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The National Philharmonic, led by Maestro Piotr Gajewski at Strathmore, celebrates the centennial of legendary musician Leonard Bernstein throughout its 2018-2019 season, performing compositions that influenced Bernstein, as well as some of his very own famous works. It is a special season for Maestro Gajewski, who in 1983, was selected from more than 150 applicants as a Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellow at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood. Maestro Gajewski had the opportunity at that young age to spend the summer studying alongside the world’s most famous conductor.

The season will commence with a screening of On the Waterfront, on Saturday, Sept. 29. Performed by the Philharmonic, the 1954 Grammy award-winning film’s score is hailed by the American Film Institute as “one of the best film scores of all time.” Another highlight of the season is the “Bernstein Choral Celebration” on Saturday, Nov. 17. Chorale Artistic Director Stan Engebretson will lead the National Philharmonic Chorale and the Strathmore Children’s Chorus, as well as guest soprano Danielle Talamantes and tenor Brian Cheney in some of Bernstein’s most famous compositions, including the 1957 Tony award-winning West Side Story and portions of Mass, commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy to memorialize John F. Kennedy in 1971.

Soloists this season include Avery Fischer Career Grant Winner, violinist Bella Hristova, who plays the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber, whom Bernstein championed throughout his life. In addition, Philharmonic concertmaster Colin Sorgi plays Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato;  Haochen Zhang, 2009 Gold Medal winner of the Van Cliburn Competition, performs Brahms’ gorgeous Piano Concerto No. 1; pianist Michael Brown is featured in Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 (“The Age of Anxiety”); and mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wór joins a Philharmonic favorite, Brian Ganz, for his 9th annual all-Chopin recital. In a special concert in February, Grammy winners cellist Zuill Bailey and violist Roberto Diaz recreate the New York Philharmonic program that catapulted Bernstein into the spotlight.  

Audiences are in for a treat this season when the talented trumpeter Byron Stripling performs “Sounds of New Orleans: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong” Saturday, March 30, 2019. Heavily influenced by jazz during his younger years, Bernstein said “Jazz is the ultimate common denominator of the American musical style.”

We look forward to seeing you at the concerts!

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Select four or more concerts you want to attend and the seating area you would like. Please note that a transaction fee of $6 is applied to KIDS FREE tickets in order to guarantee reserved seats. If you have any questions, please call the Strathmore Ticket Office at 301.581.5100.


SUBSTANTIAL DISCOUNTS – Subscribers receive discounts on all tickets.
PRIORITY SEATING – Advance seating before the general public.
TICKET EXCHANGES – Tickets can be exchanged at any time for any concert, up to four hours before the concert through the Strathmore Ticket Office (subject to availability).
ALL KIDS, ALL FREE, ALL THE TIME – Young people age 7-17 attend National Philharmonic concerts free of charge, making it easy for families to go to concerts together. Children age six and under are generally not permitted. A transaction fee of $6 applies for Kids Free tickets in order to guarantee reserved seats together. Throughout the year, KIDS FREE tickets may be obtained online, in person at the Strathmore Ticket Office or by phone at 301.581.5100.
COLLEGE STUDENT TICKETS – Tickets for college students are $10 each and can be purchased by phone (301.581.5100) or in person. Pick up at will call with a student ID.
ADDITIONAL TICKETS – Subscribers can add extra tickets to their custom series orders at subscriber rates.
TAX DEDUCTIONS – Tickets returned 24 hours in advance of performances are acknowledged as a tax-deductible donation.


The deadline to guarantee best seating has been extended to July 11. Tickets will be mailed in August. 
Please note: Dates, times, programs, prices, and artists are subject to change without notice.

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