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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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Washington Performing Arts presents Pink Martini with special guest Meow Meow

Sun, Oct 13, 2019

Featuring a dozen musicians with songs in 25 languages, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras all across the globe.

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Vocal Arts DC presents Christian Gerhaher, baritone, and Gerold Huber, piano, in Recital

Fri, Oct 18, 2019

The debut Washington appearance of Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber under the auspices of Vocal Arts DC in the fall of 2016—one of their rare recital appearances outside Europe—drew raves.

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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 a fully-staged performance of music from her album In War & Peace - Harmony through Music. This 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 a unique and timely journey with prize-winning orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro in this striking and powerful stage production.

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The Washington Chorus Presents Mozart's Requiem

Sat, Nov 16, 2019

The Washington Chorus opens its 59th season with a performance of Mozart's choral masterpiece, Requiem

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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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Washington National Opera: 2019 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner: Soloman Howard in Concert

Mon, Nov 25, 2019

This year’s winner, Soloman Howard, is praised for his “sonorous” (The New York Times) and “superhuman” (The Denver Post) bass.

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Vocal Arts DC presents Michelle Bradley, soprano, in Recital

Wed, Dec 11, 2019

Audience members who attend the Washington debut recital by this extraordinarily gifted young Houston native will be able to claim bragging rights that "they were there" on the night of an exciting discovery.

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The Washington Chorus Presents A Candlelight Christmas

Dec 15 – 22, 2019

The annual tradition of The Washington Chorus's A Candlelight Christmas returns to the Concert Hall stagefor the holidays.

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington Presents Songs of the Season

Dec 15 – 24, 2019

Choral Arts returns to celebrate the holidays, bringing Songs of the Season to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

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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.

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents A Family Christmas

Tue, Dec 24, 2019

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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Vocal Arts DC presents Rosa Feola, soprano, in Recital

Fri, Jan 17, 2020

This enchanting young Italian soprano has begun in the past couple seasons to create the same excitement in the US that she sparked in Europe from the time of her first major continental appearances in 2011.

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Living the Dream....Singing the Dream

Sun, Jan 26, 2020

For more than 25 years, Washington Performing Arts’s Gospel Choirs have shared the inspirational gift of gospel music with audiences throughout the D.C. region and beyond.

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Vocal Arts DC presents Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano, and Julius Drake, piano, in Recital

Mon, Feb 17, 2020

Magnificent mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke can seemingly do everything—from Baroque to "ink barely dry" world premieres written specifically for her voice and artistry, she has won the devotion of concert and opera audiences, blue chip conductors, and collaborative accompanists on both sides of the Atlantic

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Vocal Arts DC presents Davóne Tines, bass-baritone, in Recital

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Davóne Tines deemed a “…charismatic, full-voiced bass-baritone…” by the New York Times, is building an international career commanding a broad spectrum of opera and concert performance from early music to adventurous contemporary music. 

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René Marie

Sat, Apr 18, 2020

René Marie, a "jazz singer with the talent, the imgaination, and the sheer presence to be included in the very top level of performers" (The Los Angeles Times), joins Renée Fleming's VOICES series in an unforgettable and intimate performance. In her 20-year career as a singer, Rene Marie has portrayed Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington on stage and earned a Grammy nomination for her album I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt.

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents Robert Schumann's Requiem, Op. 148

Sun, May 3, 2020

From the wonder of creation, to the heart-ache of loss, to the deep peace that derives from the honest acceptance of our mortality, Artistic Director Scott Tucker brings a sense of timelessness to the concert hall in a program that takes listeners on a journey from the beginning to the end.

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Vocal Arts DC presents Matthew Polenzani, tenor, and Julius Drake, piano, in Recital

Mon, May 4, 2020

No American tenor of his generation has amassed a more loyal or sizeable following than tenor Matthew Polenzani. 

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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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