Results tagged “Kennedy Center” from Spotlight

The Washington Chorus celebrates Verdi

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 26, 2014 7:41 AM |
Julian Wachner leads The Washington Chorus in its celebration of Giuseppe Verdi in honor of the 200th anniversary of his birth. Sopranos Corinne Winters and Othalie Graham, mezzo-soprano Ola Rafalo, tenor Issachah Savage and bass Peter Volpe are featured soloists in “The Essential Verdi,” featuring favorites from his operas, choruses and choral masterworks, including highlights from Aida, La Traviata ... [Read]

The Kennedy Center’s main Valentine’s Day treat is a romp through love songs from the Great American Songbook and other clever, contemporary originals by lesbian jazz singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway. Callaway has written songs for her mentor, Barbra Streisand, and will perform a medley of “People/Being Alive” from the recent cabaret show The Streisand Songbook, as well as another song ... [Read]

Vampires at the Ballet: Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

By Doug Rule
November 12, 2013 3:39 PM |
Provocative British choreographer Matthew Bourne -- best known for his mostly male, Tony-winning version of Swan Lake -- returns with his company New Adventures to present his latest re-imagining of a ballet classic, and another one set to Tchaikovsky. In Bourne’s hands, Sleeping Beauty becomes a gothic romance and supernatural love story, one sexier than the original. Oh, and complete with ... [Read]

MOW50: 5 Things to See and Do

By Doug Rule
August 23, 2013 5:04 PM |
"There’s so much going on in the days leading up to the 28th,” Terri Harris Reed of the George Washington University tells Metro Weekly. She’s referring to the 50th anniversary of the original March on Washington, which occurred Aug. 28, 1963. And a simple glance through Metro Weekly's special issue focused on the march and its legacy proves her point.   Events ... [Read]

Don't Miss The (Show) Boat on Two Classics

By Doug Rule
June 28, 2013 6:12 PM |
Got a hankering for a classic musical? It’s pretty easy to get a fix around this theater-loving town. Generally there’s at least one classic being staged somewhere nearby. A glance at the calendar proves that that axiom will mostly hold for the remainder of 2013. Next week opening in previews, for example, is a Studio Theatre production of The Rocky ... [Read]

Get your Adventures in Wonderland on

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 15, 2013 8:28 AM |
It was just last year that the Washington Ballet premiered Septime Webre's magical, inventive production of Alice in Wonderland at the Kennedy Center. Now, Lewis Carroll's famous story returns to the venue, this time a version by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon that was a hit in 2011 when the U.K.'s Royal Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada joined forces and ... [Read]

The Washington Chorus

Posted by Randy Shulman
June 21, 2012 8:30 AM |
Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, acclaimed young Italian composer Paola Prestini's folk opera Oceanic Verses is a multimedia opera concert event with scenic installation. Julian Wachner (pictured) leads the The Washington Chorus and several soloists, not to mention a filmmaker and video designer, in this New Music for a New Age performance. Saturday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center Terrace ... [Read]

If you missed her namesake cabaret shows last Friday, fear not. You can at least see why Barbara Cook, a 2011 Kennedy Center honoree, is a national treasure when it comes to the vocal arts. The original Marian the librarian in The Music Man and Cunegonde in Candide, Cook will offer guidance as pre-professional artists perform for her in this ... [Read]

Barry Manilow, Jewel, Peter Cincoitt and Chris Botti will all serenade the 16-time Grammy Award-winning composer and producer David Foster at the Kennedy Center's 2012 Spring Gala. They'll perform a sampling of Foster's many pop hits, accompanied by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Sunday, May 6, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $35 to $150. Call ... [Read]

Review: Come Fly Away

Posted by Randy Shulman
April 27, 2012 8:59 AM |
Singing to recorded music signals that you can't afford live musicians. What Twyla Tharp has done in Come Fly Away, putting a big band onstage to accompany recorded vocals by Frank Sinatra, signals that she couldn't afford not to have live musicians. Not if she wanted a commercial product that could justify hefty ticket prices, anyway. But it's a superfluous ... [Read]

