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The National Philharmonic 2022-2023 Season

October 22, 2022 @ 8:00 am - June 23, 2023 @ 5:00 pm EDT


World-premiere works by Henry Dehlinger and Adolphus Hailstork

Choral-orchestral masterpieces by Hector Berlioz, George Frideric Handel,Johann Sebastian Bach, and Carl Orff

Symphonies by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges,Louise Farrenc, Gustav Mahler, Sergei Rachmaninoff,and Ludwig van Beethoven

Works by 20th- and 21st- century composers of diverse backgrounds

Alberto Ginastera, Valerie Coleman, Florence Price, and Carlos Simon

New and returning soloists

Stars from the worlds of Broadway and dance

(NORTH BETHESDA, MD) — National Philharmonic announced today its 2022-2023 season, which includes eight classical programs conducted by Music Director Piotr Gajewski and two by Chorale Artistic Director Stan Engebretson; two pops shows led by Principal Pops Conductor Luke Frazier; and a piano recital. All season concerts will be held at The Music Center at Strathmore in Maryland, the Orchestra’s longstanding home, and a selected number of concerts will also be presented at Capital One Hall in Northern Virginia.

“NatPhil’s 2022-2023 season includes many great orchestral classics with symphonies from Beethoven to Rachmaninoff, choral classics—such as Berlioz’s Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana—as well as works by numerous underrepresented composers and completely new compositions by Henry Dehlinger and Adolphus Hailstork; the latter features a collaboration with NASA. Pops offerings include tributes to Broadway and to Nat King Cole. There’s literally something for everyone to discover and enjoy!,” said Gajewski.

Notable repertoire and guest artists in the newly announced season include:

  • two world-premiere works by living American composers Henry Dehlinger (Cosmic Cycles, presented in partnership with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on May 11 & 13, 2023) and Adolphus Hailstork (Symphony No. 5 on June 3 & 4, 2023)
  • performances of choral-orchestral masterpieces by Berlioz (Requiem on November 12, 2022); Handel (the annual Messiah on December 17, 18 & 23, 2022); J.S. Bach (Mass in B Minor on March 18, 2023); and Orff (Carmina Burana on June 3 & 4, 2023), with the National Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorale under the direction of Piotr Gajewski and Stan Engebretson
  • performances of complete symphonies by Chevalier de Saint-Georges (Symphony No. 1) and Farrenc (Symphony No. 3 – both on October 20 & 22, 2022); Mahler (Symphony No. 4, featuring soprano soloist Danielle Talamantes, on January 14, 2023); Rachmaninoff (Symphony No. 2, as part of his 150th birthday celebration on February 2 & 3, 2023); and Beethoven (Symphony No. 7 on April 13 & 15, 2023)
  • performances of works by two 20th-century composers: Ginastera (Milena, featuring soprano soloist Danielle Talamantes, on January 14, 2023) and Price (Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring violin soloist Melissa White, on April 13 & 15, 2023); and by two 21st-century and living American composers: Valerie Coleman (Umoja, Anthem for Unity) and Carlos Simon (Fate Now Conquers – both on April 13 & 15, 2023)
  • Renowned classical soloists, many of whom are returning favorites: violinists Gil Shaham (on October 20 & 22, 2022) and Sarah Chang (on December 9, 2022); tenor Norman Shankle (on November 12, 2022); pianists Claire Huangci (February 2 & 3, 2023) and Brian Ganz (on February 25, 2023); and soprano Marlisa Hudson, tenor Robert Baker, and baritone Brandon Hendrickson (all on June 3 & 4, 2023)
  • Appearances by celebrated Broadway performers: singers Stephanie J. Block and Michael Maliakel (November 4 & 6, 2022), and Christopher Jackson and Aisha Jackson (April 27 & 28, 2023); and dancer Luke Hawkins, as part of the pops series.

