Classical Music

Spring Arts 2011

Compiled by Doug Rule
Published on March 17, 2011, 7:27am | Comments

ARTISPHERE

1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Va.
703-875-1100
artisphere.com

UrbanArias Festival -- Three new short operas, including Ricky Ian Gordon's retelling of Orpheus and Euridice, Gordon's Green Sneakers, a searing but also humorous send-off to his late partner stricken by AIDS, and Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied, about a Vietnam vet's struggles to return to normal live (3/31-4/10, Black Box Theatre)
Bolormaa Jugdersuren -- A recital of the Mongolian opera singer featuring highlights from Mongolian and classical Western masterpieces (4/16, Spectrum Theatre)
National Chamber Ensemble -- ''Tango'' (5/7, Spectrum)

ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

1333 H St. NE
202-399-7993
atlasarts.org

Capital City Symphony -- New assistant conductor John Devlin leads the symphony in a program of Copland, Brahms and Shostakovich (3/20)
Opera Lafayette -- Preview performance of Handel's 1718 Acis and Galatea, with pastoral English poetry by Alexander Pope and John Gay (4/3)
The In Series -- Karen Zacarias offers an English adaptation of the iconic Cuban musical Maria la O, presented with Kelly Rourke's English adaptation of Ruggiero Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci (4/23, 5/1)
Capital City Symphony -- An exploration of the influence of art and stories on classical music, including Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (5/8)

BACH SINFONIA

301-362-6525
bachsinfonia.org

A Multi-Media Four Seasons -- The Sinfonia performs Vivaldi's The Four Seasons while two artists illustrate the four little-known sonnets that accompany the piece, possibly authored by Vivaldi himself (5/7)

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

410-783-8000
bsomusic.org

Beethoven's Fifth (3/17, Music Center at Strathmore, 3/18-3/19, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall)
Grieg's Piano Concerto (3/24-3/25, Meyerhoff, 3/26, Strathmore)
John Corigliano's Pied Piper Fantasy (3/31, 4/3, Meyerhoff)
Cinderella Suite (4/1, Strathmore, 4/2, Meyerhoff)
SuperPops: A Tribute to Paul McCartney (4/7-4/8, Strathmore, 4/9-4/10, Meyerhoff)
Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush -- Chaplin's film will be shown in its entirety as the BSO performs his original music score (4/15, Strathmore, 4/16-4/17, Meyerhoff)
Brahms's Second Symphony (4/28-4/29, Meyerhoff, 4/30, Strathmore)
Mendelssohn's 'Italian' Symphony (5/7, Strathmore, 5/8, Meyerhoff)
Robert Schumann's A Romantic Original (5/12, 5/15, Meyerhoff)
SuperPops: Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies (5/19, Strathmore, 5/20-5/22, Meyerhoff)
Emanuel Ax -- Piano legend performs works by Britten, Brahms and Golijov (6/2, Strathmore, 6/3-6/5, Meyerhoff)
Verdi's Requiem -- Marin Alsop and the BSO close the season with the awe-inspiring masterpiece, featuring the Washington Chorus (6/9-6/10, 6/12, Meyerhoff, 6/11, Strathmore)

BARNS AT WOLF TRAP

1645 Trap Road
Vienna, Va.
703-255-1900
wolf-trap.org

Cuarteto Latinoamericano -- Leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartets, this Mexican quartet includes three brothers (3/18)
Kate Lindsey -- A special homecoming recital for a mezzo-soprano fresh from engagements with various opera companies, including the Met (4/8)
The Inspector -- A world-premiere comic opera by John Musto with libretto by Mark Stephen Campbell, loosely based on Nikolai Gogol's The Government and set in a corrupt Italian town in the 1930s (4/27-5/1)

CLARICE SMITH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

University of Maryland
College Park
301-405-ARTS
claricesmithcenter.umd.edu

UMD Wind Orchestra -- Where The Wild Things Are (4/1, Dekelboum Concert Hall)
UMD Wind Ensemble (4/3, Dekelboum)
Tempo (4/4, Gildenhorn Recital Hall)
University Band & Community Band (4/6, Dekelboum)
UMD Men's and Women's Choruses (4/8, Dekelboum)
Maryland Opera Studio -- ''The Barber of Seville'' (4/8-4/16, Kay Theatre)
Maryland Opera Studio -- Mozart's Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (4/9-4/17, Kay)
Kronos Quartet (4/10, Dekelboum)
University Chorale and UMD Chamber Singers (4/15)
UMD Repertoire Orchestra (4/27, Dekelboum)
Guarneri and Friends -- The Final Concert (4/29, Dekelboum)
UMD Symphony Orchestra and UMD Wind Orchestra (5/5, Dekelboum)
UMD Wind Ensemble, Maryland Community Band, University Band -- Annual Pops Concert (5/6)
Adelphi String Quartet (5/8, Gildenhorn)
UMD Chamber Singers (5/21, Dekelboum)
NOI Chamber Orchestra (6/11, Dekelboum)

COOLIDGE AUDITORIUM AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First St. SE
202-707-8000
loc.gov/concerts

Tanya Tomkins Concert -- A traversal of Bach's technically demanding works for unaccompanied cello (3/26)
Trevor Pinnock -- One of the world's foremost early music specialists performs Bach, Rameau and Handel (3/29)

London Conchord Ensemble (4/8)

D.C.'S DIFFERENT DRUMMERS CAPITOL PRIDE SYMPHONIC BAND

202-269-4868
dcdd.org

A Country Portrait -- Joseph Bello conducts the Capitol Pride Symphonic Band and Capitol Pride Winds, plus clarinetist Gary Carroll and flutist Kevin Gilbert, in works by Grainger, Weber, Von Suppe and John Williams (4/9-4/10, CHEC Auditorium)

FAIRFAX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
(Photo by Barry Wheeler)

703-563-1990
fairfaxsymphony.org

Matti Raekallio -- The pianist joins the FSO in a performance of Webern, Beethoven and Sibelius (3/19)
Fairfax Choral Society and Reston Chorale -- Performing Mahler's Symphony No. 2, the ''Resurrection'' (5/14 at GMU, 5/15 at Hylton)

FOLGER CONSORT

Folger Elizabethan Theatre
201 East Capitol St. SE
202-544-7077
folger.edu

Fête d'Été: French Cantatas and Suites -- With soprano Jolle Greenleaf (4/8-4/10)

GAY MEN'S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON, D.C.

202-293-1548
gmcw.org

The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas -- It's all big songs and big hair in this sassy, spirited and touching musical about the real-life brothel in Texas (3/18-3/20, Lisner)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love -- A celebration of ''what makes our hearts race,'' from making out to shacking up to tying the knot (5/7, 5/14, MCC)
And I Am Telling You featuring Jennifer Holliday -- A Tony winner for her show-stopping, jaw-dropping performance in Dreamgirls, Holliday joins the chorus for an evening of entertainment and empowerment, plus a world premiere commission (6/4-6/5, Lisner)

HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, Va.
703-993-7759
hyltoncenter.org

American Festival Pops Orchestra (3/26)
Fairfax Choral Society: Mendelssohn's Elijah (4/10)
Nova Manassas Symphony: Voices of Spring (5/7)
Manassas Chorale: United We Stand -- A tribute to those affected by 9/11 (5/14)
Castleton Festival Orchestra at the Hylton: Porgy and Bess in Concert with Lorin Maazel (7/7); Puccini's Ill Tabarro & Gianna Schicchi with Lorin Maazel (7/14); 150th Anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas featuring Denyce Graves (7/21)

KENNEDY CENTER

202-467-4600
kennedy-center.org

Miriam Fried and Jonathan Biss -- A violinist mother and her pianist son celebrate the arrival of spring with an all-Beethoven program (3/22)
Itzhak Perlman Music Program -- Students from this program, playing violin, viola, cello, bass and piano, perform alongside lead teacher Perlman (3/24)
Cincinnati Boy Choir -- Ensemble performs a diverse repertory of choral literature (3/28, Millennium Stage)
The Miró Quartet w/Colin Currie -- String ensemble is joined by a percussionist performing rare strings-and-percussion compositions (3/31)
Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra -- Beethoven's Septet in E-flat Major (4/2, Millennium)
Midori -- The violinist is joined by Nobuko Imai on viola, Antoine Lederlin on cello and Jonathan Biss on piano (4/6)
The ATOS Trio -- Violinist Annette von Hehn, cellist Stefan Heinemeyer and pianist Thomas Hoppe play Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorák (4/6)
Harrison Hollingsworth -- Principal bassoonist for New York City Ballet Orchestra leads an ensemble with other members (4/7, Millennium)
Levine School of Music Honors Program (4/10, Millennium)
Kennedy Center Chamber Players -- All-Brahms program (4/10)

