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.
Washington Performing Arts (WPA) will present the Kronos Quartet, led by founder, artistic director, and violinist David Harrington in a concert titled Music for Change: The Banned Countries at Sixth & I on March 2. In artistic response to the 2017 Executive Orders limiting travel to the U.S. by people from largely Muslim-majority countries, the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet will perform works by composers from the original seven “banned countries”: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The performance will highlight year four of Kronos Quartet’s five-year residency with WPA.
Washington Performing Arts will present Anoushka Shankarat Sixth & I on March 23.The sitar virtuoso and cross-genre adventurer “will return to her roots in North Indian classical music in back-to-back concerts at Sixth & I.”
The Annual Atlas Intersections Festivalwill take place at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, February 21-March 3.The presenters are interested in unique perspectives and art that connects us to the many facets of our humanity.” Festival genres include music, theatre, dance, film, opera and spoken word where they intersect to capture a kaleidoscope of perspectives on our ever-evolving community and world. Among the many presenters, Gin Dance Company (GDC), a Metropolitan DC/Northern Virginia-based performing arts modern dance company will present its production "NEXT" at the Festival on February 23. The performance will feature the world premiere of Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff’s newest work ‘Infinity'.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection will present Howling Gaels, comprised of five musicians from the Pacific Northwest, on March 17 & 18 – just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.They play and sign traditional Irish music and songs, including lively jigs and reels, love songs, drinking songs, and sing-alongs. The five include soloists on violin and tin whistle and a rhythm section of bouzouki, bass, and traditional Irish percussion.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection will present The Knights, with Kinan Azmeh, on March 31 & April 1. “The Knights are a collective of adventurous musicians dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music. Guest artist Kinan Azmeh’s distinctive sound has gained him international recognition as a clarinetist and composer.” The ensemble will perform a DC premiere by Azmeh, plus works by Thomas Adès and Caroline Shaw.
The Kreeger Museum will present the Skride Piano Quartet for the first time, as part of their 2018-2019 North American debut, on March 14. The classical supergroup is comprised of Baiba Skride, Lauma Skride, Lise Berthaud, and Harriet Krijgh. They will perform a program featuring the best of the piano-quartet repertoire.
The 21st Century Consortconcert titled All You Need is Love which was to be performed at the American Art Museum’s McEvoy Auditorium on February 16 will instead be performed at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capital Hill. The change is in light of recent and potential "circumstances beyond the Consort's control” affecting the Smithsonian. Please see the Music in DC: Churches column for more information about the concert and/or
The Folger Consort will present a concert titled Tastes of the Mediterranean: Music of 16th-Century Spain and Italy, with Piffaro: The Renaissance Band in the Folger Theatre, March 29-31.The Renaissance music of Spain and Italy ranges “from rustic to courtly to the sublime."
The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, conducted by Thea Kano, will present a concert titled Let Freedom Sing at Lincoln Theatre in D.C. on March 16.The show is a musical celebration of gay African American culture through stories and songs reflecting diverse experiences and shared history. The program will feature music from the worlds of jazz, gospel, R&B, and Broadway.
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. 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.