Metro Weekly

Classical and Choral Music

2006 Fall Arts Preview


Henry Purcell Dido and Aeneas (10/28, Woodside United Methodist Church, Silver Spring, Md.) · From Shakespeare to the Sephardim — Songs from Shakespeare’s time and music of Renaissance Spain. Featuring Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano (2/10/07, Woodside United) ·


Looney Tunes & Fairy Tales — A whimsical Halloween concert, full of magic, mayhem, wizards, hobbits and something Wicked. Featured in the concert is the Symphony No. 1, Lord of the Rings by Johan de Meij. Other works on the program include a dance feature on The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a Percussion feature on Copland’s Hoedown, and a medley of ”Looney Tunes” that will make you long for Saturday morning cartoons. Come in costume (10/27 & 10/28, Lutheran Church of the Reformation) · Winter Dreams — Holiday Concert featuring special guest DC Swing! (12/16, Lutheran Church of the Reformation) ·


Masterworks 1 — Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Pathétique and Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3. Featured artist: Santiago Rodriguez, pianist (9/16, George Mason University Center for the Arts) · Great Performances Series — Beethoven: Violin Concerto and Brahms: Symphony No. 2. Featured artist: Timothy Fain, violin (10/21, GMU) · Masterworks 2 — Strauss: Don Juan, Penderecki: Viola Concerto, Bruch: Romance in F Major, and Stravinsky: Firebird Suite. Featured artist: Roberto Diaz, viola (11/18, GMU) · Ho-Ho Holiday Pops — Featuring the Fairfax Choral Society and guest host WJLA-TV’s Doug Hill (12/9, GMU) ·

201 East Capitol St. SE

Tales from Canterbury — 11th- and 12th-century pieces honoring St. Thomas of Canterbury, and other medieval marvels. Featuring sopranos Jolle Greenleaf, Barbara Hollinshead and Kirsten Sollek (10/6-10/8) · Greensleeves — Renaissance winds and a quartet of male vocalists perform traditional ballads and carols (12/15-12/23) ·


Mistletoe and Memories — The GMCW’s annual Holiday presentation (12/2 & 12/3, Lisner Auditorium) · Let All Men Sing — An evening of choral music including Gabriel Faure’s Requiem and featuring special guest, The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (2/24/07, Church of the Epiphany) · The Wizard of Oz — A revamping of the 2002 hit, with new sets, staging, costumes and special effects (3/24 & 3/25/07, Lisner) ·


Nava — A stunning setting of Iranian poetry celebrating humanity’s diversity. Conducted by the composer, Kazem Davoudian’s and featuring the Iranian String Ensemble (12/1, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater) · Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. — Joint performance with members of the GLBT Arts Consortium, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King (1/16/07, Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church) · Peace by Piece — A diverse array of choral works dedicated to theme of ”waging peace” in the world. Guest artist: Suede (1/27 & 1/28/07, Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church) ·


Boris Berman, piano (11/10, Levine NW Campus) · Jonathan Snowden, flute — (2/9/07, Levine NW Campus) · Around the World With Winds and Strings — Concert highlights include Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 and Martinu’s Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano (2/25/07, THEARC’s Theatre, Levine’s SE Campus) ·

730 21st St. NW

Celestial Symphony — A harmonious blend of international music, led by flute maestro Hari Prashad Chaurasia (10/14) · Kronos Quartet — The cutting-edge quartet will perform the D.C. premiere of Michael Gordon’s The Sad Park, a four-part piece featuring recordings made between September 2001 and January 2002 of children from the University Plaza Nursery School in lower Manhattan (10/22) ·

Kennedy Center Concert Hall
2700 F St. NW

Gil Shaham, violin — Program includes Copland and Brahms. Leonard Slatkin conducts (9/20, 9/21 & 9/22) · Opening Night Ball Concert — All Tchaikovsky program. Guest artists include Joshua Bell and soprano Irina Mataeva. Leonard Slatkin conducts (9/24) · Sir James Galway, flute — Program includes Rossini, Mozart and Strauss. Leonard Slatkin conducts (10/5, 10/6 & 10/7) · NSO Pops: Marvin’s Monster Mash — An evening of spooky symphonic sounds, including selections from Phantom of the Opera to Psycho. Marvin Hamlisch conducts (10/26, 10/27 & 10/28) · Family Concert — Featured selections include Bernard Herrmann’s Shower Suite from Psycho, Franz Waxman’s ”Creation of the Female Monster” from Bride of Frankenstein, and Max Steiner’s title music from the original King Kong. Emil de Cou conducts (10/29) · Shostakovich Centennial Celebration — Mstislav Rostopovich helms a multi-day event featuring the works of Shostakovich. Guest artists include violinist Maxim Venegerov and cellist Yo Yo Ma (11/2, 11/3 & 11/4 and 11/9, 11/10 & 11/11) · NSO Pops: A Gershwin Brothers Celebration — Marvin Hamlisch conducts. Guest artist: pianist Kevin Cole (11/24 & 11/25) · Andre Watts, piano — Program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 and works by Ginastera and Saint-Saens. Leonard Slatkin conducts (12/14, 12/15 & 12/16) · Handel’s Messiah — Kenneth Slowik conducts (12/21, 12/22, 12/23 & 12/24) ·


