The Kennedy Center will begin a year-long international celebration of the music of Leonard Bernstein at 100 in September. The iconic American composer, conductor, pianist, educator, and humanitarian (1918–1990) impacted nearly every musical genre...especially Broadway.
The celebration will begin with a performance of Bernstein on Broadwayon September 22 in the Eisenhower Theater.A who's who of Broadway stars will join Tony Award®–winning director Kathleen Marshall and music director Rob Fisher for an extraordinary evening of the unforgettable music of West Side Story, Wonderful Town, and Candide.
The concert will also feature the scores and iconic choreography from On the Town, as well as selections from Bernstein's Mass, which was originally commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to open the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1971.”
Image below: Leonard Bernstein
The Washington Chorus
The Washington Chorus, led by Artistic Director Christopher Bell, will perform a concert titled Bernstein & BelshazzarinThe Kennedy Center Concert Hall on November 8. The concert will feature Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, and the epic Belshazzar’s Feast by William Walton.
A rendering, above, of the planned expansion of The Kennedy Center
The NSO, directed by Ryan McAdams, with Jason Moran at the piano, will perform Moran’s score for Selma, Ava DuVernay’s 2014 Academy Award®–nominated film which chronicles Martin Luther King Jr.’s movement to secure equal voting rights, on September 22.The score will be performed as the film is projected on a large screen in the Concert Hall. The event will coincide with the one-year anniversary of the opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture and will be part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy.
Image below: A still from Ava DuVernay’s film Selma.
The NSO Season Opening Ball Concert, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will be performed in the Concert Hall on Sunday, September 24.The NSO will be joined by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Tony-winning singer Cynthia Erivo in a tribute to the late Leonard Bernstein that includes the composer's Overture toCandide, Three Meditations from Mass, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and a selection of vocal works.
Image below:Yo-Yo Ma.
The NSO, conducted by Cristian Macelaru, will perform a concert titled Leonard Bernstein at 100, September 28-30.The orchestra, with acclaimed organist Cameron Carpenter, will pair Copland’s Symphony for Organ and Orchestra and Appalachian Spring Suite with Bernstein's Divertimento in honor of the late composers' famous friendship.
The All-American program will include John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine.
Image below:Cameron Carpenter.
The NSO Pops, directed by Jocomo Bairos, will perform a concert titled The Life Aquatic: A Tribute to David Bowiewith Seu Jorge on September 29 in the Concert Hall.
The Brazilian actor/musician Seu Jorge was inspired to celebrate Bowie’s catalog by Seu’s own role in Wes Anderson’s 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.In the film, Seu performed David Bowie songs in Portuguese on the acoustic guitar.
Image below:Seu Jorge is shown at left.
The NSO, led by guest conductor NathalieStutzmann, will perform Dvorák's Seventh Symphony October 5-7 in the Concert Hall.The concert will include Lalo's Overture fromLe roi d'Ys, and Brahms's Violin Concerto featuring Arabella Steinbacher.
Image below:violinist Arabella Steinbacher
The NSO, conducted by Juanjo Mena, will perform Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique" Symphony in the Concert Hall October 12-15.The concert will also feature Samuel Barber's Pulitzer Prize–winning Piano Concerto featuring soloist Garrick Ohlsson. The program will also include the Auditorium by Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates.
Image below: Juanjo Mena
The NSO Pops, conducted by Emil de Cou, will be reunited with “the little orchestra” Pink Martini and singer China Forbes in the Concert Hall, October 26-28. Pink Martini’s repertoire spans jazz to classical to retro pop, and their reunion with the NSO will offer a concert of “multilingual music, which traces its many influences through a boundary-breaking collection of cultures, times, and styles.”
Image below: Pink Martini & China Forbes.
The NSO will perform a Family Concert titled Halloween Spooktacularin the Concert Hall on Sunday, October 29. The presenter suggests that attendees “creep into the Concert Hall for costumed classics at this frightfully fun concert featuring ghoulishly attired musicians. Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument Petting Zoo.” The event is suggested for Ages 5+
Image below:The Logo for the event.
The NSO, conducted by former NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, will perform music by Bernstein & Stravinskyin the Concert Hall November 2-4.In celebration of Leonard Bernstein at 100, the orchestra will perform the composer’s fanfare Slava! A Political Overture and Songfest, a tribute to American perspectives and writers.
The concert will conclude with Stravinsky's ballet score, The Rite of Spring.
Image below:Maestro Leonard Slatkin.
The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will perform a concert titled Borrowed from Baroque, featuringBeethoven'sEroica Symphony& more, in the Concert Hall, November 9-11.The concert, featuring soprano Corinne Winters, will include Webern's Passacaglia & Dallapiccola's Partita.
Image below:Corinne Winters
The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will perform a concert titled Tastes of Italy, France & Spain: Classics by Respighi, Chausson, Gershwin & Fallain the Concert Hall November 16-19.The concert will include Respighi's Fontane di Roma (Fountains of Rome), Chausson's Poème, Gershwin's An American in Paris,andFalla's The Three-Cornered Hat Suites No. 1 & 2.
