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NSO Prelude

The National Symphony Orchestra is renowned for its collective excellence and its spirited music-making, but that is only part of the story.  Each of the musicians is not only a true artist, but an artist with individual preferences for composers, eras of music, and styles. Prelude Chamber Recitals on the Millennium Stage offer a perfect forum for the expression of those preferences.  Ensembles form and re-form for various projects and repertoire, and provide increased insights into the vast and wonderfully varied world of chamber music.

Upcoming Millennium Stage Performances

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Video

11/22/14: NSO Prelude

National Symphony Orchestra members Joel Fuller (violin), Alexandra Osborne (violin), Mahoko Eguchi (viola), and Rachel Young (cello), who make up the Last Stand Quartet, perform works by Haydn and Borodin.


Watch Past Performances

NSO Prelude 10/10/14: NSO Prelude

National Symphony Orchestra members Paul Cigan (clarinet), Paula Akbar (violin), Sue Midkiff (violin), Ruth Schaaf (viola), James Lee (cello), and Paul Denola (bass) play Jim Parker’s Bonjour M. Grappelli, a selection from Phillip Rhodes’s Two Appalachian Settings, and Jim Parker’s Concerto for clarinet and strings.

NSO Prelude

National Symphony Orchestra members Paul Cigan (clarinet), Paula Akbar (violin), Sue Midkiff (violin), Ruth Schaaf (viola), James Lee (cello), and Paul Denola (bass) play Jim Parker’s Bonjour M. Grappelli, a selection from Phillip Rhodes’s Two Appalachian Settings, and Jim Parker’s Concerto for clarinet and strings.
NSO Prelude 5/16/14: NSO Prelude

NSO musicians Nurit Bar-Josef and Teri Lee (violins), Jessica McKee (piano), Eugene Mondie (clarinet), Abigail Evans (viola), and James Lee (cello) perform a program that includes Frolov’s Divertimento for two violins and piano and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.

NSO Prelude

NSO musicians Nurit Bar-Josef and Teri Lee (violins), Jessica McKee (piano), Eugene Mondie (clarinet), Abigail Evans (viola), and James Lee (cello) perform a program that includes Frolov’s Divertimento for two violins and piano and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.
NSO Prelude 2/8/14: NSO Prelude

National Symphony Orchestra and Kennedy Center Music Director Christoph Eschenbach (piano) plays with NSO principals Aaron Goldman (flute), Nicholas Stovall (oboe), Loren Kitt (clarinet), Sue Heineman (bassoon), and Laurel Ohlson (horn) in an evening of classical music featuring Widor’s Suite for Flute and Piano, Debussy’s Syrinx for Solo Flute, and Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds.

NSO Prelude

National Symphony Orchestra and Kennedy Center Music Director Christoph Eschenbach (piano) plays with NSO principals Aaron Goldman (flute), Nicholas Stovall (oboe), Loren Kitt (clarinet), Sue Heineman (bassoon), and Laurel Ohlson (horn) in an evening of classical music featuring Widor’s Suite for Flute and Piano, Debussy’s Syrinx for Solo Flute, and Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds.
NSO Prelude: The Last Stand Quartet 1/17/14: NSO Prelude: The Last Stand Quartet

NSO musicians Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violins; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; and Rachel Young, cello, play classical works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and others.

NSO Prelude: The Last Stand Quartet

NSO musicians Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violins; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; and Rachel Young, cello, play classical works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and others.
NSO Prelude 11/8/13: NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO offer an evening of works for string quartet by Beethoven and Schumann.

NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO offer an evening of works for string quartet by Beethoven and Schumann.
NSO Prelude 10/12/13: NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play classical works.

NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play classical works.
NSO Prelude 6/17/13: NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO play Françaix’s Divertissement for Bassoon and String Quintet and Beethoven’s “Razumovsky” Quartet.

NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO play Françaix’s Divertissement for Bassoon and String Quintet and Beethoven’s “Razumovsky” Quartet.
NSO Prelude 6/14/13: NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO play Bolling’s Suite No. 1 for Flute and Jazz Trio.

NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO play Bolling’s Suite No. 1 for Flute and Jazz Trio.
NSO Prelude 6/7/13: NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO play Schubert’s Octet.

NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO play Schubert’s Octet.
NSO Prelude 6/1/13: NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO play classical works by Telemann and others.

NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO play classical works by Telemann and others.
NSO Prelude: Christoph Eschenbach & Ye Eun Choi 5/3/13: NSO Prelude: Christoph Eschenbach & Ye Eun Choi
This performance is not available for viewing.

The Kennedy Center and National Symphony Orchestra Music Director plays piano accompanied by the guest violinist.

NSO Prelude 4/26/13: NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play classical works.

NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play classical works.
NSO Prelude 3/30/13: NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play Bliss’s Quintet for Oboe and Strings, Françaix’s Divertissement for Bassoon and String Quintet, and a string quartet performance.

NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play Bliss’s Quintet for Oboe and Strings, Françaix’s Divertissement for Bassoon and String Quintet, and a string quartet performance.
NSO Prelude 1/19/13: NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play classical works.

NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play classical works.
NSO Prelude 1/16/13: NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play classical works.

NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play classical works.
NSO Prelude 11/10/12: NSO Prelude

National Symphony Orchestra members Alexandra Osborne (violin), Joel Fuller (violin), Mahoko Eguchi (viola), and Rachel Young (cello) perform

NSO Prelude

National Symphony Orchestra members Alexandra Osborne (violin), Joel Fuller (violin), Mahoko Eguchi (viola), and Rachel Young (cello) perform
NSO Prelude 10/3/12: NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play Haydn’s String Quartet No. 60 and Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1.

NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play Haydn’s String Quartet No. 60 and Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1.

Citibank® Classical Night: NSO Prelude 6/1/12: Citibank® Classical Night: NSO Prelude
This performance is not available for viewing.

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20.

Citibank® Classical Night: NSO Prelude 5/18/12: Citibank® Classical Night: NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play Katherine Hoover’s Summer Night for flute, horn and piano, a brass quintet by Philip Parker, and Grant Cooper’s Octagons for Clarinet and String Quintet.

Citibank® Classical Night: NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play Katherine Hoover’s Summer Night for flute, horn and piano, a brass quintet by Philip Parker, and Grant Cooper’s Octagons for Clarinet and String Quintet.

NSO Prelude 4/7/12: NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play a program of classical works by Beethoven and Farrenc.

NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play a program of classical works by Beethoven and Farrenc.
NSO Prelude 2/11/12: NSO Prelude
This performance is not available for viewing.

Members of the NSO play classical works.

NSO Prelude 2/3/12: NSO Prelude

National Symphony Orchestra violinist Natasha Bogachek, violist Mahoko Eguchi, and cellist Yvonne Caruthers play Beethoven’s String Trio No. 3 and Dohnányi’s Serenade.

NSO Prelude

National Symphony Orchestra violinist Natasha Bogachek, violist Mahoko Eguchi, and cellist Yvonne Caruthers play Beethoven’s String Trio No. 3 and Dohnányi’s Serenade.

NSO Prelude 12/2/11: NSO Prelude

National Symphony Orchestra members—Ruth Wicker Schaaf, viola; David Teie, cello; and Jeffrey Weisner, bass—play Haydn’s Trio for Viola, Cello, and Bass; Albrechtsberger’s Divertimento in C major for Viola, Cello, and Bass; Teie’s Duo for Viola and Cello; and Rossini’s Duo for Cello and Bass.

