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The Architect of the Capitol’s challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic buildings; adapting state-of-the-art technology; and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations in a rich historical setting.
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Concerts at the U.S. Capitol

Throughout the year concerts are often presented on the U.S. Capitol Grounds. All concerts held on the Capitol Grounds are free and open to the public.

Annual Summer Concerts

National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Series

The NSO performs three starlight concerts annually on the West Front lawn of the U.S. Capitol. These concerts are sponsored by Congress and the Secretary of the Interior and are held in observance of Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

For full details, please go to capitalconcerts.org and kennedy-center.org/nso.

Military Band Series

The U.S. Marine Corps Band performs on the West Front of the Capitol as part of the 2009 Summer Concert Series.

Each summer a series of military band concerts are offered on weekday evenings on the West Front steps of the Capitol Building. This series is a continuation of an over 130-year-old tradition.