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Classical Music: Fall Arts Preview 2014

Symphony, opera, chorus and other classical music performances in DC, Maryland and Virginia

Photo by Todd Franson

Photography by Todd Franson

Whether your predilection is opera or chorale, piano or violin, quartet or orchestra — any or all — Washington offers the classical music lover a wealth of opportunities. Every year the repertoire seems to expand — and not strictly through the work of noteworthy innovative companies like Artisphere’s UrbanArias or the Atlas’s Great Noise Ensemble. For example, this season the Washington National Opera will present three new short operas at the Kennedy Center as part of its American Opera Initiative. And while “The Three B’s” — Bach, Beethoven and Brahms — generally remain the meat-and-potatoes for most presenting organizations, everyone craves a little change now and then. Why, this season that’s even true of at least one organization named for Bach. We guess Mozart’s allure cannot be denied.

ARTISPHERE

1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Va.
703-875-1100
artisphere.com

  • UrbanArias: Three Decembers — The nationally celebrated locally based company dedicated to producing short, contemporary operas opens its season with composer Jake Heggie’s opera, featuring a libretto by Gene Scheer adapted from Terence McNally, about a Broadway actress struggling to accept her gay son and his lover dying of AIDS (9/27-10/4)
  • National Chamber Ensemble: Spring in Autumn Benefit — Artisphere’s resident ensemble offers a preview of its season with a concert featuring artistic director and violinist Leo Sushansky performing with pianist Carlos Rodriguez (9/27)
  • National Chamber Ensemble: Night of Italian Opera — Soprano Yana Eminova and baritone Anton Belov join the ensemble for a glorious night of music by Verdi, Puccini, Bellini and more (10/25)
  • National Chamber Ensemble: Annual Holiday Concert — Classical masterpieces and holiday classics, and carol sing-alongs (12/14)

ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

1333 H St. NE
202-399-7993
atlasarts.org

  • Great Noise Ensemble — Adventurous contemporary classical ensemble opens its season with a bill of greatest hits, including Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians (9/20)
  • All Points West — This eclectic chamber ensemble aims to transform the classical concert into a fun, social experience, here performing twists on Stravinsky and Prokofiev (9/27)
  • Capital City Symphony with Eric Lin — Atlas Arts Partner opens its season with the 2014 winner of the Novik Piano Competition (10/12)
  • Library Late: Katinka Kleijn: Intelligence of the Human Machine — The Library of Congress co-presents a technology-enhanced performance by this cellist who uses an EEG headset said to allow her brainwaves to offer live accompaniment (10/16)
  • Capital City Symphony: Holiday Concert — A semi-staged concert opera of Hansel and Gretel as part of annual holiday performance (11/22-23)
  • All Points West: A Few of Our Favorite Things — Celebrate the holiday season with music evoking youth and innocence (12/5)
  • Great Noise Ensemble: Sweet and Homegrown Airs — A program featuring pieces by David Lang, Mark Sylvester, Kevin McKee, Cornelius Dufallo and Marc Mellits (12/6)
  • Brad Linde Ensemble: A Post-Cool Yule — Offering a program of deconstructed and re-imagined holiday classics (12/6)

BACH SINFONIA

Cultural Arts Center
Montgomery College
Silver Spring, Md.
301-362-6525
bachsinfonia.org

  • Late Great Bach: The Mass in B Minor — Performance of Bach’s monumental mass opens the new season with an all-star cast of soloists (10/25)
  • Bach Home for the Holidays — An all-Bach program of various beloved Christmas-related works and instrumental and chorale favorites (12/20)

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

410-783-8000
bsomusic.org

  • Hilary Hahn: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto — BSO Music Director Marin Alsop kicks off the new season by welcoming superstar violinist and Baltimore native Hahn to play what is widely considered the pinnacle of the violin literature (9/18, Strathmore; 9/19, 9/21, Meyerhoff)
  • 2014 BSO Celebration Gala — A concert showcasing quintessential American music, artists and Maryland’s musical roots, from Copland’s Lincoln Portrait narrated by Center Stage’s Kwame Kwei-Armah and the Morgan State University Choir, to Grofe’s Ode to the Star-Spangled Banner (9/20, Meyerhoff)
  • Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 1 — Maestro Alsop leads the BSO in a dramatic program that also includes violinist James Ehnes performing Korngold’s Violin Concerto, plus John Williams’s Theme from Schindler’s List (9/26, 9/28, Meyerhoff; 9/27, Strathmore)

    Christina Bianco

  • BSO SuperPops: Broadway Standing Ovations — Jack Everly conducts the BSO along with guests from Broadway including Ben Crawford, Christina Bianco and Ted Keegan, and selections from The Phantom of the Opera, Once, Les Miserables and Wicked (10/9, Strathmore; 10/10-12, Meyerhoff)
  • Tchaikovsky & Mozart (10/17, Todd Performing Arts Center; 10/18-19, Meyerhoff)
  • Ein Heldenleben: A Hero’s Life — A program capped by Richard Strauss’s grandiose, tongue-in-cheek, autobiographical tone poem expressing devotion to his wife while waging war on music critics (10/23, Meyerhoff; 10/26, Strathmore)
  • Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 — Finnish maestro Hannu Lintu leads a program headlined by the sunniest of Brahms’ four symphonies (10/30, Strathmore; 10/31-11/1, Meyerhoff)
  • BSO SuperPops: Classical Mystery Tour — Relive the magic of the Fab Four with this thrilling Beatles retrospective complete with original arrangements (11/13, Strathmore; 11/28-30, Meyerhoff)
  • Rachmaninoff & Shostakovich (11/13, Meyerhoff; 11/16, Strathmore)
  • Bernstein & Beethoven — Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano and the Cathedral Choral Society join the BSO led by Maestro Alsop for a program featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 with two contrasting works by Bernstein, Chichester Psalms and Symphony No. 1, “Jeremiah” (11/21, 11/23 Meyerhoff; 11/22, Strathmore)
  • Handel’s Messiah — Edward Polochick once again leads the BSO, the Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale and other soloists in Handel’s beloved oratorio (12/5, Meyerhoff; 12/6, Strathmore)
  • Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker — Ken Lam leads two daytime performances of this dazzling reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s classic by D.C.’s towering jazz legend (12/6, Meyerhoff and Strathmore)
  • BSO SuperPops: Holly Jolly Pops — The Baltimore Choral Arts Society joins the BSO led by Jack Everly in a sing-along selection of carols and classical favorites (12/10, 12/12-14, Meyerhoff; 12/11, Strathmore)
  • The Nutracker — The BSO joins with the Baltimore School for the Arts dancers to offer their version of this holiday standard (12/19-21, The Lyric)

