The NSO Pops, led by Michael Butterman, with special guest artists and an all-star band, will present Nat King Cole at 100 in the Concert Hall, October 17-19. The concert will celebrate the centennial of the late American music legend with a concert “showcasing his seminal talents as a vocalist, pianist, and trailblazing icon.” The program will include many timeless songs such as “Unforgettable,” “Mona Lisa,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “Smile,” “L-O-V-E,” and more.
The NSO will present a Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular on October 20.The Concert Hall will be transformed into a ghostly sight when “ghoulishly attired musicians perform new and old classics to celebrate Halloween.” Attendees can arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical instrument “Petting Zoo.” The event is suggested for Ages 5+
The NSO, led by Krzysztof Urbański, will perform Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in the Concert Hall October 31/November 2.The concert will feature young French pianist Lise de la Salle performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The program will include Bacewicz’s Overture (1943).
The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will perform a dance-inspired program in the Concert Hall November 7-9.The concert will feature classical works that connect music and dance, including Tango, Ballet, Viennese waltz and more. The Maestro will conduct Ellington’s jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s lush ballet score, plus one of Piazzolla's tango-inspired Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with NSO Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef, who is pictured below.
The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will perform Tristan and Isolde—Act II with Christine Goerke and Stephen Gould in the Concert Hall, November 13-15.Goerke and Gould are “masters of Wagnerian repertoire.”
The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will be joined by soprano Renée Fleming and baritone Rod Gilfry to perform the D.C. premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts’sBrightness of Light in the Concert Hall on November 21 & 23. The composition was an NSO co-commission inspired by the letters between iconic American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The program will close with Also sprach Zarathustra, Strauss’s epic work “immortalized in pop culture by Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.”
The NSO Pops will present Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concertas the film is screened in HD with composer Nicholas Hooper’s score played live in the Concert Hall, November 29-December 1.
The NSO will perform DECLASSIFIED: Ben Folds Presents in the Concert Hall on December 6.Ben Folds, who is Artistic Advisor to the NSO, will welcome country music artist Jamey Johnson; pop-soul singer Emily King; and folk, blues, and Latin fusion songstress Gaby Moreno. The late-night concerts “defy the traditional symphony experience by offering great live music—both classical and contemporary—in a casual setting.”
Image below: Jamey Johnson, Emily King and Gaby Moreno.
The NSO, with pianist Olga Kern, will perform a concert celebrating the 75th birthday season of Leonard Slatkinin the Concert Hall December 5-7. When former NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin led the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, he commissioned a set of variations—each from a different living American composer—on the famous Paganini Caprice No. 24. A number of orchestras, including the NSO, have each commissioned an additional variation to create a new, expanded version of the work. In addition, Russian pianist Olga Kern will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1.The program will also include Copland’s Third Symphony.
The NSO will perform Sir Andrew Davis’s orchestration of Handel's Messiah with The Washington Chorus, conducted by Christopher Bell, and soloists in the Concert Hall, December 19-22.The soloists will be Andriana Chuchman, soprano, Daniela Mack, mezzo-soprano, Alek Shrader, tenor and Sidney Outlaw, bass Image below: The logo for the concert.
NSO Pops will present A Holiday Pops! with Leslie Odom, Jr. in the Concert Hall on December 13 & 14.The annual tradition at the Kennedy Center will be “complete with Santa, the joyful voices of The Choral Arts Society of Washington, and even “snow!” There will be fresh interpretations of classics and sing-along favorites in the festively decorated Concert Hall. Leslie Odom, Jr. - pictured below - is celebrated for his Tony®-winning role in Hamilton and for performances around the world.
including The National Symphony Orchestra The NSO Pops and much more
Maestro Gianandrea Noseda
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present the Grammy Award®–winning Takács Quartet performing the complete Bartók quartets October 15/16 in the Terrace Theater.They will perform Nos. 1, 3, & 5 on October 15 and Nos. 2, 4, & 6 on October 16. The quartet is comprised of Edward Dusinberre, violin; Harumi Rhodes, violin; Geraldine Walther, viola; and András Fejér, cello. Image below:The Takács Quartet - Photo by Amanda Tipton. To read more about the Quartet, visit ww.takacsquartet.com/
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio in the Terrace Theater on October 30.The Kennedy Center's Trio-in-Residence, they will share a program of Beethoven's "most compelling trios in celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday in 2020." The trio is comprised of Joseph Kalichstein, piano, Jaime Laredo, violin and Sharon Robinson, cello.
