Washington Performing Arts will present the world premiere of The Blue Hour- starring Luciana Souza & A Far Cry - featuring music by Shara Nova, Rachel Grimes, Angelica Negron, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider at Sixth & I on November 4. “Brazilian superstar Souza will join forces with the 17 virtuoso stringsof A Far Cryto give voice to poet Carolyn Forché’s On Earth, which is a luminous meditation on life and loss - through musical settings by five of the most distinctive creative voices in indie-classical music.”
Capital City Symphony will present their 50th Anniversary Season Opening Concertat Atlas Performing Arts Center on October 22, with special appearances by the orchestra’s founding music director, Louis Fantasia, and long-time music director John Welsh. The program will also honor the symphony’s current music director, Victoria Gau, who will be celebrating her 20th season leading the company. The orchestra will perform Wagner’s Prelude toDie Meistersinger, which was the first piece the orchestra performed 50 years ago. They will also perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 under the direction of John Welsh, and two works from Victoria Gau’s first concert with the orchestra: Bernstein’s Overture to Candideand Liszt’sLes Preludes.
Capital City Symphony will present a concert titled Lyrical Strings on at Atlas Performing Arts Center on November 19. The string orchestra program will begin with George Walker’s chamber work titled Lyric for Strings. The concert will feature cellistEric Kutz, Professor of Cello at the University of Maryland, performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major. The program will conclude with Sunrise Mass which was written by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo for string orchestra and chorus.
PostClassical Ensemble, led by AngelGil-Ordóñez, Music Director, & JosephHorowitz, Executive Director, will present a program titled The Russian Experiment: Soviet Culture in the 1920s with pianist Vladmir Feltsman on October 19 at the Katzen Auditorium at American University. Mr. Feltsman will be joined by Netanel Draiblate, violin & Benjamin Capps, cello. Feltsman has commented that “Unlike their compatriots Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev, Mosolov, Roslavets, and Protopopov never left Russia — and this simple fact explains why their music is practically unknown in the West.” The program will be comprised of works by Alexander Scriabin, Alexander Mosolov, Nicolai Roslavets & Alexander Protopopov.
The 21st Century Consort
The 21st Century Consort will perform a concert titled Lumiaat the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium on September 23.The concert will feature a “luminous program for two pianos with Lisa Emenheiser and Lura Johnson, including works by John Corigliano, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Claude Debussy, William Bolcom and Witold Lutoslawski. The Consort, led by Artistic Director Christopher Kendall, has been the award-winning contemporary music ensemble-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution for three decades.
Images at right: Lisa Emenheiser, at left, & Lura Johnson - Photo of Lura by Katya Chilingiri
The 21st Century Consort, under the artistic direction of Christopher Kendall, will present a concert titled Howling at the Moon atthe Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium on November 4. The concert was inspired by the Museum’s exhibition of works by Mexican artist Ruffino Tamayo, November 3-March 18, 2018. For information about the exhibition visit "Art: Smithsonian Galleries: The American Art Museum."
The Folger Consort will present a concert titled An English Garden: Music from the Age of Shakespeare in the Folger Theatre, September 22-24.Robert Eisenstein, Christopher Kendall, Daniel Meyers and Mary Springfels will be joined bysoprano EmilyNoël.
The concert will feature popular ballads and art songs from the theatre—some associated with Shakespeare and his company and some from later works from the stage— paired in a concert with lively instrumental pieces, "fit for nobles and groundlings alike."
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will perform a concert titled It Takes Twoat the Atlas Performing Arts Center on November 11. “Fabulous soloists from the Chorus will join together in a concert of bawdy duets and sensual tangos told through songs and stories.” The concert is suggested for ages 16 and older.
The Embassy Series schedule is available thru December 16, 2017. The concerts will take place at Embassies and the Residences of Ambassadors, and each concert is followed by an elegant reception featuring the cuisine of the host embassy.
Concerts are scheduled on:
October 11 at the Embassy of Bangladesh
October 19 at the Embassy of South Africa
October 27 at the Residence of the Colombian Ambassador
November 7 at the Mexican Cultural Institute
November 30 at the Embassy of Jordan
December 8 at the Residence of the Peruvian Ambassador
The Phillips Collection will begin a new Concert Series in October. While the Collection undergoes a preservation project in the historic house until early 2018, the critically-acclaimed series will continue 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 below and online at:www.phillipscollection.org/music
October 1, 2017
Alexander String Quartet
October 8, 2017
October 15, 2017
Ensemble 4.1,woodwinds and piano
October 22, 2017
Seth Parker Woods,cello
October 29, 2017
November 5, 2017
Victor Julien-Laferrière and Guillaume Bellom,cello and piano
November 12, 2017
Van Kujik Quartet
November 19, 2017
Annie Wu and Feng Niu,flute and piano
December 3, 2017
Alexi Kenney and Renana Gutman,violin and piano
December 10, 2017
Tessa Lark and Roman Rabinovich,violin and piano
December 17, 2017
Chalaca Trio,harp, clarinet, and percussion
January 7, 2018
Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe,violin and piano
January 14, 2018
Jason Vieaux and Julien Labro,guitar and bandoneon
January 21, 2018
January 28, 2018 & February 4, 2018
February 11, 2018
Aleksey Semenenko and Inna Firsova,violin and piano
February 18, 2018
Miriam Fried and Jonathan Biss,violin and piano
February 25, 2018
Smetana Trio,piano trio
March 4, 2018
Dublin Guitar Quartet
March 11, 2018
David Finckel and Wu Han,cello and piano
March 18, 2018
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