In addition to these classical and pops programs, National Philharmonic will also offer family shows and a chamber music series (curated by Concertmaster Laura Colgate) throughout the season. Concerts as part of those series will be announced at a later date.

National Philharmonic 2022-2023 Classical & Pops Season Schedule:

Vive La France

Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Gil Shaham, violin

Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at Capital One Hall

Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

NatPhil’s 2022-2023 season gets off to a spectacular start with some of the best symphonic music by diverse and celebrated French composers. Experience Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ Symphony No. 1 in G Major, a piece that many say rivals the best of Mozart’s work, and Symphony No. 3, a neglected masterpiece by musical genius Louise Farrenc. Violinist Gil Shaham joins NatPhil for Camille Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3, bringing its melodic invention and impressionistic subtlety to life. Together, these three compositions make for a joyful and magical aural experience. Venez voir la magie!

Broadway’s Brightest Lights

Luke Frazier, conductor

Stephanie J. Block and Michael Maliakel, vocalists

Luke Hawkins, dancer

Friday, November 4, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at Capital One Hall

After months of dimmed marquees and ghost-lit theaters, Broadway’s Brightest Lights puts the spotlight on some of the best and brightest talents working today, under the direction of NatPhil Principal Pops Conductor Luke Frazier. Tony-Award winning Broadway diva Stephanie J. Block (WickedThe Cher ShowThe Boy From Oz) is joined by Michael Maliakel (Disney’s AladdinThe Phantom of the OperaMonsoon Wedding) and Luke Hawkins (Annie LiveXanaduSingin’ in the Rain) to perform some of the greatest hits straight from Broadway. From Gershwin to Lerner and Loewe, Kander and Ebb to Sondheim, this program has something for every Broadway baby to love and will have you dancing in your seat and singing all the way home.

Berlioz Requiem

Stan Engebretson, chorus master and conductor

            with National Philharmonic Chorale

Norman Shankle, tenor

Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

Stan Engebretson, artistic director of the National Philharmonic Chorale, celebrates his storied tenure with the ensemble with Berlioz’s visionary and masterfully orchestrated Requiem. Engebretson brings Berlioz’s bombastic Opus No. 5, also known as The Grand Messe des Morts, to life with the power of the NatPhil Chorale and soloist Norman Shankle, a tenor who has risen to worldwide prominence through acclaimed performances with The Metropolitan and San Francisco Operas; at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and the Dresden Semperoper in Germany.

Come see why Berlioz said, “If I were threatened with the destruction of the whole of my works save one, I should crave mercy for the Messe des Morts.”


Star-Crossed Symphony: Romeo and Juliet Across Time 

Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Sarah Chang, violin

Friday, December 9, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

From ballet to Broadway, Shakespeare’s most romantic and tragic love story has been interpreted by some of the greatest composers in history. Experience the exquisite Fantasy Overture from Romeo and Juliet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, a passion piece for National Philharmonic Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski, followed by Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite, arranged by David Newman. Violinist Sarah Chang, a favorite of NatPhil audiences, lends her captivating tone and energizing spirit as the featured soloist for the Bernstein classic. Finally, Gajewski will conduct a performance from Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet ballet. Bring your loved one and make of your hands one hand while you listen to three distinct yet equally emotional musical interpretations of the bard’s most beloved tragedy.

Handel’s Messiah

Stan Engebretson, chorus master and conductor

with National Philharmonic Chorale

Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

Friday, December 23, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at Capital One Hall

Hallelujah! It’s time for to mark the most wonderful time of the year with Handel’s Messiah. Messiah is a time-honored tradition that offers the occasion for community to come together and embrace the comfort and joy this holiday classic unfailingly brings every year. We hope your family will join our National Philharmonic family in celebration. Tis the season!

