Metro Weekly

Music: Classical and Opera

Fall Arts Preview 2010

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1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA.

Aurora Opera Theater The Secret Marriage (10/15-23, Spectrum Theatre)
National Chamber Ensemble — NCE celebrates the bicentennial of Chopin and Schumann, pioneers of Romanticism (10/30, Spectrum)
Home for the Holidays — NCE celebrates the holiday season with selections from Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and more (12/12, Spectrum)


Takoma Park/Silver Spring Performing Arts Center
Silver Spring, Md.

‘Til Death Do Us Part — The Sinfonia performs the requiem masses by Mozart and Salieri side by side and explore the myths and truths of the composers’ relationship (10/23)
Gut, Wind, and Wire — Founding and present members of the Baltimore Consort join the Sinfonia to play Renaissance, Elizabethan and Celtic music, as well as new compositions on lute, flutes, fifes, whistles, cittern, Renaissance guitar and viola da gamba (1/15/11)
A Whole Lot of Bachs — Exploring five works in this instrumental Bachstravanganza, from Johann Sebastian as well as his second cousin Johann Bernard, his oldest son WF, his second son CPE and, for a little fun, a work by the great PDQ (3/5/11)
A Multi-Media Four Seasons — The Sinfonia performs Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons while two artists illustrate the four little-known sonnets that accompany the piece, possibly authored by Vivaldi himself (5/7/11)



Mahler’s 7th Symphony — Marin Alsop opens the season with Mahler (9/25, Music Center at Strathmore)
Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto — Marin Alsop conducts the BSO and violin prodigy Stefan Jackiw in one of the most popular violin concertos of all time, plus John Adams’ dramatic symphony from his opera Doctor Atomic and concluding with Dvořák’s ”New World” symphony (9/30, Strathmore)
BSO Superpops: Gotta Dance! — Jack Everly conducts a vast exploration of movement and music (10/7, Strathmore)
Beethoven and Shostakovich — 17-year-old Illyich Rivas conducts the BSO and young German pianist Markus Groh in Beethoven’s charming Second Piano Concerto and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 (10/16, Strathmore)
Midori plays Shostakovich — Gilbert Varga conducts the BSO and violinist Midori in a celebration of the violin (10/21, Strathmore)
Off the Cuff: Analyze This: Mahler and Freud — Marin Alsop conducts the BSO along with writer and stage director Didi Balle in this program, which reenacts the little known meeting in 1910 between Gustav Mahler and Dr. Sigmund Freud (11/5)
Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto — Günther Herbig conducts young Taiwanese virtuoso Tianwa Yang in Prokofiev’s fiery concerto (11/20, Strathmore)


1645 Trap Road
Vienna, Va.

The American String Quartet — One of the world’s finest quartets, celebrating its 33rd anniversary last year, is joined by pianist Menahem Pressler (10/22)
Trio Cavatina — 2009 winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition, rapidly emerging as one of today’s outstanding chamber ensembles (11/12)
The Peabody Trio — Vivid interpreters of the classics in the chamber repertoire (1/14/11)
David Jolley — Outstanding horn soloist performs with accompaniment by pianist Edward Laurel (1/28/11)
Rebel Baroque — New York-based ensemble performs Telemann, Corelli and Handel (2/11/11)
Cypress String Quartet — Widely celebrated for the power of its performances (2/25/11)
Imani Winds — Grammy-nominated ensemble known for genre-blurring collaborations (3/4/11)
Cuarteto Latinoamericano — Leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartets, this Mexican quartet includes three brothers (3/18/11)
Kate Lindsey — A special homecoming recital for a mezzo-soprano fresh from engagements with various opera companies, including the Met (4/8/11)
The Inspector — A world-premiere comic opera by John Musto with libretto by Mark Stephen Campbell, loosely based on Nikolai Gogol’s The Government and set in a corrupt Italian town in the 1930s (4/27-5/1/11)


The Gershwin Project
The Gershwin Project

University of Maryland
College Park, Md.

