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WASHINGTON, DC CLASSICAL MUSIC NEWS COVERAGE

The latest news on performances of Classical Music in Washington, DC.

Review: LEONARD BERNSTEIN'S 'MASS' at the Kennedy Center Photo Review: LEONARD BERNSTEIN'S 'MASS' at the Kennedy Center
by Alexander C. Kafka - September 16, 2022

Bernstein's hugely ambitious ecclesiastical fever dream is a beautiful mess well worth experiencing....
Folger Consort's 45th Season Begins This Month Photo Folger Consort's 45th Season Begins This Month
by A.A. Cristi - September 12, 2022

​​​​​​​Folger Consort, the early music ensemble-in-residence at Folger Shakespeare Library, announces its 45th season—featuring five concert programs of music ranging from 12th-century France to 18th-century Tanjore, as well as concerts inspired by the works of Shakespeare and its annual holiday per...
Kennedy Center to Present Bernstein's MASS & More in September Photo Kennedy Center to Present Bernstein's MASS & More in September
by Chloe Rabinowitz - August 26, 2022

Next month, in September, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its namesake with two projects: the opening of “Art and Ideals: President John F. Kennedy” – a new permanent exhibit exploring Kennedy’s presidency and commitment to the arts – and a reprise of Bernstein’s MASS....
Carnegie Hall's NYO Jazz to Make First-Ever US Tour This Summer 2022 Photo Carnegie Hall's NYO Jazz to Make First-Ever US Tour This Summer 2022
by Chloe Rabinowitz - July 12, 2022

This summer, Carnegie Hall’s national youth jazz orchestra NYO Jazz—which showcases the legacy and bright future of American jazz—returns for its fifth year following performances at Carnegie Hall and successful international tours to Europe and Asia....
Interview: Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter on Her Long Association with Le Photo Interview: Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter on Her Long Association with Legendary Film Composer John Williams
by Elliot Lanes - July 06, 2022

Deborah F. Rutter is the President of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A post she has held since September 1st, 2014. ...
Review: JOHN WILLIAMS 90TH BIRTHDAY GALA CONCERT at Kennedy Center Photo Review: JOHN WILLIAMS 90TH BIRTHDAY GALA CONCERT at Kennedy Center
by Elliot Lanes - June 27, 2022

109 film scores, lots of symphonic music, and the music you hear during the Olympics doesn't even begin to properly describe a true living musical legend like John Williams. His 50 years and 29 film association with Steven Spielberg is the longest relationship in film between a director and a compos...
NYO Jazz Announces First US Tour This Summer Photo NYO Jazz Announces First US Tour This Summer
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 24, 2022

Carnegie Hall today announced the schedule for the first-ever US tour by its acclaimed NYO Jazz set to take place on the heels of the June 24, 2022 release of the ensemble’s first full-length studio album, We’re Still Here....
BWW Review: CARMEN at The Kennedy Center Photo BWW Review: CARMEN at The Kennedy Center
by Rachael F. Goldberg - May 24, 2022

While this production of 'Carmen' is very traditional on its face, the thoughtfulness and sheer talent packed into this performance elevates it to something far more engaging, and absolutely enchanting. It’s more than worthy of audiences’ time, and hopefully WNO’s fresh interpretation will help audi...
NOW Dedicates 10th Anniversary To The Climate Crisis Photo NOW Dedicates 10th Anniversary To The Climate Crisis
by A.A. Cristi - May 09, 2022

On Thursday, May 26, New Orchestra of Washington presents The Time is NOW, a concert that celebrates the organization's 10th anniversary while dedicating that performance to the most urgent issue in the next decade ahead, our environment. ...
DISNEY PRINCESS - THE CONCERT With Altomare, Egan, Reed & Winters to Perform With The Photo DISNEY PRINCESS - THE CONCERT With Altomare, Egan, Reed & Winters to Perform With The National Symphony Orchestra
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 21, 2022

The National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Steven Reineke, will perform lush orchestrations of classic Disney songs featuring celebrated Broadway stars in a weekend of performances on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. ...
Constellations Chamber Concerts Presents CELEBRATE Photo Constellations Chamber Concerts Presents CELEBRATE
by A.A. Cristi - April 15, 2022

For one night only on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm, Constellations Chamber Concerts presents “Celebrate,” the finale to its 2021-22 concert season. The concert, taking place at 910 Black Lives Matter Plaza (16th Street NW), features performances by a trio of world-renowned guest artists: oboist Toyin...
National Philharmonic Announces 2022-2023 Season Photo National Philharmonic Announces 2022-2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 12, 2022

National Philharmonic has announced its 2022-2023 season, which includes eight classical programs conducted by Music Director Piotr Gajewski and two by Chorale Artistic Director Stan Engebretson; two pops shows led by Principal Pops Conductor Luke Frazier; and a piano recital....
William Shatner to Join The National Symphony Orchestra for DECLASSIFIED: BEN FOLDS P Photo William Shatner to Join The National Symphony Orchestra for DECLASSIFIED: BEN FOLDS PRESENTS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 07, 2022