BARNS AT WOLF TRAP

1635 Trap Road
Vienna
877-WOLFTRAP
wolftrap.org

  • Simone Dinnerstein — Celebrated expressive pianist makes her Wolf Trap debut and kicks off the new season’s Chamber Music at the Barns series (10/10)
  • Jamie Barton w/Kim Pensinger Witman — The award-winning mezzo-soprano returns to the Barns for a recital accompanied by the opera company’s director (10/24)

THE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON

Kennedy Center Concert Hall
202-244-3669
choralarts.org

  • Under the Midnight Sun: Music from Nordic Cultures — The first concert in a new chamber initiative by artistic director Scott Tucker that expands this choral group’s repertoire 50 years after its founding (10/17, Virginia’s Falls Church Episcopal, 115 E. Fairfax St.)
  • Bach: Mass in B Minor — Considered one of the greatest and most beautiful works in the history of Western music (11/2)
  • A Capital Christmas — Holiday favorites, plus carols from Argentina as led by guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (12/15, 12/21, 12/24)
  • A Family Christmas — A 10-year-old, one-hour highly participatory concert geared toward the young, or at least young-at-heart (12/20)
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THE CITY CHOIR OF WASHINGTON

202-495-1613
thecitychoirofwashington.org

  • Mozart: Requiem, Tarik O’Regan: Triptych — Mozart’s last last masterpiece gets paired with a piece by a 36-year-old British-born composer, described by the City Choir’s artistic director Robert Shafer as “a marvelous foil to the Mozart” (10/12, National Presbyterian Church)
  • The Holly and The Ivy: Music for Christmas — A candlelight processional will set the stage for this glorious concert, which includes audience sing-alongs, including “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah (12/14, National Presbyterian Church)

CLARICE SMITH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

University of Maryland
College Park, Md.
301-405-ARTS
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu

  • NextNow Fest — Among the classical highlights at this first-ever all-genre festival include an opera jam session with Maryland Opera Studio and performances by UMD Chamber Singers and Inescape Chamber Orchestra (9/11-14)
  • Excelsa String Quartet (9/28)
  • Mark Padmore with Jonathan Biss — Tenor performs Schumann, Tippett and Faure accompanied by young pianist (10/10)
  • UMD Symphony Orchestra (10/10)
  • UMD Wind Orchestra (10/11)
  • Tempo — Established run by graduate students at the UMD School of Music premieres new music during its Fall Concert (10/13)
  • District5 Wind Quintet — Newly formed graduate quintet at UMD (10/24)

    Kronos Quartet

  • Kronos Quartet — Daring contemporary chamber ensemble performs Beyond Zero: 1914-1918, a new work by Serbian-born Aleksandra Vrebalov and filmmaker Bill Morrison utilizing music and film to examine the turmoil of the “great war” (10/25)
  • UMD Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Finals (10/31)
  • UMD Symphony Orchestra and UMD Concert Choir — A performance of Brahms’ German Requiem plus Earl Kim’s mournful Where Grief Slumbers with soprano Katie Baughman (11/14)
  • UMD Women’s Chorus & UMD Men’s Chorus — Fall Choral Showcase (11/16)
  • Chamber Music Showcase (11/17)
  • Bach Cantata Series (11/20)
  • Maryland Opera StudioCosi fan tutte (11/21, 11/23-25)
  • Calder Quartet (11/22)
  • UMD Symphony Orchestra & UMD Wind Orchestra Sibellus 6 (12/5)

COOLIDGE AUDITORIUM

Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First St. SE
202-707-8000
loc.gov/concerts

  • St. Lawrence String Quartet — Pianist Pedja Muzijevic joins to perform a rhapsodic Brahmsian piano quintet written by American composer Amy Beach (10/24)
  • Vox Luminis — Washington debut of a decade-old early music ensemble from Belgium (10/29)
  • Ensemble Dal Niente — A world-premiere performance of a new work from George Lewis commissioned by the Library of Congress plus G.F. Haas’s in vain (10/30)
  • Pierre-Laurent Aimard — The art of the fugue is the focus of pianist’s recital pairing excerpts from Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier with masterworks by Beethoven and Brahms (11/7)
  • Ensemble Caprice — Conjuring a fascinating musical dialogue between the Old and New Worlds and creating a fusion of European harmonies and melodies blended with Latin, African and Amerindian nuances (11/21)
  • Chiara String Quartet w/Simone Dinnerstein — Grammy-nominated quartet performs on the Library’s Stradivari instruments for a performance with star pianist of a new commissioned work from Jefferson Friedman (12/5)
  • Choir of Clare College (12/6)
  • Jan Vogler, Mira Wang & Antti Siirala — An evening of chamber music (12/12)
  • Stradivari Anniversary Concert: St. Lawrence String Quartet (12/18)

