Washington Performing Arts will present vocalist Storm Largein a concert titled Holiday Ordealat Sixth & I on December 9.Ms. Large is both a solo artist and a featured vocalist with Pink Martini. She sings jazz standards, hard rock, and “everything in between. Her holiday show is a no-holds-barred evening of music, gags, and more, with songs ranging from I’ll Be Home for Christmas to Sock It To Me, Santa.” Parental advisory: This program includes mature themes and language.
The National Theatre will present ThePianoGuys performing their new live show titled Christmas Together, December 13-16.The popular classical/pop crossover act features a special holiday spin on “their one-of-a-kind arrangements and comedic charm.” The four talented dads from Utah became superstars via immensely successful YouTube videos.
The Smithsonian Chamber Players will present a concert featuring Beethoven’sTrio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, the Ghost (1808)& Franz Schubert’sTrio in B-flat Major, D898 (1827) in the Music Hall of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on Sunday, December 10. The Players are: Mark Fewer, violin; Myron Lutzke, violoncello; & Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano.
The Smithsonian Consort of Viols will perform works by John Jenkins (1592-1678) in the Music Hall of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History on January 13 & 14.The consort is comprised of Kenneth Slowik & Lucine Musaelian, treble viol; Zoe Weiss & Catherine Slowik, tenor viol; & Patricia Neely & William Skeen, bass viol.
Capital City Symphony, conducted by Victoria Gau, & the Congressional Chorus will offer holiday programs at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on:
December 9: Holiday Cheers: A Night of Live Music, Champagne & Fun for Grown-Ups. Please note that alcohol is served at this event, so it is intended for adults.
December 10 – in both the afternoon & evening: Congressional Chorus and American Youth Chorus present their 12th Annual Holiday Concert and Sing-Along featuring a variety of holiday favorites. The celebration will continue after the concert with complimentary cookies and good cheer in the Kogod Lobby.
The Emerson String Quartet will perform a concert in the National Museum of Natural History on December 3.The program will feature a string quartet and a Grosse Fuge by Beethoven, plus a string quartet by Shostakovich.
Image below: The Emerson String Quartet - Photo Credit: Lisa Mazzucco
The Folger Consort, theearly music ensemble-in-residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library, will perform a concert titled Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming, December 15-23. The program will feature advent and holiday music from Germany—from the medieval 15th-century Glogauer Liederbuch to the 17th-century German Baroque. Music by Praetorius, Schütz, Schein, and Scheidt will be performed, along with festive dances and canzonas. The consort will be joined by lute, organ, viol consort ArcadiaViols and vocal ensemble Cathedra.
The Russian Chamber Arts Society (RCAS) will present Stars of the RCAS at La Maison Française, the Embassy of France, onFriday, December 8. The vocalists, who were featured in past RCAS concerts, are “among the most exciting performers of Russian vocal music in the U.S. The concert will celebrate founder and artistic director Vera Danchenko-Stern’s 75th birthday. The soloists will be Jennifer Casey Cabot – soprano, Susana Poretsky- mezzo-soprano, Timothy Mix – baritone, Nikita Storojev – bass, Vera Danchenko-Stern – piano, Victor Danchenko – violin, Tatiana Storozheva – piano, Genadi Zagor – piano, Julian Milkis – clarinet and Alexander Sevastian - bayanist
Eclipse Chamber Orchestra will perform a concert titled Strauss & Friends: Viennese Waltzes for the New Year in the National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, on January 5.The program will feature traditional waltzes and overtures by Johann Strauss II and other composers.
The Kreeger Museum in Northwest DC will present a Heifetz Holiday Concert on December 14.The special program will feature an all-star cast of 2017 Heifetz International Music Institute alumni, including violinists Ji-Won Song and Yiming Mao, violist Molly Wise, and cellist Noémie Raymond-Friset, joined by Heifetz faculty pianist Stefan Petrov. Special guest soprano Angel Azzarra will join in performing a holiday-infused program of Baroque favorites, classical masterworks, and music for the season.Holiday selections will include the Fantasia on "Greensleeves" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky’s December from “The Seasons,” a brand-new medley of Christmas and Hanukkah tunes from Catalonia, Israel, and America, and an adaptation of Jascha Heifetz's rendition of "White Christmas."
Concerts at the National Gallery 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. The 2017-2018 season will include concerts on:
November 24 & 25: Living Art Collective Ensemble November 26: New York Opera Society - The Three Lives of Rosina Almaviva December 3: Inna Faliks & Daniel Scholsberg December 9: National Presbyterian School Chorus - Caroling in the Rotunda December 10: U.S. Army Chorus - Caroling in the Rotunda December 10: The Swiss-American Musical Society December 16: Centennial high School Madrigals - Caroling in the Rotunda December 17: National United Methodist Church Singers & Ringers December 17: Turtle Island Quartet with Liz Carroll
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:
November 30 at the Embassy of Jordan
December 8 at the Residence of the Peruvian Ambassador
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 below and online at:www.phillipscollection.org/music
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