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National Cherry Blossom Festival Kiosk

March 20th - April 16th in the Main Hall

National Cherry Blossom Festival Kiosk Returns!

National Cherry Blossom Festival Merchandise and Information Headquarters returns to Union Station and is located on the westside of the Main Hall between Shake Shack and Chop't. Shop for official merchandise and get valuable information about Festival events.

Weekdays- 10am - 7pm

Saturdays- 9:30am - 7pm

Sundays- 10am - 5pm

About the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The Festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.  Events are primarily free and open to the public.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration. The 2017 festival includes 4 weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty and community spirit. Visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org or call 877-44-BLOOM for more information. 

Cherry Blossom Festival Concert

March 26th at 12 noon

The 6821 Quintet

The 6821 Quintet, a quintet assembled specifically for the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival, will offer rare musical performances for three days only.

Named after the distance between Washington DC and Tokyo, the quintet was created by The Ryuji Ueno Foundation as part of the Potomac Music Lab Project. The group’s world-renowned musicians will perform a variety of classical and popular songs for a salon series “Evermay Concert Series” in Georgetown (Friday March 24, 7:30pm), for the Festival’s Opening Ceremony on Saturday, March 25 at the Warner Theatre, and as a pop-up performance at Union Station (March 26, noon).

The 6821 Quintet will be led by violinist Mayu Kishima, First Prize winner of the First Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition in 2016.  Using the finest classical instruments, the group is comprised of two violinists, a violist, a cellist, and a pianist. The quintet premieres pieces specifically composed for the National Cherry Blossom Festival; this year’s work will be composed by S&R Foundation Washington Award Winner Mamiko Hirai.

Mountain Range High School Performance

March 28th at 2pm

Mountain Range High School from Westminster, Colorado will be performing at 2pm.

The Chamber Orchestra of Cameristi della Scala Perfomance

March 28th at 6pm

The Chamber Orchestra of Cameristi della Scala

Happy Birthday Maestro Toscanini!  Buon Compleano Maestro Toscanini!

In celebration of the 150th Birthday of Arturo Toscanini, a musical gift to Washington, DC from Milian,Italy.  The Chamber Orchestra of Cameristi della Scalla which is formed by musicians from the orchestra of Toscanini’s beloved Teatro alla Scala in Milan, will appear for only three special performances in Washington, DC.  Two of the performances are by-invitation only at The Library of Congress and the Italian Embassy.  But all music lovers in the greater Washington, DC area are invited to the concert in East Hall sponsored by SEUS client, Salini Impreglio/Lane Construction.  Seating is first come, first seated; doors will open at 5:45 pm.

A cellist by musical training, Arturo Toscanini’s talents at the baton eclipsed his career as a cellist at a remarkably young age. From 1898-1908 Toscanini was Principal Conductor at LaScala and returned to the famed opera house as Music Director from 1921-1929.  During his tenure as Music Director, Maestro Toscanini brought the LaScala Orchestra to the United States on a concert tour.  On March 3, 1921 – almost a century ago -, that tour included a performance at Washington DC’s National Theater.  (It’s been too long Arturo!) Toscanini left Italy at the outbreak of World War II and spent the remainder of his professional life in New York.   Arturo Toscanini became well known to American audiences for the broadcasts by the NBC Symphony Orchestra which was created for him in 1937.  Recordings of operas conducted by Toscanini were released on records and then CDs.  Please join us for a very special musical evening in honor of Maestro Toscanini. Rsvp –events@unionstationevents.com