D.C.’S DIFFERENT DRUMMERS

202-269-4868
dcdd.org

  • DCDD Does Drag V (10/26)
  • Fall Concert — The Capital Pride Symphonic Band and Capital Pride Wind Ensemble kick off the full season (11/2)
  • Holiday Concert (12/7)

DAVIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Georgetown University
3700 O St. NW
202-687-ARTS
performingarts.georgetown.edu

  • Georgetown University Orchestra (10/23, 11/23)
  • The DC A Cappella Festival 2014 – Annual concert co-hosted by two of GU’s most charismatic groups: the co-ed Phantoms and the all-female GraceNotes (11/1, 11/8)

FAIRFAX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

703-563-1990
fairfaxsymphony.org

  • Brahms, Grieg — Christopher Zimmerman kicks off the new season with Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 and Grieg’s Piano Concerto featuring Alexander Schimpf (9/20)
  • Copland & Stravinsky — A program featuring two works from each composer, including Appalachian Spring and Dumbarton Oaks Concerto (10/25-26)
  • I’ll Be Seeing You — Luke Frazier conducts “an unfolding love story” based on actual letters written during World War II and featuring songs of the era by Gershwin, Kern, Carmichael and Ellington (11/8)

FOLGER CONSORT

201 East Capitol St. SE
202-544-7077
folger.edu

  • Courting Elizabeth: Music and Patronage in Shakespeare’s England — An exploration of the Elizabethan era’s musical influence (9/26-28)
  • A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy Circa 1500 — Inspired by Schiavone’s Madonna and Child with Angels, a program of seasonal music by Josquin, Ockeghem, Obrecht and Compere (12/16-23)
  • The Road to Canterbury: Music of Medieval England — Acclaimed vocal ensemble Lionheart and instrumentalists Mary Sprinfels and Tom Zajac join the consort for a sweet and cheery program of medieval music, including a song mentioned in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, ethereal motets from the Lady Masses and engaging dances (1/9/15-1/10/15, Washington National Cathedral)

GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON, D.C.

202-293-1548
gmcw.org

  • Love Stinks (an Anti-Love Cabaret) — Three months before Valentine’s Day and its “Love Rocks!” program, GMCW serenades the haters, presenting select soloists sharing stories and songs about the perils and problems of love culled from the Great American Songbook, Broadway, the Top 40 and beyond (11/15, Atlas Performing Arts Center)
  • Rockin’ the Holidays — Signature holiday classics and new arrangements of seasonal favorites are the name of the game of this annual program, which this year doubles in number of concerts with a change in venue (12/6, 12/13-14, Lincoln Theatre)

KENNEDY CENTER

202-467-4600
kennedy-center.org

  • Char Prescott & Ryo Yanagitani — A free performance by cellist and pianist, both 2011 S&R Washington Award winners, presented by S&R Foundation as part of Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage series (9/12, Millennium Stage)
  • The U.S. Army Field Band’s Soldiers’ Chorus — Members of the band and bass clarinetist SSG Kevin Walko accompany selections from popular operas (9/15, Millennium Stage)
  • Khymariyaan, Ribab Fusion — Two bands, one a hyper-folk jam quartet from Pakistan, the other a Berber funk sensation from Morocco, make their U.S. debuts and kickoff month-long U.S. tours (9/16, Millennium Stage)
  • Amadou Kouyate (9/17, Millennium Stage)
  • Nistha Raj — Violinist puts a new spin on Indian classical music with elements of jazz, rock and hip-hop (9/18, Millennium Stage)
  • Petar Maric — Serbian accordionist shows off his unique range and musicality (9/20, Millennium Stage)
  • Tri Minh — Hanoi Conservatory-trained composer, jazz pianist and contemporary sound artist performs with his own quartet (9/23, Millennium Stage)
  • Steven Lin — Washington Performing Arts presents a program including a classic Mozart sonata, a fiery piece by Ravel and Notturno Incantato, written for pianist Lin by David Hertzberg (9/27, Terrace Theater)
  • Tony Small — Selections from Small’s new opera Qadar: An Operetta for Children, incorporating African and Arabic music genres and developed in consultation with Denyce Graves (9/30, Millennium Stage)
  • Opera Lafayette — Rameau’s Les Fetes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour, ou Les Dieux d’Egypte (10/6, Concert Hall)
The Dover Quartet

The Dover Quartet

  • The Dover Quartet — The up-and-coming ensemble performs Glazunov’s Five Novelettes as well as Mozart and Schubert in this Fortas Chamber Music Concerts series (10/8, Terrace)
  • Ray Chen accompanied by Julio Elizalde — Pianist accompanies the Taiwanese-Australian violinist in a Washington Performing Arts program that mixes the seriousness of Mozart and Bach with playful works by Pablo de Sarasate (10/9, Terrace)
  • Kennedy Center Chamber Players — The acclaimed ensemble of NSO musicians plays works by Debussy, Ives, Saint-Saens and Beethoven (10/12, Terrace)
  • Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra (10/12, Concert Hall)
  • Yun-Chin Zhou (10/14, Terrace)
  • Danish String Quartet — One of the world’s hottest string quartets with a classic program, “The Art of the Fugue” (10/15, Terrace)
  • Josh Wright (10/16, Terrace)
  • Matthew Rose — Bass vocalist offers a concert presented by Vocal Arts DC (10/19, Terrace)
  • China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra — Provocative piano prodigy Yuja Wang performs Ravel’s Piano Concerto with this orchestra (11/3, Concert Hall)
  • Avanti Orchestra of the FMMC (11/5, Terrace)
  • Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig w/Nikolaj Znaider — The oldest civic symphony orchestra in the world, accompanied by Danish-Israeli violinist performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor (11/5, Concert Hall)
  • Pretty Yende — After triumphant debuts last season at both Milan’s La Scala and New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the young South African soprano makes her Washington recital debut (11/6, Terrace Theater)

