Washington Performing Arts will present Amjad Ali Khan- Master of the Sarod - at Sixth & I on November 16.Khan's career has spanned more than six decades. The concert at Sixth & I will be a family gathering with his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, who are both excellent musicians in their own right. The trio of sarod players will join forces to create “a 57-string three-man symphony orchestra in a performance of Indian classical music.
Capital City Symphony, led by Victoria Gau, Conductor & Artistic Director, will perform a concert titled Symphonic Travels at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, located in Northeast DC’s Atlas District, on October 13. The concert will be a celebration of the outdoors as expressed through the joy of music.The program will open with Copland’s An Outdoor Overture.Violist Colin Sorgi will perform both Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Concerto and Berlioz’ssymphonic journey, Harold in Italy.
Capital City Symphony, led by Assistant Conductor Tiffany Lu, will present a concert titled Symphonic Flight at Atlas Performing Arts Center on November 24.The concert will celebrate birds and will feature violinist James Stern performing “Spring”from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The program will also include Sibelius’s tone poem The Swan of Tuonela, Wagner’s impressionistic Forest Murmurs, and Rautavaara’s Cantus Arcticus, which incorporates recordings of birdsong near the Arctic Circle and in Finland.
The 30th DC Blues Festival will take place on October 13 at the Wunder Garten in Northeast D.C. The headliners will be the DC-based Nighthawks and special guest Clarence “The Blues Man” Turner. The Wunder Garten offers craft beer, food trucks, picnic tables, lawn games and nearby parking. The presenters suggest that visitors “Bring your festival chairs and family to enjoy a day of diverse blues styles under a large tent. No tickets required; this is a FREE festival!” The heart of the Nighthawks is harp player and singer Mark Wenner. The festival has been called “a terrific celebration of the blues” and “just a fun-filled, family-friendly, fantastic day of music and dancing in a great setting within the city.” To read more about The Wunder Garten, visit www.wundergartendc.com/ For more info. about the Festival, visitwww.facebook.com/
The Kreeger Museum
The Kreeger Museum will present the Heifetz Holiday Concert on December 19.The Heifetz International Music Institute "is dedicated to the artistic growth and career development of some of the most talented and promising young musicians in the world. This special program will feature Heifetz Institute graduates presenting a holiday-infused program of Baroque favorites, classical masterworks, and music for the season."
The New Orchestra of Washington, conducted by Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, with the Choral Arts Society Chamber Singers, conducted by Scott Tucker, will present Día de los Muertos featuring Brahms’sEin deutsches Requiem at the Mexican Cultural Institute on November 9 & 10. The soloists will be Laura Choi Stuart, soprano and Brian Mextorf, baritone. Dia de los Muertos, which is Spanish for Day of the Dead, is a beloved Mexican holiday where family and friends gather to pray and remember those who have died and help support their spiritual journey.
The Thirteen will perform a concert titled Monteverdi: The Lost Vespers (1641)on November 15 at the Episcopal High School Chapel in Alexandria, Virginia and on November 16, at 10th & G in DC and on November 17 at Bradley Hills Church in Bethesda, MD. Monteverdi assembled many mature compositions toward the end of his life into one massive volume, titled Selva morale e spirituale — the moral and spiritual wood. This monumental volume contained a Vespers of 1641, which The Thirteen has assembled with the motet Beatus virat its core.
The Thirteen will perform concerts titled Silent Night Starry Night at select locations in December.The program will feature The Thirteen's own arrangement of Silent Nightand also contemporary composer Kile Smith's The Consolation of Apollo.The latter "pairs the words of the Apollo 8 astronauts on Christmas Eve 1968 with the writings of the Roman philosopher Boethius. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, the performance will be accompanied by projected images from NASA’s Hubble telescope." The concerts will be performed:
Dec. 20 @ Episcopal High School Chapel - Alexandria VA Dec. 21 @ Live @ 10th & G | First Congregational U.C.C.-DCDec. 22 @ Bradley Hills Church in Bethesda, MD.
The Washington Bach Consort, led by Dana Marsh, will perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, plus works by Telemann & Stölzel at Live! at 10th & G in downtown DC on November 8 and at Virginia Theological seminary on November 9. The Consort will perform The Tudors: Sacred motets of John Taverner, Thomas Tallis, John Sheppard, Christopher Tye, and William Byrdon December 6 at Live! at 10th & G in downtown DC and on December 7 at Virginia Theological seminary. The consort’s new series of programs devoted to vocal polyphonywill transport listeners to 16th-century England to hear sacred motets written by the finest composers to serve at the pleasure of four Tudor monarchs, from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I.
The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) will showcase four of its ensemble groups in a concert titled, Small Ensembles Extravaganza at Live at 10th & G on October 26. The concert will feature performances by Potomac Fever, GMCW's tight harmony, a cappella ensemble; Rock Creek Singers, the Chorus' chamber music ensemble; Seasons of Love, a gospel and inspiration music ensemble; and 17th Street Dance, a dance ensemble specializing in pieces set to Broadway, jazz, and contemporary music. Combined, these ensembles represent GMCW in over 100 outreach performances throughout the region. Their performances have been described by various reviewers as a "euphoric display of choreographic vigor;" and having "artistically nuanced performances;" with "lush harmonies that nourish the soul." The concert will feature songs from the worlds of pop, Broadway, gospel, and more.
The National Gallery of Art is presenting a new season of concerts in the West Garden Court on select days through December 22.The concerts are open to the public, free of charge. The audience is admitted on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the concert begins. To see a full list of the concerts planned, visit www.nga.gov/calendar/
Image below: The West Garden Court
The National Gallery's West Garden Court
The Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection’s Music Room hosts the museum’s esteemed Sunday Concert Series.” To read about the series, visit www.phillipscollection.org/
The Phillips Collection's Music Room - Photo by Lee Stalsworth
The Library of Congress
The Music Division of the Library of Congress presents a series of free concerts, films and lectures. Visitors can enjoy an impressive range of presentations throughout the year.
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.
City Winery in the Ivy City neighborhood in Northeast DC is an intimate concert venue, an award-winning urban winery, and a restaurant offering wine-inspired, locally sourced fare --- and a place to indulge the senses. In addition to enjoying a concert at City Winery, guests can visit the first floor Barrel Room restaurant to indulge in dinner or drinks from Executive Chef Brandon Ingenito’s Mediterranean-influenced menu. City Winery also offers daily tours of its up-and-running urban winery - now fermenting their premier Pinot Noir, Grenache, and Cabernet Franc varietals on site - complete with guided wine tastings and charcuterie pairings.
Images below: Views of City Winery.
To see a listing of upcoming events on stage and to make restaurant and winery tour reservations, visit www.citywinery.com/
The Hamilton - at 14th & F in downtown DC - is designed for patrons to eat, drink and listen. The Restaurant "seeks to capture DC’s creative renaissance and a food-savvy audience that draws influence from every corner of the planet. The restaurant delivers a contemporary dining experience that’s as eclectic as the talent in the Music Hall." The Music Hall is "a uniquely designed, state-of-the-art venue where the musician and audience come together for a truly unique experience of entertainment and dining."