Chamber Music Vocal/Choral Music Washington Performing Arts Presentations Jazz Popular/World Music Millennium Stage Presentations
The National Symphony Orchestra, 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.
The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), conducted by New Zealand-born Gemma New, will perform Holst’s The Planets and Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto in the Concert Hall - with Yefim Bronfman - January 16-19. The concert will be Gemma New’s NSO debut.
The NSO, led by Conductor Laureate Christoph Eschenbach, with violinist Christian Tetzlaff, will perform Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in the Concert Hall, January 24 & 25. They will “bring to life the work’s powerhouse opening, lyrical slow movement, and spirited finale infused with Slavic cheer.” Visit www.kennedy-center.org/
The NSO, conducted by Manfred Honeck, with pianist Nikolai Lugansky, will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in the Concert Hall, January 30-February 1. The program will feature Resurrexit, a piece from Mason Bates, the Kennedy Center's Composer-in-Residence and Musical America’s 2018 Composer of the Year. The program will conclude with Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony, which was influenced by the composer’s great love for traditional Bohemian music.
NSO Pops will present Game ON!- a celebration of symphonic video game music in its world premiere in the Concert Hall on January 8. "Game music legend Andy Brick will conduct the NSO and The Washington Chorus in concert premieres from more than a dozen blockbuster video games combining unrivaled, world-class symphonic arrangements with stunning in-game HD videos and never-before-seen concept art."
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Maestro Gianandrea Noseda
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.
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present the Kennedy Center debut of violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, with cellist Jay Campbell, in the Terrace Theater on January 21. They will perform “a wide range of works for an intriguing evening of music.”
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present Nelly’s New Harpsichord: Music from Mount Vernon in the Terrace Theater on January 26. Harpsichordist Richard Egarr will play the newly completed replica of Eleanor “Nelly” Custis one-of-a-kind harpsichord, a gift from her grandfather George Washington, in 1793. The program will feature popular music from Nelly's time and selections from her own song book - to be announced from the stage.
Images: Clockwise from left, Richard Egarr, Rowan Pierce and William Carter.
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.
Young Concert Artists will present pianistDo-Hyun Kim in a concert at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on January 16. He is said to display "incredible depth of artistry in a debut program of music he grew up listening to, culminating with Chopin's Op. 25 Etudes."
Vocal Arts DC will present Rosa Feola, soprano, with Iain Burnside pianist, in the Terrace Theater on January 17. The young Italian soprano made her first major continental appearances in 2011 and will make debuts at the Met as Gilda in Rigoletto and at the Salzburg Festival in coming months. Her program will include selections by Ciro Pinsuti, Gaetano Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi, Giuseppe Martucci, Franz Liszt, Ottorino Respighi, and Paolo Tosti.
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.
The Choral Arts Society of Washington, led by Scott Tucker, Artistic Director, will present a concert titled Living the Dream…Singing the Dream - the Annual Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 26 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. They will be joined by the Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs, led by Theodore Thorpe, III, Artistic Director, Men and Women of the Gospel Choir, led by Michele Fowlin, Artistic Director, Children of the Gospel Choir led by Stanley J. Thurston, Artistic Director Emeritus, and Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs with Ralph Alan, Piano and Vocals.
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 kian Soltani, cello and Julio Elizalde, piano, in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on January 22. Their program will range from Beethoven’s fifth cello sonata to Arvo Pärt’s Fratres.
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.”