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Honoring WNO Trustee John J. Pohanka

Chairs of the WNO Gala
Jacqueline Badger Mars and Camille Biros

with performances by

Headshot of Christine GoerkeChristine Goerke
Headshot of Soloman HowardSoloman Howard
Headshot of Christine EbersoleChristine Ebersole

Join Washington National Opera for an evening honoring the tremendous service and dedication of WNO Trustee John J. Pohanka. Tony Award®–winning actress Christine Ebersole hosts WNO’s Opera Gala Concert featuring performances by Christine Goerke, Soloman Howard, Alan Held, Latonia Moore and more. The concert will be led by WNO's newly appointed Principal Conductor Evan Rogister. Following the performance, attendees will have the opportunity to dine with members of the Ambassadorial community at private embassy dinners throughout Washington.

Support for WNO Gala provides critical funding to advance not only WNO’s many performances, but also the many arts education and outreach initiatives available to students and families throughout the year.

If you are interested in attending the WNO Gala, or would like to receive an invitation, please contact the Kennedy Center Special Events Office at (202) 416-8496 or e-mail

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

  • 4:30 pm Cocktails on the Kennedy Center River Terrace
  • 6:00 pm Star-studded performance in the Opera House
  • 8:00 pm Ambassadorial Dinners