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National Philharmonic Concert Schedule for April and May 2022

July 19, 2022

National Philharmonic Concert Schedule 

for April and May 2022 

(NORTH BETHESDA, MD) — National Philharmonic presents two subscription concerts this April and May at the Music Center at Strathmore, both led by Music Director Piotr Gajewski. In April, the Orchestra performs a juxtaposition of masterworks by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Gustav Mahler, rescheduled from January, with piano soloist Aldo López-Gavilán. The following month, Metropolitan Opera soprano Aleksandra Kurzak joins the National Philharmonic for the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs by contemporary Polish composer Henryk Górecki. This program also features pianist Brian Ganz continuing his odyssey through the complete works of Frédéric Chopin—this time with the Orchestra.

In addition to the subscription concerts, National Philharmonic continues its series of chamber music concerts with two programs curated by Concertmaster Laura Colgate at The Mexican Cultural Institute and Bethesda Presbyterian Church, as well as the family program The Pied Piper in the Orchestra Lobby at The Music Center at Strathmore.

April and May 2022 Full Concert Schedule:

NatPhil Chamber Series: Part 2
Curated by Concertmaster Laura Colgate
Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at The Mexican Cultural Institute
Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at Bethesda Presbyterian Church

Curated by Concertmaster Laura Colgate, NatPhil’s Chamber Series includes a diverse range of composers highlighting the excitement, intimacy, and beauty of chamber music.

Sponsored by Jean and Paul Dudek.

Louise Farrenc, Piano Trio Op. 33
Florence Price, Piano Quintet in A minor
Amy Beach, Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor

Mozart & Mahler
Piotr Gajewski, conductor

Aldo López-Gavilán, piano
Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

Pianist Aldo López-Gavilán joins National Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Piotr Gajewski for a concert of classical favorites. Mozart’s bright and lively Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major stands in contrast to Mahler’s lush and deeply emotional Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor, showcasing the distinct styles of two powerhouses of the classical repertoire.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415 Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor

NatPhil Family Show: The Pied Piper
Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore, Orchestra Lobby

In a town where music and dancing are forbidden, the Pied Piper finds herself sorely out of place. She’ll have a tricky time convincing the locals that music is the answer to their problem…RATS! Can music solve the town’s problem and restore joy to the people? Join NatPhil for a family friendly day of LIVE music, laughter, and community and sing along to some of your favorite tunes.

Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs Piotr Gajewski, conductor
Aleksandra Kurzak, soprano
Brian Ganz, piano
Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore

Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak joins the National Philharmonic and Maestro Piotr Gajewski for Henryk Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, an austere yet moving work that marked a shift in the composer’s style and has since earned a place among classical music’s cult favorites. Pianist Brian Ganz returns to continue his journey through the music of Frédéric Chopin with the Fantasia on Polish Airs and Rondo à la krakowiak.

Frédéric Chopin, Fantasia on Polish Airs
Frédéric Chopin, Rondo à la krakowiak
Henryk Górecki, Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 (“Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”)

NatPhil Chamber Series: Part 3
Curated by Concertmaster Laura Colgate
Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. at the Mexican Cultural Institute
Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 p.m. at Bethesda Presbyterian Church

Curated by Concertmaster Laura Colgate, NatPhil’s Chamber Series includes a diverse range of composers, highlighting the excitement, intimacy, and beauty of chamber music.

Sponsored by Jean and Paul Dudek.

Catherine McMichael, Asteria
Germaine Tailleferre, Choral et Deux Variations Lauren Bernofsky, Passacaglia
Reena Esmail, Tuttarana
Regina Harris Baiocchi, Miles Per Hour
Jeanne Demessieux, Ballade, Op. 10

Programs, artists, dates, prices, and availability subject to change.

Ticket Information

Tickets ($45–$99) are available online at for concerts at Strathmore and for concerts at Capital One Hall. Kids 17 and under can attend National Philharmonic performances for free through the All Kids. All Free. All the Time. initiative.

Tickets to NatPhil’s Chamber Series and kids shows are $35 and also available at

Health and Safety Protocols

All guests at any indoor National Philharmonic events at any location will need to be fully vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and must show proof of vaccination with their ticket upon entry to the theater. These policies will be evaluated regularly based on updated community health data, public safety best practices, and government guidance.

Unvaccinated patrons without medical exemption, including children not yet eligible for the vaccine, will not be permitted to attend National Philharmonic performances. National Philharmonic will not accept proof of negative test. Please note that this may differ from the policies of individual venues.

In addition to vaccine protocols, patrons will be required to wear masks in the venue and through the duration of National Philharmonic performances.

About the National Philharmonic

Celebrated for showcasing world-renowned guest artists in time-honored symphonic masterpieces, National Philharmonic continuously strives to create remarkable educational opportunities in the community while promoting diversity and representation in classical music.

National Philharmonic is an accessible, enriching component in the Greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, believing that music has the power to spark imagination and shape the world around us. As the only organization with a united orchestra and chorus in the region, over the years National Philharmonic has expanded its footprint beyond its home at Strathmore, with year-round masterclasses along with Summer String and Summer Chorale Institutes for youth, armed services programs, and partnerships with community organizations. In addition to these programs, National Philharmonic fosters a love of music in young people across the region by offering free admission to all children between the ages 7 to 17 years old.

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