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, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will perform Verdi's Requiemin the Concert Hall, March 22-24.The music combines trumpet solos with sweeping symphonic and choral moments. The soloists will be Leah Crocetto, Russell Thomas and Eric Owens.They will be joined by The Choral Arts Society of Washington & The Washington Chorus.
Images below:Leah Crocetto (by Fay Fox) & Eric Owens
The NSO, conducted by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, & Washington Performing Arts, will present an all-Russian program as part of Shift: A Festival of American Orchestras, which is also listed in an article below, on April 14. The concert will be dedicated to the memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who was scheduled to perform as a soloist at this concert but passed away in November, 2017.
The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will perform a concert titled A Portrait & a Frame: Works by Stravinsky, Mozart & W.F. Bach, April 19-21 in the Concert Hall.The concert will present “a portrait of Stravinsky's complex artistry through his Symphonies of Wind Instrumentsand his Violin Concerto featuring Leila Josefowicz. The program will also include Mozart's Adagio and Fugue in F minor and his Symphony No. 39 bookend.
Image below:Leila Josefowicz
The NSOwill present a Young People's Concert with NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds on April 29.The concert will be performed “in the spirit of a concert series made popular by Leonard Bernstein at Carnegie Hall.” The music-filled performance for children and families will feature special guests.
Image below:Ben Folds
The NSO POPs, conducted by Steven Reineke, will present Black Violinin the Concert Hall on April 4.Violinist Kevin Sylvester (“Kev Marcus”) and violist Wilner Baptiste (“Wil B”) will join the NSO “to showcase their dynamic music style bridging Hip Hop beats and lyrical melodies with classical instrumentation and searing technique.” The concert is considered best for Age 5+.
Image below:Black Violin
The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, will perform Strauss's Ein Heldenleben & Haydn's Symphony No. 80 in the Concert Hall on May 3 & 4.
The NSO, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, will perform Vaughan Williams's Pastoral Symphony & Ravel's Ma mère l'oye, in the Concert Hall, May 10-12.The program will include Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad Rhapsody.The three composers were contemporaries during the First World War.
Image below: Sir Mark Elder
The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will perform Brahms's Fourth Symphony in the Concert Hall, May 17-19.The program will also include J.S. Bach’s Contrapunctus XIX & Alan Berg’s Violin Concerto, featuring John Ehnes.
The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will perform a late-night concert titled DECLASSIFIED: Selections from Bach, with violinist James Ehnes, in the Concert Hall on May 18.The late-night Friday DECLASSIFIED programs “feature bold and boundary-breaking music, dynamic multimedia, exciting pre/post-concert performances and parties, and audience interaction. Plus, you can bring drinks and snacks into the Concert Hall.”
Image below:Gianandrea Noseda
NSO Music for Young Audiences: Brass of Peace will be presented in The Theater Lab on May 19.The group is comprised of 13 D.C.-area high school students.They will be joined by retired NSO hornist Sylvia Alimena to teach audiences all about how this family of instruments makes music out of metal and wind. The performance is suggested for Age 3+
Image below:Brass for Peace
Kennedy Center Chamber Players
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players will perform works by Beethoven, Mozart & Franck in the Terrace Theater on March 25.The ensemble of NSO musicians will perform Beethoven’s Duo with Two Obbligato Eyeglasses for Viola and Cello, Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor, and Franck’s Piano Quintet.
Image below:The Kennedy Center Chamber Players
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present the Takács Quartetin the Terrace Theater on March 21.The Grammy-winning quartet will perform Beethoven’s Opus 31, plus works by Mozart, and Shostakovich.
Image below:Takács Quartet
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present Dawn Upshaw in the Terrace Theater on April 5.The five-time Grammy-winning soprano will be joined by the leading percussion ensemble, So Percussion. Their program will include a brand-new work by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw.
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts & Renée Fleming VOICES will present Isabel Leonard in Recital: A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein in the Terrace Theater on April 15.The Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano pays homage to Leonard Bernstein, “who was a pivotal force in translating and transforming the European song cycle and oratorio tradition into an American idiom that can be related to by all. Isabel Leonard performance will precede her turn as Rosina in Washington National Opera's production of The Barber of Seville with this intimate concert.”
Image below:Isabel Leonard
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present British cellist Steven Isserlis andharpsichordist Richard Egarr in a concert in the Terrace Theater on April 23.They will perform a special Baroque program. Richard Egarr will perform on a gut-string cello, as was the authentic style of the Baroque period.
Image below:Steven Isserlis
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present Les Violons du Roywith Isabelle Faust in the Terrace Theater on May 3.The Canadian Ensemble, directed by Bernard Labadie, takes its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French kings at Versailles. The ensemble & Isabelle Faust will perform an all-Bach program.
Image below:Les Violons du Roy
Vocal Arts DC
Vocal Arts DC will present a concert by lyric baritone Theo Hoffman, with pianist Bradley Moore, in the Terrace Theater on March 20. Mr. Hoffman is a 2016 alumnus of The Juilliard School and 2016 Grand Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is currently a member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at LA Opera. The program will include Abendphantasie (evening Fantasy), consisting of selections by Schubert, Fauré, Mahler, Zemlinsky, Ullmann, Ives, Barber, Britten, and Dove.