Gary Schocker, Flute — A former student of Juilliard, Schocker teaches master classes throughout the world and performs with the New York Philharmonic (9/21, Mansion) · Naoka Takao, Piano — A Levine School of Music faculty member and an award-winning classical pianist (10/4 & 10/25, Mansion) · Sharona Joshua, Broadwood Piano — A selection of Mozart, Chopin and Mendelssohn (10/12, Mansion) · Orchestra de Sao Paulo — The leading South American orchestra will perform a program to include Guarnieri’s Overture Concertante (11/3, Music Center) · Brooke Evers, soprano (12/13, Mansion) · A Viennese Christmas — Waltzes and Yuletide favorites performed by the New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra (12/14, Music Center) · The Heritage Signature Chorale — Performing Yuletide selections (12/17, Mansion) · The Alexandria Kleztet — Performing seasonal Chanukah favorites, along with a variety of Klezmer, Yiddish and Israeli standards (12/20, Mansion) ·


Season Preview Concert — Gala and silent auction (11/4, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, D.C.) · Holiday Concert — Featuring carols of the Christmas season and the music of Gerald Near, Michael Head, Kirke Mechem, John Rutter, Daniel Pinkham and David Willcocks (12/17, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, D.C.) ·


Joel Puckett’s This Mourning — Commissioned by TWC in memory of the Pentagon victims of September 11 the piece, based on poetry of Emily Dickenson and Thomas Bailey Aldrich, is set for full orchestra, 40 crystal glasses and large chorus (11/19, Kennedy Center Concert Hall) · Music for Christmas — Tenor Carl Tanner joins the chorus for a festive program of holiday favorites (12/16 & 12/23, Kennedy Center Concert Hall) ·


Cleveland Orchestra — For his Washington debut as music director, Franz Welser-Möst has chosen a program featuring musical impressions, including Dvořák’s pastoral Symphony No. 5, Debussy’s La Mer, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 (10/8, Kennedy Center Concert Hall) · Denyce Graves — The incomparable mezzo-soprano performs works by Schubert, Poulenc, Tchaikovsky and Rorem (10/10, Concert Hall) · Anika Vavić — The pianist performs a program of Mozart, Chopin and Prokofiev (10/14, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater) · Kayhan Kalhor and Erdal Erzincan — An evening of Persian classical music and Turkish Sufi improvisations (10/14, Terrace Theater) · Emanuel Ax — The pianist performs an all-Mozart program with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (10/15, Music Center at Strathmore) · Cappella Andrea Barca — The chamber orchestra, conducted by pianist Andras Schiff, performs an all Mozart program (10/21, Concert Hall) · Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre — One of the oldest and most distinguished musical institutions in Russia, the Kirov Orchestra performs Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 and the rich orchestral color and luxurious melodies of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (10/25, Concert Hall) · Salzburg Chamber Soloists — Performing a program of Mozart, Haydn and Bruckner (11/7, Terrace Theater) · Denis Matsuev — Winner of the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition, the pianist will perform pieces by Tchaikovsky, Liszt and Stravinski (11/18, Terrace Theater) · London Philharmonic — Violinist Sarah Chang joins the orchestra for an expressive performance of deeply felt music, including Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 (11/29, Concert Hall) · Boston Pops Holiday Concert — Keith Lockhart conducts (11/30, DAR Constitution Hall) · Pinchas Zukerman — The violinist is joined by pianist Marc Neikrug, performing a program including works by Bach, Schumann and Mendelssohn (12/1, Music Center at Strathmore) · Han-Na Chang — The cellist is joined by pianist Sergio Tiempo for a program that includes Chopin’s Cello Sonata (12/9, Terrace Theater) ·


Fall Classics Concert — Featuring Poulenc’s Litanies de la Virge Noir, Mass by Gyorgy Orban, Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre and Hope is the Thing by Emma Lou Deiner, based on the love poems of Emily Dickenson (10/22, St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, Va.) · Carols at Christmas — A holiday concert featuring special guest, the Holton Arms handbell ensemble (12/2, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in D.C., 12/3, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Arlington) ·

Kennedy Center Opera House

Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Gianni Schicchi — A double bill of operas by Bartok and Puccini, staged by legendary film director William Friedkin. With bass Samuel Ramey and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves (9/16-10/7) · Sophie’s Choice — The North American premiere, with score and libretto by noted British-born composer Nicholas Maw, a resident of Washington, D.C, based on the acclaimed William Styron novel (9/21-10/9) · Madama Butterfly — Mariusz Trelinski’s striking production of the Puccini crowd-pleasing classic (11/4-11/19) · Die Walküre — A new production of the second and most popular installment of Wagner’s four opera epic. Placido Domingo will sing the role of Siegmund. Staged by Francesca Zambello (3/24-4/17/07) · La Fille du Régiment — Donizetti’s delightful opéra comique is a deft mixture of military tunes, tender moments, and charming sentiment all with the composer’s characteristic melodic elegance (3/31-4/15/07) · Jenůfa — Forgiveness and redemption transform the tragedy of infanticide and vengeful disfigurement in this tale of two-half brothers both in love with their cousin in Leoš Janáček’s powerful opera (5/5-5/24/07) · Macbeth — One of Verdi’s greatest early operas (5/12-6/2/07) ·

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