The National Philharmonic, with the National Philharmonic Chorale, conducted by Stan Engebretson, will present Voices of Light - Silent Film with Live Orchestra & Choralefeaturing the Passion of Joan of Arc on November 23.The soloists will be Suzanne Karpov, soprano, Katherine Pracht, mezzo-soprano, Matt Smith, tenor and Kerry Wilkerson, baritone. "The original version of Theodor Dreyer’s iconic silent filmThe Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) was rediscovered in 1981. The recovery and remastering of the film caused an international sensation. In 1994, American composer Richard Einhorn wrote a brand-new soundtrack for the film, Voices of Light, for solo voices, chorus and orchestra. Einhorn’s libretto draws from a variety of medieval and renaissance sources, including religious texts, mystic writings by women, and excerpts from the actual trial of Joan of Arc." There will be a pre-concert lecture.
The National Philharmonic will present their annual Holiday Singin' Pops in the Music Center on December 6. There will be performances by Broadway singer/actress performer Ali Ewoldt (pictured) of Phantom of the Opera; Hilary Morrow of the Birdland Jazz Club; international vocalist Kevin Rose; and acclaimed tap dancer Evan Ruggiero, who recently performed at the Oscars. They will perform holiday favorites in a lively evening that will include audience participation. Come early to take a festive photo with Santa, decorate an ornament and hear young carolers.
The National Philharmonic, with the National Philharmonic Chorale, conducted by Artistic Director Stan Engebretson, will perform Handel's Messiah at the Music Center on December 21 & 22. The soloists will be Esther Heideman, soprano; Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Smith, tenor and Kevin Deas, bass.
Image below: The National Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorale
The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 with pianist Orli Shaham in the Music Center on January 18 & 19. The program will feature Mozart's Symphony No. 41, nicknamed “Jupiter" and the composer's Overture to Il Re Pastore (The Shepherd King).
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which locked out its musicians over the summer while seeking substantial budget reductions, has ratified a one-year agreement that will cut the number of official weeks of work for the musicians this year, but will make up the difference with bonus pay.
The BSO performance of Star Wars - In Concert that had been scheduled for September 19 at Strathmore will take place on May 8, 2020. The concert that had been scheduled for May 8, 2020 will take place on May 24, 2020.
The BSO, conducted by Marin Alsop, will perform Off the Cuff: Stravinsky's Pulcinella on November 22.“Pulcinella brought together Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, Stravinsky, and Picasso—who created sets and costumes—in a whole new direction after the riotous premiere of the Rite of Spring. Discover how Stravinsky fell in love with the forgotten music and world of commedia dell’arte clowns.”
The BSO, conducted by Marin Alsop, will perform Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, which has been called "a sparkling evocation of the world of commedia dell’arte clowns," on November 24. The program will include the world premiere of a BSO commission by Russian-American composer and pianist Lera Auerbach. The concert will also include Prokoﬁev’s “Classical” Symphony and Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture.
The BSO, conducted by Nicholas Hersh, with Troupe Vertigo, will perform Cirque Nutcracker in The Music Center on December 12. Troupe Vertigo’s acrobats, jugglers and high-flying aerialists will bring "a spectacular twist on Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic."
Image below: Nicholas Hersh - Credit Geoffrey Robertson
The BSO, directed by Nicholas Hersh, will present a Movie with Orchestra - Amadeus - in the Music Center on January 4. The multi-Academy award-winning 1984 motion pictureAmadeus will be displayed on a giant HD screen while Mozart’s most celebrated works are performed live by the BSO, joined by the BSO Symphonic Chorale, directed by Edward Polochick, with Lura Johnson, piano.
The BSO, conducted by Jack Everly, will feature vocalist Ben Crawford in a concert titled Broadway & Beyond on January 16. Crawford, who is the current star of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, will return to the BSO to perform show-stopping songs from Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, South Pacific, Company, and more.
The BSO, conducted by John Storgards, will perform Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, with violinist Gil Shaham, at the Music Center on January 26. The concert will also include Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9 and Haydn's Symphony No. 103, which is known as the “Drumroll.”
Washington Performing Arts will present violinist Midori and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the Music Center on January 25. Their performance will commemorate Beethoven’s 250th birthday yearwith performances of his Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12, No. 2; Sonata No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3 and Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 “Kreutzer.”
Classical Arts Entertainment, Inc. will present the National Ballet Theater of Odessa’s full-scale production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake on November 29.The production will include 55 of Ukraine’s brightest ballet stars to bring this romantic tale of true love to life.
The Alexandria Harmonizers, the award-winning men's chorus, will perform a concert titled Holidays in Harmonywith Special Guests Vocal Spectrum & A CAPPELLA on November 30. The chorus has performed at distinguished venues including the Kennedy Center, the Supreme Court, the White House, and Carnegie Hall, as well as in the Strathmore productions of I Am Harvey Milk/I Am Anne Hutchinson and Iron & Coal. They will perform a selection of classic and contemporary holiday music in their signature four-part harmony style.
Strathmore will present banjoist Béla Fleck & The Flecktones in The Music Center on December 2. The unique company melds bluegrass, jazz, rock, and more. In celebration of their 30th anniversary, Fleck has reunited the original lineup for a very special tour with pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy, bassist Victor Wooten, and percussionist/drumitarist Roy “Futureman” Wooten.
Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore will perform a concert of Preludesin the Music Center on December 7. The concert will feature works by Mozart, Bach, Dvořák, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky’s epic fifth symphony, and more.
Dave Koz & Friends will bring their Christmas Tour 2019, to the Music Center with Jonathan Butler, Melissa Manchester, Michael Lington & special guest Chris Walker on December 9. A smooth jazz saxophonist, Koz is a staple of the holiday season for fans around the country.
This year, Koz and his special guests will perform fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Hanukkah medley and more.
The Washington Chorus will perform A Candlelight Christmas in the Music Center on December 14. The concert will feature the National Capital Brass, over 130 vocalists, organ, sing-alongs, and a magnificent candlelight processional. The program will include popular songs such as The Dream Isaiah Saw, the Hallelujah Chorus, and more holiday favorites.
A Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert, with the Strauss Symphony of America, conducted by Alastair Willis,will be performed at the Music Center on December 29. The soloists will be Peggy Steiner, soprano, and Michael Heim, tenor. The featured dancers will be Kiev Aniko Ballet of Ukraine & International Champion Ballroom Dancers. The performance “evokes a golden age of Viennese music, brimming with energy, merriment, and romance. It is a glorious recreation of the beloved Neujahrskonzert that has welcomed the New Year for more than 80 years in Vienna and all over the world.”
Strathmore will present Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars in the Music Center on January 31. Featuring a rotating, multi-generational cast, the group draws on the classic Cuban styles of son and danzón, along with contemporary dance rhythms like timba.