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The National teams with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for first performance of 2015 — watch

on March 14, 2015, 9:15pm

Photo by Julie Engebrecht

The National returned to the stage on Friday night for the first time in 2015. Taking place at the MusicNOW Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio, the unique performance saw the band teaming with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for the first time.

The nine-song setlist included fan favorites like “Runaway”, “England”, “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks”, and “Fake Empire”. Below, watch fan-shot footage of “Runaway” and “England”.

Aaron Dessner was forced to miss the performance due to the impending birth of his child. Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry filled in as his replacement.

Now in its ninth year, the festival is curated by Bryce Dessner. This year’s lineup also featured Sufjan Stevens, Perfume Genius, and Will Butler.

“Runaway”:

“England”:

Setlist:
Runaway
This Is the Last Time
England
I Need My Girl (Without Orchestra)
About Today
Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

Encore:
Fake Empire (Without Orchestra, with conductor Louis Langree on piano)

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