Mahler 4

Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Danielle Talamantes, soprano

Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

Join NatPhil and guest artist soprano Danielle Talamantes for an evening of unique compositions from Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera, considered one of the most important 20th century composers of the Americas, and the iconic Gustav Mahler. Talamantes brings a fiery and impassioned interpretation that perfectly complements the intensity of Ginastera’s masterwork, Milena, a dramatic cantata for soprano and orchestra based on the letters of Franz Kafka. The powerful musical arc of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 unfolds like a grand folk tale. A singular musical experience, Mahler has described it as reminding him of his mother’s smile and sounding like “a dewdrop on a flower that suddenly, illuminated by the sun, bursts into a thousand lights and colors,” and later that it “explodes into a wall of sound representing the gates of heaven.”

Rachmaninoff’s 150th Birthday

Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Claire Huangci, piano

Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. at Capital One Hall

Friday, February 3, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

Sergei Rachmaninoff deserves to be celebrated every day, but 2023 marks 150 years since his birth on April 1st, 1873. Considered one of the most influential and well-known Romantic composers, Sergei Rachmaninoff said, “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” In celebration of his 150th birthday, NatPhil presents two of his most quintessential works, beginning with the familiar and beloved Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, featuring piano virtuoso Claire Huangci. Following the crowd-pleasing Rhapsody is Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, an intense piece from Rachmaninoff’s early career. Known for its memorable emotionally driven melodies, Symphony No. 2 is the perfect conclusion to a program celebrating a composer that, after a century and half, still remains inspiring to classical fans the world over.

An Evening of Chopin with Pianist Brian Ganz

Brian Ganz, piano

Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

The metropolitan Washington area’s favorite pianist, scholar, world-renowned instrumentalist and passionate devotee of Frederic Chopin Brian Ganz continues his quest to play every note ever written by Frederic Chopin live in concert with his 12th appearance in recital on the National Philharmonic stage. Ganz’s phenomenal interpretation of pieces from Chopin’s catalog continues to memorably knock more and more works by the Polish Romantic composer from his to-do list in the project he calls “Extreme Chopin.” Come hear the passion and precision of a master and witness a man on a mission at work.

Bach at His Best: Mass in B Minor

Piotr Gajewski, conductor

with National Philharmonic Chorale

Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

Sublime and awe-inspiring, the Mass in B Minor is seen as one of the supreme achievements of classical music, and the most beautiful of Johann Sebastian Bach’s choral works. Maestro Piotr Gajewski and the National Philharmonic Chorale enliven a masterwork that is at times transcendent, and at others an intimate meditation. Bach’s Mass in B Minor is most inspiring when experienced in person and can spark an appreciation of classical in the most hesitant of music lovers.

Beethoven 7

Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Melissa White, violin

Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. at Capital One Hall

Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

Past and present collide in this performance of contemporary works and classical masterpieces. Valerie Coleman’s Umoja, Anthem for Unity for Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Piotr Gajewski brings the lushness of a full ensemble to Coleman’s original work composed for chamber ensemble. Violinist Melissa White, a NatPhil favorite, returns to perform Florence Price’s sweeping, melodic Violin Concerto No. 2.

The second half of the program unites Carlos Simon’s Fate Now Conquers with its inspiration. “Using the beautifully fluid harmonic structure of the second movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony,” Simon explained, “I have composed musical gestures that are representative of the unpredictable ways of fate. Jolting stabs, coupled with an agitated groove with every persona. Frenzied arpeggios in the strings that morph into an ambiguous cloud of free-flowing running passages depicts the uncertainty of life that hoovers over us.”

To contextualize Simon’s piece is Beethoven’s ebullient, optimistic Symphony No. 7, showing not only his, but the works of Coleman and Price, sit comfortably at home alongside one of the most famous and popular symphonies in the history of classical music.

