Capital City Symphony

Capital City Symphony (CCS) is a community orchestra based in Washington, D.C. We are one of the founding arts partners of the Atlas Performing Arts Center, located in Northeast DC’s Atlas District. We are funded by a combination of grants, corporate sponsorships and individual donations.

We were founded in 1967 as the Georgetown Symphony Orchestra. In 2005 we relocated to H Street NE and took the name Capital City Symphony in order to better reflect our new location and city-wide focus. This move has given us the opportunity to make classical music performances accessible in an area of the city that has been traditionally underserved, both economically and culturally. The 2006-07 concert season marked our first season fully in residence as an Arts Partner at the new Atlas Performing Arts Center, which is the cornerstone of the H Street NE corridor revitalization project.

Our Conductor and Artistic Director is Victoria Gau. She is also the associate conductor of the National Philharmonic. Our previous conductors were: Louis Fantasia, Daniel Hornstein, and John Welsh.

We perform standard symphonic repertoire and explore the best of 20th and 21st-century music. Our orchestra consists of approximately 100 volunteer musicians of all ages. We provide engaging and informative introductions to each of our programs to help everyone enjoy the show, and we create a relaxed atmosphere in which classical musical accessible to all. A typical Capital City Symphony season offers four full orchestral programs (five to six performances), a chamber concert, and a community carol sing (two performances).

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