The Gershwin Project: Russian Gershwin — Russian pianists Genadi Zagor and Vakhtang Kodanashvili collaborate with the School of Music’s Post-Classical Ensemble to revisit the work of George Gershwin (9/24)
UM Wind Orchestra — ”Winds of Change” celebrates the spirit of innovation and features three composers who fearlessly pushed boundaries in their day: Strauss, Adams and Schwantner (9/30)
UM Symphony Orchestra — ”White Heat” features passionate pieces from Sibelius and Tchaikovsky (10/1)
Guarneri and Friends — Members of the legendary and now-retired Guarneri String Quartet are joined by UM faculty colleagues for an open rehearsal (10/4, 11/10, 12/1)
UM School of Music Schumann Festival — Students, faculty members and friends discuss the history of and perform recitals celebrating the composer’s vocal, piano and chamber work (10/18-22)
UM Wind Ensemble — The ensemble performs Theme and Variations for Wind Band, Op. 43a, a Schoenberg piece originally written for wind instruments later transcribed for a symphony (10/28)
Adelphi String Quartet — UMD’s Graduate Fellowship String Quartet performs Haydn, Schumann and Bartók (10/31)
UM Repertoire Orchestra — John Devlin conducts the season-opening concert, with Noelle Drewes joining for Martinu’s Oboe Concerto (11/1)
University and Community Bands — Musicians from across campus and College Park come together in spirited music-making (11/3)
UM Wind Orchestra — Mezzo-soprano Delores Ziegler joins for a program exploring the colors and moods of the night time world and including Mozart, Mahler and Dutilleux (11/5)
UM Symphony Orchestra w/the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra — The two orchestras join forces to ehance awareness and support for the Chesapeake Bay in ”Side by (Sea)Side” (11/7)
Juliana Osinchuk, Kate Egan and Marlene Bateman — A pianist, soprano and mezzo-soprano present art songs by Schumann, Beethoven and Fauré (11/11)
Maryland Opera Studio — Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas combines magical realism with classic operatic plot, while librettist Marcela Fuentes-Berain creates complex characters inspired by the works of Gabríel Garcia Márquez (11/19-23)
University Chorale and UM Chamber Singers — UMD’s two most select vocal ensembles, perform a program that includes music of lamentation and remembrance (11/21)
Annual Concert featuring UMD concert and marching bands — UM Wind Ensemble, UM Wind Orchestra, University Band, Community Band and UM Marching Band offer a rousing selection of works (12/3)
UM Percussion Ensemble — An evening of marimba, xylophone, tubular bells, timpani, drums and more (12/6)
UM Wind Orchestra — ”Wild Rides” is a program of unbridled energy and iconoclastic spirit (12/9)
UM Symphony Orchestra and UM Wind Orchestra — ”Wander/Kinder” features two classical gems from Mozart and Mahler and a work of contemporary percussion by 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon (12/10)


Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First St. SE

Ensemble 415 (10/8)
Arcanto Quartet (10/13)
The English Concert (10/14)
Talich Quartet (10/21)
Thomas Hampson and Craig Rutenberg (10/28) Helsinki Baroque – Founder’s Day Concert (10/30)
Gautier Capuçon and Gabriela Montero — Cellist and pianist perform (11/9)
Man, Music, and Machine: Borromeo Quartet (11/13)
Doric Quartet (11/19)
Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet (11/20)
18 Sybarite5 – Stradivari Anniversary (12/18)
Salzburg Hyperion Ensemble (2/4/11)
Utrecht String Quartet (2/11/11)
Quatuor Debussy w/pianist Katherine Chi (2/22/11)
Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway — Clarinetest and pianist perform (2/25/11)
Wordless Music Orchestra with Tyondai Braxton (3/10/11)
Antares w/soprano Marianna Mihai-Zoeter (3/11/11)
London Conchord Ensemble (4/8/11)
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (4/28/11)
eighth blackbird (5/20/11)



A Musical Journey – DCDD’s 30th Anniversary Gala Concert features the works of Mackey, Young, Copland, Hansen, Lauridsen and Nelson (11/6, Columbia Heights Educational Campus)
Holiday Concert – Featuring DC Swing!, Sax in the City and other DCDD small ensembles (12/12, Lutheran Church of the Reformation)
Intimate Winds – DCDD’s chamber music ensembles perform (2/5/11, Hillwood)
Music in the City – Works by Maslanka, Copland and Persichetti (2/6/11, Atlas Performing Arts Center)
Song and Dance – Works by Ives, Weber, Williams, and a special medley of Disney movie songs (4/9/11, CHEC)


