Music - Choral/Vocal
Mar 24 - Mar 25, 2017
For Ella Fitzgerald's 100th, acclaimed singers Sy Smith, Capathia Jenkins, and Montego Glover come together to celebrate the legendary music of the First Lady of Song, plus favorites made famous by Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington.
Fri, Mar 31, 2017, 8:00 PM
As part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series, composer and pianist Billy Childs presents his exquisite interpretation of songwriter Laura Nyro's beloved works.
Sun, Apr 23, 2017, 5:00 PM
The Choral Arts' Concert Hall season closes with a trio of choral works by Bach, Jake Runestad (a world premiere commission) and the Mozart Requiem.
Sat, Apr 29, 2017, 8:00 PM
With his acclaimed performances in Cabaret, CBS's The Good Wife, and scores of other diverse credits, Alan Cumming has been hailed as "a formidable all-around entertainer" by the New York Times. Join us as he makes his Kennedy Center debut as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series in this powerful concert event featuring an appearance by the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington.
Tue, May 2, 2017, 8:00 PM
Hailed as "the world's reigning male chorus" by the New Yorker, the Grammy–winning a cappella ensemble performs the world premiere of a new Kennedy Center co-commission from Mason, in addition to works by a range of contemporary luminaries.
Tue, May 2, 2017, 8:00 PM
The superstar mezzo-soprano sings the title role in a concert version of the passionate Italian opera. She "confirms her reputation as the finest Handelian mezzo-soprano of the day with a magnificent princely reading" (London's Daily Telegraph).
Thu, May 4, 2017, 8:00 PM
Under the musical direction of Grammy Award–winning drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington, iconic jazz vocalist and NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater headlines a celebration of the life and legacy of Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010).
Fri, May 5
Vocalist Jane Monheit returns to the Kennedy Center as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series with a contemporary take on Ella Fitzgerald's songbook, joined by special guest trumpeter Nicholas Payton and others.
Sun, May 14, 2017, 5:00 PM
The Washington Chorus joins forces with other DC-area choruses and NOVUS NY to present two of the 20th century's iconic vocal masterpieces, Carmina Burana and Oedipus Rex.
Jun 1 - Jun 3, 2017
Christoph Eschenbach conducts Mahler's transformative "Resurrection" Symphony featuring the return of mezzo-soprano Nathalie Stutzmann, the NSO debut of soprano Golda Schultz, and The Washington Chorus.
Jun 15 - Jun 17, 2017
In his final program as NSO Music Director, Christoph Eschenbach conducts a program that includes Beethoven's unforgettable Ninth Symphony--the masterwork that began his tenure.
Sep 28 - Sep 30, 2017
Cristian Macelaru conducts an all-American program featuring organist Cameron Carpenter, pairing Copland's Symphony for Organ and Orchestra and Appalachian Spring Suite with Bernstein's Divertimento in honor of the late composers' famous friendship.
Nov 9 - Nov 11, 2017
Gianandrea Noseda showcases three pieces that reach into the past and feature Baroque styles in distinct and innovative ways: Webern's Passacaglia, Dallapiccola's Partita, and Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017, 7:30 PM
This "intellectually, emotionally, and musically rich" (Minneapolis Star Tribune) eight-member men's vocal ensemble is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and engaging performances. Join the group for an exciting Christmas program.
Dec 14 - Dec 17, 2017
Join the NSO, gifted singers, and a heavenly chorus for this holiday tradition! Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of Handel's cherished Messiah in the festively decorated Concert Hall.
Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 7:30 PM
As part of the Kennedy Center Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration singer Carla Dirlikov Canales, in collaboration with pianist Justin Snyder and Leonard Bernstein's son Alexander, bring a captivating evening of the late legend's vocal and piano music, enriched with personal reminiscences, illuminating commentary, and illustrative video and photographs.
Thu, Feb 15, 2018, 7:30 PM
This year's winner, gifted counter-tenor John Holiday, has been hailed by the New York Times as "an exceptional singer with a strong voice, even in its highest range."
Mar 8 - Mar 10, 2018
In celebration of John Adams's 70th birthday year, Gianandrea Noseda conducts The Gospel According to the Other Mary, Adams's expansive composition for chorus, soloists, and orchestra depicting Jesus's final weeks as told from the unique perspective of Mary Magdalene.
Mar 22 - Mar 24, 2018
Gianandrea Noseda conducts Verdi's Requiem, a spectacular masterpiece composed in memory of an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi deeply admired. Pairing striking trumpet solos with sweeping symphonic and choral moments, Requiem is a legendary musical experience.
Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 7:30 PM
Five-time Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw is joined by today's leading percussion ensemble, So Percussion. This contemporary pairing brings an exciting freshness to our season with an evening that includes a brand new work by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw.
Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 2:00 PM
The acclaimed mezzo-soprano precedes her turn as Rosina in Washington National Opera's production of The Barber of Seville with an intimate concert. The Grammy-winning, operatic superstar brings her gorgeous voice to a glorious evening of story and song.