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts, led by Joseph “Yossi” Kalichstein, Artistic Director, will present Cantus - the men's vocal ensemble - in the Terrace Theater on November 13. Members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians without a conductor.Each musician contributes “to the entirety of the artistic process.” The centerpiece of this year’s program will be the D.C. premiere of a new composition from Grammy Award® winner Libby Larsen.
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present violinist Pamela Frank and pianist Peter Serkin in a concert highlighting Bach’s sonatas in the Terrace Theater on December 4.The two musicians are frequent collaborators and previously focused on works by Brahms.
Young Concert Artists will present pianist Maxim Lando in the Terrace Theater on October 28.He will perform works by Beethoven, Scriabin, and Liszt's complete Transcendental Etudes. The sixteen-year-old American pianist was the First Prize Winner of the 2018 YCA International Auditions and also won four performance prizes. He has soloed with Russia’s Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Kazakh State Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic.
Young Concert Artists (YCA) will present Randall Goosby, violin, with Zhu Wang, piano, in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on December 3. Randall Goosby won First Prize in the 2018 YCA International Auditions plus five special awards. He has soloed with the Cleveland and Nashville Symphonies, among others. The program will include works by Vitali, Debussy, Still, and R. Strauss.
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday in the Terrace Theater on November 3 with performances of the composer’s Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 5, No. 2, “Spring” and his Cello Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5/1. The program will also include Jaffe’s Cello Sonata. The ensemble is comprised of three principal players of the National Symphony Orchestra: Ricardo Cyncynates, violin, David Hardy, cello and Lambert Orkis, piano.
including Fortas Chamber Music Concerts Kennedy Center Chamber Players Young Concert Artists Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and more
Vocal Arts DC will present Christian Gerhaher, baritone, and Gerold Huber, piano, in recital in the Terrace Theater on October 18.The German duo will feature selections by Gustav Mahler, including Kindertotenlieder, plus songs from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Des Knaben Wunderhorn.
Renée Fleming’s VOICES series will present Joyce DiDonato in the Eisenhower Theater, November 8-9.The multi-Grammy Award®–winner will present music from her new album titled In War & Peace - Harmony through Music. Her selection of arias from Handel and Purcell, among other great opera masters, "conveys how powerfully Baroque opera explores the extremes of human nature and the eternal search for serenity." Ms. DiDonato takes listeners on a "unique and timely journey with prize-winning orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro, under the direction of Maxim Emelyanychev."
The Washington Chorus, conducted by Christopher Bell, will perform Mozart's Requiem in the Concert Hall on November 16.The 160+ voices of the two-time Grammy Award®-winning Washington Chorus will be joined by orchestra and soloists.
The program will also include works from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries by composers Jennifer Higdon, Joel Puckett, and Josef Rheinberger. All of the works explore the full range of human experience.
The Washington Chorus, led by Christopher Bell, artistic director & conductor, will present A Candlelight Christmas in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, December 15-22. The concert will include the National Capital Brass, over 130 singers, the Concert Hall’s splendid organ, sing-alongs, and magnificent candlelight processions. The concerts will feature popular songs such as "The Dream Isaiah Saw," the Hallelujah Chorus, and other Christmas favorites.
The Choral Arts Society of Washington, led by Scott Tucker, conductor, with soloist Kristina Lewis, mezzo-soprano, Brandon Straub, associate conductor, the Choral Arts Chorus, the Choral Arts Youth Choir and the Choral Arts Brass Ensemble, will perform Songs of the Season in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on December 15, 16, 21, & 24.
The Choral Arts Society, led by Scott Tucker, conductor, and the Choral Arts Chorus will present A Family Christmas for the Young & Young at Heart (Ages 5 & up) at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, VA on December 23 and at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on December 24.Special guests will include Santa, Frosty and Rudolph.
