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Painted portrait of tenth Architect of the Capitol, Alan M. Hantman.
Alan M. Hantman, FAIA, served as the 10th Architect of the Capitol.
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The U.S. Capitol Rotunda is used for important ceremonial events, such as the lying in state of eminent citizens and the dedication of works of art.
The late President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol...

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.

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
  • Labor Day

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

Military Band Summer 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 a more than 130-year-old tradition.