2018 Concerts and Events

Photo by Jonathan Hsu

POPS EXTRAVAGANZA: Bernstein at 100

in partnership with Wolf Trap Opera
John Morris Russell, conductor
June 2, 2018 . 8PM
Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall

John Morris Russell returns to lead the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic in the opening concert of the 2018 festival. This spectacular evening pays homage to the great American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein as part of Leonard Bernstein at 100, a two-year global celebration of the life and career of the 20th century cultural giant with more than 2,000 events on six continents.

The orchestra is joined onstage by members of the internationally renowned Wolf Trap Opera as part of their UNTRAPPED series, which brings the thrill of live vocal music to new places and unexpected spaces such as The Clarice.



June 8, 2018 . 8PM
Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall
James Stern and Nicholas Platoff, conductors
Strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion - all the sections of the orchestra unbound and heard in vibrant works that showcase their color and virtuosity.
Program includes:
  • Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for Strings
  • Henri Tomasi: Fanfares Liturgiques for Brass Ensemble
  • Emile Bernard: Divertissement for Wind Instruments


Sara Daneshpour, piano
June 9, 2018 . 8PM
Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall
Combining the demands of chamber music with orchestral performance, the musicians of NOI lead each other, performing chamber orchestra repertoire without a conductor, featuring works by Beethoven and Ligeti. Sara Daneshpour joins as soloist for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9.
Repertoire includes:
  • Benjamin Britten: Suite on English Folk Songs 
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2



in partnership with Naxos and Wolf Trap Opera
June 16, 2018 . 8PM
James Judd, conductor
Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall

In our continuing celebration of Leonard Bernstein at 100, James Judd conducts Bernstein's Songfest which was written as a tribute to the 1976 American Bicentennial and premiered in Washington, DC. Combining poetry from the likes of Frank O'Hara, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Gertrude Stein, the work draws a picture of America's past as seen through the eyes of an artist.  

The program also includes George Gershwin's iconic An American in Paris heard in a new edition which corrects and restores many of Gershwin's original musical intentions.  


  • Aaron Copland: An Outdoor Overture
  • George Gershwin: An American in Paris
  • Leonard Bernstein: Songfest


JoAnn Falletta, conductor
June 23, 2018 . 8PM
Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall

Internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music and an inspiring artistic leader, Ms. Falletta has conducted many of the world’s finest orchestras. Her program with the NOI Philharmonic includes Edward Elgar’s In the South and Johannes Brahms’ First Symphony.


  • Richard Strauss: Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome
  • Edward Elgar: In the South
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1



James Ross, conductor
Doug Fitch, director
June 30, 2018 . 8PM
Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall
The National Orchestral Institute + Festival revives Doug Fitch's groundbreaking production of Stravinsky's Petrushka first created in 2008 at the University of Maryland and later seen in performances by the New York Philharmonic.  The complete score is infused with orchestra participation, puppeteers, live video, and much more.  
Repertoire includes:
  • Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
  • Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911)