Alfred Street Baptist Church Music and Worship Arts Ministry will present Joy to the World—A Christmas Celebration in the Concert Hall on December 2. It's "a dynamic presentation of the Christmas story told through music, dance, and drama." The concert, led by conductor Theodore Thorpe III, features a choir of over 100 voices accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, “with interpretations enriched by liturgical dance and drama. Guests will include 10-time Grammy Award® winners Take 6 - a world-class a cappella sextet specializing in jazz-styled sacred music classics - and Metropolitan Opera soprano Brandie Sutton."
For a Complete List of upcoming Vocal/Choral Music Concerts visit www.kennedy-center.org/ including Choral Arts Society of DC, The Washington Chorus, Vocal Arts DC Renee Fleming VOICES, Mason Bates KC Jukebox
Washington Performing Arts Presentations
Washington Performing Arts will present Pink Martini, with special guest Meow Meow, in the Concert Hall on October 13.The company has a multilingual songbook infused with Argentinean tango, Brazilian samba, Japanese pop, and American swing, and more. Meow Meow has been described as “the crowd-surfing Australian “tragi-comedienne” and chanteuse who “drags cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st century.”
Washington Performing Arts will present the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, led by Sir Andrew Davis, chief conductor, in the Concert Hall on October 16.Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58. The program will feature repertoire from both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, including the late Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe’s Earth Cry, which is a call for humanity to attune itself to the land, inspired by Aboriginal poetry.
Washington Performing Arts will present Looking Skyward: Spektral Quartet in the Terrace Theater on October 29.The 2019 Grammy-nominated Quartet is "one of America’s most innovative chamber ensembles, having commissioned more than 85 composers.” The program will feature Beethoven's Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135, plus a work by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottiand others.
Washington Performing Arts will present Hungarian pianist Zoltán Fejérvári in recital in the Terrace Theater on November 17.Zoltán is a protégé of Sir András Schiff and performs major concerti with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, chamber music with the Musicians of Marlboro, and recitals from major venues across Europe and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
Jason Moran and The Bandwagon + Ingrid Laubrock, Black Stars will perform a jazz concert in the Family Theater on November 9.Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran and his bandmates, bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their trio -The Bandwagon. "They’ll reflect on their musical journey in a special series of performances across the building with some of their most creative friends."
The Kojo Odu Roney Experience featuring drum prodigy Antoine Roney will perform at the Kennedy Center (Venue to be determined) on November 16. At only 10 years old, he had shared the stage with jazz greats such as Buster Williams, Darrell Green, Billy Spaceman Paterson, Brandee Younger, and his father, Antoine Roney. The teen phenom will make his Kennedy Center debut as this season’s first Discovery Artist!
Jazz concerts at The Kennedy Center in December include:
December 1: Tygressa Sings Natalie presents Remembering Natalie Cole, a tribute in the Terrace Theater December 3: Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz presents: 2019 International Guitar Competition & All-Star Gala Concert in the Eisenhower Theater December 7: NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas in the Terrace Theater December 14: Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary in the Terrace Theater December 31`: A Jazz New Year's Eve: Branford Marsalis (Pictured below) in the Terrace Theater.
The Kennedy Center will present WORLD STAGES—The Manganiyar Seduction in the Eisenhower Theater, November 1 & 2.Conceived and directed by Roysten Abel, The Manganiyar Seduction brings together more than 40 singers and instrumentalists from the Rajasthani deserts performing traditional Manganiyar music in an audio-visual feast.
The Kennedy Center will present contemporary Gospel artist Kirk Franklin in the Concert Hall on December 11. "After more than 20 years as the top selling contemporary Gospel artist, multiple Grammy winner Kirk Franklin has remained a mainstay atop Billboard charts with his genius fusion of Hip Hop and spiritual sounds."
The Kennedy Center will present Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce in the Opera House on December 12.“Taylor Mac is joined by longtime collaborators designer Machine Dazzle, music director Matt Ray, and a band of eight to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate.”