    Quater Ebene

  • Quatuor Ebene — Touted as one of the most creative ensembles on the international chamber music scene and making its Fortas debut with Haydn, Mendelssohn and other works from its jazz repertoire (11/7, Terrace)
  • Beatrice Rana — Silver medalist in the 2013 Van Cliburn competition performs Bach, Chopin, Scriabin and Prokofiev (11/8, Terrace)
  • Orion Weiss and the Salzburg Marionettes — A vivid, virtuoso pianist improbably matched with one of the world’s oldest and most beloved marionette theaters (11/11, Terrace)
  • Christina and Michelle Naughton — Twin pianists offer a delightful Fortas program for two pianos with works by Brahms, Debussy, Lutoslawski and Stravinsky (11/13, Terrace)
  • Kennedy Center Chamber Players — Guest soprano Esther Oh joins the ensemble to perform “Six German Songs” by Spohr plus three works by Schubert (11/16, Terrace)
  • Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Mutter Virtuosi (11/23, Concert Hall)
  • Stephen Waarts (12/9, Terrace)
  • John Brancy — Baritone in recital (12/10, Terrace)
  • Anonymous 4: On Yoolis Night — Famed group returns to the Kennedy Center for a Fortas holiday concert, performing songs, motets and carols from British sources (12/11, Terrace)
  • Ariel Quartet — Pro Musica Hebraica presents a Hanukkah-timed concert by this young Israeli virtuoso group tracing the arc of modern Israeli music (12/14, Terrace)
  • Messiah Sing-along — Barry Hemphill leads members of the Opera House Orchestra, professional soloists and you in a performance of Handel’s masterpiece (12/23, Concert Hall)

LEVINE SCHOOL OF MUSIC

2801 Upton St. NW
202-686-8000
levinemusic.org

  • Season Sneak Preview and Open House — Carl Yaffe helps preview the new season and its “Pushing the Boundaries” theme with samples from the diverse group of artists performing in the coming year followed by a reception (9/27)
  • Jean Philippe Rameau’s Enlightenment — Levine faculty artists Lois Narvey, Ralitza Patcheva, Jeff van Osten and Vasily Popov present some of the most innovative and striking works by the groundbreaking composer in the area of harmony (10/11)
  • Bach’s The Art of Fugue — Levine faculty artists Ralitza Patcheva and Sam Post perform Bach’s monumental last work (11/1)
  • Reimagining The Piano Trio — Levine faculty artists Anna Ouspenskaya and Igor Zubkovksy and Levine alum Fedor Ouspenskaya pair up for a program, co-sponored by Hillwood Estates, going beyond the piano concerto to include selections from opera and ballet (111/22, Hillwood Easte)

LISNER AUDITORIUM AT GWU

730 21st St. NW
202-994-6800
lisner.org

  • Boban and Marko Markovic Orchestra — A 13-piece Balkan brass band orchestra that the New York Times says offers “a stunning blast of exuberance and virtuosity” (10/3)
  • From The Top — Live with Christopher O’Riley — WPA hosts a live recording of pianist’s popular weekly public radio show with a focus on America’s best pre-college classical musicians (10/24)

NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC

Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
Bethesda, Md.
301-493-9283
nationalphilharmonic.org

  • Dvorak’s New World Symphony — Music Director Piotr Gajewski leads Strathmore’s resident orchestra in a season-opening concert featuring guest violinist Chee-Yun on a program including Sibelius’s Concerto for Violin (10/18-19)
  • Mozart’s Requiem — Stan Engebretson conducts the orchestra and the National Philharmonic Chorale (11/1-2)
  • Handel’s Messiah (12/20-21)
  • Haydn’s Surprise Symphony — Maestro Gajewski leads the orchestra in a program also featuring celebrated cellist Zuill Bailey performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 (1/10/15)

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Kennedy Center Concert Hall
202-467-4600
kennedy-center.org

  • NSO Pops: Pink Martini & The von Trapps — The crowd-pleasing eclectic cocktail band teams up with descendants of the family that inspired The Sound of Music (9/11-13)
  • Season Opening Ball Concert w/Joshua Bell and Kelli O’Hara — The NSO kicks off its new season with a French-inspired program led by its music director Christoph Eschenbach and principal pops conductor Steven Reineke and featuring the superstar violinist and Tony-nominated soprano (9/21)

    Paul Jacobs

  • Paul Jacobs: Poulenc’s Organ Concerto — Organist makes his NSO debut performing on the Kennedy Center’s superb new Rubenstein Family Organ as part of a program led by conductor Matthew Halls that also includes Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 featuring singers Tamara Wilson, Twyla Robinson and Paul Appleby (10/1-4)
  • Angela Hewitt: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 (10/9-11)
  • Jeremy Filsell — The NSO presents an organ recital by this Artist-in-Residence at the National Cathedral and Professor of Organ at Catholic University (10/15)
  • NSO Pops: Music from the Films of Tim Burton — A focus on Danny Elfman’s unforgettable scores for Burton’s weird, wild films, including Edward Scissorhands, Batman and Alice in Wonderland (10/23-25)
  • Midori: Schumann’s Violin Concerto — This star violinist performs in a program that also includes symphonies by Mendelssohn and Mozart (10/30-11/1)
  • Claudio Bohorquez: Prokofiev — Cellist performs the Sinfonia concertante in a Maestro Eschenbach-led program also including symphonies by Brahms and Haydn (11/6-8)
  • Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring — The NSO’s Eschenbach conducts this powerful masterpiece as well as Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 2 featuring NSO principal Aaron Goldman (11/13-15)
  • Garrick Ohlssonlanov: Busoni — Pianist and the Washington Men’s Camerata perform Busoni’s massive Piano Concerto while Rossen Milanov also conducts Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (11/20-22)
  • NSO Pops: Sutton Foster — Reineke leads the NSO and great Tony-winning dynamo performing songs from Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, Violet and more (11/28-29)
  • Helmuth Rilling: All-J.S. Bach Program — A global Bach expert leads the NSO in a program featuring a concerto, two cantatas and the Orchestral Suite No. 3 (12/4-6)
  • NSO Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie — A popular “Happy Holidays” program bringing the circus to the Concert Hall, including aeralists, jugglers, illusionists (12/11-13)
  • Nicholas McGegan: Handel’s Messiah — The epic masterpiece is performed each year with a fresh perspective from a different conductor leading the NSO and acclaimed guest artists, plus this year the Washington Chorus (12/18-21)