Georgetown University
3700 O St. NW

The Kemper Road String Quartet — The chamber works of William Grant Still, part of Friday Music Series (9/17)
Riad Abdel-Gawad — Cairo-born virtuoso violinist drawing from world Sufi, jazz and classical music (9/24, McNeir)
Francesc de Paula Soler (10/1)
10th Anniversary Future of Music Policy Summit
Joe Falero and DC Latin Jazz All Stars
— Called by the Washington Post one of the area’s finest Latin bands (10/15)
Jennifer Ellis Kampani and Mark Janello — perform songs from Baroque Naples (10/22)
IBIS Chamber Music Society — Local chamber collective performs a program including Claude Debussy, William Grant Still and Astor Piazzola (10/29)
Novella Chamber Players — Performing Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet with guest pianist John Healey (11/5)
Bach and Sons: A Family Business — Violinist Risa Browder and harpsichordist Adam Pearl, both members of the Peabody Conservatory faculty, play Johann Sebastian, Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian Bach (11/12)
Georgetown University Chamber Singers — A choral concert of music by Dietrich Buxtehude (11/17)
National Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet (11/19)
Georgetown University Chamber Music Ensembles Fall Concert (11/21)
GU Wind Ensemble — A program featuring Eric Whitacre’s Ghost Train and movements from Gustov Holst’s The Planets (12/2)
Annual Holiday Concert w/Sing-Along (12/3)
World Percussion Ensemble (12/3)
Georgetown University Concert Choir (12/4)
GU Orchestra — Fall Concert dedicated to the music of the Romantic period, including Schumann and Mendelssohn (12/8)



David Salness and Gregory Rupert — The violinist and viola player join the FSO conducted by Christopher Zimmerman in a program of Mozart, Sibelius and Bartok (10/23)
Timothy Fain — This violinist joins the FSO and guest conductor Eckart Preu in music from the first half of the 19th Century and the second half of the 20th, including Rossini, Mendelssohn and Adams (11/20)
Chee-Yun — The violinist returns to perform Walton’s Violin Concerto, in a program with Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 (1/15/11 at GMU, 1/16/11 at Hylton)
Matti Raekallio — The pianist joins the FSO in a performance of Webern, Beethoven and Sibelius (3/19/11)
Fairfax Choral Society and Reston Chorale — Performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, the ”Resurrection” (5/14/11 at GMU, 5/15/11 at Hylton)


Folger Elizabethan Theatre
201 East Capitol St. SE

Pastime with Good Company: Music from the court of Henry VIII — Vocal ensemble Lionheart joins for a presentation in conjunction with the Folger exhibition Vivat Rex!, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Accession of Henry VIII (10/1-3)
A Renaissance Christmas w/the Augsburg Cathedral Boys’ Choir of Germany (12/10-12, Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall)
The Four Seasons — Music of Antonio Vivaldi, Christopher Simpson and John Cage (1/7-1/8/11, Washington National Cathedral)
Ecco la Primavera: Masterworks of 14th- and 15th-century Italy — With vocal and instrumental trio Trefoil (3/11-3/13/11)
Fête d’Été: French Cantatas and Suites — With soprano Jolle Greenleaf (4/8-4/10/11)



Men In Tights: A Pink Nutcracker — The chorus revives its sexy and fun takeoff of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker (12/17-19, Lisner Auditorium)
Let’s Hear It For The Boys w/Lt. Dan Choi — A swinging tribute to the GLBT men and women who serve, protect and defend, despite a military policy that continues to deny them full equality (2/12/11, venue tba)
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas — It’s all big songs and big hair in this sassy, spirited and touching musical about the real-life brothel in Texas (3/18-3/20/11, Lisner)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love — A celebration of ”what makes our hearts race,” from making out to shacking up to tying the knot (5/7/11, 5/14/11, MCC)
And I Am Telling You featuring Jennifer Holliday — The Tony winner for her show-stopping, jaw-dropping performance in Dreamgirls, Holliday joins the chorus for an evening of entertainment and empowerment, plus a world premiere commission (6/4-6/5/11, Lisner)