When I Fall in Love: The Music of Nat King Cole 

Luke Frazier, conductor

Christopher Jackson and Aisha Jackson, vocalists

Steven Mann and Ray Wong, pianists

Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. at Capital One Hall

Friday, April 28, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

One of the greatest singers in pop and jazz history, Nat King Cole had a velvety voice that soothed and stirred the heart in equal measure, leaving an indelible mark on the American Songbook with iconic interpretations of countless hit songs. The smoothest of crooners, he made it look easy singing unforgettable songs that still feel as nostalgic as a drive down Route 66. Embrace the retro vibe and join NatPhil Principal Pops Conductor Luke Frazier as we welcome Tony Nominee, Grammy- and Emmy Award-winner Christopher Jackson (In the HeightsHamilton), Aisha Jackson (FrozenParadise Square), and duo piano team Steven Mann and Ray Wong, award-winning pianists and veteran performers based in Manhattan. Nat King Cole broke color barriers in music, but his smooth persona belied the challenges he faced. His long and storied career is a testament to his patience, grace and talent, and his songs are still mainstays on jazz radio. The program includes Cole’s greatest hits, like “L-O-V-E,” “The Very Thought of You,” “Stardust,” “Mona Lisa,” “For Sentimental Reason,” “Sweet Lorraine,” and many other timeless tunes to make you long for a dry martini and the perfect dance partner.

World Premiere: Henry Dehlinger’s Cosmic Cycles 

Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. at Capital One Hall

Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

In partnership with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, National Philharmonic presents the world premiere of the Henry Dehlinger’s Cosmic Cycles. Dehlinger’s new work integrates a symphonic suite played live against the backdrop of out-of-this-world images, animations, and groundbreaking visualizations from NASA Goddard.

Hailstork’s Fifth Symphony + Orff’s Carmina Burana

Piotr Gajewski, conductor

            with National Philharmonic Chorale

Marlisa Hudson, soprano

Robert Baker, tenor

Brandon Hendrickson, baritone

Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. at Capital One Hall

Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

The 2022-2023 season concludes as National Philharmonic presents the world premiere of Symphony No. 5 by Adolphus Hailstork, performed in its entirety for the first time. Hailstork, known for creating compositions influenced by musical ideas from both the African American and European traditions, returns to NatPhil after the success of the world premiere of A Knee on The Neck in 2022.

NatPhil sends off the season with the grandeur and drama of Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. Featuring the National Philharmonic Chorale and guest soloists soprano Marlisa Hudson, tenor Robert Baker, and baritone Brandon Hendrickson, the performance includes cantata’s most famous movements, “Oh Fortuna” and “Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi.”

Programs, artists, dates, and times are subject to change.

Subscription and Ticket Information

Subscriptions and packages to National Philharmonic’s 2022-2023 season will be on sale soon at  Single tickets will go on sale later this summer.

Health and Safety Protocols

All guests at any indoor National Philharmonic events at any location will need to be fully vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and must show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance with their ticket upon entry to the theater. These policies will be evaluated regularly based on updated community health data, public safety best practices, and government guidance.

Unvaccinated patrons without medical exemption, including children not yet eligible for the vaccine, will not be permitted to attend National Philharmonic performances. National Philharmonic will not accept proof of negative test. Please note that this may differ from the policies of individual venues.

In addition to vaccine protocols, patrons will be required to wear masks in the venue and through the duration of National Philharmonic performances.

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About the National Philharmonic

Celebrated for showcasing world-renowned guest artists in time-honored symphonic masterpieces, National Philharmonic continuously strives to create remarkable educational opportunities in the community while promoting diversity and representation in classical music.

National Philharmonic is an accessible, enriching component in the Greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, believing that music has the power to spark imagination and shape the world around us. As the only organization with a united orchestra and chorus in the region, over the years National Philharmonic has expanded its footprint beyond its home at Strathmore, with year-round masterclasses along with Summer String and Summer Chorale Institutes for youth, armed services programs, and partnerships with community organizations. In addition to these programs, National Philharmonic fosters a love of music in young people across the region by offering free admission to all children between the ages 7 to 17 years old.


October 22, 2022 @ 8:00 am EDT
June 23, 2023 @ 5:00 pm EDT
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