Chamber Music Vocal/Choral Music Washington Performing Arts Presentations Jazz Popular/World Music Millennium Stage Presentations
A rendering, above, of The REACH - the planned expansion of The Kennedy Center which will open with a festival, September 7-22. All events across the newly expanded campus - indoors and outdoors - will be FREE. Nearly 400 events are planned! The REACH will be a living theater where diverse art forms converge to break down the boundaries between audience and art. It will be an immersive learning center, a public incubator, and a set of dynamic, collaborative spaces where art happens so close audiences can reach out and touch it. To read more about The Reach, and the opening festival, visit: https://cms.kennedy-center.org/
The National Symphony Orchestra will perform concerts on select days at Wolf Trap this summer - thru September 5 - including concerts in which the orchestra will play the music of classic films as the films are screened.
The National Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Gala Concert, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will take place on September 28. The jazz-inspired evening will feature pianist Yuja Wang, who will perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1, which has been called “an enduring masterpiece reminiscent of jazzy vaudeville with high-paced rhythms and comical punch lines.” The program will explore “how great composers of the last century have embraced jazz - the distinctly American art form - with gusto, creating unforgettable music that fans of all genres adore."
The NSO, led by Maestro Gianandrea Noseda, will perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in the Concert Hall, October 3-5.The orchestra will be joined by The Choral Arts Society of Washington, led by Scott Tucker, Artistic Director, and the Children's Chorus of Washington, led by Margaret NomuraClark, Artistic Director. The soloists will be Amy Owens, soprano, Santiago Ballerini, tenor and Elliot Madore, baritone. The program will also include works by Jennifer Higdon and Francis Poulenc.
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).
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.
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.
including Fortas Chamber Music Concerts Kennedy Center Chamber Players Young Concert Artists Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and more
Vocal Arts DC will present coloratura soprano Brenda Rae, with pianist Jonathan Ware, in the Terrace Theater on September 15.Her wide-ranging repertoire encompasses music from the Baroque to world premieres written especially for her. Brenda Rae will co-star in Handel's Agrippina during the coming 2019-2020 season opposite Joyce DiDonato and Iestyn Davies to make her Metropolitan Opera debut.
Image below: Brenda Rae - Photo by Kristin Hoebermann
Renée Fleming VOICES will present Rhiannon Giddens with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi in the Terrace Theater on September 26.Nashville star Rhiannon is a MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient who sings and plays minstrel banjo, octave violin, and viola. Turrisi plays piano, accordion, frame drum, tamburello, lute, cello banjo, daf, and colascione. They are joined on four songs by Kate Ellis on cello and viola.The array of instruments “reveals the sonic ties that bind between African, Arabic, European, and American cultures.” Giddens will perform music from her latest album titled there is no Other with.
Image below: Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi.
Renée Fleming VOICES will present Gavin Creel in the Terrace Theater on October 3. Creel received acclaim on Broadway for his performances in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hello, Dolly! La Cage Aux Folles, and Hair.
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.
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.