National Symphony to perform second annual “ugly sweater” holiday program

Posted on: December 6, 2019

“It could be argued that ugly sweaters are one of the best traditions of the holiday season,” writes Natalia Kolenko in Monday’s (12/2) On Tap Magazine (Washington, D.C.). “Looking to bring some of that fun to the classical music world, the National Symphony Orchestra will showcase its Ugly Sweater Holiday Concert on December 11. Hosted at The Anthem once again, the second-ever themed concert will see the NSO dressed in their best unsightly sweaters…. Audience members are also encouraged to don their favorite ugly holiday pullovers…. The audience can also expect a wide variety of music…. Nick Hersh, the NSO’s conductor for the Ugly Sweater Holiday Concert … says, ‘You’ll hear familiar carols but beautifully orchestrated, and we’ll also play some classical standards that have come to be associated with Christmas.’ … This year’s show will [feature] several pieces from Duke Ellington’s … Nutcracker Suite [based] on the classic score from Tchaikovsky. Hersh says this is one of his favorite arrangements from the show as it takes the beauty and familiarity of the original pieces and spikes them with high-energy jazz. There will also be a choral component … featuring DC a cappella group The Capital Hearings.”

Posted December 6, 2019