The Apollo Orchestra, led by music director Stephen Czarkowski- in concert with trumpeter Chris Gekker - will perform a concert at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School-The Nolan Center on September 14. The program will feature George Friderik Handel’s Overture to Solomon; Bedric Smetana’s The Moldau; Alexander Arutiunian’s Concerto for Trumpet with Chris Gekker ; and W.A. Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat Major K. 543. The orchestra was founded by Robert B. Downing, Chairman and CEO in 2010 to create a superior chamber orchestra, and to create a showcase for young professional talent.
Washington Concert Opera will present Opera Outsideat Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park in Columbia Heights, DC, on September 28. The soloists will be soprano Vanessa Becerra, baritone Benjamin Taylor, and pianist David Hanlon. The concert will be free and open to all! The audience can bring children, pets, blankets, and chairs. No tickets are required, but you can register to win free tickets to the upcoming season.
Images below: Vanessa Becerra & Benjamin Taylor - credit Gabriel Gastelum
The Russian Chamber Art Society, founded by Vera Danchenko-Stern, will present Russian Fairy Tale Opera at La Maison Francaise, Embassy of France, on October 4. The concert will feature the singers of the Domingo-Cafritz Washington National Opera Young Artists Program. The program will include music by M. Glinka, P. I. Tchaikovsky, and N. Rimsky-Korsakov.
The Washington Revels Heritage Voices will perform a concert of Civil War-era music in conjunction with the George Washington University Museum’s recently-opened exhibition titled Songs of the Civil War, on October 5. (The concert had previously been scheduled for July 27).The performance will feature three pieces specifically recorded by Heritage Voices for the exhibit: “Wanted!—A Substitute,” “Down with the Traitors’ Serpent Flag,” and “The Drummer of Antietam.” There will be opportunities to sing along, to speak with members of Heritage Voices, and to tour the exhibit.
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.
The National Gallery of Art will present a new season of concerts in the West Garden Court beginning on September 15 and continuing 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. The September 15 concert will present the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” featuring Moonstruck: Re-imagining the ‘Pierrot Lunaire’ Ensemble.The performance will celebrate the exhibition titled By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs, which is on display at the National Gallery thru January 5, 2020. To read more about the exhibition, visit the Art: Classic Galleries column of this edition.
PostClassical Ensemble, conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez, will present Music and Migration: The Spiritual in White America at The Phillips Collection on August 22.The concert will feature Spiritual arrangements by Harry Burleigh and Nathaniel Dett, with readings from W. E. B. DuBois, Alain Locke, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston. The soloists will be Kevin Deas, bass-baritone/actor, Joseph Horowitz, piano, and The Washington National Cathedral Choir.
Image below: Maestro Angel Gil-Ordóñez - Photo by Andrew Chung.
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 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."