The National Symphony Orchestra Kennedy Center Chamber Players Fortas Chamber Music Concerts Vocal Arts DC Washington Performing Arts Renée Fleming VOICES Young Concert Artists Select Kennedy Center Presentations
A rendering, above, of the planned expansion of The Kennedy Center
The National Symphony Orchestra
The NSO Season Opening Gala Concert, conducted by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, will take place on September 22. The orchestra will be joined by Joshua Bell, whom The Washington Post has called "one of the most imaginative, technically gifted, and altogether extraordinary violinists of our time.”
Image below: Joshua Bell
The NSO, conducted by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, will perform a program of music inspired by the visual arts, including Rachmaninoff’s The Isle of the Dead, Respighi’s Trittico botticelliano, and Musorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition, September 27-29. “Rachmaninoff’s The Isle of the Dead is a tone poem influenced by Swiss symbolist Arnold Böcklin’s painting; Respighi’s Trittico botticelliano is a triptych suite born from Sandro Botticelli paintings including The Birth of Venus; and Musorgsky’s blazing Pictures from an Exhibition, is a series of movements that bring artworks by Victor Hartmann to symphonic life.”
Image below:Maestro Noseda
The NSO, conducted by John Storgårds, with pianist Emanuel Ax, will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in the Concert Hall, October 4-6.The program will also feature Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony & V. Silvestrov’s The Messenger.
Image below:Emanuel Ax
The NSO, led by Conductor Laureate Christoph Eschenbach, with violinist Ray Chen, will perform Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in the Concert Hall, October 11-13. The program will also feature Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage & Beethoven’sSymphony No. 6, Pastoral.
Image below:Maestro Christoph Eschenbach & Ray Chen.
The NSO Pops, conducted by Steven Reineke, will perform John Williams’s iconic Oscar®-nominated score from The Empire Strikes Back live as the full feature film is screened in the Concert Hall, October 23-25.
Image below is from The Empire Strikes Back
The NSO Pops will present Andrew Bird, with Gabriel Kahane, in the Concert Hall on October 26 & 27.Classically-trained, Bird has been called a “one-man orchestra of the imagination” & is a versatile singer/songwriter. He “masters delicately layered pop melodies with nuanced creative genius in innovative orchestrations of his songs conceived by Kahane, who is an indie musician.
Image below:Andrew Bird.
The NSO will perform a Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular in the Concert Hall on October 28.The Concert Hall will “transfer into a ghostly sight when the NSO performs new and old classics to celebrate Halloween, which this year also marks the Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). Attendees can arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.”
The event is suggested for Age 5+
Image below:The logo for the Halloween Spooktacular.
Fortas Chamber Music
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present the Dover Quartet in the Terrace Theater on October 10.The quartet has been named the Kennedy Center’s new Quartet-in-Residencefor three years and will showcase classic repertoire alongside a work by the Center’s Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates. The quartet is comprised of Joel Link, violin, Bryan Lee, violin, Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola & Camden Shaw, cello. The program will include Anton Webern’sLangsamer Satz, Mason Bates’s From Amber Frozen & Franz Schubert’s Quartet in G major.
Image below:Dover Quartet
Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio in the Terrace Theater on October 23.Joseph Kalichstein, Jaime Laredo, and Sharon Robinson will perform a program featuring Schumann, Ravel, and Mendelssohn.The ensemble is the Center’s Trio-in-Residence.
Image below:Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players will perform Dvořák’s Terzetto in C major, Strauss’s Metamorphosen, and Brahms’s String Quintet in F major in the Terrace Theater on October 14.The ensemble is comprised of Kennedy Center musicians.
Image below:The Kennedy Center Chamber Players.
Renée Fleming’s VOICES
Renée Fleming’s VOICESseries will present multi-talented star Christopher Jacksonin the Terrace Theater on September 29. Jackson received a Tony® nomination for originating the role of George Washington in Hamilton, & garnered raves for his performance in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s other Broadway smash In the Heights. He also portrayed Simba in The Lion King.
Image below: Christopher Jackson
Renée Fleming VOICES will present: An Evening with Robert Fairchildin the Terrace Theater on October 12. The Tony®-nominated former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer will offer an evening of song and dance with classics from An American in Paris and more. Fairchild was nominated for a Tony Award® for his “triple threat” acting/singing/dancing lead role in Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in Paris & was last seen at the Kennedy Center as part of DEMO: Time in 2015.
Image below:Robert Fairchild
Renée Fleming VOICES will present Youssou NDOUR in the Concert Hall on October 30.The Senegalese singer, percussionist, and humanitarian has been called “perhaps the most famous singer alive” by Rolling Stone. NDOUR is known for “his stratospheric vocals, visionary African rhythms, and powerful messages of social activism and tolerance.”
Image below:Youssou NDOUR
Theater J will present The Pianist of Willesden Lane in The Kennedy Center Family Theater, September 12-30.The settings are Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg. The solo production uses “tour-de-force storytelling and extraordinary live piano music to tell the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein Concert Hall is dashed by the onset of World War II.” The role of Lisa Jura is performed by Jura’s daughter, Grammy®-nominated pianist Mona Golabek, and combines storytelling with live performances by Golabek of works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and more.
Image below: Illustration for The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Vocal Arts DC will present Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano, with pianist Mark Markham, in the Terrace Theater on September 28. DeShong's program will include Arnold Schoenberg's 4 Lieder (Op. 2); Benjamin Britten's A Charm of Lullabies; three songs by Reynaldo Hahn; Paper Wings by Jake Heggie; Arthur Honegger's Trois fragments; and Tri canzoni by Ildebrando Pizzetti.
The Washington Chorus, conducted by Artistic Director Christopher Bell, will present Johannes Brahms's A German Requiem, Op. 45 and Britten's Ballad of Heroesin the Concert Hall on November 18. The soloists will be Laura Choi Stuart, soprano and Rob McGinness, baritone. Christopher Bell conceived the program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Dayon November 11, which marked the end of World War I. November 11is now recognized as Veterans Day in the U.S.
Young Concert Artists and Washington Performing Arts will present the debut of Hanzhi Wang, accordion, in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on October 11.She will be the first accordianist to perform for the YCA. The guest artist will be The Zora String Quartet.The Program will include works by J.S Bach, Gubaidulina, Mozart, Piazzolla and Moszkowski.
Image below:Hanzhi Wang
Washington Performing Arts
Washington Performing Arts (WPA) will present the Czech Philharmonic, conducted by their new music director Semyon Bychkov, in the Concert Hall on October 29. Alisa Weilerstein will join the Philharmonic for a performance of the Dvorák Cello Concerto. The program will also feature Dvorák’s Seventh Symphony and a rarely-heard work by the 20th-century composer Lubos Fiser.
Washington Performing Arts will present The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by founder Daniel Barenboim, in the Concert Hall on November 7.The Seville, Spain–based orchestra brings together young Palestinian, Israeli, and Arab musicians “and defies the fierce political divide in the Middle East.” Their program will include R. Strauss’s Don Quixote and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.
Image below:The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, led by Maestro Barenboim.
Jazz at The Kennedy Center
Jazz performances at the Kennedy Center are listed at: