The Kennedy Center began 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.
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National Symphony Orchestra
A rendering, above, of the planned expansion of The Kennedy Center
The NSO, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, will perform works by Schumann & Brahms in the Concert Hall, January 25-27.The concert will include Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Schumann's "Rhenish" Symphony. The compositions are linked by religious themes. The concert will feature violinist Leila Josefowicz in a performance of Oliver Knussen's Violin Concerto as part of Josefowicz's Kennedy Center residency.
Image below:Leila Josefowicz
The NSO, conducted by Hannu Lintu, with pianist Kirill Gersten, will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in the Concert Hall, February 1-3.The all-Russian program will also pay homage to Tchaikovsky through the composer's The Tempest and Stravinsky's The Fairy's Kiss, which was written in Tchaikovsky's memory. There will be an Organ Postlude featuring a mini-recital by Russell Weismann performing on the Concert Hall’s Rubenstein Family Organ.
Image below Kirill Gersten
The NSO, conducted by Fabien Gabel, will perform Shostakovich's Ninth in the Concert Hall February 8-10.The program will also include Dukas's Overture to Polyeucte, Bloch's Schelomo - featuring cellist Alban Gerhardt - Rachmaninoff's The Rock, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9.
Image below: Alban Gerhardt
The NSO, conducted by Marek Janowski, will perform Brahms's First Symphony in the Concert Hall February 22-24.The program will also include Bruch's First Violin Concerto featuring the NSO debut of Stefan Jackiw & Brahms's Beethoven-influenced Symphony No. 1. The program includes Carl Maria von Weber's Overture to Euryanthe.
Image below:Stevan Jacki
The NSO Pops, conducted by Steven Reineke, will present a NSO Family Concert: Let's Remix the Classix! in the Concert Hall on February 18. The concert “will reunite Grammy®-nominated beatboxer and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon and wildly-original electric cellist/composer Wytold for a crash course in the fundamentals of remixing! The concert is suggested for age 5.
Images below: Wytold & Christylez Bacon
The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will perform John Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary, March 8-10 in the Concert Hall.The concert will celebrate the composer’s 70th birthday year and will star mezzo-soprano Kelly O’Connor & will feature the University of Maryland Concert Choir. The composition for chorus, soloists, and orchestra “depicts Jesus's final weeks as told from the unique perspective of Mary Magdalene.”
Image below:Gianandrea Noseda
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 Donald Runnicles, will perform Mahler's Tenth Symphony, March 1-3.The composition was “sketched in the wake of his daughter's death and completed after his own.”
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The NSO, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, with pianist Yefim Bronfman, will play Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in the Concert Hall, March 15-18. In addition the dance of music of Brahms, R. Strauss, Kodály and Dvorák will “explore the spirit of dance in Germany, Hungary & the Czech Republic.
Image below: Yefim Bronfman
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players will perform Works of Françaix, Poulenc & Brahms on January 28 in the Terrace Theater. The focus will be on the composers’ lesser-known works, including Jean Françaix’s Woodwind Quintet No. 1, Francis Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Winds, and the String Sextet in B flat major by Johannes Brahms.
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players will perform works by 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 will present the Calidore String Quartet in the Terrace Theater on January 24.The American Quartet will perform “one of the most exciting programs from its repertoire - "Hungarian Spirit" - which showcases the influence and contribution of Hungarian music and artists on the string quartet canon.”
Image below: Calidore String Quartet
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present Leonard Bernstein, His World Through Music in the Terrace Theater onFebruary 6.Singer Carla Dirlikov Canales, in collaboration with pianist Justin Snyder and Leonard Bernstein's son Alexander will “bring a captivating evening of the late legend's vocal and piano music, enriched with personal reminiscences, illuminating commentary, and illustrative video and photographs.” The program will include “selections from Mass, On the Town, West Side Story, and other beloved Bernstein works, as well as an exploration of his relationship to the Kennedy family and administration, and his passion for social justice and education.” Images below:Vocalist Carla Dirlikov Canales, pianist Justin Snyder & Alexander Bernstein.
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.
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The Choral Arts Society of Washington - Choral Arts Chorus, conducted by Scott Tucker, & the Washington Performing Arts Men, Women, and Children of the Gospel Choir, conducted by Stanley J. Thurston, will present a concert titled Living the Dream…Singing the Dream: the 30th Annual Choral Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on February 11. The concert will be a co-presentation with Washington Performing Arts.
