your Neighborhood initiative, this year to Capitol Hill. From January 7-13, the NSO will present a variety of activities, with an emphasis on chamber performances, education, and community engagement programs for audiences of all ages.

Union Station, public libraries, the Marine Barracks, coffee shops, and art centers on Capitol Hill will host everything from Shakespeare-inspired shows to violin ensembles to youth orchestra performances to instrument petting zoos to chamber music — and even more in between. And all of the events are free and open to the public.

The performances highlighted below are geared especially toward young audiences, but all of them can be appreciated by any age. You can view the complete schedule on the Kennedy Center website.

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Viva Violins: From Baby Talk to Mozart
10–11am | EBENEZERS COFFEEHOUSE, 201 F ST., NE

The violin grows up in the spotlight in this program which tells the tale of three little violins and how their mother teaches them to “sing.” Join violinists Elisabeth Adkins, Paula Akbar, Holly Hamilton, and Jane Bowyer Stewart as they grow the musical experience from sweet lullabies like “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” all the way to breathtaking Bach. Immediately following the performance, young people will enjoy the Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo,” a project of the Women’s Committee for the NSO.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO
1:30–2:30pm | UNION STATION, 50 MASSACHUSETTS AVE., NE

Hands-on fun with instruments! Children (and their parents) have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they will see professionally played on stage. The musical instrument “petting zoo” is a project of the Women’s Committee for the NSO.

NSO AT UNION STATION
3 & 7pm | UNION STATION, EAST HALL,
50 MASSACHUSETTS AVE., NE

Led by NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl and featuring WUSA Channel 9’s Andrea Roane as host, the National Symphony performs two full “train-themed” concerts at Union Station.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO
10:30am–12:30pm | DC SOUTHEAST LIBRARY, 403 7TH ST., SE

Hands-on fun with instruments! Children (and their parents) have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they see professionally played on stage. The musical instrument “petting zoo” is a project of the Women’s Committee for the NSO.


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NSO in Your Neighborhood

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Want to expose the kids to a variety of symphonic sounds and enjoy some free music yourself?

You’ll be able to do that in the week ahead as the National Symphony Orchestra presents free activities in the U Street, Shaw, Howard, and Logan Circle neighborhoods. Starting tomorrow, January 8, through January 14, “NSO In Your Neighborhood” will offer more than 40 activities to the public, many inspired by the area’s rich cultural history, and several of them programs that kids can enjoy, too.

The opening event at Howard Theatre tomorrow is already at full capacity, but there will be many more performances throughout the series, including at the Logan Circle Whole Foods — you can view the complete schedule here.

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