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
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Jane Krakowski & Tituss Burgess, with the NSO Pops, will perform in the Concert Hall on Thursday, July 20.The award-winning actors and Broadway veterans will “bring their one-of-a-kind chemistry to the NSO, singing hits from the stage and screen for one unforgettable performance.”
Image below:Jane Krakowski & Tituss Burgess.
The NSO Pops, conducted by Steven Reineke, will present Blue Suede Tunes with singer Frankie Moreno on September 15 & 16 in the Concert Hall. The performances will feature the music of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Ray Charles, The Beatlesand more “with an NSO Pops twist.”
The dance styles of the ‘50s and ‘60s will be will be seen in performances by sibling dancers Lacey Schwimmer and Benji Schwimmer.
Image below:Frankie Moreno.
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.
NSO Concerts on the Mall
CANCELLATION:The NSO has canceled plans to perform a free concert, conducted by Maestro Gianandrea Noseda, on the National Mall on Saturday, July 29. The Maestro suffered an injury which will force him to rest until the middle of August.
The NSO, led by John Morris Russell, will perform a free Labor Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on September 3.The orchestra will be joined by Aoife O’Donovan, vocalist, guitarist & songwriter.
The annual concert is produced by the Kennedy Center and celebrates the beginning of the performing arts season. The America-inspired concert will feature marches, folk music, and bluegrass-inspired songs, including O’Donovan-penned songs "Red & White & Blue & Gold," "Magic Hour," and "The King of All Birds," plus the Bob Dylan favorite "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol."
The Kennedy Center will present Gillian Welch: The Harrow & The Harvest Tour in the Concert Hall on Monday, July 31.The American singer-songwriter and her musical partner, guitarist David Rawlings, “will perform their 2011 Grammy®-nominated album in its entirety, featuring their trademark blend of Appalachian music, bluegrass, and Americana.”
Image below:Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
Celebrated musician Herbie Hancockand his band will perform in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Tuesday, August 8.The legendary musician was a 2013 Kennedy Center Honoree.