National Chamber Ensemble — Enchanting Elgar, The English Romantic

Gunston Arts Center, Theater One
2700 South Lang Street
Arlington, Virginia 22204

The National Chamber Ensemble (NCE) is thrilled to announce the return to live performances at Gunston Arts Center’s Theater 1 for the opening of the 15th season on Saturday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.

The Season opens with Enchanting Elgar, The English Romantic. With the support of the British Council NCE is programming music of Great Britain for the first time and will pay tribute to the most famous English composer with a premiere of one of his most famous compositions in a chamber ensemble setting.

Sir Edward Elgar’s music still has a resonance which chimes precisely with the difficult times and challenges we now face. As it is very inspirational, speaks of courage, determination, fair play and high moral purpose, things which there is a great need of today.

Enchanting Elgar, the English Romantic — Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
The concert will feature the premiere of a string sextet arrangement of Elgar’s famous Enigma Variations + the gorgeous String Serenade and more. Gilbert and Sullivan’s lively Overture to “The Mikado” opens the sparkling British program.

The NCE artists performing on opening night are:
(from left to right) Leo Sushansky (artistic director/violin), Steven Honigberg (cello), Jennifer Ries (viola), Chris Shieh (viola), Vasily Popov (cello), Jorge Orozco (violin).

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The subscription or individual ticket allows attend our live concerts in person and/or watch an exclusive concert video one week later in the comfort of your home.

General admission tickets are $36 for adults and $18 for students. For the greatest value, season subscriptions can be purchased priced at $129 for all 5 NCE performances. Tickets are available online at

Safety Guidelines
To maximize the safety and comfort of our wonderful arts patrons, the National Chamber Ensemble will implement the current CDC recommended guidelines for those attending our concerts in person. These currently include the following:

  • The NCE will limit in-person attendance to less than 50% of the theater capacity to allow patrons to spread out and feel comfortable
  • Patrons must be fully vaccinated
  • Patrons must wear face masks at all times

For more Information call (703) 685-7590 or visit:

From the classical to contemporary compositions, the National Chamber Ensemble’s internationally-acclaimed musicians provide outstanding performances of chamber music in an intimate setting. The NCE brings together composers, musicians, performers and audiences to create an environment that is fun, welcoming, engaging and offers the connoisseur, as well as the first-time concertgoer, an exciting musical experience.

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