Vocal Arts DC will present German soprano Dorothea Röschmann, who is world-renowned as a Bach and Mozart specialist and lieder recitalist, with pianist Malcolm Martineau in the Terrace Theater on February 8.She previously performed for Vocal Arts DC in 2006. Her program will include Schubert's Mignon Lieder, Mahler's Rükert Lieder, Schumann's Maria Stuart Lieder, and Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder.
Image below:Dorothea Röschmann
Vocal Arts DC will present lyric tenor Christoph Prégardien, with pianist Julius Drake, in the Terrace Theater on February 24.He is “known for consummate technical control, superior musicality, and an innate ability to get to the emotional core of each song he interprets…..His lyric tenor voice had a youthful glow, yet he sings with plaintive beauty and piercing insight." He will perform “Poetisches Tagebuch, (A Poet's Diary), a program of songs by Franz Schubert, many rarely performed, set to poetry of the Romantic era by Ernst Schulze and other masters.”
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
Washington Performing Arts & Young Concert Artists (YCA) have postponed the concert that had been scheduled by pianist Nathan Lee for December 2 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. The concert is now scheduled for April 29.
Young Concert Artists will present New Zealand native Benjamin Baker, violinist, in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on January 23.Baker moved with his family to London at the age of 8 to attend the Menuhin School, and later the Royal College of Music for his Master's. Baker plays a historic Tononi violin dated 1709.He has performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia, and in many European chamber music festivals.
Image below: Benjamin Baker - Photo by Kaupo Kikkas
Young Concert Artists will present Xavier Foley, double bass, in the Terrace Theater on February 20. Foley has won multiple awards at several prestigious international competitions. His program will offer selections by Bach, Sperger, Franck, and a composition of his own.
Image below: Xavier Foley - Photo by Vanessa Briceno
Young Concert Artists will present flutist Anthony Trionfo at the Kennedy Center on March 15.His program will include works by Fauré, Lowell Liebermann, YCA Composer-in-Residence Katherine Balch and Ian Clarke.
Image below:Anthony Trionfo – Photo by Matt Dine
Washington Performing Arts (WPA) will present pianist Alexandre Tharaud in the Terrace Theater on February 13. The French pianist is known for his interpretations of Baroque music. Tharaud will perform The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by J.S. Bach. The program will also include works by Francis Poulenc, Franz Schubert and Mendelssohn.
Image below: Alexandre Tharaud
Washington Performing Arts (WPA) will present Emmanuel Pahud, flute & Alessio Bax, piano in the Terrace Theater on February 16.Emmanuel Pahud was named co-principal flutist for the Berlin Philharmonic at the age of 22.Thereafter, “he has skyrocketed to become a proverbial rock star of the flute.” Alessio Bax has been celebrated for his “quintessential lyricism, insightful interpretations, and dazzling facility.”
Image below:Emmanuel Pahud.
Washington Performing Arts will present Emanuel Ax, pianist, Leonidas Kavakos, violinist, & Yo-Yo Ma, cellist, in the Concert Hall on February 23.This “super trio” of musicians will perform Johannes Brahms's Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 & Franz Schubert's Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat major, D 898.
Washington Performing Arts will present the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo in the Terrace Theater on February 3.Julliard-trained Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are said to be on a mission “to make classical music a relevant and powerful force in society.” They blend classical masterworks with contemporary and pop. Their program will feature works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Thomas Adès, Georges Bizet, John Adams, Lennon & McCartney & Leonard Cohen.
Image below:Elizabeth Joy Roe & Greg Anderson.
Washington Performing Arts will present the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti, in the Concert Hall on February 7.The program will feature Samuel Adams’s many words of love, Brahms's Second Symphony, and Verdi's I vespri siciliani.
Image below:Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccdardo Mut.
Washington Performing Arts (WPA) will present pianist David Fung in the Terrace Theater on March 10.Fung was a winner of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv. Fung will make his solo WPA debut on this season’s Hayes Piano Series. His program will feature music by Ravel, Schubert, Mozart & Rachmaninoff.
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WPA will present violinist Itzhak Perlman & pianist Martha Argerich in the Concert Hall on March 20.The “two titans of classical music” will perform J.S. Bach’s Sonata for Keyboard and Violin No. 4 in C minor, BWV 2017 & more.
