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Memorial Day Weekend Rehearsal Concert - National Symphony, stars and a picnic

Join us at this annual Memorial Day Weekend concert for another terrific performance by the National Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Jack Everly.  They have a wonderful lineup this year.  Gary Sinise (CSI,) and Joe Mantegna (from many a Mamet play) return for their 9th season as hosts.  Performers this year include Danielle Bradbery from The Voice, Broadway and TV star Megan Hilty, TV and music legend Doc Severinsen, and many military bands. The actual concert starts at 8 pm.  The Saturday night rehearsal is not as crowded as the actual nationally televised concert on Sunday, and except for some stand-ins for the Colin Powells of the world, it's pretty much the same.

Parking on a Saturday evening in that area should be plentiful - check the meters though - and the Metro is also close by. I believe Federal center SW should be the closest (but please check for yourself) and the Archives and Union Station are also not too far.   They will allow food and drinks to be brought in but nothing alcoholic.  If you can bring something to share with the group all the better.  Also bring a towel or blanket - or low chair - so we can spread out on the lawn.  High chairs are discouraged.

PBS's National Memorial Day Concert, the iconic event that has become a national tradition, will mark its 25th anniversary with a special tribute to our men and women in uniform, their families at home, and all those who have given their lives for our country. Live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the inspiring night of remembrance will offer veterans from Afghanistan the grateful thanks of our nation, commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II's D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy, and look back at the stories of service and sacrifice featured throughout the years during the annual concert.

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  • Shahla

    Thanks Ronn for organizing the Memorial Day event. I really enjoyed it, great group.

    May 25, 2014

  • Mary J.

    I really enjoyed this tribute to our US forces, both active duty and veterans. It was great to meet some of you! Thank you for organizing, Ronn!

    May 25, 2014

  • Eric

    Very well done, inspiring, emotion, powerful, interesting. This was the second MDWR concert I've done with The Art House. Thanks for organizing, Ronn!

    May 25, 2014

  • Jeff A

    Thanks to Ronn for hosting this wonderful event. It was an emotional and moving evening.

    May 25, 2014

  • Alison

    Beautiful night, moving program, great friends and food - thanks, Ronn!

    May 24, 2014

  • Candice P.

    Awesome !!!

    May 24, 2014

  • Ronn

    We are in the middle back. 2 african American women in Red chairs are among us.

    May 24, 2014

  • faisol

    Im here where are u guys seated?

    May 24, 2014

  • Ronn

    Look forward to seeing everyone with this extraordinary weather. Bring a blanket to sit on or low chair, and a jacket or sweater - it will get cool in the evening. And any food you want (some sharing is always nice). We'll meet at 6, then head to security at 6:15 to go in. We'll sit in the upper section in the middle. No big sign. If you're late, you'll have to text me at 703.338.7494. Have a great day!

    1 · May 24, 2014

  • Bonnie

    I'll be late. Will the Arthouse sign be visible from inside?

    May 23, 2014

  • Gretchen B.

    I'm busy- and not a big symphony fan- more of a jazz/blues/punk/indie kind of gal.( though I do like most symphonic film scores-I just don't want to hear it by itself) but hope to meet more film geeks this summer.

    May 22, 2014

  • Jane

    Working. Boo

    May 19, 2014

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