4373 Mason Pond Drive
Fairfax, Va.

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel — This renowned pianist opens his 18th season of ”concerts with commentary” focused on the ”Three Great ‘Bs’: Bach, Beethoven and Barber” (9/19)
Virginia Opera: Rigoletto — Season opens with Verdi’s dark masterpiece of love, loss, betrayal and vengeance, based on the Victor Hugo novel (10/15, 10/17)
Brooklyn Rider — Multi-faceted string quartet, veterans of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project (10/16)
BBC Concert Orchestra — Boston Pops’s Keith Lockhart conducts this ensemble in a program of impressive Russian works, along with pianist Ilya Yakushev (11/6)
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel — A ”concert with commentary” on ”The Fantastic Fantasy World of Robert Schumann” (11/7)
A Chanticleer Christmas (11/27)
Virginia Opera: Così fan tutte — Hilarious opera that tests women’s love and fidelity (12/3, 12/5)
The Waverly Consort
This 13-member ensemble recounts the events of ”The Christmas Story” (12/10)
Synergy Brass Quintet — Making its GMU debut with ”Christmas in Brass” (12/11)
Vienna Boys Choir — ”Christmas in Vienna” (12/18-19)
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie — Pianist Philippe Entremont conducts this German ensemble in its first national tour of the U.S. (1/29/11)
Opole, Philharmonic of Poland — First American tour for this Polish orchestra conducted by Boguslaw Dawidow (2/12/11)
Virginia Opera: The Valkyrie — Wagner’s epic masterpiece (2/18, 2/20)


10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, Va.

Anna & Friends — Russian pianist Anna Balakerskaia brings with her outstanding musicians in the chamber field (1/23/11, Gregory Family Theater)
Opera Lafayette — Known for their rediscovery of 18th Century operatic gems, the company offers the modern premiere of Le Magnifique, a romantic comedy by France’s most heralded composer of opera-comique, Andre Grétry (2/4/11, Merchant Hall)
Opole, Philharmonic of Poland — Boguslaw Dawidow conducts this orchestra making its first American tour, with pianist Jacek Kortus in a program of Liszt and Brahms (2/9/11, Merchant Hall)
Dancing Heart — D.C.-based ensemble includes the amazing energy of flutist Karen Johnson, the technical panache of pianist Carlos César Rodríguez and the creativity of percussionist John Kilkenny (2/20/11, Gregory)



Chee-Yun and Andrew Staupe — These two kick off the Fortas Chamber Music season with Beethoven, Bach, Messiaen and Saint-Saëns (10/14)
Kennedy Center Chamber Players — Performing Haydn, Previn and Schumann (10/17)
St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble — This ensemble combines strings and wind instruments and, with mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle, play Beethoven’s monumental Septet along with a world premiere of a work by William Bolcom (11/17)
Kennedy Center Chamber Players (11/21)
Anonymous 4 — The celebrated female vocal ensemble returns with ”Noël: Carols and Chants for Christmas” (12/16)
Kennedy Center Chamber Players (1/16/11)
Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio — A tribute to a Nov. 13, 1961, White House performance by Pablo Casals, part of the Kennedy 50th Anniversary Celebration (1/25/11)
Denyce Graves — A recital by the mezzo-soprano paying tribute to a similar performance by Grace Bumbry at the White House in 1962, part of the Kennedy 50th Anniversary Celebration (2/1/11)
Emerson String Quartet w/Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio — The acclaimed quartet joins forces with the Kennedy Center’s own chamber ensemble in residence (2/15/11)
The Orion String Quartet with Windscape — A string ensemble and a wind ensemble join forces to offer a sweeping display of Bach’s The Art of the Fugue (2/16/11)
The Julliard String Quartet with the Afiara String Quartet — These two quartets affiliated with the Julliard School perform Schubert, Martino and Mendelssohn (2/17/11)
Miriam Fried and Jonathan Biss — A violinist mother and her pianist son celebrate the arrival of spring with an all-Beethoven program (3/22)
Itzhak Perlman Music Program — Students from this program, playing violin, viola, cello, bass and piano, perform alongside lead teacher Perlman (3/24/11)
The Miró Quartet w/Colin Currie — A strings ensemble is joined by a percussionist performing rare strings-and-percussion compositions (3/31/11)
Midori — The violinist is joined by Nobuko Imai on viola, Antoine Lederlin on cello and Jonathan Biss on piano (4/6/11)
The ATOS Trio — Violinist Annette von Hehn, cellist Stefan Heinemeyer and pianist Thomas Hoppe play Haydn, Beethoven and Dvořák (4/6/11)
Kennedy Center Chamber Players — an all-Brahms program (4/10/11)



