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National Symphony Orchestra: Carpenter plays Copland / Favorites by Bernstein & Adams

Sep 28 - Sep 30, 2017

Cristian Macelaru conducts an all-American program featuring organist Cameron Carpenter, pairing Copland's Symphony for Organ and Orchestra and Appalachian Spring Suite with Bernstein's Divertimento in honor of the late composers' famous friendship.

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Music Olympics, Inc. presents Pavarotti & Lanza Voices: Med Music Jinhai Wang's 2017 Crocus Tour

Fri, Sep 29, 2017, 7:00 PM

Countertenor Jinhai Wang brings a program of popular and operatic melodies to the Family Theater stage.

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Renée Fleming & Christian McBride

Fri, Oct 13

Fleming pairs her radiant vocals with the iconic jazz sounds of four-time Grammy Award®–winning bassist Christian McBride.

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Leslie Odom Jr.

Oct 14 - Oct 15, 2017

Following his acclaimed performance at the 2016 Kennedy Center Spring Gala, Leslie Odom Jr. returns to showcase the remarkable talent that also won him that year's Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, for his performance as Aaron Burr in the smash hit Hamilton.

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NSO Pops: Pink Martini with China Forbes

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” and singer China Forbes return to D.C. for a highly anticipated reunion with the NSO.

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Renée Fleming VOICES: Cynthia Erivo

Nov 3 - Nov 4, 2017

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.

On Sale 9/7/2017


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.

On Sale 8/28/2017


National Symphony Orchestra: Borrowed from Baroque: Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony & more

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. 

On Sale 9/5/2017


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.

On Sale 9/7/2017


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.

On Sale 9/13/2017


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.

On Sale 8/28/2017


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. 

On Sale 9/5/2017


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.

On Sale 9/5/2017


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.

On Sale 9/7/2017


Kathleen Battle's Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey

Sun, Jan 28, 2018, 5:00 PM

The five-time Grammy®-winning soprano, whose voice has been hailed as "one of the very few most beautiful in the world" (The Washington Post), returns to D.C. with a special concert program celebrating the spiritual as a musical form as well as the power of the human spirit.

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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.

On Sale 9/7/2017


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.

On Sale 9/7/2017


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.

On Sale 9/7/2017


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.


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.

On Sale 8/28/2017


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.

On Sale 9/7/2017


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.

On Sale 9/5/2017


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.

On Sale 11/15/2017


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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