STRATHMORE

5301 Tuckerman Lane
Bethesda, Md.
301-581-5100
strathmore.org

  • Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra — Serbian orchestra stops by Strathmore as part of its first-ever U.S. tour with a program featuring Hristic, Khachaturian and Sibelius (10/8, Music Center)
Rupert Boyd

Rupert Boyd

  • Rupert Boyd — A young classical guitarist from Australia who has drawn comparisons to the incomparable guitarist Segovia (10/16, Mansion)
  • Ronn McFarlane & Mindy Rosenfeld — A lute and flute duo, founding members of the Baltimore Consort, present “The Moon & Seven Stars”(10/23, Mansion)
  • Anthony McGill & Christopher Shih — Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera, as well as other venues including the Obama Inauguration, accompanied by celebrated pianist (10/26, Mansion)
  • Vijay Iyer: Music of Transformation — Presenting this composer-pianist, a 2013 MacArthur fellow, and his work in transforming Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring as Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, plus his own Mutations recordings (11/6, Music Center)
  • Academy of Ancient Music — Early music ensemble exploring the sounds that inspired Bach with his Bach Suites (11/8, Music Center)
  • Susan Jones Klezmer Ensemble — Classical violinist offers an evening of pre-Chanukah klezmer (12/10, Mansion)

WASHINGTON BACH CONSORT

National Presbyterian Church
4101 Nebraska Ave. NW
202-429-2121
bachconsort.org

  • The Mozart Requiem — Internationally acclaimed soprano Sherezade Panthaki joins the consort as a guest artist to perform haunting composition as well as the bravura motet Exsultate, jubilate — both by Mozart in an all-Mozart program (9/28)
  • The Little Organ Book — Part 1 — J. Reilly Lewis leads the Bach Consort Chorus in the first of a two-part series performing 45 Bach chorale preludes (11/2)
  • Christmas for Our Time — Organist Todd Fickley accompanies the Consort Chorus in a program of new and familiar seasonal works of various nationalities (12/7)

THE WASHINGTON CHORUS

202-342-6221
thewashingtonchorus.org

  • Missa Solemnis — A monumental setting for Beethoven’s towering masterwork, which he wrote near the end of his life and completed in total deafness (11/16, Kennedy Center)
  • A Candlelight Christmas — The group A Cappella!, from the James Hubert Blake High School in Montgomery County, performs with the chorus (12/14, 12/20, 12/22, Kennedy Center; 12/19, 12/23, Strathmore)

WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA

Kennedy Center Opera House
202-295-2400
dc-opera.org

  • Florencia in the Amazon — Artistic director Francesca Zambello leads a new production of Daniel Catan’s Spanish language opera inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and following a famous riverboat singer, performed by star soprano Christine Goerke (9/20-28)
La Boheme

La Boheme

  • La Boheme — A new production of Puccini’s timeless tale of young bohemians in Paris struggling to fulfill their dreams and find love (11/1-15)
  • American Opera Initiative: Three 20-Minute Operas — A concert performance accompanied by a small chamber orchestra and followed by a Q&A session with the artists and creative teams behind these new short operas (11/21)
  • Holiday Family Opera: The Little Prince — A production of Oscar-winner Rachel Portman’s adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery (12/19-21)

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Faizon Love has appeared on "Def Comedy Jam", Shaq’s "All Star Comedy Jam" and Martin Lawrence’s "First Amendment Comedy". In his motion picture debut "Bebe’s Kids", Faizon provided a dead on vo... [more+]

Faizon Love has appeared on "Def Comedy Jam", Shaq’s "All Star Comedy Jam" and Martin Lawrence’s "First Amendment Comedy". In his motion picture debut "Bebe’s Kids", Faizon provided a dead on vocal impression of legendary comedian Robin Harris, who died before production began on this animated cult classic. That later led to a role in "The Meteor Man" starring Robert Townsend who then cast Love in a co-starring role on his sitcom "The Parent ‘Hood". Faizon's breakout performance, however, was as Big Worm in the 1995 hit film "Friday" (Ice Cube, Chris Tucker). Follow up films include "Elf" (Will Ferrell), "Couples Retreat" (Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau), "Money Talks" (Chris Tucker), "Blue Crush", "Tourque" (Ice Cube, Lawrence Fishburn), "The Perfect Holiday" (Charlie Murphy, Katt Williams), and "Big Mommas House" (Martin Lawrence). Evidencing his strong music ties, he’s also appeared in Hip Hop driven films such as "Idlewild" (Outkast), and "Who’s Your Caddy" (Terry Crews, Sherri Shepherd) as well as guested on Ludacris’ "Freaky Thangs" from the album "Word of Mouf". In 2018 Faizon ushered in the digital age, by starring in YOUTUBE RED’S first, original scripted series "Step Up: Highwater". He is currently filming Season 2. [less-]

"Sweeney Todd" Dinner Theater

at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater, Hagerstown
OFFER DATES:
Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
Fri, September 27
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FULL PRICE: $49.50
OFFER PRICE: $24.75

It's a match made in hell--a mad barber who'll slit your throat, and "mystery meat" pies sold cheap next door. Put them together, and you've got "Sweeney Todd", a delightfully horrific tale of obsessi... [more+]