Images below: Itzhak Perelman & Martha Argerich
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.
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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.
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Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Tan Dun, will perform a program featuring Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite in the Concert Hall on February 15.The program will also include Guan Xia's One Hundred Birds Flying Towards the Phoenix, with suona soloist Wenwen Liu, who is a 13th-generation inheritor of her instrument's tradition. The orchestra will also perform Tan Dun’s own Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Violoncello: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon--a special concert version of music from his Grammy- and Oscar-winning score for the film--with internationally acclaimed cello soloist Jiapeng Nie and other soloists.
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CPAA Productions Ltd. will present Image China: Dragon Boat Racingin the Eisenhower Theater, February 2-4.The award-winning Chinese dance-drama will be performed by the Guangdong Song and Dance Ensemble. The dance is set in 1930s China against the backdrop of the Japanese occupation, & follows two lovers whose passion for each other is equaled only by their passion for music. “It tells the story of how one of the finest and most famous Cantonese compositions comes to be... and how it becomes a musical theme that inspires an entire nation.”
Image below:Guangdong Song and Dance Ensemble.Image below:A scene from Dragon Boat Racing
The Kennedy Center will present For Lovers Only: Alice Smith & Bilal in the Eisenhower Theater on February 10. Alice Smith is known as a four-octave singer/songwriter, & Bilal is a Grammy®-winning vocalist. They will perform a "double bill"pre-Valentine's Day concert featuring individual sets by each artist.
The National String Symphonia, conducted by David A. Fanning, will present the world premiere of American Film & TV composer Charlie Barnett's Retablos in the Terrace Theater on March 4.The performance will feature percussionist Mark Carson. The program will also include Lou Harrison's Suite for Symphonic Strings, Elgar's Sospiri, Op. 70, and Debussy's Danses Sacrée et Profane.
Image below:David A. Fanning.
The Kennedy Center will present Philip Glass's 20 Etudes: A 5-Pianist Collaboration with Philip Glass, Jason Moran, Aaron Diehl, Devonté Hynes, and Jenny Lin in the Concert Hall on March 9. The collaboration will combine contemporary classical piano with jazz improvisation featuring a live performance by 80-year-old American master composer Philip Glass. Each pianist will perform four of the 20 etudes, “bringing a fresh and personal perspective to the work that Glass composed over a 20-year period, and considers something of a self-portrait.”
The Kennedy Center will present Philip Glass's Koyaanisqatsi: Film & Musicwith the Philip Glass Ensemble in the Concert Hall on March 16.“The legendary American composer's iconic 1982 multimedia collaboration with experimental filmmaker Godfrey Reggio receives its Kennedy Center premiere, with the Philip Glass Ensemble and The Washington Chorus performing the score live.”
The Kennedy Center will present Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers in the Eisenhower Theater on March 3.The concert will celebrate the 80th birth year of legendary R&B singer/songwriter Bill Withers. Blue Note recording artist José James will explore Withers's deep musical catalog from "Ain't No Sunshine" to "Just the Two of Us."
Image below:José James
Renée Fleming VOICES will present Laura and Linda Benanti: The Story Goes On in the Terrace Theater on March 9.Tony Award® winner Laura Benanti and her mother Linda Benanti will offer “a musical journey through the special relationship between a mother and daughter.”
Image below:Laura Benanti
Renée Fleming VOICES will presentUte Lemper's Paris Days, Berlin Nights in the Eisenhower Theater on March 16.The German singer and actress, who is celebrated for her interpretations of the work of Kurt Weill, will perform “a collection of songs that journey through Europe and Argentina, featuring the Vogler Quartet.”
Images below:The Vogler Quartet & Ute Lemper.
The Kennedy Center will present Mason Bates'sKC Jukebox: California Mystics in The Atrium on March 11.The concert will feature “music by composers from California's past and present, using Bedouin-inspired tenting and pillows to transform the Atrium into an immersive and inviting environment. Standing room only.”
The Kennedy Center will present Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fieldsin the Terrace Theater on March 13.“In this multimedia D.C. premiere, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and conductor Julian Wachner will reprise their Grammy®-nominated account of Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize–winning oratorio recalling Pennsylvania's coal-mining past.”
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Jazz at The Kennedy Center
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