You've heard us talk a lot about The Wharf since its opening last week ... ok fine, we've been talking about it long before the actual opening! We've told you about its four public piers, the four residential buildings, the three hotels, the more than 30 bars and restaurants and the 15 retail locations. And you've definitely heard us talking about one of the biggest attractions at The Wharf: its three new live music venues, The Anthem, Pearl Street Warehouse and the not-yet-open Union Stage.
The Anthem, the 6,000-person centerpiece of this entertainment trifecta, has already made national headlines since its opening on Thursday October 12 with D.C. native Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters kicking things off. Since then, the stage has been graced by Trombone Shorty, Phoenix and LCD Sound System with big names like Zedd, Griz, Tegan and Sara, Bob Dylan, Odesza and Thievery Corporation expected before the year's end.
If you've snagged tix to the hottest new venue in town,kudos! But if you've been unlucky thus far in the ticket game, there is a way to check out The Anthem next month completely FO FREE! Music Director Gianandrea Noseda will lead the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in a free performance at the Anthem on November 15 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will showcase a range of colorful orchestral works by Leonard Bernstein, Respighi and Gershwin, and spotlights NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef.
This will mark the first orchestral performance at The Anthem, and is one of three community-oriented performances the NSO will give in 2017/2018, Noseda’s inaugural season as music director. The free concerts are Noseda's attempt to deepen the connection between his orchestra and the community while also furthering D.C.'s interest in orchestra music in general.
"This is very, very exciting,” said Seth Hurwitz, owner of The Anthem, chairman of I.M.P. and co-owner of the 9:30 Club. “We built this place to be the best venue in D.C. for everything from big rock shows to symphony orchestras. We've seen how it works for one of those. I can't wait to see the other. I will be there for sure."
Reservations are recommended to guarantee seating, and you can reserve seats by visiting the Anthem’s ticketing website. Access will be first-come, first-served for those without reservations.