It's a match made in hell--a mad barber who'll slit your throat, and "mystery meat" pies sold cheap next door. Put them together, and you've got "Sweeney Todd", a delightfully horrific tale of obsession and revenge. There's no mystery meat on the buffet menu, though! You'll get a selection of warm, tasty and fresh food. [less-]

"Butterfly"

at Source, Washington
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Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
Sat, September 21
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FULL PRICE: $46
OFFER PRICE: $23

"INtimately" experienced, the classic story of love, hope and loss is given new force in a theatre experience that reveals the raw humanity behind this beloved music. This profoundly arresting new ver... [more+]

"INtimately" experienced, the classic story of love, hope and loss is given new force in a theatre experience that reveals the raw humanity behind this beloved music. This profoundly arresting new version, stripped to its intense emotional core, returns to the structure of the source play that inspired overwhelming music. Performed by two brilliant international young casts, one in English and one Italian, you choose how to witness an unforgettable experience of breath-taking opera as dynamic theater. [less-]

Musical Comedy "A Nite at the Dew Drop Inn"

at Anacostia Playhouse, Washington
OFFER DATES:
Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
Sat, September 21
FULL PRICE: $40
OFFER PRICE: $20

Let the good times roll as you experience a raunchy, raucous night of song filled with laughter, high jinks, and tears of joy. This fun-filled musical journey will take you on a ride of those unforget... [more+]

Let the good times roll as you experience a raunchy, raucous night of song filled with laughter, high jinks, and tears of joy. This fun-filled musical journey will take you on a ride of those unforgettable moments of that first date, first kiss, the one that got away, or maybe the one you kicked to the curb! "A Nite at the Dew Drop Inn" is a musical celebration and tribute to the juke joint, to those iconic nightspots that were known for good food, music and maybe a little trouble (if you weren’t careful). This cabaret-style presentation at Anacostia Playhouse highlights themes of love found, love lost and love renewed. It features songs made famous by Big Mama Thorton, Fats Waller, Etta James, and Dinah Washington, just to name a few. [less-]

Felipe Esparza Live (Netflix, HBO & "What's Up Fool" Podcast)

at Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, Arlington
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Fri, September 20
Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
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FULL PRICE: $25 - $30
OFFER PRICE: $12.50 - $15

If you had told him back then that all this life experience would one day make people laugh, he wouldn't have believed it. From being raised in the projects in a family of 9 living in the most gang-in... [more+]

If you had told him back then that all this life experience would one day make people laugh, he wouldn't have believed it. From being raised in the projects in a family of 9 living in the most gang-infested neighborhood in the country to winning NBC's "Last Comic Standing" to selling out live comedy shows all over the country and being able to act in TV shows and movies, Felipe's life has been anything but boring. He worked for years as a stand-up comedian, opening on the road for fellow comedians such as Gabriel Iglesias and Paul Rodriguez, then took a leap of faith and went out on his own -- which led to very little income and opportunity at first. Today, in addition to his live stand-up touring, Felipe hosts a weekly podcast on the All Things Comedy Network called "What's Up Fool?" that focuses on interesting stories from just about anybody. From renowned author and humanitarian Father Greg Boyle from Homeboy Industries, to actor Damian Chapa (Miklo from "Blood In, Blood Out"), to the lead detective on the Night Stalker serial killer case, to actor Emilio Rivera (from "Sons of Anarchy") to even the "Incredible Hulk" who takes photos with tourists on Hollywood Blvd. Recently, Felipe produced his second hour-long stand-up special with his wife Lesa, entitled "Translate This", premiering on HBO September 30, 2017. He is also developing a sitcom with fellow comedian Dustin Ybarra and writers Bobby Bowman and Peter Murrietta -- Felipe and Dustin will play brothers in a single-camera comedy to be produced by 3Arts Entertainment. [less-]

"Magic Mike Tribute Show -- Ladies Night Revue"

at The Bier Baron Tavern, Washington
OFFER DATES:
Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
FULL PRICE: $30
OFFER PRICE: $11.99 - $15

Performing nationwide, we are the leader in providing good looking men that move on stage like none other. Our focus has been our celebrated and well known Ladies Night Out Male Revue Shows. Tickets t... [more+]

Performing nationwide, we are the leader in providing good looking men that move on stage like none other. Our focus has been our celebrated and well known Ladies Night Out Male Revue Shows. Tickets to the Men in Motion Male Revue is a perfect way to spend a Bachelorette Party, Birthday or just a fun-filled night with the girls. So ladies, let us fulfill your fantasy and make all your dreams come true with a Revue Show emulating Channing Tatum’s crew on film. See you at the show! [less-]

"The Book Club Play"

at Silver Spring Stage, Silver Spring
OFFER DATES:
Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
Fri, September 27
+ 7 more dates
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FULL PRICE: $25
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

An uproarious comedy about books — yes, you read that right! — and a group of friends who love them. Silver Spring Stage delights in presenting "The Book Club Play" by award-winning playwright Kar... [more+]

An uproarious comedy about books — yes, you read that right! — and a group of friends who love them. Silver Spring Stage delights in presenting "The Book Club Play" by award-winning playwright Karen Zacarías. The leader of the book club has agreed to participate in a documentary by a “famous Danish filmmaker” who wishes to film them — unbeknownst to the friends. The intimate discussions that arise as they connect to different types of books, sharing their own opinions, secrets, and feelings in front of the ever-present camera lens. The result is touching moments and hilarious arguments, especially when an unexpected new member joins the group and these friends start to read between the lines. This play is smart AND fun, and everyone will feel like they are invited to join the club. [less-]

Shakespeare's "1 Henry IV" Featuring Edward Gero

at Folger Theatre, Washington
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Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
Sat, September 21
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FULL PRICE: $55 - $85
OFFER PRICE: $38.50 - $68