The National Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Steven Reineke, and Artistic Advisor Ben Folds welcome legendary actor, musician, activist, and recent space traveler William Shatner as the featured guest artist for its upcoming DECLASSIFIED: BEN FOLDS PRESENTS concert on Friday, April 29 at 9 p.m....
Christopher Tin's TO SHIVER THE SKY Premieres In Live Concert Photo Christopher Tin's TO SHIVER THE SKY Premieres In Live Concert
by A.A. Cristi - April 06, 2022

Tin's oratorio To Shiver the Sky receives its world premiere in May 2022 with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the United States Air Force Band, and ModernMedieval....
The Choral Arts Society of Washington and Washington Performing Arts to Present LIVIN Photo The Choral Arts Society of Washington and Washington Performing Arts to Present LIVING THE DREAM...SINGING THE DREAM
by A.A. Cristi - April 06, 2022

The Choral Arts Society of Washington and the combined gospel choirs of Washington Performing Arts will co-present treasured annual event Living the Dream...Singing the Dream tribute concert on Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 7pm,rescheduled from January 30, 2022. ...
National Symphony Orchestra Announces Classical Programming For 2022–2023 Season Photo National Symphony Orchestra Announces Classical Programming For 2022–2023 Season
by A.A. Cristi - April 05, 2022

The National Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director  Gianandrea Noseda and Executive Director Gary Ginstling, announces its classical  programming for the 2022–2023 season. The new season, during which Maestro Noseda appears in 14 programs and leads a total of 36 concerts, embodies the special co...
National Philharmonic to Present AMERICA'S REQUIEM - A KNEE ON THE NECK Photo National Philharmonic to Present AMERICA'S REQUIEM - A KNEE ON THE NECK
by Chloe Rabinowitz - March 16, 2022

The National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, in partnership with The Washington Chorus, will present America’s Requiem – A Knee on The Neck. The long-awaited season program features the world premiere of Adolphus Hailstork and Herbert Martin’s A Knee on The Neck alongside Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...
DC Strings Orchestra Plans Flash-Mob Concert To Benefit Ukrainian Relief Organization Photo DC Strings Orchestra Plans Flash-Mob Concert To Benefit Ukrainian Relief Organizations
by A.A. Cristi - March 08, 2022

DC Strings Orchestra and the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra are uniting to host a benefit  concert to support the people of Ukraine. The flash-mob style performance is open to area musicians who want to join the cause and lift their instruments with the orchestra and raise their voices in support.  ...
Composer Lisa Bielawa To Have Major Premieres In DC, New York and Cambridge This Marc Photo Composer Lisa Bielawa To Have Major Premieres In DC, New York and Cambridge This March And April
by A.A. Cristi - March 07, 2022

Composer, producer, vocalist and Rome Prize-winner Lisa Bielawa will have three major new works  premiered in Washington, DC (Washington National Cathedral, March 13), New York (Carnegie Hall, March 25), and the Boston area (First Cambridge Church, April 2), performed by the Cathedral Choral Society...
BWW Review: WRITTEN IN STONE at Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater Photo BWW Review: WRITTEN IN STONE at Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater
by Mary Lincer - March 07, 2022

The Washington National Opera has gathered a company of first rate singers for a portmanteau of four, one-act operas called Written in Stone. Unfortunately, their fine skills and exceptional voices cannot make silk purses out of scores, libretti, and orchestrations that evade aesthetics, emphasize n...
Lionel Yu Presents MUSICALBASICS, A Transcendental Experience At The Kennedy Center T Photo Lionel Yu Presents MUSICALBASICS, A Transcendental Experience At The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
by A.A. Cristi - February 21, 2022

Lionel Yu, the DC-based pianist behind the hit YouTube channel MusicalBasics (1,000,000+ Subscribers), makes his debut at the Kennedy Center, performing MUSICALBASICS, A Transcendental Experience at the Terrace Theater on Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 PM.   ...
The NSO to Present Four Classical Programs in March Photo The NSO to Present Four Classical Programs in March
by Chloe Rabinowitz - February 11, 2022

The National Symphony Orchestra will continue its Classical series this March with four subscription concert programs at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, including a two-week residency with conductor, composer, and 2019 Kennedy Center Honoree Michael Tilson Thomas....
VIDEO: Works & Process at the Guggenheim On Washington National Opera's WRITTEN IN ST Photo VIDEO: Works & Process at the Guggenheim On Washington National Opera's WRITTEN IN STONE
by Stage Tube - February 11, 2022

Inspired by iconic monuments in Washington, D.C., and the ideals embodied by President Kennedy, 'Written in Stone' is a series of intimate short works interwoven into a single evening celebrating the Kennedy Center’s fiftieth anniversary. ...
Gemma New & Gianandrea Noseda to Lead the NSO in February Programs Photo Gemma New & Gianandrea Noseda to Lead the NSO in February Programs
by Chloe Rabinowitz - January 21, 2022

The National Symphony Orchestra will continues its Classical series this February with three subscription programs at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, two of which are conducted by Music Director Gianandrea Noseda. ...