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Vocal Arts DC presents Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano, in Recital

Fri, Sep 28, 2018, 7:30 PM

Her plush, wide-ranging voice, vibrant personality, and dazzling coloratura technique have made Elizabeth DeShong a growing favorite of audiences and leading conductors worldwide. 

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Christopher Jackson

Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 7:30 PM

Before earning international acclaim and a Tony® nomination for originating the role of George Washington in Hamilton, Christopher Jackson garnered raves for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s other Broadway smash In the Heights and for portraying Simba in The Lion King

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Renée Fleming VOICES: An Evening with Robert Fairchild

Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 7:30 PM

The Tony®-nominated former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer returns as part of our vocal spotlight series to offer an evening of song and dance with classics from An American in Paris and more.

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Vocal Arts DC presents Hyesang Park, soprano, in Recital

Thu, Oct 25, 2018, 7:30 PM

Hyesang Park, the extraordinarily gifted young soprano from South Korea, makes her Washington debut in the Gerald Perman Fund for Emerging Artists Recital.

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Youssou NDOUR

Tue, Oct 30, 2018, 8:00 PM

The Senegalese singer, percussionist, and humanitarian—dubbed “perhaps the most famous singer alive” by Rolling Stone—brings his stratospheric vocals, visionary African rhythms, and powerful messages of social activism and tolerance to the Concert Hall.

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Vocal Arts DC presents John Brancy and Peter Dugan in Armistice: The Journey Home

Mon, Nov 12, 2018, 7:30 PM

The young duo of baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan returns with a musical program to bookend their centenary tributes to World War I, timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant: Ogresse
Arranged and Conducted by Darcy James Argue

Sat, Nov 17, 2018, 7:30 PM

One of the brightest stars in jazz today, this classically trained vocalist follows up her 2016 Grammy Award® for Best Jazz Vocal Album by writing and performing her original concert concept Ogresse, a Kennedy Center commission, in its D.C. premiere

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The Washington Chorus presents Brahms's A German Requiem and Britten's Ballad of Heroes

Sun, Nov 18, 2018, 2:00 PM

The Washington Chorus begins its 58th season with Johannes Brahms’s magnificent A German Requiem, Op. 45, and Benjamin Britten’s Ballad of Heroes.

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Vocal Arts DC presents Simon Keenlyside and Malcolm Martineau, in Recital

Fri, Nov 30, 2018, 7:30 PM

Vocal Arts DC is pleased to present the long-awaited debut of English baritone Simon Keenlyside, one of the most versatile artists of his generation.

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The Washington Chorus presents A Candlelight Christmas 

Dec 7 - Dec 22, 2018

It's not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring brass, organ, sing-alongs, and the magnificent candlelight processional.

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents Songs of the Season: Christmas with Choral Arts

Dec 16 - Dec 24, 2018

Choral Arts brings Songs of the Season to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

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Vocal Arts DC presents Angel Blue, soprano, in Recital

Wed, Dec 19, 2018, 7:30 PM

A native of California who honed her craft in Germany and Austria, soprano Angel Blue took New York audiences by storm in the late autumn of 2017 when she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimi in La bohème. 

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents A Family Christmas

Mon, Dec 24, 2018, 11:00 AM

Bring the kids for an unforgettable holiday experience as the Choral Arts Chorus fills the concert hall with holiday classics just for them!

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Nellie McKay

Fri, Feb 8, 2019, 7:30 PM

The always-unpredictable singer-songwriter Nellie McKay is impossible to categorize, from doing Brecht on Broadway to creating tributes to the likes of Doris Day and Joan Rivers. Part cabaret, part sparkly pop, her music is as tuneful and clever as the best of the Great American Songbook.

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The Washington Chorus presents St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Sun, Mar 17, 2019, 3:00 PM

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with The Washington Chorus and our Irish conductor Christopher Bell?

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Jamie Barton

Sat, Mar 23, 2019, 7:30 PM

Noted for her “imperturbable steadiness of tone” (The Guardian), Grammy®-nominated mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton shares her radiant vocals, accompanied by pianist Kathleen Kelly.

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Brooklyn Youth Chorus: "Silent Voices": Lovestate (part of DIRECT CURRENT)

Mon, Apr 1, 2019, 7:30 PM

This choir of diverse young New Yorkers aged 12–18 performs commissions from some of today's most fascinating composers. Lovestate confronts the challenges of division and categorization while envisioning a more inclusive and compassionate future. 

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Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Chanticleer—"Sirens" (part of DIRECT CURRENT)

Tue, Apr 2, 2019, 7:30 PM

San Francisco’s three-time Grammy®-winning male vocal group returns with a program of 20th- and 21st-century choral music. Anchored by Sirens, a song cycle by Kennedy Center Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates, the performance also features composers ranging from Ned Rorem to Freddy Mercury. 

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Theo Bleckmann (part of DIRECT CURRENT)

Thu, Apr 4, 2019, 9:00 PM

The Grammy®-nominated Berlin vocalist and contemporary composer Theo Bleckmann fuses jazz, classical, and rock into a sublime set.

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Vocal Arts DC presents Lawrence Brownlee, tenor, in Recital

Thu, Apr 11, 2019, 7:30 PM

One of the most beloved singers of his generation worldwide, tenor Lawrence Brownlee returns to Washington in a recital accompanied by pianist Myra Huang.

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Patina Miller

Sat, Apr 27, 2019, 7:30 PM

Patina Miller’s star power transcends the divide between Hollywood and Broadway. On stage, she won the Tony Award® for Best Actress in a Musical for Pippin, On screen, she’s wowed with recurring roles in The Hunger Games and TV’s Madam Secretary.

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Vocal Arts DC presents Iestyn Davies, countertenor, and Thomas Dunford, lutenist

Tue, May 14, 2019, 7:30 PM

The peerless young duo of countertenor Iestyn Davies and lutenist Thomas Dunford returns to Washington for the first time since their acclaimed Washington debut in April 2014 in the Gerald and Ann K. Perman Memorial Recital.

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents Gabriel Fauré: Requiem

Sun, May 19, 2019, 5:00 PM

Be transported by Fauré’s transcendent Requiem performed alongside Psalm settings by Florent Schmitt and Lili Boulanger.

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