Canceled: NSO’s ‘Rhyme and Rhythms’ DECLASSIFIED concert

February 3 KenCen crossover event, featuring Christylez Bacon, Wytold, and Pages Matam performing with the National Symphony Orchestra, will not be rescheduled.

Kennedy Center at night.
JF Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at night. (Via Wikipedia)

WASHINGTON, January 11, 2016 – The National Symphony Orchestra’s (NSO’s) upcoming DECLASSIFIED concert, scheduled for Friday, February 3, 2017 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

No reason was provided for the scrubbing of “Rhymes and Rhythms,” a fusion of music and poetry that was to feature hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon, electronic cellist Wytold and poet Pages Matam along with the NSO, conducted by Jacomo Bairos.

According to a Kennedy Center/NSO release:

“Ticketholders may exchange their tickets for a future NSO performance during the NSO’s 2016-2017 season, or request a refund… Information on exchanges or returns can be found online at the KenCen’s website, in person at the Box Office, or by calling the Advanced Sales Box Office at 202/416-8540.”

The NSO’s DECLASSIFIED series of one-off Friday evening concerts featuring leading edge musical artists straddling various genres and stretching the boundaries of traditional symphony concerts is geared toward younger audiences and the young-at-heart looking for something different. Unlike traditional concerts, these events also feature pre- and post-concert parties and also permit food and beverages to be brought into the Concert Hall to enjoy during the performances.

The current season’s two remaining DECLASSIFIED concerts, scheduled for April 21 and June 30, are still on tap and tickets are still available via the Kennedy Center’s website or by calling the box office at 202-467-4600.

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Terry Ponick
Biographical Note: Dateline Award-winning music and theater critic for The Connection Newspapers and the Reston-Fairfax Times, Terry was the music critic for the Washington Times print edition (1994-2010) and online Communities (2010-2014). Since 2014, he has been the Business and Entertainment Editor for Communities Digital News (CDN). A former stockbroker and a writer and editor with many interests, he served as editor under contract from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and continues to write on science and business topics. He is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, MA) and the University of South Carolina where he was awarded a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and co-founded one of the earliest Writing Labs in the country. Twitter: @terryp17