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Classical Movements presents 9th Annual Serenade! 2019 Choral Festival

Jul 6 – 7, 2019

Classical Movements’ Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival is an exuberant celebration of choral music from around the world offering unforgettable, life-changing experiences for both singers and audiences alike.


Classical Movements presents 2019 Serenade! Grand Finale Concert

Mon, Jul 8, 2019

The Human Journey: Migration, Music & Identity concludes with an exuberant celebration featuring individual performances from participating ensembles, as well as the world premiere of a composition for mass choir.


Renée Fleming VOICES: Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Nashville star Rhiannon Giddens performs music from her latest album, there is no Other, with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi. Tracked over an intensely productive five-day period in Dublin, Ireland, there is no Other is at once a condemnation of “othering” and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Carmina Burana

Oct 3 – 5, 2019

“O Fortuna!” Carmina Burana’s towering first movement rolls in like thunder, announcing a celebration of spring, the humor of life in the tavern, and the joys and sorrows of love. Although the words were written by medieval monks, Orff’s outrageous cantata is an unstoppable force brimming with decadent debauchery. Under the baton of Maestro Gianandrea Noseda, the Orchestra is joined by two choruses and three remarkable singers for a symphonic experience sacred and profane.

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Joyce DiDonato

Nov 8 – 9, 2019

"In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?"
One of opera's most outspoken and impassioned personalities, multi-Grammy Award®–winner Joyce DiDonato presents music from her new album In War & Peace - Harmony through Music. This new selection of arias from Handel and Purcell, among other great opera masters, conveys how powerfully Baroque opera explores the extremes of human nature and the eternal search for serenity. Join DiDonato on this unique and timely journey with prize-winning orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro, under the direction of Maxim Emelyanychev.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Fleming and Gilfry in an NSO co-commission / Noseda conducts Also sprach Zarathustra

Nov 21 – 23, 2019

One of the most celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming returns to the Concert Hall with Grammy®-nominated baritone Rod Gilfry. Under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda, they perform the D.C. premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts’s Brightness of Light, an NSO co-commission inspired by the letters between iconic American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The program comes to a rapturous close with Also sprach Zarathustra, Strauss’s epic showpiece immortalized in pop culture by Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah

Dec 19 – 22, 2019

Since its debut nearly three centuries ago, one work reigns unchallenged as the ultimate celebration of holiday cheer: Handel’s Messiah. This year, experience Messiah’s supreme glory in Sir Andrew Davis's must-hear orchestration of the beloved classic. A stellar cast of singers joins Davis, the Orchestra, and The Washington Chorus.


National Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven at 250: Symphony No. 9

Jun 12 – 14, 2020

The NSO culminates its tribute with Beethoven’s epic Ninth, the symphony by which all others are measured. Witness the vast cosmic drama of this groundbreaking piece, which was the first symphony to introduce vocals in an orchestration. With its grand emotional melodies and tremendous final “Ode to Joy,” Beethoven’s final symphony resounds as loudly today as it did two centuries ago.

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