NSO Prelude

National Symphony Orchestra members—Ruth Wicker Schaaf, viola; David Teie, cello; and Jeffrey Weisner, bass—play Haydn’s Trio for Viola, Cello, and Bass; Albrechtsberger’s Divertimento in C major for Viola, Cello, and Bass; Teie’s Duo for Viola and Cello; and Rossini’s Duo for Cello and Bass.
NSO Prelude 11/4/11: NSO Prelude

NSO musicians—Nicholas Stovall, oboe; Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violin; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; Rachel Young, cello; and Anthony Manzo, double bass—play Sean Shepherd’s Quartet for Oboe and Strings and Dvorák’s String Quintet in G major.

NSO Prelude

NSO musicians—Nicholas Stovall, oboe; Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violin; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; Rachel Young, cello; and Anthony Manzo, double bass—play Sean Shepherd’s Quartet for Oboe and Strings and Dvorák’s String Quintet in G major.
NSO Prelude 10/28/11: NSO Prelude

NSO musicians William Wielgus, oboe, Lewis Lipnick, bassoon, and Lisa Emenheiser, piano, play works by William Grant Still, Ben-Heim, Schulhoff, and Poulenc.

NSO Prelude

NSO musicians William Wielgus, oboe, Lewis Lipnick, bassoon, and Lisa Emenheiser, piano, play works by William Grant Still, Ben-Heim, Schulhoff, and Poulenc.
NSO Prelude 6/18/11: NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO play classical works.

NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO play classical works.
NSO Prelude: Christoph Eschenbach, Jennifer Koh, Nicholas Stovall 6/11/11: NSO Prelude: Christoph Eschenbach, Jennifer Koh, Nicholas Stovall
This performance is not available for viewing.

Kennedy Center and NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach on piano, violinist Jennifer Koh, and oboist Nicholas Stovall play Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano and Violin No.1 in D major and Schumann’s Three Romances for Oboe and Piano.

NSO Prelude: 4in Correspondence 6/8/11: NSO Prelude: 4in Correspondence

NSO cellists James Lee, Steven Honigberg, David Teie, and Rachel Young play classical works.

NSO Prelude: 4in Correspondence

NSO cellists James Lee, Steven Honigberg, David Teie, and Rachel Young play classical works.
NSO Prelude 6/4/11: NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play classical works.

NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play classical works.
NSO Prelude 2/11/11: NSO Prelude

NSO musicians Joel Fuller, violin, Rachel Young, cello, and Michael Adcock, piano, play Beethoven's Variations in G major for Piano Trio and Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor.

NSO Prelude

NSO musicians Joel Fuller, violin, Rachel Young, cello, and Michael Adcock, piano, play Beethoven's Variations in G major for Piano Trio and Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor.

NSO Prelude 1/29/11: NSO Prelude

NSO members Joel Fuller (violin), James Nickel (horn), and Lisa Emenheiser (piano) play Debussy’s Sonata in G minor for Violin and Piano and Brahms’s Horn Trio.

NSO Prelude

NSO members Joel Fuller (violin), James Nickel (horn), and Lisa Emenheiser (piano) play Debussy’s Sonata in G minor for Violin and Piano and Brahms’s Horn Trio.
NSO Prelude 12/3/10: NSO Prelude

National Symphony Orchestra members perform classical works.

NSO Prelude

National Symphony Orchestra members perform classical works.
NSO Prelude 11/19/10: NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform classical works.

NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform classical works.
NSO Prelude 10/8/10: NSO Prelude

National Symphony Orchestra Music Director Christoph Eschenbach plays piano in an all-Beethoven program, joined by violinist Christian Tetzlaff. NSO members Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violin, Mahoko Eguchi, viola, and Rachel Young, cello, are also playing.

NSO Prelude

National Symphony Orchestra Music Director Christoph Eschenbach plays piano in an all-Beethoven program, joined by violinist Christian Tetzlaff. NSO members Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violin, Mahoko Eguchi, viola, and Rachel Young, cello, are also playing.
NSO Prelude 5/1/10: NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play classical works.

NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play classical works.
NSO Prelude 4/3/10: NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play classical works.

NSO Prelude

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra play classical works.
NSO Prelude 2/19/10: NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO perform classical works.

NSO Prelude

Members of the NSO perform classical works.

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