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National Symphony Orchestra To Premiere THE SECOND CITYNational Symphony Orchestra To Premiere THE SECOND CITY
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

The NSO Pops and Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke welcome one of the world's premier comedy troupes, The Second City, with renowned improvisational comedian Colin Mochrie, to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for three performances to open the 2016-17 NSO Pops season, September 15-17, 2016. The Second City Guide to the Symphony is a live performance featuring a blend of original sketch comedy, new music and songs by Matthew Reid, and orchestral works by Mozart, Mahler, Glinka, and more. (more...)

NSO Pops to Give U.S. Premiere of THE SECOND CITY GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRANSO Pops to Give U.S. Premiere of THE SECOND CITY GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

The NSO Pops and Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke welcome one of the world's premier comedy troupes, The Second City, with renowned improvisational comedian Colin Mochrie, to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for three performances to open the 2016-17 NSO Pops season, September 15-17, 2016. (more...)

Washington National Opera Announces Fifth Season of America Opera InitiativeWashington National Opera Announces Fifth Season of America Opera Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced full programming details for the fifth season of the American Opera Initiative, its comprehensive commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering the talents of rising American composers and librettists. For the first time, all of the program's world premiere operas will be presented during an American Opera Initiative Festival weekend, January 13-15, 2017 in the Kennedy Center Family Theater. (more...)

Smuin Launches 23rd Season With World PremiereSmuin Launches 23rd Season With World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Smuin kicks off its 23rd season with the Bay Area tour of Dance Series 01 showcasing the diverse styles of this contemporary American ballet company. The program features Madness, Rack, and Honey, a world premiere by acclaimed choreographer Garrett Ammon. Also on the program is the West Coast's first look at Stanton Welch's critically praised Indigo, which examines the vagaries of romantic relationships as four couples come together, fall in love, fight, and exchange partners. Rounding out the bill is the timely return of Michael Smuin's Stabat Mater, a powerful response to the events of 9/11. It is presented by Smuin in observance of the 15th anniversary of this most significant event of the new century, with a message of hope in the face of challenges.  (more...)

Goo Goo Dolls Announce Fall Headline TourGoo Goo Dolls Announce Fall Headline Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls will hit the road this fall for their second headline run in support of their latest release Boxes featuring support from SafetySuit. (more...)

Florida Grand Opera Announces New Roster of Young Artist Program Take-OnsFlorida Grand Opera Announces New Roster of Young Artist Program Take-Ons
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

MIAMI – August 2, 2016– Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is pleased to announce the members of its 2016-17 class for its Young Artist Program. These artists, consisting of both new and returning members, were selected from more than 600 singers who auditioned for the coveted program.  (more...)

Wolf Trap Announces Initial Lineup of The Barns at Wolf Trap's 2016-2017 SeasonWolf Trap Announces Initial Lineup of The Barns at Wolf Trap's 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts today announced the first 66 performances of the 2016-2017 season at The Barns at Wolf Trap, its historic 382-seat indoor venue. See below for a complete calendar of events and ticketing information. (more...)

Minnesota Opera Announces Robert Ainsley as New Director of Young Artist Program & MoreMinnesota Opera Announces Robert Ainsley as New Director of Young Artist Program & More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (July 29, 2016) – Minnesota Opera today announced that Head of Music Robert Ainsley has accepted the position as the new Director of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the American Opera Initiative, effective next month. For the last three years, Rob has served as the Head of Music Staff, Chorus Master and Coach at Minnesota Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He has worked on several world premiere and American operas at both companies, including Minnesota Opera's The Dream of Valentino, The Manchurian Candidate and The Shining. (more...)

Washington National Opera Names New Director of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, American Opera InitiativeWashington National Opera Names New Director of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, American Opera Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

Minnesota Opera today announced that Head of Music Robert Ainsley has accepted the position as the new Director of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the American Opera Initiative, effective next month, at Washington National Opera. (more...)

Photo Flash: Ash Lawn Opera Presents SOUTH PACIFICPhoto Flash: Ash Lawn Opera Presents SOUTH PACIFIC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

The summer concludes with South Pacific, an ever-topical story of love in the time of war, and one of the most heralded musicals of all time. Since its premiere in 1949, it has won countless awards, including the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Awards both for its original run and its 2008 revival. Featuring some of the greatest songs in musical theater history, including 'Some Enchanted Evening,' 'I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy,' and 'A Cockeyed Optimist,' this remarkable production will stay with you for years to come. (more...)

Temah Higgins and DJ Martin Launch New Theatrical Booking & PR CompanyTemah Higgins and DJ Martin Launch New Theatrical Booking & PR Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Temah Higgins, Executive Vice-President of Broadway Booking Office and DJ Martin, President of Bond Touring Group announce today the launch of Bond Theatrical Group, a fully independent Booking, Marketing and Publicity company for live entertainment productions across North America.  (more...)

