JxJ - a multidisciplinary arts project encompassing music, film and arts programming - will be presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC over the greater Washington region May 8-26. The Washington Jewish Music Festival will return for its 20th edition with international performances spanning jazz, rock, classical, and beyond! The Washington Jewish Film Festival, now in its 29th year, will present a lineup of international film premieres. The event will include Q&As, panel discussions and sneak previews. JxJ Studio will spotlight hybrid cultural events including comedy, theater, workshops, and more. The venues will include AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, Bethesda Row Cinema, City Winery DC, E Street Cinema, George Washington University Black Box Theater, Goethe-Institut, Inter-American Development Bank, Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, Pearl Street Warehouse, Penn Social, & Union Stage.
Washington Performing Arts will present Philharmonix, the ensemble comprised of members of the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, at Sixth & I on May 4. The seven-member group has been described as “a rip-roaring, seriously swinging chamber ensemble with repertoire ranging from Satie to Sting, from Brahms’s Hungarian Dances to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody—with plenty of jazz, klezmer, Latin music, and more mixed in for good measure.”
WPA will present the Carlos Henriquez Nonet at 6th & I on June 1 in a tribute to trumpet legend and bebop pioneer John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie. Henriquez is a Bronx-born bassist, composer, and longtime jazz artist with the Lincoln Center Orchestra. His style combines ’60s-era hard bop, Afro-Cuban salsa, classical music, and more.
Capital City Symphony, conducted by Victoria Gau, will perform a concert titled Songs of the Universe on May 5 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.The performance will be “a special musical ode to the beauty of our planet and beyond.” The program will feature works by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, inspired by the northern lights and mythical power of his homeland.” Next, a multi-media presentation of Gustav Holst’s orchestral work, The Planets, will feature video projections from NASA.
The DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) will take place at The Wharf and other neighborhoods, June 7-16. Since 2004, the festival has provided enriching and entertaining jazz performances and programs that introduce students and adults from all walks of life to jazz, which has been called "our nation’s singular original art form."
The Festival presents a selection of the jazz genre’s most acclaimed artists as well as emerging artists and provides enhanced exposure for the rich treasure trove of musicians from the DC area. Throughout the year, DCJF "nourishes the community with free music education programs that extend our reach into underserved communities and enhance the quality of life for DC public and charter school students."
The Emerson String Quartwill perform at the Baird Auditorium in the National Museum of Natural History on May 19. They will perform Beethoven'sString Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2 and the composer's String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3.
The Thirteen will present a concert titled absalomon May 4 at Live at 10th & G in downtown D.C. and on May 5 at Bradley Hills Church in Bethesda, MD.The concert will “consider the effect violence has on our society.” “The major 30-minute commission from the acclaimed American composer Daniel Elder provides direction and inspiration for this concert of music from the Renaissance through today, which traces violence and our varied responses.”
The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington will present a concert titled Stonewall 50 honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, including the world premiere of a one-act musical, Quiet No More, commissioned by GALA Choruses at Lincoln Theatre on June 1 & 2. The concert will also include reflections from GMCW members old and young about the effects of the Stonewall riots on the LGBTQ+ community.
City Winery in the eclectic Ivy City neighborhood in Northeast DC is an intimate concert venue, award-winning urban winery, and 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."
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.