The National String Symphonia

David A. Fanning, Music Director


NSS Greatest Hits: celebrating 10 years of string music

Time flies when you're having fun! It seems like just yesterday we were meeting in a school classroom to prepare our first concert. And just like that, we're wrapping up our 10th season! What a decade it has been — performances throughout the Washington-Baltimore metro area, world premieres, recordings of music that hadn't been heard in centuries — it's been a wonderful journey. But who would have anticipated a pandemic that not only stopped all activities for a while but also may have changed the nature of performing music permanently? To celebrate our journey of ups and downs, the NSS is excited to present some of the most popular selections from our first 10 seasons of making music.


Edvard Grieg
Holberg Suite (1884)
I. Praeludium (Allegro vivace)
II. Sarabande (Andante)
III. Gavotte (Allegretto)
IV. Air (Andante religioso)
V. Rigaudon (Allegro con brio)
Samuel Barber
Adagio (1938)
Marianne Martinez
Aria ("Frena le belle lagrime") (1767)
George Gershwin
Lullaby for Strings (1948)
Leroy Anderson
Two Jazz Pieces for Strings (1938)
I. Jazz Legato
II. Jazz Pizzicato
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on "Greensleeves" (1934)
Bernard Herrmann
Psycho (Prelude) (1960)
Eric Whitacre
Goodnight Moon (2011)
Aaron Copland
Hoe Down (from Rodeo) (1945)

Friday, April 21, 2023
Calvary Lutheran Church (Silver Spring, MD)
Saturday, April 22, 2023
New Spire Stages (Frederick, MD)
The Ausherman Black Box Theater

Concert Notes

NSS concerts typically last around two hours, including a 15-minute intermission.