Inspired by Gayle F. Wald’s book Shout, Sister, Shout!, this new musical tells the story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe—one of America’s most influential rock, R&B and gospel crossover singers and guitarists. Ambitious, courageous and uncompromisingly public, Tharpe became a pioneer of the women’s movement for racial and sexual equality and musical legend who redefined the national and international music scene in the 1930s and 40s and beyond. Dive into Cheryl L. West’s spirited, authentic and emotionally charged story about a charismatic music forerunner and the authentic roots of rock-and-roll.
This holiday mash-up is back by popular demand and celebrating its 10th anniversary season! Join Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they set off for a magical adventure…in modern day New York City. The Hip Hop Nutcracker features Tchaikovsky’s classic score punched up by all-star contemporary and hip-hop dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and Kurtis Blow, one of hip-hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set. Innovative visual effects transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of modern urban life. Through this remixed and reimagined version of the holiday classic, The Hip Hop Nutcracker takes us on a journey that celebrates love and community.
Hallelujah! It’s time for to mark the most wonderful time of the year with Handel’s Messiah. Messiah is a time-honored tradition that offers the occasion for community to come together and embrace the comfort and joy this holiday classic unfailingly brings every year. We hope your family will join our National Philharmonic family in celebration. Tis the season!
CityDance is proud to present this year's Conservatory holiday showcase and bring the Magic to the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore! The young talents of CityDance Conservatory and Young Training Program enchant audiences with their annual winter showcase in an exciting program across multiple genres from Classical Ballet and Modern to Afro-Pop, Sri Lankan and beyond! Professional repertory from national and international summer intensive guest companies and artists: Koresh Dance Company, PHILADANCO!, Alex Neoral/Focus Cia de Danca, Elizabeth Gahl/Compagnie Elizabeth Gahl, and Ignite Artists, Asanga Domask and Robert J. Priore will be highlighted. Creating the Magic features choreography staged and created by Ballet Master Stanislav Issaev, Artistic Director Lorraine Spiegler, CityDance Teaching Artists and Guest Artists Diana Amalfitano, Ryan Bailey, Alicia Canterna, Micah Geyer, Jenna Hide, Adjetey Klufio, Aranza Lara, Tariq Darrell O'Meally, Robert Tyler, Hunter Tayman, Keith Lamelle Thomas. Award-winning solos from Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), New York City Dance Alliance (NYCDA) and NAACP ACT-SO National Competition will also be included. Creating the Magic will also celebrate the Conservatory’s eighteen graduating seniors.
Celebrate the holidays in style at The Washington Chorus’ “A Candlelight Christmas!” Under the direction of Artistic Director Eugene Rogers, “A Candlelight Christmas” is a 75-minute holiday music experience featuring spirited brass, a festive chorus, and thrilling special guests. TWC’s “A Candlelight Christmas” is among the DC region’s most treasured traditions so you don’t want to miss this unforgettable holiday experience!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Come celebrate the holiday season with Capital City Symphony and Potomac Fever, a close-knit harmony a cappella group made up of members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC. Grab your family, friends, and neighbors for a fun-filled concert and sing along featuring your favorite holiday classics. We can’t wait to revel in the spirit of the holiday season with you! Did you know?! Potomac Fever was formed over thirty years ago! The 14-voice a cappella pop ensemble has performed all over the country and released several albums.
See NSO principal second violinist Marissa Regni and NSO assistant principal timpanist/percussionist Scott Christian in an exciting program exploring the magic created when the violin and percussion join forces. This melodic and rhythmic ride proves that no matter how different the instruments are, they can come together to make some beautiful music.
Virginia National Ballet presents “Life in the Fast Lane”: three riveting contemporary ballets to iconic musical selections that will have you on the edge of your seats! First on the program is Ravel’s “Bolero”, followed by “Bohemian Rhapsody”, ending with Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”, with a twist. VNB’s award winning Artistic Director Rafik Hegab has choreographed all three works, which will be danced with athleticism and aplomb by VNB’s group of international professional dancers. “Bolero” is Ravel’s most famous composition, with a repeated melody that builds with different orchestration at each phrase, ending in a powerful climax. “Bohemian Rhapsody” features many of Queen’s greatest hits and some deep tracks. Prepared to be rocked! And lastly, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons will take you on a journey with its powerful rhythms and famous musical phrases, with some selections rewritten by contemporary composer Max Richter. VNB is the 2022 Winner of The Best of Prince William in 3 categories: Best Performing Arts Company, Best Choreographer, and Best Dance School.
Come celebrate the Holidays with us! Create a new tradition celebrating the holidays the Spanish way. This festive program will take you on a journey of some of the most festive holiday traditions as celebrated in Spain and Puerto Rico. Enjoy an evening of Spanish holiday music and song (villancicos) alongside flamenco dancing, and even a “parranda.” The cast will include Furia Flamenca Dance Company and a rich cast of musicians including, Maestro Torcuato Zamora, Juan L. Romero and Guillermo Juan Christie on flamenco guitar, and Margarita Osorio and Jorge Porta on vocals.
Three Black queer men sit in an ethereal waiting room inviting audiences to join them in a whimsical theatrical experiment that is equal parts harrowing, hilarious, and hopeful. Inspired by his own HIV diagnosis and the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community, award-winning playwright Donja R. Love shines an honest light on the people behind the statistics in this “defiantly life-embracing” (The New York Times) new play.
When American conflict photographer Mia wakes up in her ex-girlfriend’s Istanbul apartment, she doesn’t recall how she got there but the contents of her camera might. A cross-cultural, time-shifting journey ensues as Mia pieces together the details of her past and wrestles with the costs of her profession. A heartfelt and suspenseful new play from award-winning dramatist Mona Mansour (Mosaic’s The Vagrant Trilogy), Unseen implores audiences to look deeper into the photographs of war and see the souls at stake.
Eric, a classical pianist, and Bilal, a jazz musician, are brothers by blood, united through a love of music but separated by prison bars. When Bilal’s trial reveals hidden secrets and unexpected truths, the young men are forced to ask whether their love, and music, can withstand betrayal? Inspired by true events, award-winning playwright and breakbeat poet Idris Goodwin’s acclaimed Bars and Measures is a moving play with music that reflects on faith, family, and politics with equal parts imagination and intensity.
PLAYING BURTON is a fascinating one-man show about the storied life of international star of stage and screen, Richard Burton. This play offers a penetrating look at the notorious actor’s life—from growing up in an impoverished mining community in South Wales to becoming one of the greatest performers of his generation. PLAYING BURTON is an intense and personal look at his lifelong achievements as an artist, his passionate, yet tempestuous love affair with Elizabeth Taylor, and his tragic, yet public battle with alcoholism. The lyrical, poetic text is a soulful exploration of fame, ambition, and identity told from the perspective of the megastar who experienced it all. Acclaimed actor Brian Mallon (Gods and Generals and Gettysburg), reprises the role of Burton with expertise. In 2005, he performed this play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to great accolades. Mallon also played this role in NYC, LA and Cardiff. His fluency in Welsh provides genuine authenticity, as that was Burton’s first language. Don’t miss this powerful drama by DC’s premier international theatre company.