STAR TREK with the NSO, Tony Bennett and More Coming Up at Wolf Trap This SummerSTAR TREK with the NSO, Tony Bennett and More Coming Up at Wolf Trap This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Some highlights of what's coming up this summer at Wolf Trap include: The Firebird (July 23); Star Trek Into Darkness with the NSO - and a pre-show Trek talk with Adam Nimoy (Leonard's son), Dave Zappone (For the Love of Spock), and Terry Farrell (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) along with several NASA staff (July 30); and the National Park Service Centennial celebration weekend, which features performances by Ricky Martin (August 24+25), Aretha Franklin (August 26), and Bonnie Raitt (Augsut 27). Scroll down for details!  (more...)

On Site Opera Begins A DOUBLE BILL OF MONODRAMAS at the Harmonie Club in SeptemberOn Site Opera Begins A DOUBLE BILL OF MONODRAMAS at the Harmonie Club in September
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Known for staging “the ultimate in intimate productions” (The New York Times), On Site Opera begins their sixth annual season on September 29-30 with an evening of powerful monodramas including Dominick Argento's Miss Havisham's Wedding Night and Hector Berlioz's La Mort de Cléopâtre (The Death of Cleopatra) in the exquisite grand ballroom at The Harmonie Club. The evening stars soprano Leah Partridge as Miss Havisham and mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert as Cleopatra and features the string quintet SYBARITE5 at the center of a chamber orchestra. Conducted by OSO's Music Director, Geoffrey McDonald, and directed by the company's General & Artistic Director, Eric Einhorn, the site-specific production features lighting design by Shawn Kaufman and costume design by Fay Leshner. OSO invites audiences to join as Miss Havisham's wedding guests for the evening – there's champagne and cake for all! (more...)

STREB Extreme Action in SEA Set for The Kennedy Center, 11/4-5STREB Extreme Action in SEA Set for The Kennedy Center, 11/4-5
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents STREB Extreme Action in their Kennedy Center debut with SEA (Singular Extreme Actions) in the Eisenhower Theater for three performances, November 4-5, 2016. (more...)

Opera North Welcomes New Resident ArtistsOpera North Welcomes New Resident Artists
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Opera North is pleased to welcome its 2016 Resident Artists to the Upper Valley. Seventeen young professionals from around the US were chosen from almost 700 applicants to participate in Opera North's Resident Artist program. For the next two months, they will work with world-class directors, designers, and conductors as they prepare for roles in the season's productions.  (more...)

BWW Review: Newly Conceived THE FIREBIRD Belies the Clarity of it Creator's VisionBWW Review: Newly Conceived THE FIREBIRD Belies the Clarity of it Creator's Vision
by David Fick - Jul 1, 2016

Piecing together a new mythology is an audacious undertaking, and yet it is an act that is at the very heart of theatre-making: the building of a new world, with its own origins and order, that only becomes fully realised when an audience believes in it. THE FIREBIRD attempts just that, telling a post-apartheid South African story against the backdrop of a created mythology. (more...)

OPERA America Welcomes New Chairman & Members to Board of DirectorsOPERA America Welcomes New Chairman & Members to Board of Directors
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

 OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce that Timothy O'Leary, general director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, has been elected the new chairman of OPERA America's board of directors. He has been involved with OPERA America since 2006, when he participated in Leadership Advance, one of the organization's professional development programs. He joined OPERA America's board in 2011. O'Leary was elected chairman at OPERA America's recent annual business meeting — held during Opera Conference 2016 in Montreal — where eight new members were also elected to the board and three current members were re-elected to three-year terms.  (more...)

New Residency Program THE MITTEN LAB to Launch This Fall Northern MichiganNew Residency Program THE MITTEN LAB to Launch This Fall Northern Michigan
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

The MITTEN Lab (A Michigan Incubator for Theatre Talent Emerging Now), led by co-founders Katherine Carter and Rachel Sussman, is proud to announce the launch of its residency program in Northern Michigan this September. (more...)

Opera Saratoga Sets 2017 Summer Festival ProgramOpera Saratoga Sets 2017 Summer Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company's commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and works in which dance plays an integral role. (more...)

BWW Review: RIVERDANCE celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Wolf TrapBWW Review: RIVERDANCE celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Wolf Trap
by Hannah Wing - Jun 24, 2016

Longtime fans are sure to be thrilled to hear their favorites and first timers are sure to be swept up in the river sensation of “Riverdance.” With 20 years of bringing Irish dancing to audiences worldwide, “Riverdance' truly is worth the celebration. (more...)

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