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Opera Lafayette presents: An Evening of Monteverdi

Tue, Oct 24, 2017, 7:30 PM

Opera Lafayette's 23rd season opens with "Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda" and other works by Claudio Monteverdi, featuring the Opera Lafayette debut of three young luminaries of the early music scene - lutenist Thomas Dunford, harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, and soprano Lea Désandre.

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NSO Pops: Pink Martini with China Forbes and Ari Shapiro

Oct 26 - Oct 28, 2017

With an eclectic, whimsical charm and a repertoire spanning from jazz to classical to retro pop, the self-described “little orchestra” with lead singer China Forbes and special guest Ari Shapiro returns for a highly anticipated reunion with the NSO.

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Cynthia Erivo

Sat, Nov 4

The British actress known for her inspiring Tony-winning performance as Celie in the 2015 Broadway revival of The Color Purple showcases her powerhouse voice for two remarkable evenings.

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Vocal Arts DC presents: New York Festival of Song: The Passion of Leonard Bernstein

Sun, Nov 5, 2017, 2:00 PM

As part of the worldwide Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration, New York Festival of Song offers a Leonard Bernstein extravaganza.

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The Isley Brothers

Sun, Nov 5, 2017, 8:00 PM

CONCERT RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 5, 2017: The Isley Brothers have basked in the forefront of popular music for nearly 50 years with dozens of #1 hits, countless awards, and an induction into The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. 

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The Washington Chorus presents: Bernstein & Belshazzar

Wed, Nov 8, 2017, 8:00 PM

The US meets the UK in Christopher Bell’s debut concert featuring Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, and the epic Belshazzar’s Feast by William Walton.

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National Symphony Orchestra: Noseda conducts Beethoven’s “Eroica”

Nov 9 - Nov 11, 2017

Gianandrea Noseda showcases three pieces that reach into the past and feature Baroque styles in distinct and innovative ways: Webern's Passacaglia, Dallapiccola's Partita, and Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony.

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Barbara Hannigan & Reinbert de Leeuw

Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 7:30 PM

Barbara Hannigan is a Canadian soprano and conductor, and one of the world's leading performers of contemporary opera. She is joined for a fantastic evening of music by prolific and respected Dutch conductor, pianist, and composer Reinbert de Leeuw.

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents: Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610

Sat, Nov 18, 2017, 3:00 PM

Choral Arts opens its 2017-2018 Kennedy Center concert season with a performance of Claudio Monteverdi's choral masterpiece Vespers of 1610. 

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Angélique Kidjo

Thu, Nov 30, 2017, 8:00 PM

Angélique Kidjo is a Beninese Grammy Award®winning singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creativity. Time Magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva."

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Vocal Arts DC presents: Andrei Bondarenko, baritone, with Gary Matthewman, piano

Tue, Dec 5, 2017, 7:30 PM

Vocal Arts DC presents young Ukranian baritone Andrei Bondarenko in his Washington solo recital debut in collaboration with pianist Gary Matthewman.

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Alfred Street Baptist Church presents: How Great Our Joy: A Christmas Celebration

Tue, Dec 5, 2017, 8:00 PM

The Music and Worship Arts Ministry of Alfred Street Baptist Church returns to the Concert Hall with How Great Our Joy, a dynamic presentation of the Christmas story told through music, dance, and drama.

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Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Cantus

Wed, Dec 6, 2017, 7:30 PM

This "intellectually, emotionally, and musically rich" (Minneapolis Star Tribune) eight-member men's vocal ensemble is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and engaging performances. Join the group for an exciting Christmas program.

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The Washington Chorus presents: A Candlelight Christmas

Dec 10 - 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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National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah

Dec 14 - Dec 17, 2017

Join the NSO, gifted singers, and a heavenly chorus for this holiday tradition! Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of Handel's cherished Messiah in the festively decorated Concert Hall.

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The Choral Arts Society of Washington presents: A Family Christmas

Sat, Dec 16, 2017, 1:00 PM

The young and the young at heart will revel in the joy of the season as holiday favorites ring throughout the Concert Hall. 

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

Dec 17 - 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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Messiah Sing-Along

Sat, Dec 23, 2017, 6:00 PM

The Kennedy Center's 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 Michael Heaston, 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 Michael Heaston.

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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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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 The Gospel According to the Other Mary, 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

Sun, Apr 15, 2018, 2:00 PM

The acclaimed mezzo-soprano precedes her turn as Rosina in Washington National Opera's production of The Barber of Seville with an intimate concert. The Grammy-winning, operatic superstar brings her gorgeous voice to a glorious evening of story and song.

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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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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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