The National Symphony Center in Washington, DC, is home to the most celebrated symphony orchestra in the world.
It’s also a world-class institution.
But it has long been a haven for artists, performers and musicians.
It has hosted many world-famous artists, including Leonard Bernstein, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and other composers.
But its annual performance is often overshadowed by the financial struggles of the company it serves: the International Symphony Orchestra of America, or ISO.
The orchestra has struggled to find funding, and last month, the ISO announced it would shutter its US operations in 2019, citing financial troubles.
But ISO’s woes could have a lasting impact on the symphony, which has performed at the National Symphony for nearly a century.
Here are the 10 biggest musical moments from ISO history.
“The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (1956) The film “The Lion’s Mane” stars Martin Sheen as a British army officer who tries to rescue his kidnapped son from a German slave plantation.
The film has been hailed by the composer James Baldwin as a masterpiece of the opera, but the song’s lyrics, “We have come to play the lion’s night,” have been a controversial subject of debate among critics.
The opera has been performed by ISO for over 80 years, and its performance at the Washington, D.C., venue was the last one performed in the US before the current US administration took office.
“A Little Night Music” (1959) In the 1960s, a band of American children staged a concert in London.
They performed a song called “A Little Evening Music,” which included a brief section of music that featured a chorus of children singing.
ISO played the original version of the song in the 1960 and 1970s.
“Don Giovanni” (1970) “The Last Supper” (1974) An American folk band performs in the “Last Supper.”
It was recorded by ISI’s composer, John Williams.
Williams was also instrumental in the recording of the symphonies “The Raven” and “The Rains of Castamere.”
“Dancing Queen” (1976) ISI has performed “Dancing Queens,” a ballad by the American band The Eagles.
The band performed it at ISI in 2016, and ISI president and CEO Michael Vickers was in attendance at the show.
In 2009, ISI was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.
Last year, the National Opera in Paris also performed a rendition of “The Ballad of the Queen” by ISC, with ISI contributing to the orchestra’s repertoire.
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