Virtuoso violinist Leila Josefowicz has won the hearts of audiences around the world as a champion of contemporary music. Her magnetic personality will captivate you as she plays the spellbinding Violin Concerto by her frequent collaborator, Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Adams.
Renowned conductor John Storgårds leads the program, bookended by the works of two 20th-century geniuses: Prokofiev’s playful “Classical” Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3—a vivacious melancholic blend of Russian tradition and modernist joy.
John Storgårds: conductor, Leila Josefowicz: violin
The DC Chamber Musicians open the 22-23 season with a return to Calvary Lutheran Church. Program Beethoven Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11 -- Rob Tycko, Clarinet; Jacob Vest, Cello; Sally Livingston, Piano Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69 -- David Boyle, Cello; Susan Alexander, Piano de Wailly Aubade Fine Little Drama for Woodwind Trio -- Huntington Trio: Teri Manolio, Flute; Susan Ashmore, Oboe; Andy Tangborn, Clarinet
The most emblematic and best-known songs of the popular Spanish zarzuela! With their heyday in Spain at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, Zarzuelas depict everyday people with stories rooted in the politics of their times. These beautiful songs speak of love, ideals, humor, mischief, and celebration! Depicting Spain's city and country life through the centuries, from its folklore, from its gypsies, and from its national dances, the zarzuela offers romantic tributes and comic satire in catchy lyrical melodies that transport you to a century-old Spain. This concert brings you a premier of selected songs from a new Spanish opera, Magallanes: No hay rosa sin espina (Magallanes: There is no rose without thorns) written by Italian composers, Marco Reghezza and Giovanni Scapecchi with the libretto by José Emanuel Nunez De La Fuente. Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Ferdinand Magallanes historic journey to circumnavigate the globe, these beautiful arias will surely delight! Five talented opera singers from the current Spanish lyric scene accompany the orchestra: Elisa Cordova, soprano; Israel Lozano, tenor; Anna Tonna, mezzo-soprano; Gustavo Ahualli, baritone, and basso-baritone, Luciano Miotto. Acompanying the singers is the acclaimed flamenco dancer, Edwin Aparicio.
Based on the book by Karen LeFrak Imagine spending your birthday at the museum! The Museum of Natural History is Mason’s favorite place to visit and he can’t wait to celebrate his birthday with a sleepover there, but first he has to scout for the best place to spend the night. Join Mason and his friends for a musical and scientific scavenger hunt through the many exhibits that make any museum special in this National Symphony Orchestra concert with music and story by Karen LeFrak based on her book of the same name. Most enjoyed by ages 5+
Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros featuring The Wolfpack join the NSO for a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration. Formed in 2018 by Weir, Grammy®-winning producer and bassist Don Was, drummer Jay Lane, and pianist Jeff Chimenti, Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros perform the expansive catalogue of Grateful Dead, Bobby’s solo albums, and more. String and brass quintet The Wolfpack, featuring Alex Kelly, Brian Switzer, Adam Theis, Mads Tolling, and Sheldon Brown, bring the thrilling orchestral element to this must-see concert event. The orchestration is provided by Stanford professor Dr. Giancarlo Aquilanti. As a founding member of the legendary Grateful Dead and Dead & Company, Weir is one of rock’s finest and most distinctive rhythm guitarists and singers. He has received a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award, a Les Paul Spirit Award, and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. Weir’s Blue Mountain LP (2016)—his first solo album in more than ten years—received rave reviews from critics.
Virtuoso violinist Leila Josefowicz has won the hearts of audiences around the world as a champion of contemporary music. Her magnetic personality will captivate you as she plays the spellbinding Violin Concerto by her frequent collaborator, Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Adams. Renowned conductor John Storgårds leads the program, bookended by the works of two 20th-century geniuses: Prokofiev’s playful “Classical” Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3—a vivacious melancholic blend of Russian tradition and modernist joy.
Join us for a glamorous evening celebrating Gianandrea Noseda’s sixth season as NSO Music Director! The National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Gala is always a must-see event, especially when one of today’s most in-demand artists joins the party! Be part of the excitement as Grammy Award®-winning pianist Daniil Trifonov returns to electrify D.C. audiences with Rachmaninoff’s diabolically difficult Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
As the concluding event of Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary celebration, Leonard Bernstein’s MASS returns 51 years after its world premiere at the Center’s 1971 opening gala. Directed by Alison Moritz, this monumental work will be re-staged in the Concert Hall and feature the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Gaffigan, 2020 Marian Anderson Award winner Will Liverman as the Celebrant, and choreography by Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Dance Education Hope Boykin. Originally commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for the opening of the Kennedy Center in 1971, MASS served, according to Bernstein in a program note, as a “reaffirmation of faith.”
Washington Concert Opera and the Gala Committee request the pleasure of your company at the 2022 Gala. Cocktails - Concert - Dinner - Silent Auction - Black Tie - Valet Parking Proceeds will directly benefit our performances, professional training initiatives with young musicians, community outreach events and educational programming.
This royal family is set up for royal dysfunction. Elektra has just witnessed her own mother murder her father Agamemnon, the king of ancient Mycenae. Now that she knows whose hands are bloody, Elektra is hellbent on vengeance. But when her brother returns from exile to carry out her wishes, Elektra’s obsession for revenge pushes her fractured family to the brink of destruction. Richard Strauss’ masterpiece inspired by the Greek tragedy returns with a new production from Francesca Zambello. Elektra is 100 minutes of power-packed, “fasten your seatbelt” opera, from its dramatic, harrowing music to its hair-raising finale. This acclaimed international cast includes superstar soprano Christine Goerke singing the title role of a daughter possessed, while acclaimed designer Bibhu Mohapatra returns to create eye-catching costumes for an elaborate Greek world. In her fixation on bloody revenge, will the determined princess finally find justice…or will her obsession consume her first?
The National Symphony Orchestra proudly presents the world premiere of Grammy® award winning singer-songwriters Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear’s The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical Live in Concert inspired by the Netflix series. Special guests include Tony Award® winner Kelli O’Hara, Tony Award® nominee Denée Benton, Solea Pfeiffer, Micaela Diamond, Jason Gotay, Darlesia Cearcy, Grammy Award® and Tony Award® nominee Ephraim Sykes, and more! The duo became a viral sensation worldwide after developing the unofficial musical song by song in real time on TikTok—culminating in a full album that went on to win the 2021 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. In doing so, they also became the youngest winners in the category’s history and were the only two female nominees of 28 total nominees in the category that year. The songs from the album will be performed live for the first time with orchestra by Ms. Barlow, Ms. Bear, and some very special guests, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra.
Join us for a FREE performance in the Concert Hall Sunday, July 10 & 24! Programmed by SMI Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, and conducted by Sylvia Alimena, the SMI Orchestra performs an evening of masterworks including the Bellini’s famous Overture to Norma, and J. Strauss’s beloved waltz Vienna Woods. The program continues with Jessie Montgomery's Coincent Dances, inspired by the sounds of the many cultures found in New York. The finale features the Tchaikovsky's joyful Symphony No. 2. These concerts are free and open to all. No advance reservations or tickets are required. Seating is first come, first served. The concert is appropriate for all ages.
Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Ben Folds headlines the next must-see concert in his popular DECLASSIFIED series of laid-back, late-night NSO performances. At this special Kennedy Center-exclusive event, Ben will premiere NEW music from his anticipated upcoming album—you don’t want to miss this “part concert, part party” celebration. Come early for free drinks and an exciting pre-performance by Yasmin Williams!