The National Symphony Orchestra Kennedy Center Chamber Players Fortas Chamber Music Concerts Vocal Arts DC Washington Performing Arts Renée Fleming VOICES Young Concert Artists Select Kennedy Center Presentations
National Symphony Orchestra
A rendering, above, of the planned expansion of The Kennedy Center
The NSO, led by Conductor Laureate Christoph Eschenbach, will perform Mendelssohn's"Italian" Symphony,Verdi’s Ballet Music from Macbeth and Walton's Viola Concerto in the Concert Hall, withNSO Principal Viola Daniel Foster June 7-9.The program is the first of three that Christoph Eschenbach will lead to conclude the NSO’s subscription season. Eschenbach will explore pieces he has never before conducted with the NSO, while also renewing “his popular practice of allowing the Orchestra’s principals to shine as soloists.”
Image below:Christoph Eschenbach
The NSO, led by Christoph Eschenbach, will perform Beethoven's Fourth Symphony & Mozart's Oboe Concerto, featuring NSO Principal Oboe Nick Stovall, in the Concert Hall, on June 12 & 13.The concert will also include overtures to Rossini's William Tell and Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Image below:Principal Oboe Nick Stovall.
The NSO, led by Christoph Eschenbach, will perform Haydn's exuberant "Oxford" Symphony, plus Mozart's A Little Night Music, Wagner's Prelude to The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, and R. Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 1 featuring NSO Principal Horn Abel Pereira in the Concert Hall on June 15 & 16.
Image below: Abel Pereira
NSO Pops, conducted by Emil de Cou, will present a concert titled Space, the Next Frontier in the Concert Hall on June 1 & 2.NSO and NASA will present the celebration of science fact and fiction in honor of NASA’s 60th anniversary. The concert will be enhanced by projections from the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station, the Curiosity rover on Mars, and famous films and television programs celebrating space exploration. As the projections are screened, the NSO will perform space-age musical selections including a new commission by Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino and favorites from Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and more.
Image below: The logo for Space, The Next Frontier
NSO Pops, conducted by Andy Einhorn, will be joined by Broadway, film, television & opera star Audra McDonald for a performance in the Concert Hall on June 19.The program will feature a selection of her favorite music. The Juilliard-trained soprano has won a record-breaking six Tony Awards® plus two Grammy Awards®, and an Emmy Award®.
Image below:Audra McDonald
Renée Fleming VOICES will present NSO Pops: A Night of Jazz with Gregory Porter in the Concert Hall on June 27. The NSO Pops will be conducted by Jacomo Bairos.Jazz and R&B singer, songwriter, and Grammy Award® winner Gregory Porter is known for his deep baritone voice paired with provocative and political lyrics. The concert will support his album titled Nat King Cole & Me.Image below:Gregory Porter.
NSO Pops, conducted by Steven Reineke, will be joined by Melissa Etheridge in performances in the Concert Hall on June 22 & 23.With her “raw, expressive voice and powerhouse guitar prowess” Ms. Etheridge will offer “a sampling of heartfelt hits from her groundbreaking career.” The Grammy® winner is known for her hit songs including “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One,” and she has earned her place in rock 'n' roll history.
Image below:Melissa Etheridge.
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players will perform works by Handel, Carter, Stravinsky & Enescu in the Terrace Theater on June 10.The ensemble consists of Marissa Regni, violin, Glenn Donnellan, violin, Denise Wilkinson, viola David Hardy, cello, Robert Oppelt, bass & Lisa Emenheiser, piano.
Image below: The Kennedy Center Chamber Players.
Washington Performing Arts
WPA will present violinist Emily Daggett Smith with pianist Tanya Gabrielian in the Terrace Theater on May 30.Smith is a member of Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra The Knights. She is said to “embrace their championship of classical masterpieces and advocacy for new music in her own solo recitals.”She will perform a program of mixed repertoire.
Image below:Emily Daggett Smith
Kennedy Center Presentations
Washington Men's Camerata, led by Maestro Frank Albinder, will present a concert titled The Testament of Freedom: Randall Thompson & His Orbit in the Terrace Theater on May 31.The Testament of Freedom is a series of choral settings inspired by the writings of Thomas Jefferson & composed in 1943 to honor the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth. The program will be complemented by works by composers who taught Thompson, studied with him, or were strongly influenced by him. Image below:Frank Albinder
Music Celebrations International (MCI) will present the National Memorial Day Choral Festival 2018 in the Concert Hall on May 27. MCI will partner with The U.S. Air Force & the American Veterans Center to present the annual event. The festival will feature the U.S. Air Force Orchestra; the 300-voice Memorial Day Festival Chorus led by Craig Jessop; Col. Larry Lang, conductor & Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, conductor. The event is designed to honor our nation's veterans and fallen heroes through a musical tribute. The program will include traditional patriotic favorites and more.
The Kennedy Center will present singer/songwriters Stephen Stills & Judy Collins in the Concert Hall on June 30.The two music legends are touring together for the first time - - sharing songs from their rich catalogs and debut songs from their upcoming album. Singer/songwriter Kenny White will open the show.
The Kennedy Center will present Grammy®-winning singer and producer Raphael Saadiq in the Concert Hall on July 27. In addition to his critically-acclaimed albums and award-winning work on film and television, Saadiq has worked with Chromeo, Justin Timberlake, Rick Ross, Little Dragon, and many more.
NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley and Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra will present A Salute to Charlie Haden in the Terrace Theater on June 1.The concert will celebrate the life and music of the late bassist/composer Haden (1937–2014). He formed his orchestra in 1969.
Bley arranged music for the big band and today she is a composer for some of today’s biggest jazz, blues, and rock artists.
Images below:Charlie Haden & Carla Bley.
TheDC Jazz Festival and The Kennedy Center will present Trance – the two-piano project featuring Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba - in the Concert Hall on June 15.The title Trance “alludes to the musical conversation between two brilliant players and composers whose friendship and mutual admiration and respect goes back decades.” The pianists have “a historic relationship within the Cuban piano tradition…..The two pianos already sound like one.” They both write music for two pianos and “re-imagine music ranging from the popular and classical Cuban repertoire to Monk.”
Image below:Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba
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