The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and "The President's Own" United States Marine Band will perform a free concert at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Friday, November 10th at 7pm. The program will feature both the U.S. Marine Band, led by Colonel Jason K. Fettig, and the NSO, with its new Music Director Gianandrea Noseda.
Part of the NSO's Notes of Honor: NSO Salutes the Military Initiative, this performance is presented in collaboration with the USO of Metropolitan Washington, and is free and open to the public, particularly all active, veteran, prior service, and retired service members and their families.
"We are thrilled to be working with the USO to bring such great music to our service men and women and their families especially around the holidays," said Warren Williams, Manager of Community Relations for the NSO.
National Symphony Orchestra Violinist Glenn Donnellan joined Great Day Washington to share a unique preview of the concert. Glenn performed a 150 year old tune on his electric violin made out of a Louisville Slugger wooden baseball bat. The song came from the Civil War era and is named Sally Gooden after a woman who would let troops stay at her farm during the war. Glenn shared that Sally Gooden became a famous name amongst the troops for her hospitality during the war so fiddlers created a tune just for her. Donnellan said, "The tune went viral," as much as something could go viral 150 years ago!
There will be another Notes of Honor: NSO Salutes the Military performance on December 7, with a holiday presentation featuring the NSO and actress/vocalist Megan Hilty at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.