Image below:NSO Concert Master Nurit Bar-Josef.
NSO Pops, conducted by Steven Reineke, will present Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concertin the Concert Hall, November 24-26. Patrons can “relive the magic of the film in high definition on a giant screen while hearing the NSO perform John Williams’s unforgettable score.”
The film is said to be most enjoyed by ages 5 and up.
The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will perform works by three composers who wrote music while away from their homelands in the Concert Hall, November 30-December 2.The program will include Britten's Matinées musicales and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, both of which were written in America. Soloist Yuja Wang will perform Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 5, which the composer wrote while he was in Paris.
Image below:Yuja Wang – Photo by Ian Douglas
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players, which is an ensemble comprised of five distinguished principals of the NSO, will perform their Fall Concert in the Terrace Theater on Sunday, October 8. They will perform works by Jean Marie Leclair, Aaron Copland and Robert Schumann.
Washington Performing Arts
Washington Performing Arts and The Kennedy Center will present The Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Ceciliaof Italy, led by Antonio Pappano, with Kennedy Center Honoree Pianist Martha Argerich, in the Concert Hall on Wednesday, October 25.Martha Argerich has been called “an iconic pianist and classical music legend."
Image below Martha Argerich
Washington Performing Arts will present pianist Nikolai Lugansky in the Terrace Theater on November 1.The Russian pianist has been “applauded for his serene approach to some of the most demanding pieces of piano literature.” His program will include works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Schumann.
Image below: Nikolai Lugansky.
Washington Performing Arts will present the Verona Quartetin the Terrace Theater on November 10.The quartet won the 2015 Concert Artist Guild Competition & had a two-year stint as the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School. As implied, the quartet’s name is “an homage to Shakespeare’s affinity for setting many of his monumental works in a certain Italian city.”The Verona Quartet “pays tribute to its classical roots with a modern sensibility.”
Image below:Verona Quartet
Washington Performing Arts will present the Mariinsky Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Valery Gergiev, with pianist/composer Daniil Trifonov, in a performance of Trifonov's piano concerto, which he recently composed, in the Concert Hall on November 12. The concert will also include works by Strauss, Prokofiev and Mosolov.
Image below: Valery Gergiev
Fortas Chamber Music
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts & Washington Performing Arts will present Sphinx Virtuosiin The Terrace Theater on Sunday, October 15.The concert will mark the 20th anniversary of the SphinxOrganization and will offer a collection of concerti through the ages. The national organization is “dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.The concert will offer an evening that includes beloved masterpieces as well as new works. Image below:Sphinx Virtuosi
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will perform a Celebration by the Numberson Thursday, October 12. The program will include a duet (2!),a quartet (4!), a sextet (6!) and an octet (8!) in a program curated and played in part by artistic director Joseph Kalichstein.
They will be joined by NSO pianist Lisa Emenheiser, who will be making her Fortas debut, and two notable foursomes: the Emerson String Quartet and the Dover Quartet.
Image below: The Emerson String Quartet
The Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio in the Terrace Theater on November 7.The trio, which is comprised of Joseph Kalichstein, Jaime Laredo, and Sharon Robinson, has been the Kennedy Center's Chamber Ensemble-in-Residence since the Center opened in 1979. The ensemble will perform Beethoven’s Trios in G major, D major & B-flat major.
Image below:The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio.
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present violinist Leila Josefowiczin recital in the Terrace Theater on November 11.She will be joined by John Novacek in a program that will offer “a fascinating journey through the entire 20th century. Two major works from the middle of the century, Prokofiev's F minor sonata and Zimmermann's sonata for solo violin, form the bulk of the evening.”
Image below:Leila Josefowic
Renée Fleming VOICES
Superstar soprano Renée Fleming & jazz bassist Christian McBride, accompanied by Julian Joseph, will perform at the reopening of the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater on Friday, October 13. McBride has won five Grammy Awards® and hosts NPR’s Jazz Night in America. The concert will be part of Renée Fleming Voices.Ms. Fleming is the Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large in addition to being a performing artist.
Image below:Christian McBride.
Renée Fleming VOICES will present Leslie Odom Jr. in the Eisenhower Theater on October 14 & 15.Mr. Odomwon the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Aaron Burr in the smash hit Hamilton.
Image below:Leslie Odom Jr.
Renée Fleming VOICES will present a performance by Angélique Kidjo in the Eisenhower Theater on November 30.Kidjo is “a Beninese Grammy Award®–winning singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creativity. Time Magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva."She “explores traditional roots of popular music to create something new.”
Image below:Angélique Kidjo
Renée Fleming VOICES will present vocalistCynthia Erivoin the Terrace Theater, November 3 & 4. The British actress is “known for her inspiring Tony-winning performance as Celiein the 2015 Broadway revival of The Color Purple.”