Master Class with Menahem Pressler — This international pianist and pedagogue will coach select piano students from the school in this program (11/23, Music Center at Strathmore)
Musicalitea — Complimentary tea and light fare will be served at a free performance by faculty artists and students (11/18, Strathmore)


5301 Tuckerman Lane
N. Bethesda, Md.

Homay & The Mastar Ensemble of Iran — Iranian ensemble offers interpretations of traditional Persian music and poetry (9/19)
Sonic Circuits Festival — Performers include Trophies, Gestures, Lost Civilizations, Fennesz, Arturas Bumsteinas + Janel & Anthony and Low End String Quartet (9/20-9/21, Mansion)
Asteria — This soprano and lute duo perform French music from the 14th and 15th centuries as part of the Strathmore Guitar Festival (9/23, Mansion)
National Heritage Fellowship Awards — The National Endowment for the Arts presents its highest honor in the folk and traditional arts (9/24)
NOW Ensemble — ”Smart young chamber group that straddles a line between contemporary classical music and indie rock”; part of the Strathmore Guitar Festival (9/27, Mansion)
Rachel Franklin Quartet — Classical and jazz pianist Franklin explores the deep links between these genres with a quartet that includes a saxophonist, bassist and percussionist (9/30, Mansion)
Paul Galbraith — Innovative classical guitarist exploring the music of Bach and Hadyn (10/7, Mansion)
Jason Vieaux — Solo guitarist brings his ”orchestra of sound” in a performance that blends compositions by Bach, Leo Brouwer and Pat Metheny, part of Strathmore Guitar Festival (10/14, Mansion)
Guitar Masters: Eric Johnson, Andy McKee and Peppino D’Agostino — A Grammy-winning rocker, ”acoustic guitar phenom” and a jazz artist perform together, part of Strathmore Guitar Festival (10/15)
Borealis String Quartet — The only classical contestants on the Great Canadian Music Dream TV competition series (10/29, Mansion)
The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields — Legendary ensemble returns with an all-Mozart program featuring gifted pianist Jonathan Biss (11/3)
Bang on a Can Al Stars play Steve Reich — This creative, kinetic ensemble offers the American premiere of 2009 Pultizer Prize-winning composer Reich’s 2×5, a pulsating rock quintet; part of the Strathmore Guitar Festival (11/11)
Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile — A sophisticated mandolin player, Thile has assembled an eclectic group of musicians to offer what the New York Times calls ”American country classical chamber music” (11/12)
The Venice Baroque Orchestra presents The Seasons Project — Violinist Robert McDuffie leads the orchestra in a performance of Philip Glass’s new The American Four Seasons in a Washington premiere alongside its famous Vivaldi counterpart (11/14)
Iridescence Trio — The grace and delicacy of the flute is on full display in a special performance as part of the Wednesday night Strathmore Art After Hours program (11/17, Mansion)
Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra — Vladimir Spivakov conducts this chamber orchestra alongside Russian pianist Alexander Ghindin in performance of works by Boccherini, Mozart, Schnittke and Shostakovich (11/19)
O Come Let Us Adore Him — A new holiday concert by the Mormon Orchestra and Chorus of Washington, D.C., including soaring arrangements of traditional carols, from ”O Holy Night” to ”See Amid the Winter’s Snow” (11/27)


Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
N. Bethesda, Md.

