NSO Gala Soars to Astral Heights

Highlighting the space theme for 2018 and 2019 of Kennedy Center events, Shannon McCormack Davis, Kennedy Center board director, is flanked by "Star Wars" stormtroopers. Photo by Robert Devaney.

If the National Symphony Orchestra’s opening season gala on Sept. 22 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall is any indication of what to expect for the upcoming years than adoring symphony goers will not be disappointed. NSO Conductor Gianandrea Noseda — his job now extended to 2025 — energetically guided his orchestra’s musical salutes to NASA that included selections from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” Violinist Joshua Bell gained resounding claps for his performances, but audience member, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg got the biggest applause of all. At the esplanade reception before the music, “Star Wars” stormtroopers startled and posed with gala goers.

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