The twice-Grammy® nominated Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional repertoire and those written this decade, this year, or this week.
Now in its 20th year of virtuosic performances and daring programming, the composer/performer collective counter)induction will be in DC presenting works by Brittany J. Green, Mark Rimple, Mario Davidovsky, Ryan Streber, Kyle Bartlett, Douglas Boyce, and Ning Yu.
Join District5 for a quirky program featuring a recent work by Jessica Krash.
One of the most celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming returns to the Concert Hall with Grammy®-nominated baritone Rod Gilfry. Under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda, they perform the D.C. premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts’s Brightness of Light, an NSO co-commission inspired by the letters between iconic American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz.
When former NSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin led the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, he commissioned a set of variations—each from a different living American composer—on the famous Paganini Caprice No. 24. In honor of Slatkin’s 75th birthday season, a number of orchestras, including the NSO, have each commissioned an additional variation to create a new, expanded version of the work.
A collaboration among legends, The Day is a new music/dance work by cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, and choreographer Lucinda Childs, with music by David Lang.
Three world premiere short operas will be staged in a concert performance, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra and followed by a Q&A with the artists and creative team. This season's distinguished mentors include composer Laura Kaminsky, librettist Kelley Rourke, and conductor Anne Manson.
The Kronos Quartet and the Chamber Singers of the Choral Arts Society of Washington present the DC premiere of Terry Riley’s Sun Rings at the Lisner Auditorium.
The Jacksonville Symphony’s program explores the many influences that jazz artists and composers have had on traditional classical composers. Their theme for the SHIFT festival is “Bridges,” and their Composer-in-Residence, Courtney Bryan, will have a significant presence in the mainstage concert as well as in the Symphony’s residency activities.
Program coming soon!
Every good journey begins and ends at home. This program celebrates the artistic legacy of Knoxville, interweaving music with narrative excerpts by Pulitzer Prize-winning Knoxville native James Agee. Michael Schachter’s “Overture to Knoxville” was commissioned by the KSO in 2017 with the city as inspiration.
Davóne Tines deemed a “…charismatic, full-voiced bass-baritone…” by the New York Times, is building an international career commanding a broad spectrum of opera and concert performance from early music to adventurous contemporary music.
Grammy Award-winning singer Kelley O’Connor joins the Philadelphia Orchestra in a thrilling program of bold musical voices from the past century.
With its grand orchestration and stormy, romantic movements, Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto is a vital precursor to the composer’s “heroic” middle-period style. Brahms’s radiant First Symphony and Julia Wolfe’s Fountain of Youth complete the program, making a thrilling NSO debut for conductor Louis Langrée, Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Scotland’s national dance company returns, fresh from its 50th anniversary season, with another time-honored drama you wouldn’t necessarily expect on the ballet stage. Arthur Miller’s classic play about the Salem witch trials becomes a riveting, brand-new ballet that makes the story as relevant today as when it was first written. Washington audiences will be the first in the U.S. to experience it.
In a symphonic exploration of legend and lore, visionary maestro David Robertson conducts Mnemosyne's Pool, an NSO co-commission from Grammy Award®–winning composer Steven Mackey. Drawing inspiration from the Greek goddess of memory, Mackey’s work tells the story of souls who dared drink from the river Mnemosyne in Hades, thereby bestowing eternal life in the Elysian Fields. Sibelius weaves Finnish mythology into music in The Swan of Tuonela, a tone poem depicting the hero’s quest to kill a mystical swan swimming through the Finnish realm of the dead.
To Shiver the Sky is Christopher Tin’s musical exploration of mankind’s conquest of the sky for orchestra, chorus, and soloists, sets texts from pioneers of flight from Leonard da Vinci to Amelia Earhart. The US Air Force Band collaborates with the Choral Arts Society of Washington for this world premiere.
The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" presents an evening of chamber music, performing works for strings and saxes, both new and classic.
This sparkling coloratura soprano brings silvery radiance and pinpoint accuracy to a wide-ranging repertoire that encompasses music from the Baroque to world premieres written especially for her.
An experimental multimedia collective; meditative, ecstatic, acoustic music grounded in deep listening; and more
GNE’s “Four Freedoms” series concludes with works by Bresnick, Kaufman, Maysaud, Bayolo, Temple, and Eastman.
Vocalist Megan Ihnen and saxophonist Alan Theisen present a concert of many works by living composers, including local composer Andrew Cote.