Mahler’s Resurrection — In addition to one of Mahler’s most popular symphonies, the philharmonic will perform late Washington composer Andreas Makris’s Aegean Festival Overture and Karlowicz’s rarely performed A Sorrowful Tale (10/9)
Dvořák’s New World Symphony — Piotr Gajewski conducts Zuill Bailey, one of the world’s preeminent cellists of his generation, in a performance of two of Dvořák’s most beloved works, written while in America: the Cello Concerto in B Minor and the Symphony No. 9 in E Minor (10/23, 10/24)
Berlioz’s Requiem — Stan Engebretson conducts Berlioz’s magnificent composition that involves a massive orchestra and chorus, featuring tenor Robert Breault, as well as four antiphonal brass ensembles (11/6)
Handel’s Messiah — Engebretson conducts this signature holiday piece (12/11-12)
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons — Violinist Chee-Yun joins the philharmonic, led by Gajewski (1/8-1/9/11)
Brian Ganz Chopin Piano Recital (1/22/11)
All Mozart (2/12-2/13/11)
Grieg Piano Concerto w/Brian Ganz (3/12/11)
All Beethoven (4/2-4/3/11)
Bach and Mozart (5/14/11)
Verdi’s Requiem (5/21/11)
All Tchaikovsky (6/4/11)


Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Season Opening Ball Concert w/Renée Fleming and Lang Lang — Christoph Eschenbach takes over as music director of the NSO with a bang of a concert, featuring star soprano singing Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs and the star pianist playing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (9/25)
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 — Eschenbach conducts the NSO, soprano Marisol Montalvo, mezzo-soprano Yvonne Naef, tenor Nikolai Schukoff, bass-baritone John Relyea and the Choral Arts Society of Washington in one of classical music’s most heralded compositions (9/30)
Beethoven’s Violin Concerto — Eschenbach conducts violinist Christian Tetzlaff (10/7)
Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 (10/14)
NSO Pops: A Date w/Idina Menzel — Marvin Hamlisch conducts Broadway and Glee‘s Menzel (10/28)
Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 — Susanna Malkki makes her debut conducting the NSO, along with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, in Beethoven’s beloved ”Emperor” concerto (11/18)
NSO Pops w/The Washington Chorus — Marvin Hamlisch conducts a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Broadway musical legend Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls) (11/26)
Louis Lortie — Pianist plays Beethoven, Strauss and more with the NSO under conductor Emmanuel Krivine (12/2-4)
NSO Pops: Happy Holidays! (12/9-12)
Handel’s Messiah — Rinaldo Alessandrini conducts the NSO and soprano Klara Ek, mezzo-soprano Alisa Kolosva, tenor Michele Angelini, bass-baritone Joan Martin Royo and the University of Maryland Concert Choir (12/16-19)
Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 2 — Kirill Karabits conducts the NSO and violinist Sergey Khachatryan in a program of Shostakovich, Sibelius and Silvestrov (1/13-1/15/11)
The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration — A newly commissioned work for orchestra by Peter Lieberson with texts taken from the late President’s speeches (1/20-1/24/11)
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 — Eschenbach leads the NSO in a program of Beethoven and Berg (1/27-1/29/11)
NSO Pops: Music of Disney — Michael Krajewski conducts the Pops in performance of songs from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Aladdin and The Lion King (2/3-2/5/11)
Maximum India — Eschenbach leads several NSO programs — and features as pianist — with compositions reflecting elements of Indian culture, from Ravi Shankar to Messiaen to Zemlinsky (3/3-3/5/11, 3/10-3/12/11, 3/17-3/20/11)
Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 — Ivan Fischer conducts the NSO and violinist Jozsef Lendvay Jr. in Schumann’s ”Rhenish” symphony plus Rossini and Paganini (3/31-4/2/11)
Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 — Eschenbach conducts the NSO and soprano Dawn Upshaw (4/7-4/9/11)
NSO Pops: Pink Martini (4/13-4/16/11)
Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 — Kurt Masur conducts the NSO with violinist Sarah Chang (4/28-4/30/11)
NSO Pops: John Secada and Tito Puente Jr. — The Latin pop and jazz stars join the Pops for a concert led by Marvin Hamlisch (5/12-5/14/11)
Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 — John Axelrod conducts the NSO in a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s ”Kaddish” Symphony, with Samuel Pisar as narrator, soprano Kelley Nassief, the Cathedral Choral Society and the Children’s Chorus of Washington (6/2-6/4/11)
Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 — Eschenbach conducts the NSO with violinist Jennifer Koh (6/9-6/11/11)
Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 — Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the NSO with cellist Steven Isserlis (6/16-6/18/11)


National Presbyterian Church
4101 Nebraska Ave. NW

Origins: The B Minor Mass — Season opens with a program
centered around the nucleus of what was to become the Mass in B Minor, a work Bach hoped would garner him an official title and a position of leadership in the Court of King Augustus III at Dresden (10/3)
Noontime Cantata Series — Six free, monthly concerts include an organ prelude and fugue featuring area keyboard artists, and one of J.S. Bach’s Cantatas with chorus and orchestra (10/5, 11/2, 12/7, 3/1/11, 4/5/11, 5/3/11, Church of the Epiphany)
A Baroque Christmas — Renowned Consort Chorus and continuo group embrace the extraordinary variety of styles and textures inherent in the music of the Baroque period not only in Europe but also in Latin America and Mexico (12/19)
The Art of the Keyboard — Founder/Artistic Director J. Reilly Lewis and Assistant Director Scott Dettra join forces for an afternoon of virtuoso music performed on harpsichord and National Presbyterian Church’s magnificent pipe organ (3/27/11)
Easter Oratorio — Celebrate the first day of May and the finale of the Consort’s season with themes of rebirth and renewal, drawing from four distinct areas of Bach’s incomparable creative genius (5/1/11)



Ran Dank — This 27-year-old Israeli pianist performs a mix of compositions by Bach, Ives, Bartók and Chopin (10/16, Kennedy Center)
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow — A series examining the genius of Mozart through three of his greatest works with the Peabody Chamber Players (10/17, National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium)
The Mariinsky Orchestra — One of Russia’s oldest and most distinguished musical institutions, directed by Valery Gergiev, is joined by the Choral Arts Society of Washington and Spain’s Orfeón Pamplonés for Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 8, ”Symphony of a Thousand” (10/19, Kennedy Center)
András Schiff — Grammy Award-winning pianist performs various Schumann compositions (10/20, Music Center at Strathmore)
Yo-Yo Ma — Pianist Kathryn Stott joins ”the world’s most celebrated cellist” (10/21, Kennedy Center)
Caroline Goulding — 17-year-old violinist will perform works by Beethoven, Tartini, Respighi and Gershwin (10/22, Kennedy Center)
Dresden Staatskapelle — Daniel Harding conducts this centuries-old orchestra and Austrian pianist Rudolph Buchbinder performs Schumann and Brahms (11/3, Kennedy Center)
Ravi Shankar — This ”godfather of world music” celebrates his 90th birthday with a special concert (11/7, Kennedy Center)
Emanuel Ax — A pianist the New York Times celebrated for his ”youthful brio,” Ax performs Schubert and Chopin (11/10, Strathmore)
Anne-Sophie Mutter — The powerhouse violinist is joined by pianist Lambert Orkis in a performance of Brahms’ Complete Violin Sonatas (11/13, Kennedy Center)
Calder Quartet — This daring chamber ensemble is known for its boundary-pushing collaborations performs Bartók, Beethoven and Ravel (11/13, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue)
Tokyo String Quartet — Pianist Jeremy Denk joins this quartet, celebrating 40 years (11/21, Strathmore)
Dejan Lazić — A Croatian pianist and composer with a growing international reputation (12/4, Kennedy Center)
Renée Fleming — The legendary soprano, known as ”the people’s diva,” will be joined in a concert by pianist Hartmut Höll (1/8/11, Kennedy Center)
Sofya Gulyak — An emerging piano legend performs a program of Schub ert, Chopin and Ravel as part of the Hayes Piano Series (1/22/11, Kennedy Center)
Amit Peled — Fiery Israeli cellist who plays a rare, old Guarneri cello (1/23/11, Kennedy Center)
Joshua Bell — Few classical musicians attain the mainstream celebrity status of this violinist (1/26/11, Strathmore)
Till Fellner — Austrian pianist offers sparkling keyboard command that has earned him wide recognition (1/29/11, Kennedy Center)
Joyce DiDonato — The American mezzo-soprano performs with pianist David Zobel (2/15/11, Kennedy Center)
Simon Trpčeski — Young Macedonian pianist (2/19/11, Kennedy Center)
WPAS’ Men, Women and Children of the Gospel Choirs and the Choral Arts Society of Washington — For the first time, these choruses join forces — 300 singers in all — to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr in ”Living the Dream…Singing the Dream” (2/20/11, Kennedy Center)