Image below: Theo Hoffman - Photo by Kristin Hoebermann
Vocal Arts DC will present a recital by American baritone Brian Mulligan, with pianist Timothy Long, in the Terrace Theater on April 28.For his Vocal Arts DC recital debut, Mulligan will perform “the 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning From the Diary of Virginia Woolf—as well as the world premiere of Walden, a newly-commissioned work based on the writings of Henry David Thoreau, by American composer Gregory Spears.
Washington Performing Arts & The Kennedy Center will present Shift: A Festival of American Orchestras in the Concert Hall in April.There will be performances on:
April 10:Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya. The concert will feature guest soloists Augustin Hadelich on violin and dancers from Texas Ballet Theater.
April 11:Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller, with soloists Joyce Yang on piano and Carol Jantsch on tuba.
April 13:Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Krzysztof Urbanski, with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, along with the Indianapolis Symphonic and Children's Choirs.
April 14:National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda featuring an all-Russian program dedicated to the memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who was scheduled to perform as a soloist at this concert but passed away in November 2017. Image below:Gianandrea Noseda
WPAwill present pianist Conrad Tao in the Terrace Theater on April 21.Tao is a violinist & composer as well as a pianist.He will perform works by Beethoven, Musorgsky, Julia Wolfe & Jason Eckhardt.
WPA will present trumpeter Chris Botti in the Concert Hall on April 22.The Grammy®-winner and multiple Billboard chart-topper"is famed for a sophisticated sound ranging from enchanting ballads to serious grooves"
Image below:Chris Botti
WPA will present will present the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by music director Gustavo Dudamel, in the Concert Hall on April 26.The concert will feature distinguished soloists, and several choruses in a performance of Beethoven's Choral Symphony.
Image below: Maestro Gustavo Dudamel
WPA will present Paul Huang, violin & Orion Weiss, piano in the Terrace Theater on April 27.They will explore “the lyrical poetry of the violin sonata, including a new work commissioned by WPA and composed by fellow grantee Conrad Tao. The program will also include works by Antonin Dvorak, Sergei Prokofiev, & Johannes Brahms.
Image below:Paul Huang
WPA has announced the cancellation by pianist Martha Argerich of a concert that she had planned to perform with violinist Itzhak Perlman on March 20. The pianist cancelled all dates of her U.S. spring tour with Perlman, citing family and health concerns. In place of the canceled concert, WPA will present Itzhak Perlman in recital with violinist/violist Pinchas Zukerman and pianist Rohan de Silva on May 23 in the Concert Hall.
WPA will present pianist Boris Berezovsky in the Terrace Theater on March 22.Berezovsky studied at the famed Moscow Conservatory & won the Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition. He will perform works by Sergei Prokofiev, Alexander Scriabin & Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Image below:Boris Berezovsky
WPA will present pianist Roman Rabinovich in the Terrace Theater on March 24.Rabinovich won the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition & was selected by Sir András Schiff for his young pianists’ series. Rabinovich will perform works by Haydn, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Chopin, plus a work which he wrote himself.
Image below:Roman Rabinovich
WPA & Young Concert Artists (YCA)will present a concert by pianist Nathan Lee on April 29. The concert had originally been scheduled for December 2, but had to be delayed after Nathan Lee sustained an injury.
WPA will present pianist Evgeny Kissin in the Concert Hall on May 16.The esteemed pianist will perform works by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.
Image below:Evgeny Kissin
WPA will present Itzhak Perlman in a recital with violinist/violist Pinchas Zukerman and pianist Rohan de Silva on May 23 in the Concert Hall. Perlman and Zukerman will perform several duos for two violins and for violin and viola by Mozart, Bartók, and Wieniawski. Rohan de Silva will join them to perform works by J.S. Bach and Moszkowski. Additional works will be announced from the stage. Please note:The concert will replace a canceled concert that had been planned by pianist Martha Argerich and Itzhak Perlman for March 20.
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
Young Concert Artists
Young Concert Artists (YCA) will present Korean pianist Dasol Kim in the Terrace Theater on April 9. His recital will include music by Chopin, Ravel, and Schubert.
Young Concert Artists (YCA) and Washington Performing Artswill present a concert by pianist Nathan Lee on April 29. The concert had originally been scheduled for December 2, but had to be delayed after Nathan Lee sustained an injury.
The Kennedy Center will present vocalist and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello in the Terrace Theater on April 26.She will perform music from her new album titled Ventriloquism, which has been called "an imaginative recording of covers that redefines the musical experience." The album "deconstructs and comments on the narrow expectation of sound and structure for black artists and black music, while offering a musical refuge during these uncertain times.”
Image below:Meshell Ndegeocello
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.
TheKennedy Center will present Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World, a festival celebrating the artistic richness of Cuba - for two weeks this Spring. The unprecedented event will feature some of Cuba's finest artists and leading Cuban American creators. The performances will include: The Havana Lyceum Orchestra, conducted by Maestro José Antonio Méndez Padrón, with soloists Ulises Hernández, piano, and Alí Arango, guitar. They will perform music by Cuban-born composers in the Terrace Theater on May 10. The concert will include contemporary works by Leo Brouwer featuring pianist Ulises Hernández and guitarist Alí Arango - in his U.S. debut. Other Cuban composers highlighted will be Gisela Hernández, Carlos Fariñas, Guido López-Gavilán, Fabio Landa, and Moises Simons.
Additional performances in Artes de Cuba will include: May 13: Aymée Nuviola with Dr. Ed Calle May 16: Haydée Milanés & Trio May 19: Los Van Van (Pictured below)
Jazz at The Kennedy Center
Jazz performances at the Kennedy Center are listed at: