The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, conducted by Artistic Director Thea Kano, will present a cabaret titled The Best Worst Thing at Atlas Performing Arts Center on November 17. The cast will “reveal the best worst thing to ever happen to them through story and song.” The intimate evening of soloists will feature music from the world of pop and Broadway.
Image below: The postcard for The Best Worst Thing
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, conducted by Maestra Thea Kano, will present The Holiday Showat Lincoln Theatre on December 8, 15 & 16.The production will be an all-new show, featuring dancing elves, falling snowflakes, soaring vocals, and a special visit from Santa Claus.
December 2 & 3: Dumbarton Oaks Concert Series will present the vocal ensemble Blue Heron, led by Scott Metcalfe. They are noted for interpretations of music from 15th-Century France and Burgundy. They will perform works by Guillaume Dufay, Johannes Regis, Josquin des Prez, Jacob Obrecht, and Antoine Brumel.
The Dumbarton Oaks Concert Series will present ZOFO – the professional piano duo comprised of Eva-Maaria Zimmermann & Keisuke Nakagoshi -January 13 & 14. They will play works by Franz Schubert, Samuel Barber, Urmas Sisask, & Terry Riley. Visit www.doaks.org
Smithsonian American Art Museum
The 21st Century Consort will present Between Worlds at theSmithsonian American Art Museum’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditoriumon December 8. The concert will present music featuring subjects and stories "that inhabit the work of artist Bill Traylor. See an article about an exhibition of Traylor's work in the "Art at Smithsonian Galleries - American Art Museum" column of this edition. Prior to the concert, film maker Paul H. Moon’s film of Jon Deak’s The Passion of Scrooge, or a Christmas Carol, will receive a premiere screening.
The Russian Chamber Art Society, founded by Vera Danchenko-Stern, will perform a concert titled Two Poets in Music: Whitman and Pushkin at the Embassy of France on December 6. Works by American and Russian composers will be performed by soprano Shelley Jackson, baritone Kevin Wetzel, pianist Michael Sheppard, and pianist Vera Danchenko-Stern. Visit http://thercas.com/
Shelley Jackson, Kevin Wetzel, Michael Sheppard & Vera Danchenko-Stern
The Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Consort will present A Christmas Messe - A Banquet of Seasonal English Music - in The Folger Theatre on December 14-23. The concert will celebrate the holidays with English music ranging from the earliest carols to later arrangements of favorites like Greensleeves by Vaughan Williams. The concert will be performed in conjunction with the Folger exhibition titled Churchill’s Shakespeare, which is on display thru January 6. The soloists will be Robert Eisenstein, viol, Dan Meyers, winds, Mary Springfels, viol and Webb Wiggins, organ. Visit www.folger.edu/
Lisner Auditorium at GWU
The 2018 Christmas Revels will take place at George Washington University Lisner Auditorium on Weekends, December 8-16.The theme of the program will be the Winter world of Queen Elizabeth I and a Renaissance celebration of the Solstice in 1599. The Washington Revels’ cast of over 100, ages 8–88 will perform the glorious music and dance ofElizabethan England, delightful children’s songs and games, seasonal sing-alongs, and a few lines of Shakespeare. Piffaro: The Renaissance Band and the Rock Creek Morris Women will be featured. Visit http://revelsdc.org
The National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art'sFall 2018 Concert Season is in progress thru May, 2019. Performances are given in various locations throughout the Gallery, including the West Garden Court, the central Rotunda and the 500-seat East Building Auditorium. Concerts at the Gallery are open to the public free of charge. Admittance is on a first-come, first-seated basis 30 minutes before each concert begins.
The Embassy Series was established in 1994 to offer audiences the opportunity to enjoy concerts at various embassies in what are in effect cultural exchanges.Audiences “can watch and listen to a musical performance that highlights the contributions of a particular country. This educational and musical experience is often accentuated by a reception at the host embassy, or residence, immediately following the concert.