Washington Performing Arts will present a concert by pianist Lara Downes titled Holes in the Sky, with special guest multi-instrumentalist/composer/singer Rhiannon Giddens, at Sixth & I on February 23. Downes performs an intimate program of solo and ensemble works that pay tribute to women past and present who are composers and poets. The concert will feature music of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and more, including several world premieres.
The Russian Chamber Art Society will present a concert titled Sorrow of Love, Joy of Love at La Maison Française, the Embassy of France, on February 8.The concert will feature songs by Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Kazakh and Russian composers. The soloists, pictured below, will be Timur, tenor, Monika Krajewska, mezzo-soprano and Genadi Zagor, piano.
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.
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
The Music at Dumbarton Oaks concert series will present the U.S. debut of the Polonsky-Shifrin-Wiley Trio on February 10 & 11 at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection.Clarinetist David Shifrin formed the new trio in 2018 with cellist Peter Wiley (formerly of the Beaux Arts Trio and Guarneri String Quartet), and pianist Anna Polonsky.
They will perform works by Nino Rota, Samuel Barber, Claude Debussy, and Gabriel Fauré.
The 21st Century Consort will perform a concert titled All You Need is Love at the American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium on February 16.The Consort will perform contemporary classical music that explores the subject of romance viewed from multiple points of view. The program will include works by Melinda Wagner, Jeffrey Mumford, Maurice Wright, Scott Wheeler, Hilary Purrington, and Nicolas Maw and a program that ends with a valentine surprise.
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/
The Folger Consort will present a concert titled The Food of Love: Romantic Music of the Renaissance, February 8 & 9.The program will offer “a magnificent buffet of romance and poetry with chansons and madrigals on food, drink, and passionate love by French and Italian Renaissance composers such as Janequin and Lasso. Complementing the song is enchanting table music for strings, including selections from Schein’s Banchetto Musicale (Musical Banquet), composed as dinner music for the sophisticated courts of Germany. The concert will feature the vocal ensemble Les Canards Chantants and viol consort Arcadia Viols.”
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.