The National Gallery of Art'sFall 2018 Concert Season is in progress thru May 19. 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.
Washington Performing Arts will present vocalist Vusi Mahlasela & his band at Sixth & I on October 27. Mahlasela is "a national treasure in his homeland of South Africa—where he is known simply and definitively as “The Voice”.......He was a powerful, rallying figure in the struggle against apartheid and continues to serve as a worldwide messenger of peace, dignity, and compassion."
Washington Performing Arts will present The Danish String Quartet at Sixth & I on November 12. The quartet is well-known as masters of traditional classical repertoire, and they are also committed to sharing folk music from their home country. The concert will feature popular old Nordic melodies and dances and will include moving ballads, energetic jigs, and more.
Folger Theatre is presenting William Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by Robert Richmond as adapted and amended by Sir William Davenant, with music performed by the Folger Consort - thru September 23.Davenant’s Restoration-era adaptation delighted audiences for most of the 18th-century. The special engagement features Helen Hayes Award-winners Kate Eastwoord Norris and Merrill Peakes
Images below:Kate Eastwood Norris & Ian Merrill Peakes.
The Folger Consort, with strings, winds & tenor Mark Bleeke, will present Oktoberfest: Early Music of Germany, in the Folger’s historic Elizabethan theater on October 12-14. The concert will feature "colorful songs by 14th-century Tyrolean knight, adventurer, poet, and musician Oswald von Wolkenstein, along with quirky instrumental pieces from the 15th-century Glogauer Liederbuch. "Later music by Heinrich Isaac and Ludwig Senfl reflects the opulent court of the Emperor Maximilian I in early 16th-century Vienna."
Image below: Mark Bleeke. To read more about Mark Bleeke, visit www.folger.edu/
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington (GMCW) has appointed Greg Watkins as the director of the Chorus’s vocal ensemble titled Seasons of Love. Mr. Watkins will conduct the 16-member gospel and inspirational ensemble starting in the upcoming season. Mr. Watkins is a native Washingtonian and an esteemed singer, pianist, musical director, composer and arranger, actor, voice talent, and entertainer. He is a graduate of The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Howard University (B.M. Music Education), and a former graduate student of Catholic University, where he pursued his masters in vocal performance. Mr. Watkins is currently the artistic director for The MusicianShip Washington Youth Choir and has performed on major stages throughout DC and in international venues. Thea Kano, artistic director for the GMCW, has commented that "We are very excited to have someone with such phenomenal talent and vision as Greg Watkins join the GMCW artistic staff."
Washington Performing Arts will present Béla Fleck (banjo), Zakir Hussain (tabla), and Edgar Meyer (bass) at Lisner Auditorium on November 10.The three virtuosos “combine the varied traditions of jazz, bluegrass, and traditional Indian music together. Individually known for their collaborative passions, these virtuosos combine forces to make music without borders based on their 2009 album, The Melody of Rhythm.
Image below: Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer
The 21st Century Consort will present a concert at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) McEvoy Auditorium on October 20.The SAAM’s award-winning ensemble-in-residence will present a musical take on the artwork of Trevor Paglen, "who makes the invisible world visible with photography, video, journalism, geo-politics, and astronautical engineering, documenting the infrastructures of American surveillance." The Consort will perform a world premiere of music by David Froom, plus music Annie Gosfield, Jon Deak, and others.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection will present the Poulenc Trioin concerts on October 14 & 15. The esteemed piano-wind trio plays works spanning three centuries. The concert will include works by Dmitri Shostakovich, André Previn, and Alfred Schnittke, plus the group’s signature trio by Francis Poulenc and Trains of Thought, a commission by the young American composer Viet Cuong.
The Russian Chamber Art Society will present the American Premiere ofTsvetaeva at the French Embassy on October 12. The vocal cycle for mezzo-soprano and baritone in three parts — Poet, Love and Marina — is dedicated to the 125th anniversary, in 2017, of the birth of Marina Tsvetaeva, whose tragic life ended in 1941. The music was set to her powerful and influential poetry by acclaimed Russian composer Alexander Zhurbin, who will attend the performance. This American premiere will be sung by Magdalena Wor and Timothy Mix, accompanied by pianists Genadi Zagor and Vera Danchenko-Stern, RCAS founder and artistic director.
Images below: Magdalena Wor - mezzo-soprano Timothy Mix - baritone Genadi Zagor - piano Vera Danchenko-Stern - piano
The Phillips Collection’s historic house galleriesofficially opened to the public in June, 2018 after being closed for a year-long renovation project. The Gallery will commemorate its centennial in 2021. Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski commented that “These upgrades to the essential control systems governing the temperature and humidity within the museum will ensure the protection of our collection and the enjoyment of our visitors for years to come.” Architectural enhancements are most notable in the Phillips Music Room, “which features upgraded wall paneling to improve sound quality and the attendees’ experience for the many music events in the space, most notably the museum’s renowned Sunday Concert Series.” The series will resume in October.
Image below: A view of The Phillips Collection's Music Room - Photo by Lee Stalsworth
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.”