Image below:Cynthia Erivo.
Renée Fleming VOICES will presentCanadian soprano & conductor Barbara Hannigan & Dutch conductor, pianist & composer Reinbert de Leeuw in the Terrace Theater on November 14.Ms. Hannigan is “one of the world's leading performers of contemporary opera.”
Image below:Barbara Hannigan.
The Kennedy Center will present the world premiere of Night Train 57: A Sensory-Friendly Folk Opera, co-commissioned with VSA, in the Family Theater, October 6-8.The event will be “a musical voyage to outer space in an interactive folk opera featuring Grammy® winner Dan Zanes, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Claudia Eliaza, and more special guests.” Passengers on Night Train 57 “will discover the power of friendship and community with the sounds of 21st-century handmade sing-along music.” The sensory-friendly folk opera is suggested for Ages 3+.
Image below:Dan Zanes & Claudia Eliaza
The Kennedy Center will present Japanese Connections featuring tap dancer Kazunori Kumagai and koto player Yumi Kurosawa, in the Terrace Theater on Wednesday, October 18. The koto – a stringed musical instrument – is the national instrument of Japan. Kazunori Kumagai will be accompanied by a jazz trio comprised of Masa Shimizu(guitar),Samuel Torres(percussion), and special guest Alex Blake(bass). Yumi Kurosawa will be joined by So You Think You Can Dance contestant Virgil Gadson.The performances “will pay tribute to the connection forged between the Kennedy Center and the government and people of Japan who supported the original opening of the Terrace Theater.”
Images below:Kazunori Kumagai and Yumi Kurosawa
The Choral Arts Society of Washington, conducted by Scott Tucker, will open the 2017-18 Kennedy Center Concert Seasonwith a performance of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 in the Concert Hall on November 18. The concert will feature guest artists The Thirteen, conducted by Artistic Director Matthew Robertson, plus the Choral Arts Chorus and Orchestra. Image below: The Thirteen To read more about The Choral Arts Society, visit https://choralarts.org/ To read more about The Thirteen, visit www.thethirteenchoir.org
Young Concert Artists (YCA) will present the PyeongChang Music Festival, under artistic directors Kyung-Wha Chung & Myung-Wha Chung, in celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea in the Terrace Theater on November 20. The Special Chamber Music Event will open the 39th YCA Series. The featured performers will be Myung-Wha Chung, cello; Sumi Hwang, soprano; Paul Huang, violin; Stephen Waarts, violin; Todd Phillips, violin; Ida Kavafian, viola; Ziyu Shen, viola; Sang-Eun Lee, cello; Edward Arron, cello; and Dasol Kim, piano. The program will include Pyotr Tachikovsky's Souvenie de Florence, Op. 70 & Johannes Brahms's Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8.
Image below: Myung-Wha Chung, cello & Ida Kavafian viola
The Django Festival All-Stars featuring gypsy guitarist and violinist Dorado and his son, guitarist Amati Schmitt, will perform in the Kennedy Center Theater Lab on November 6.The performances will be in tribute to the swinging style of the Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt.
Image below:The Django Festival All-Stars.
The KC Jazz Club will present Discovery Artist Christian Sands, pianoin the Terrace Theater on November 18.He will “showcase the fresh sounds of his 2017 album Reach. Recognized at a young age for his virtuosity on the piano, Sands is a five-time Grammy®-nominated pianist and 2007 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead alumnus.He performed at the Kennedy Center’s tribute concert to pianist (and former Artistic Advisor for Jazz) Billy Taylor in 2011.
Image below:Christian Sands
Vocal Arts DC will present New York Festival of Song: The Passion of Leonard Bernsteinon November 5 as part of the worldwide Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration.The concert will “represent the full gamut of the composer's genius in writing for the human voice. The concert will be “performed and narrated by pianists - and Bernstein protégés - Steven Blier and Michael Barrett; with soprano Chelsea Shephard; soprano, mezzo-sopranos Lucia Bradford and Annie Rosen; tenor Miles Mykkanen; baritone, Julian Adrian Austin; bass-baritone Adrian Rosas; with percussionist Barry Centanni. The program will feature selections from concert works such as Mass, Arias & Barcarolles, and Songfest and musical theater such as On the Town, West Side Story, & 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Image below: Steven Blier & Michael Barrett - Photo by Dario Acosta
The Isley Brothers, who have been in the forefront of popular music for nearly 50 years, will perform in the Concert Hall on November 5.They have had dozens of #1 hits, countless awards, and an induction into The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.It has been said that “they are a bridge between today’s most vital pop artists and the soul greats who brought the music out of the church and into mass consciousness.”
Please note that the concert was originally scheduled for July 15.
Image below:The Isley Brothers.
Mason Bates's KC Jukeboxwill present the German electronica duo Mouse on Mars in the Atrium on November 15. The artists will bring “their visionary sound to the Center in a visceral event combining live electronica and acoustic instruments.