Watch as loyalties are tested and rivals are vanquished when Shakespeare's history play of power, honor and redemption hits the stage. This production even features acclaimed actor Edward Gero as the ... [more+]

Watch as loyalties are tested and rivals are vanquished when Shakespeare's history play of power, honor and redemption hits the stage. This production even features acclaimed actor Edward Gero as the irrepressible Falstaff, making all the riotous comedy, political intrigue and battlefield action of this epic saga even more unforgettable! [less-]

"Cabaret"

at Olney Theatre Center - Mainstage, Olney
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Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
Sat, September 21
+ 14 more dates
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Sun, September 29
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FULL PRICE: $47 - $85
OFFER PRICE: $23.50 - $42.50

An American writer falls in love with a singer in Berlin on the eve of the Nazis' rise to power. The 1998 revival of "Cabaret" won four Tonys, boasting an unforgettable score by Kander and Ebb. Politi... [more+]

An American writer falls in love with a singer in Berlin on the eve of the Nazis' rise to power. The 1998 revival of "Cabaret" won four Tonys, boasting an unforgettable score by Kander and Ebb. Political upheaval tests the dream-like romance in this powerful production at Olney Theatre Center. [less-]

The DC Comedy Showcase

at Comedy Club DC, Washington
OFFER DATES:
Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
Fri, September 27
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Sat, September 28
Fri, October 04
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Fri, October 11
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FULL PRICE: $10 - $15
OFFER PRICE: $5 - $7.50

Experience the DC Comedy Showcase in Adams Morgan, D.C. at Comedy Club DC. The showroom and tavern will have you feeling fresh and ready to kick back for the best laughs. Laugh Buzz Comedy hosts natio... [more+]

Experience the DC Comedy Showcase in Adams Morgan, D.C. at Comedy Club DC. The showroom and tavern will have you feeling fresh and ready to kick back for the best laughs. Laugh Buzz Comedy hosts nationally touring comedians and showcases the hottest local comedians. Talent from HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central are known to drop in on any given night. Bask in the cool atmosphere, enjoy friendly and attentive staff, and listen to famous comedy in a range of styles. It's the perfect idea for D.C. date night, meeting new people, or just a fun night on the town. [less-]

Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Walking Tour

at US Capitol Building, Washington
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Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
Sun, September 22
+ 8 more dates
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FULL PRICE: $40
OFFER PRICE: $20

On the Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour, you'll explore the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Discover the birthplace of American government while seeing iconic landmarks and le... [more+]

On the Politics & Pints Capitol Hill Tour, you'll explore the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Discover the birthplace of American government while seeing iconic landmarks and learning fascinating history on this two-hour walking tour. Cap it all off by grabbing a drink in the city's oldest commercial district. [less-]

"La vida es sueño (Life Is a Dream)"

at GALA Hispanic Theatre, Washington
OFFER DATES:
Fri, September 20
Thu, September 26
Fri, September 27
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FULL PRICE: $45
OFFER PRICE: $25

Set in Poland in the 17th century when its influence and power in Europe had waned, "Life is a Dream" explores tyranny, fate, and free will. Weaving together the stories of Segismundo, who was impriso... [more+]

Set in Poland in the 17th century when its influence and power in Europe had waned, "Life is a Dream" explores tyranny, fate, and free will. Weaving together the stories of Segismundo, who was imprisoned at birth by his father King Basilio to prevent the fulfillment of a prophecy, and Rosaura, who acts to restore her honor and control her destiny, this famous Spanish Golden Age drama addresses the universal question: “Who is the master of one’s fate?" [less-]

Smithsonian American Art Adventures

at Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington
OFFER DATES:
Fri, September 20
Fri, September 27
Mon, September 30
FULL PRICE: $40
OFFER PRICE: $20

Take a quirky tour of one of the most historic -- and underrated --buildings and museums in Washington, D.C. with Smithsonian American Art Adventures. You'll dive into American history through art whi... [more+]

Take a quirky tour of one of the most historic -- and underrated --buildings and museums in Washington, D.C. with Smithsonian American Art Adventures. You'll dive into American history through art while your guide regales you with amazing tales of the power players who shaped the country. At the same time, you'll be taking in one of the world's largest collections of art. [less-]

Michela's Love Movement

at AMP by Strathmore, North Bethesda
OFFER DATES:
Fri, September 20
FULL PRICE: $28
OFFER PRICE: $16

Love Movement is not your ordinary band. This ensemble, led by tap dancing phenomenon Michela Marino Lerman, is a hybrid of the highest levels of musicianship and hoofing. An extraordinary percussioni... [more+]

Love Movement is not your ordinary band. This ensemble, led by tap dancing phenomenon Michela Marino Lerman, is a hybrid of the highest levels of musicianship and hoofing. An extraordinary percussionist and dancer all in one, Lerman’s feet are a blur of brilliance, tapping on electronic boards and wooden stages to accentuate the group’s uplifting repertoire. Dancing to original music, spirituals and jazz, Love Movement is a journey through the levels of love. From familial love, self-love and realization, protest, prayer, spiritual love and romantic love, this is an immersive musical experience that will leave you feeling moved and empowered. [less-]

"The Girls of the Garden Club"

at Laurel Mill Playhouse, Laurel
OFFER DATES:
Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
Fri, September 27
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FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $10

Laurel Mill Playhouse is proud to present _ presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and written by John Patrick! Directed by Larry Simmons and produced by Maureen Rogers, t... [more+]

