Washington Performing Arts (WPA) will present The Publiquartet– The Metropolitan Museum of Art Quartet-in-Residence - at Sixth & I on February 24.The ensemble “will present a program of works by a diverse body of composers, featuring the world premiere of a WPA co-commission by composer Jessica Meyer. The program will also include works by Jessie Montgomery, Meredith Monk, Caroline Shaw & Jihyun Kim and others.
The Russian Chamber Art Society (RCAS) will present a musical tribute to the memory of Dmitri Hvorostovskyat the Embassy of France on February 23. The Siberian-born baritone died last November at the age of 55 after a battle with brain cancer. During his tragically-short international career Hvorostovsky appeared to acclaim as Onegin, Yeletsky, Rigoletto and Rodrigo - among other roles. A distinguished Patron of RCAS, he also gave many recitals of Russian art and folk songs. The first half of RCAS's musical tribute will feature songs by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff sung by soprano Natalie Conte and baritone Timothy Mix. After intermission, baritone Kevin Wetzel will perform the complete 12-song cycle "Russia Cast Adrift" by Georgy Sviridov. In 1995, Dmitri Hvorostovsky sang the Washington premiere of this work, set to poems by Silver Age poet Sergei Yesenin, at the Kennedy Center. Accompanying Conte, Mix and Wetzel will be RCAS founder and artistic director Vera Danchenko-Stern.
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.”
The 21st Century Consort will perform a concert titled Lenny’s Legacy at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium on February 17. The concert will be part of the city-wide Bernstein Centennial celebration, with repertoire including Bernstein's Clarinet Sonata, along with works by Foss, Rorem and other leading composer/performers. The soloist will be soprano Alice Teyssier, who will make her Consort debut.
Capital City Symphony, conducted by Maestra Victoria Gau, will perform two interactive family concerts titled I Like to Move It! at Atlas Performing Arts Center on March 18. The program will explore motion and tempo in music, starting with John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine. The program will also feature Charlie Barnett’s Blue Chevrolet: A Station Wagon Symphony and the world premiere of My Own Personal Rocketship. The program will include a movement from Bizet’s Carmen Suite, Johann Strauss II’s Tik-Tak Polka, and the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. There will be an Instrument Petting Zoo 30 minutes before the performance.
The Folger Consort will present a concert titled Il Lauro Verde: The Blossoming of the Italian Baroque in the Folger Theatre, February 23-25.The program explores the growth of Italian musical style from Renaissance to Baroque. Consort members Robert Eisenstein, violin, and Christopher Kendall, lute, will be joined by Risa Browder, violin & soprano Jolle Greenleaf.
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, led by Artistic Director Dr. Thea Kano, will perform a concert titled Make America Gay Again on March 17 at the Lincoln Theatre.Dr. Kano received her doctorate in choral conducting from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004.She holds a Master of Music degree from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in choral music education and piano performance from Arizona State University.
Image below: Members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington
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/music
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