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The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents: Christmas with Choral Arts

Dec 18 - Dec 24, 2017

Choral Arts celebrates the joys of the season in a delightful program of popular holiday standards and seasonal Christmas classics.

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NSO Pops: Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration

Wed, Dec 20, 2017, 8:00 PM

Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration is a 25th anniversary concert celebration of the acclaimed album that reinterpreted Handel’s oratorio Messiah

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The Washington Chorus presents: A Candlelight Christmas

Dec 21 - Dec 22, 2017

It’s not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring brass, organ, sing-alongs, and the magnificent Candlelight Processional, A Candlelight Christmas includes your favorite songs such as The Dream Isaiah SawHallelujah Chorus and more Christmas favorites to fall in love with.

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Messiah Sing-Along

Sat, Dec 23, 2017, 6:00 PM

The Kennedy Center's free Messiah Sing-Along, a family and community tradition since 1971, returns to the Concert Hall on Saturday evening, December 23, at 6 p.m. Ticket distribution begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Hall of Nations.


Vocal Arts DC presents: Tara Erraught, mezzo-soprano, with John O'Connor, piano

Tue, Jan 9, 2018, 7:30 PM

Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught returns to the nation's capital in her area solo recital debut, accompanied by John O'Connor.

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Opera Lafayette presents: Scarlatti | Geminiani

Jan 30 - Jan 31, 2018

Opera Lafayette's January program pairs the American premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti’s last major secular vocal work with Francesco Geminiani’s most famous instrumental composition, performed in its original version as a ballet pantomime, choreographed by the extraordinary Anuradha Nehru with Kalanidhi Dance. 

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Leonard Bernstein, His World Through Music

Tue, Feb 6, 2018, 7:30 PM

As part of the Kennedy Center Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration singer Carla Dirlikov Canales, in collaboration with pianist Justin Snyder and Leonard Bernstein's son Alexander, bring a captivating evening of the late legend's vocal and piano music, enriched with personal reminiscences, illuminating commentary, and illustrative video and photographs.

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Vocal Arts DC presents: Dorothea Röschmann, soprano, with Malcolm Martineau, piano

Thu, Feb 8, 2018, 7:30 PM

Vocal Arts DC presents German soprano Dorothea Röschmann, 2017 Grammy® Award-winner for her recording of songs by Schubert and Berg, in her first Washington solo recital in ten years, accompanied by pianist Martin Martineau.

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Washington Performing Arts presents: Living the Dream....Singing the Dream

Sun, Feb 11, 2018, 7:00 PM

For more than 25 years, Washington Performing Arts’ Gospel Choirs have shared the inspirational gift of gospel music with audiences throughout the D.C. region and beyond.

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2017 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner: John Holiday in Recital

Thu, Feb 15, 2018, 7:30 PM

This year's winner, gifted counter-tenor John Holiday, has been hailed by the New York Times as "an exceptional singer with a strong voice, even in its highest range."

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National Men's Chorus presents: A Concert of Opera and Musical Theater

Sat, Feb 17, 2018, 7:30 PM

The National Men's Chorus makes its third appearance in the Terrace Theater with a program of opera choruses and musical theater selections from operettas.

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Vocal Arts DC presents: Christoph Prégardien, tenor & Julius Drake, piano, in Recital

Sat, Feb 24, 2018, 7:30 PM

Esteemed German tenor Christoph Prégardien and pianist Julius Drake present Poetisches Tagebuch, (A Poet's Diary), a program of songs by Franz Schubert, many rarely performed, set to poetry of the Romantic era by Ernst Schulze and other masters.

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National Symphony Orchestra: John Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary

Mar 8 - Mar 10, 2018

In celebration of John Adams's 70th birthday year, Gianandrea Noseda conducts Adams's expansive composition for chorus, soloists, and orchestra depicting Jesus's final weeks as told from the unique perspective of Mary Magdalene.

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Laura and Linda Benanti: The Story Goes On

Fri, Mar 9, 2018, 7:30 PM

Join Tony Award® winner (and brand new mom) Laura Benanti and her mother Linda Benanti on a musical journey through the special relationship between a mother and daughter. 

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Ute Lemper's Paris Days, Berlin Nights

Fri, Mar 16, 2018, 8:00 PM

The German singer and actress renowned for her interpretations of the work of Kurt Weill performs a collection of songs that journey through Europe and Argentina, featuring the Vogler Quartet.

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Vocal Arts DC presents: Theo Hoffman, baritone, with Bradley Moore, piano

Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 7:30 PM

Vocal Arts DC presents the annual Gerald Perman Fund for Emerging Artists Recitalists for 2018, young American baritone Theo Hoffman in his Washington recital debut, in collaboration with pianist Bradley Moore.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Verdi's Requiem

Mar 22 - Mar 24, 2018

Gianandrea Noseda conducts Verdi's Requiem, a spectacular masterpiece composed in memory of an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi deeply admired. Pairing striking trumpet solos with sweeping symphonic and choral moments, Requiem is a legendary musical experience.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Dawn Upshaw and So Percussion

Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 7:30 PM

Five-time Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw is joined by today's leading percussion ensemble, So Percussion. This contemporary pairing brings an exciting freshness to our season with an evening that includes a brand new work by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Isabel Leonard in Recital Tribute: IsabelLEONARDBernstein

Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 2:00 PM

The Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano pays homage to Leonard Bernstein, who was a pivotal force in translating and transforming the European song cycle and oratorio tradition into an American idiom that can be related to by all. Isabel Leonard precedes her turn as Rosina in WNO's production of The Barber of Seville with this intimate concert.  

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The Washington Chorus presents: Carmen in Concert

Sat, Apr 21, 2018, 2:00 PM

Experience the story of Carmen as you never have before – through the eyes of her killer’s mother. In a wickedly smart narration, Don José’s mother recounts the famous opéra comique.

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Vocal Arts DC presents: Brian Mulligan, baritone, with Timothy Long, piano

Sat, Apr 28, 2018, 7:30 PM

Vocal Arts DC presents American baritone Brian Mulligan in his area solo debut, accompanied by pianist Timothy Long, in the Gerald and Ann K. Perman Memorial Recital.

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Opera Lafayette presents: Visitors to Versailles

Wed, May 2, 2018, 7:30 PM

Opera Lafayette's final program in the Terrace Theater is a musical journey through the reigns of Louis XIV, XV, and XVI, featuring music from Lully’s Acis et Galatée to Grétry’s Richard, Cœur de Lion, inspired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition Visitors to Versailles (1682 – 1789).

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents: Rossini's Stabat Mater

Sat, May 19, 2018, 3:00 PM

The Choral Arts Chorus and Orchestra join conductor Antony Walker and four opera soloists to bring Rossini's Stabat Mater and famous opera selections to the Concert Hall stage.

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Music Celebrations International presents: National Memorial Day Choral Festival 2018

Sun, May 27, 2018, 3:00 PM

MCI partners with The United States Air Force and the American Veterans Center to present the 10th Annual Memorial Day Choral Festival.
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NSO Pops: Audra McDonald

Tue, Jun 19, 2018, 8:00 PM

As beloved on Broadway and opera stages as she is in her roles in film and on television, iconic singer and actress Audra McDonald joins the NSO for an exquisite selection of her favorite music.

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NSO Pops: A Night of Jazz with Gregory Porter

Wed, Jun 27, 2018, 8:00 PM

An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter returns for an exciting evening of jazz.

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