Laurel Mill Playhouse is proud to present _ presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and written by John Patrick! Directed by Larry Simmons and produced by Maureen Rogers, this engaging comedy will have you in stitches Rhoda Greenleaf (Sam David) is devoted to gardening and wants to land the presidency of the local garden club. Standing in her way is the incumbent, Lillybelle (Barbara Gasper), who peppers her speech with French phrases and is a general pain in the neck. Despite help from other club members, Rhoda's effort to oust her is stalled, until her daughter's boyfriend (Zach Polignone)) comes up with a novel idea -- a talking plant! You will see all of your favorite actors and actresses in this show including Karen Alibrando, Becky Batt, Jim Berard, Shayna Bloom, Kiersten Harris, Phyllis Kay, Rachel Kilgallen, Penny Martin, Marge McGugan, Patti Restivo, Maia Krapcho, Maureen Rogers, Patti Seitz and Diana Simmons. [less-]

"Trying"

at 1st Stage Theater, Tysons
OFFER DATES:
Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
FULL PRICE: $42
OFFER PRICE: $21

This two-hander explores the author’s real experience working for Francis Biddle at his home in Washington, DC from 1967-1968. Judge Biddle, Former Attorney General of the United States under Frankl... [more+]

This two-hander explores the author’s real experience working for Francis Biddle at his home in Washington, DC from 1967-1968. Judge Biddle, Former Attorney General of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt and Chief Judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, is notoriously hard on his staff as he tries to cement his legacy. Can the old, Philadelphia aristocrat and his young, Canadian assistant bridge the generational divide and come to understand one another in this “comic and touching” play ("The New York Times")? [less-]

"The Gulf"

at The Writer's Center, Chevy Chase
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Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
Sun, September 22
+ 10 more dates
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FULL PRICE: $35
OFFER PRICE: $17.50

Two Women. A Boat. "The Gulf". Kendra and Betty. They want what we all want. To find peace. Two lost and lonely people, six years into a volatile, troubled love affair, and then one night, it breaks. ... [more+]

Two Women. A Boat. "The Gulf". Kendra and Betty. They want what we all want. To find peace. Two lost and lonely people, six years into a volatile, troubled love affair, and then one night, it breaks. On a quiet summer evening, somewhere down in the Alabama Delta, Kendra and Betty troll the flats looking for red fish. They banter, they bicker, as any long time couple. As the skies darken, the ordinary fishing trip becomes an intense journey through the twists and turns brought on by the runaway mine train that is their dying relationship. Peter’s Alley is proud to present The Lammy and Edgarton Award-winning, "The Gulf", by local star playwright Audrey Cefaly, as our Inaugural production at our new home in Bethesda! [less-]

Comedian Kellen Erskine

at Drafthouse Comedy Theater, Washington
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Fri, September 20
Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
+ 1 more dates
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Fri, September 20
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FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $10

Kellen Erskine made his late-night debut on "Conan", and was featured on season 7 of NBC's "America's Got Talent" and ABC’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" You can also watch him on the Amazon Original Series ... [more+]

Kellen Erskine made his late-night debut on "Conan", and was featured on season 7 of NBC's "America's Got Talent" and ABC’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" You can also watch him on the Amazon Original Series "Inside Jokes". He was selected to perform at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, comedy's most prestigious event. Kellen was named one of TBS's 2017 Top Ten Comics to Watch, and he performed at the TBS New York Comedy Festival. He's appeared on nationally syndicated radio, including the "Bob and Tom Show" and "Todd N Tyler". Kellen has been a finalist of both the San Francisco International Comedy Competition and the Great American Comedy Festival; he has also performed at the Bridgetown, Big Sky, and Boston Comedy Festivals. [less-]

Mandee McKelvey

at DC Comedy Loft and Bier Baron Tavern, Washington
OFFER DATES:
Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
Sat, September 21
FULL PRICE: $15
OFFER PRICE: $5

Mandee McKelvey has lived one hell of a life, from growing up poor in South Carolina to becoming a widow in her 20s. Wait, it gets funnier! As one of the midwest's most acclaimed stand-up comedians, M... [more+]

Mandee McKelvey has lived one hell of a life, from growing up poor in South Carolina to becoming a widow in her 20s. Wait, it gets funnier! As one of the midwest's most acclaimed stand-up comedians, Mandee is revered for her ability to spin tragedy into comedy. Finding inspiration in her rural roots and her ill-timed anxiety, Mandee has been making audiences fall in love with her for years, then dumping them for being too clingy. In Louisville, KY, Mandee produces the celebrated show "Character Assassination" at The Bard's Town Theatre, and is the co-producer and co-host of the storytelling show "We Still Like You". Mandee has recently opened for Tig Notaro and Anthony Jeselnik, and in 2018, Thrillist named her one of the 50 best undiscovered comedians in America. [less-]

"School Girls"

at Round House Theatre - Bethesda, Bethesda
OFFER DATES:
Fri, September 20
Sat, September 21
Sun, September 22
+ 17 more dates
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Fri, September 27
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Sat, September 28
Sun, September 29
Wed, October 02
Thu, October 03
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Sat, October 05
Sat, October 05
Sun, October 06
Wed, October 09
Thu, October 10
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FULL PRICE: $65 - $75
OFFER PRICE: $32.50 - $37.50

“Here she is, Miss Ghana…” Pretty, popular Paulina longs to hear those words, and she’ll do whatever it takes to seize the crown. But the queen bee of the Aburi Girls Boarding School didn’t ... [more+]

“Here she is, Miss Ghana…” Pretty, popular Paulina longs to hear those words, and she’ll do whatever it takes to seize the crown. But the queen bee of the Aburi Girls Boarding School didn’t count on her reign being threatened. Ericka arrives from America and immediately challenges the ruling class with Western sensibilities and imported beauty products. With hilarity and insight, Jocelyn Bioh’s award-winning comedy dissects how “mean girls” are created — and cured. Fresh off two sold-out, extended Off-Broadway runs, this “ferociously entertaining morality tale” ("Hollywood Reporter") is sure to strike a chord with anyone, anywhere, who has ever been a teenage girl, raised a teenage girl, or met a teenage girl. [less-]

Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.

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