Virginia-based Wonder Woman and staunch supporter of the LGBT community Lynda Carter returns to the Kennedy Center this Friday to offer a new concert, “Body & Soul.” Supported by a smokin’ band and singers, Carter offers unique and personal takes on rock classics, jazz standards, country tunes and even some original songs. Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. Kennedy ... [Read]

Joshua Bell at the Kennedy Center

Posted by Randy Shulman
January 21, 2012 12:01 PM |
After helping kick off the National Symphony Orchestra's season last fall, the classical music superstar Joshua Bell returns to the Kennedy Center for a Washington Performing Arts Society concert. Pianist Sam Haywood accompanies the virtuoso violinist in a program of Mendelssohn, Brahms, Ravel, Ysaye and Gershwin. A presentation of WPAS. Monday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. ... [Read]

Billy Elliot at the Kennedy Center

Posted by Randy Shulman
December 30, 2011 9:08 AM |
Writer Lee Hall, director Stephen Daldry and choreographer Peter Darling reprise their responsibilities adapting the popular 2000 film Billy Elliot, with Hall also penning the lyrics for a catchy score by Elton John. The result is moving material set into brilliant motion. If some of the mechanics of the stage form feel a bit forced -- the team favors early ... [Read]

On seeing Holland Taylor's portrayal of former Texas governor Ann Richards for the first time, Don Temples cried. "It was as if someone I love very much, who I know is dead, was suddenly there again," says Temples, who used to work for Richards as well as the Human Rights Campaign. For Taylor, the Emmy Award-winning actress who plays the ... [Read]

Named Washington's "Artist of the Year" in 2003, this roots-rock band -- part rock, part blues, part bluegrass -- has since relocated to Nashville, but its roots are still here, so any local performance promises to be sweet. And how could it get any sweeter than free? They return for what's become an annual concert on the Millennium Stage. Tuesday, ... [Read]

'Tis the season for ballet companies to perform versions of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. The American Ballet Theatre offers a new version by the company's Alexei Ratmansky, considered one of the leading choreographers in contemporary ballet. His take, complete with sets and costumes by Tony Award winner Richard Hudson (The Lion King) won rave reviews at its debut last season in ... [Read]

Searching for the real "Messiah"

Posted by Randy Shulman
December 8, 2011 8:52 AM |
No, this ain't about Jesus -- it's about Handel's Messiah. Specifically the various versions of the more 260-year-old classical classic, as ubiquitous this time of year as ballet presentations of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. The National Symphony Orchestra's Yvonne Caruthers explores the history of the piece -- from Handel's original oratorio, to Mozart's adaptation, to the sing-along edition, to even a ... [Read]

Midori plays with the NSO

Posted by Randy Shulman
December 2, 2011 8:24 AM |
The National Symphony Orchestra conductor Christoph Eschenbach reunites with renowned violinist Midori for Britten's Violin Concerto in D Minor. Also on the program is is Osvaldo Golijov's Sidereus and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1 in F Minor. Tonight, Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $20 to $85. Call 202-467-4600 or visit ... [Read]

Alexandra Silber at the Kennedy Center

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 28, 2011 2:00 PM |
Alexandra Silber is Barbara Cook's latest performer in the Spotlight cabaret series, highlighting those singers Cook considers among Broadway’s best today. Silber, with her sweet soprano voice, has performed alongside Tyne Daly in Kennedy Center’s recent staging of Terrence McNally's Master Class, and has also performed in Carousel and Fiddler on the Roof on London's West End. Friday, Dec. 2, ... [Read]

Editor's Pick: Next to Normal

Posted by Randy Shulman
July 2, 2011 9:00 PM |
The 2009 Tony-winning musical and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Next to Normal is a tour de force examination of contemporary life. For its first national tour, the show -- which D.C.'s Arena Stage helped retool before it first went to Broadway -- features a cast that includes Alice Ripley, reprising her Tony-winning role as the original ... [Read]