Hilary Hahn — Two-time Grammy-winning violinist celebrated for her probing interpretations, technical brilliance and compelling presence on stage (2/27/11, Strathmore)
Evgeny Kissin — The enigmatic pianist with ironclad technique and exceptional virtuosity presents an all-Liszt recital (3/5/11, Kennedy Center)
Kayhan Kalhor w/Brooklyn Rider — The Iranian kamancheh (spike-fiddle) virtuoso performs with the adventurous American string quartet in a potent crossover said to be a ”real thrill ride” (3/5/11, Sixth & I)
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow — A series examining the genius of Mozart through three of his greatest works with the Peabody String Quartet examining Serenade No. 13 for Strings in G Major, or Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (3/6/11, Natural History’s Baird Auditorium)
André Previn w/NHK Symphony Orchestra of Japan — Previn conducts Japan’s leading orchestra in Prokofiev’s beloved Symphony No. 5 and, with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, Elgar’s Cello Concerto (3/16/11, Strathmore)
Boston Symphony Orchestra — James Levine conducts a program of Mozart and Schumann (3/19/11, Kennedy Center)
Maurizio Pollini — Legendary pianist performs a program of Beethoven’s last piano sonatas (3/30/11, Strathmore)
Simone Dinnerstein — A sold-out sensation two years ago, WPAS brings back Dinnerstein to perform Beethoven, Bach and Schumann (4/9/11, Sixth & I)
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow — A series examining the genius of Mozart through three of his greatest works with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, examining Mozart’s Requiem, one of music’s greatest masterpieces and the composer’s final composition(4/10/11, Kennedy Center)
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra — Russia’s storied ensemble performs with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, whom New York magazine calls ”Yo-Yo Ma’s heiress apparent” (4/12/11, Strathmore)
Afiara String Quartet — This all-Canadian group are now the graduate resident string quartet at the Julliard School, working with the celebrated Julliard String Quartet (4/17/11, Kennedy Center)
Marc-André Hamelin — Part of the Piano Masters Series, pianist Hamelin performs Haydn, Schumann, Liszt and more (4/29/11, Strathmore)
Vijay Iyer Trio — American-born son of Indian immigrants and self-taught creative musician draws from a wide range of Western and non-Western traditions (4/30/11, Sixth & I)
Itzhak Perlman — The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awardee remains the reigning violin virtuoso (5/1/11, Strathmore)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard — This widely acclaimed pianist performs sonatas from Wagner, Liszt and others (5/5/11, Sixth & I)
The Philadelphia Orchestra — Charles Dutoit conducts the venerable ensemble is joined by violinist Gil Shaham (5/20/11, Kennedy Center)



Christmas (12/5)
Fifth Annual Women’s Choral Festival of Washington (3/12/11)
Annual Silent Auction Cabaret (5/11)


Kennedy Center Opera House

Un Ballo in Maschera — In this masterpiece, Giuseppi Verdi created three of the greatest roles in Italian opera and a rich musical tapestry of light and darkness, comedy and tragedy (Now-9/25)
Salome — Based on Oscar Wilde’s provocative play, Richard Strauss’ score is full of rich, sonorous music and luscious melodies (10/7-23)
Madama Butterfly — One of the world’s most beloved operas, Giacomo Puccini offers haunting, poignant music (2/26-3/19/11)
Plácido Domingo Celebrity Series: Juan Diego Flórez — The opera’s maestro invites the Peruvian tenor to make a rare D.C. appearance (2/27/11)
Celebrity Series: Bryan Terfel — Acclaimed Welsh bass-baritone debuts with the WNO (3/12/11)
Iphigénie en Tauride — Christoph Willibald Gluck’s sweeping score and dramatic story is enjoying a renaissance at major opera houses around the world (5/6-6/28/11)
Don Pasquale — Uproarious plot and sublime music combine to make this one of Donizetti’s finest operas (5/13-5/27/11)

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