to the National Chamber Ensemble

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“One of the gems of the entire Metro area” – DC Metro Theater Arts

"Enriched the musical skyline...for an amazing 10 years" - Nina Totenberg (NPR)

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From NCE Artistic Director
Leonid Sushansky

The Goal of the National Chamber Ensemble is to bring exceptional music that enriches our cultural life. From classical to contemporary compositions, internationally-acclaimed musicians provide outstanding performances of chamber music in an intimate setting. The Ensemble also hosts visiting guest artists.

To create an environment that is fun, welcoming and engaging, the musicians share fascinating, short anecdotes about the composer and music, giving the audience another perspective on understanding the performance. The National Chamber Ensemble offers the connoisseur, as well as the first-time concertgoer, an exciting, musical experience.

For the 2017-2018 season, NCE will bring the audience along on a journey around the world to enjoy concerts featuring the great music of different cultures while being thrilled with great stories, humor, passionate music making and brilliant virtuosity. Every season NCE spotlights the music of a particular country.

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"I am thrilled to be a part of several performances this season all featuring different musical genres, Music of Spain, the Romantic classics with violin and contemporary Classical and Jazz. I find it exciting to perform music requiring a different approach of technique and expression and it's a great joy to be able to make music with my dear friends and colleagues."  Carlos Cesar Rodriguez pianist

Featured Video
from Music of Our Time

Premiere of Trio for Clarinet Violin and Piano "Dreamers" by A Shor, with Bowen McCauley Dance, who return in the 2017-2018 season to premiere Manuel De Falla's sensual Suite Populaire Espagnol.

Leo Sushansky with Janet Kopenhaver on WERA 96.7FM discuss NCE's Holiday Concert and more:

What's Next for NCE

2017-2018 Season Quick Peek

Concert 1

A Night in the Garden of Spain

Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Gunston Arts Center, Theatre 1

NCE will focus on the exotic rich musical culture of Spain. Please join the NCE for a night of exquisite music to open National Chamber Ensemble's 11th Season more...

Concert 2

Holiday Cheer!

Saturday, December 16, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

An annual tradition.  NCE's holiday concert will bring classical masterpieces and holiday favorites together for the whole family.  Also, NCE's Outstanding Young Artist Achievement Award - Piano competition more...

Concert 3

The Romantic Violin for Two

Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

One violin virtuoso is great, but two are better.  Brilliant music for a unique duo more...

Concert 4

Strings Fever: Brahms and Mendelssohn

Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Two of the great works for strings more...

Concert 5

Today's Classical and Jazz Masters

Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Gunston Arts Center, Theatre 1

Variety of great works in the classical genre and jazz more...

The National Chamber Ensemble is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts. The National Chamber Ensemble is partially supported by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.