Washington Performing Arts will present a concert by the Aaron Diehl Trio at Sixth & I on April 7. The esteemed jazz pianist & his trio will perform an all-instrumental showcase. Diehl's classical résumé includes solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic, and he is "a leading force in the uniting of jazz with myriad other musical traditions."
Washington Performing Arts/Mars Urban Arts Initiative will present violinist Chelsey Green and The Green Project at Sixth & I on May 12. They “fuse traditional classical technique with various genres including R&B, pop, soul, funk, jazz, alternative, hip hop, and gospel. Ms. Green has been an artistic ambassador through the American Music Abroad program of the U.S. State Department.”
The 21st Century Consort will perform a concert titled Memory Lane at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on April 21.The Museum’s ongoing exhibition titled Do Ho Suh: Almost Home “highlights the artist’s physical manifestation of memory, reckoning with ideas of personal history, cultural traditions, and belief systems in the contemporary world.” The program will feature: Chen Yi’s Tunes from My Home; Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Songs from the Unremembered; Bora Yoon’s new multi-media work with videographer Paul Moon; & the premiere of Paul Schoenfield’s Gloria’s Century.
The National Portrait Gallery will present Indentify: Lee Mingwei: Sonic Blossomin the Great Hall, April 5–29. Lee Mingwei is an esteemed installation artist who is originally from Taiwan. The program will celebrate the museum’s 50th anniversary, & visitors will receive a transformative gift of song as part of the museum’s ongoing IDENTIFY: Performance Art series. The series illuminates personal stories, visibility and experimentation through portrayal. Sonic Blossom will take place during the Cherry Blossom Festival, and during the performance, a singer will meander through the hall. The singer will approach visitors and ask them “May I give you a gift of song?” To read more about installation artist Lee Mingwei, visit http://www.leemingwei.com/artist.php
The Annual Atlas Intersections Festivalis in progress at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, thru March 22.All five of Atlas performance spaces are alive with world premieres and innovative collaborations among artists of all ages, races, cultures, communities, and art forms. To read more about the festival, visit http://www.atlasarts.org/intersections
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. Such a backdrop allows the audience to “get a feel” for the nation being represented, which is key to promoting and celebrating the diversity of both a host embassy and series patrons. This educational and musical experience is accentuated by a reception at the host embassy, or residence, immediately following the concert, where guests are encouraged to interact with the featured artist(s) of the evening and the diplomatic community.”
Music at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection in Georgetown will present a concert by pianist Dénes Várjon on March 18 & 19.He is a soloist, first-class chamber musician, artistic leader of festivals, and highly sought-after piano pedagogue. He will perform a program of music by Beethoven, Bartók, Ravel, and Chopin.
Music at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection in Georgetown will present a concert by The Knights on April 15 & 16. The ensemble was founded by Eric and Colin Jacobsen and is “dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audience and music. In their vibrant performances, both the players’ respect for the classical tradition and their passion for musical discovery are palpable.” They will perform works by Brahms, Ligeti, and Taraf De Haidouks.
The Folger Consort will perform a concert titled Ovid’s Vineyard: Music of the French Baroquein the Folger Theatre, April 27-29. The focus will be on music of 18th-century France, where stories in Ovid’s Metamorphoses were “an inspiration to composers—and music itself was undergoing a metamorphosis, from the elaborate music of the baroque to something more natural and graceful, eventually developing into classical style. Cantatas by Monteclair and Rameau based on Ovid will be performed, along with delightful instrumental works by Marais, Couperin, Telemann, and others.” The music will feature works with violin, viol, lute, flute, harpsichord....... and soprano Rosa Lamoreaux.
PostClassical Ensemble, led by Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez, in collaboration with the Georgetown University Department of Music, will present a program at GU on April 20 & 21 titled The Star of Ethiopia: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Historic Visits to DC (1904-1908). Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was a black British composer who catapulted to fame with his 1898 oratorio titled Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast.In DC, he conducted at the Metropolitan AME Church and was the toast of the African-American community as he avidly absorbed the music of black America. The upcoming program will begin on April 20 with a screening of the film titled “Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in America” - with commentary by director/producer Charles Kaufmann and Metropolitan AME Church Historian Thelma Dean Jacobs. The program will continue on April 21 with a playlet with music directed by Derek Goldman, featuring professional and student actors as Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Mark Twain, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Paul Lawrence Dunbar. A concert by the Georgetown University Orchestra will follow, featuring Steven Mayer, piano, Ivan Stefanovic, violin, Antonio Chase, tenor, Marty Lamar, baritone, Members of PostClassical Ensemble, the Choir of the Metropolitan AME Church, & the Georgetown University Orchestra.
Image below: Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez - Photo by Andrew Chung
The Phillips Collection began a new Concert Series in October. While the Collection undergoes a preservation project in the historic house until early 2018, the critically-acclaimed series continues next door in the Cosmos Club’s elegant Beaux Arts Warne Ballroom. The project at the Phillips has been carefully designed to enhance the 1897 building’s historic character and to preserve the museum’s celebrated collection for years to come. Upon completion of the project, concerts will return to the Collection's iconic music room for the remainder of the season. The Phillips Collection Concert Series is listed online at:www.phillipscollection.org/
April 1, 2018
Busch Trio,piano trio
April 8, 2018
April 15, 2018
April 22, 2018
April 29, 2018
Yeol Eum Son,piano
May 6, 2018
David Shifrin and Miró Quartet,clarinet and string quartet
May 13, 2018
Hermitage Piano Trio
May 20, 2018
Late Night with Leonard Bernstein,soprano and two pianos with guest narrator
May 27, 2018
GW Lisner Auditorium
Washington Performing Arts will present Crosscurrents: Zakir Hussain & Dave Holland at GW Lisner Auditorium on May 6.They will be joined by Chris Potter, Shankar Mahadevan, Louiz Banks, Sanjay Divecha & Gino Banks. The masters of jazz and Indian classical music will “unite in a deep-grooving, genre-transcending super-group.”