National Symphony Orchestra: Fleming and Gilfry in an NSO co-commission
Nov
21
to Nov 23

National Symphony Orchestra: Fleming and Gilfry in an NSO co-commission

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.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Celebrating Slatkin at 75
Dec
5
to Dec 7

National Symphony Orchestra: Celebrating Slatkin at 75

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.

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Jacksonville Symphony (part of SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras)
Mar
24
8:00 PM20:00

Jacksonville Symphony (part of SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras)

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.

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Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (part of SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras)
Mar
27
8:00 PM20:00

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (part of SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras)

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.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Langrée conducts Brahms's First / Hough plays Beethoven
Apr
16
to Apr 18

National Symphony Orchestra: Langrée conducts Brahms's First / Hough plays Beethoven

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.

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Scottish Ballet: The Crucible
May
13
to May 17

Scottish Ballet: The Crucible

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.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Memory and Myth: Music by Sibelius and an NSO premiere
May
14
to May 16

National Symphony Orchestra: Memory and Myth: Music by Sibelius and an NSO premiere

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.

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NOI: Tower & Harbison
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

NOI: Tower & Harbison

The National Orchestral Institute & Festival at the University of Maryland presents Sequoia by Joan Tower and Remembering Gatsby by John Harbison on this concert. At 7, join leading musicologist and journalist Will Robin as he discusses the music with Joan Tower!

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