Kinan Azmeh's City Band will perform at Sixth & I on February 8. The band is comprised of Azmeh, clarinet; Kyle Sanna, guitar; John Hadfield, percussion; and Josh Myers, double bass. Azmeh "is best-known to WPA audiences as a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and for his virtuosity on clarinet and his versatility as composer, improviser, and band leader." The Band's repertoire spans jazz, contemporary, folk, and classical music—"alongside the deeply resonant musical influences of Azmeh’s own Syrian homeland."
Washington Performing Arts will present the Melissa Aldana Quartet at Sixth & I on February 15. The Chilean-born tenor saxophonist was the first female to win first prize in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. She returns to WPA following the release of her fifth CD, Visions, inspired by the life of artist Frida Kahlo.
Washington Performing Arts will present vocalist Veronica Swift at Sixth & I on March 21. At only 24 years old, she is already a firmly established jazz artist "prolific in everything from swing to bebop to the Great American Songbook, and a whiz at rigorous vocal techniques like vocalese and scat."
Capital City Symphony, led by conductor and artistic director Victoria Gau, will perform a concert titled Symphonic Spring at Atlas Performing Arts Center on March 15. The program will "welcome the first official days of spring with beautiful music, including Frederick Delius’s lush tone poem On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring and Copland’s heartland ode The Tender Land Suite. The program will conclude with Brahms’s bucolic Symphony No. 2, written during the composer’s summer holiday in a picture-postcard Austrian village."
The Russian Chamber Art Society will present a Valentine's Day Concertat La Maison Francaise, Embassy of France on February 7. Love Songs of the Great Russian Entertainers ONE WOMAN SHOW will feature Susana Poretsky, mezzo-soprano, Genadi Zagor, piano and Rafael Javadov, violin.
Washington Bach Consort, led by Dana Marsh, will present Bach on the Lute: Nigel North – “a magical evening from the instrument of Orpheus – at Live at 10th & G in D.C. on February 28 and at Virginia Theological Seminary on February 29. Nigel North is acknowledged by critics in the US and abroad to be the foremost interpreter of Bach on the lute.
February 1: Maritime Voices at the Folklore Society of Greater Washington’s annual Mid-Winter Festival (Mini-Fest) at Takoma Park, MD. The program will feature sea chanties, songs of women and seafaring families, and other songs of sea and shore on the Cafetorium Stage that will "keep you singing, laughing, and learning the whole journey."
February 15:The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices at the Frederick Douglass House in D.C. The program will feature 19th-century African American music during the opening ceremonies of the National Park Service’s annual Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration.
February 21: The Carpe Diem-Revels Community Sing in Takoma, DC. The theme will be Black History Month with Songs of Hope and Freedom in the Blues, Gospel and Spiritual tradition, plus Songs of Love from across the globe for Valentine’s Day.
The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington will present a show titled Genderosity at the Lincoln Theatre on March 14 & 15. It's "an all-new glam rock spectacle celebrating the fabulous spectrum of self-expression."
The 21st Century Consort will perform H2O (Water Music)on March 14 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The concert will be performed in the second floor gallery among the exhibition of Pat Steir’s Waterfall Paintings. The program will include works by Jacob Druckman, Carlos Simon, Tan Dun, Kati Agocs, Stella Sung, and Luciano Berio.
Washington Performing Arts will present the Kronos Quartet Choral Arts Chamber Singers performing Terry Riley's Sun Rings at Lisner Auditorium on March 13. They will combine a live performance by the quartet and chorus with pre-recorded “spacescapes” and visual design by Willie Williams in an inspiring meditation on humanity and our place in the universe.
The National Gallery of Art concerts in the West Garden Court are in progress thru the Spring. 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."