LISNER AUDITORIUM AT GWU

730 21st St. NW
202-994-6800
lisner.org

Washington Concert Opera -- Company performs Jules Massenet's Werther, about an ultimate, inevitable tragedy (5/22)

MUSIC CENTER AT STRATHMORE

5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, Md.
301-581-5100
strathmore.org

Choralis -- ''An Evening with Brahms'' (3/19)
American Youth Philharmonic -- Philip Glass's Concerto for Two Timpani is performed along with Rimsky Korsakov's Scheherazade (3/28)
Vertigo String Quartet (4/7)
The Stravinsky Project: ''Stravinsky's Russian Accent'' -- Featuring the early 20th Century composer's searing Les Noces, his explosive Concerto for Piano and Winds and Symphonies for Wind Instruments, which inaugurated the neo-classical era (4/8)
The Stravinsky Project: ''Stravinsky and the Piano'' -- Three great Russian pianists reveal the soul of Stravinsky's music (4/10)
Denis Matsuev -- fast-rising Russian pianist (5/6)
Maryland Classical Youth Orchestra -- Season Finale concerts (5/21-5/22) ^

NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC

Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, Md.
301-493-9283
nationalphilharmonic.org

All Beethoven (4/2-3)
Bach and Mozart (5/14)
Verdi's Requiem (5/21)
All Tchaikovsky (6/4)

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Kennedy Center Concert Hall
202-467-4600
kennedy-center.org

Maximum India -- Eschenbach leads several NSO programs -- and features as pianist -- with compositions reflecting elements of Indian culture, from Ravi Shankar to Messiaen to Zemlinsky (3/17-20)
Schumann's Symphony No. 3 -- Ivan Fischer conducts the NSO and violinist Jozsef Lendvay Jr. in Schumann's ''Rhenish'' symphony plus Rossini and Paganini (3/31-4/2)
Mahler's Symphony No. 4 -- Eschenbach conducts the NSO and soprano Dawn Upshaw (4/7-9)
NSO Pops: Pink Martini (4/13-16)
Brahms's Symphony No. 1 -- Kurt Masur conducts the NSO with violinist Sarah Chang (4/28-30)
NSO Pops: John Secada and Tito Puente Jr. -- The Latin pop and jazz stars join the Pops for a concert led by Marvin Hamlisch (5/12-14)
Bernstein's Symphony No. 3 -- John Axelrod conducts the NSO n a performance of Leonard Bernstein's ''Kaddish'' Symphony, with Samuel Pisar as narrator, soprano Kelley Nassief, the Cathedral Choral Society and the Children's Chorus of Washington (6/2-4)
Schumann's Symphony No. 2 -- Eschenbach conducts the NSO with violinist Jennifer Koh (6/9-11)
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 -- Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the NSO with cellist Steven Isserlis (6/16-18)

THE CITY CHOIR OF WASHINGTON

National Presbyterian Church
4101 Nebraska Ave. NW
202-495-1613
thecitychoirofwashington.org

Bach: Mass in B Minor -- Artistic Director Robert Shafer conducts (5/15)

THE CONGRESSIONAL CHORUS

National City Christian Church
5 Thomas Circle NW
202-399-7993
congressionalchorus.org

CINEMAGIC: Great Choral Works from the Silver Screen (6/4)

THE WASHINGTON CHORUS

202-342-6221
thewashingtonchorus.org

New Music for a New Age -- Featuring works by Elena Ruehr (4/3, National Presbyterian Church)
Mostly Mahler -- 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala Concert featuring the most famous choral movements of Mahler's symphonies (5/1, Kennedy Center Concert Hall)
Verdi Requiem -- In performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (6/9-6/10, Meyerhoff, 6/11, Strathmore, 6/12 Meyerhoff)

WASHINGTON BACH CONSORT

National Presbyterian Church
4101 Nebraska Ave. NW
202-429-2121
bachconsort.org

Noontime Cantata Series -- Six free, monthly concerts include an organ prelude and fugue featuring area keyboard artists, and one of J.S. Bach's Cantatas with chorus and orchestra (4/5, 5/3, Church of the Epiphany, 13th and G Streets NW)
The Art of the Keyboard -- Founder/Artistic Director J. Reilly Lewis and Assistant Director Scott Dettra join forces for an afternoon of virtuoso music performed on harpsichord and National Presbyterian Church's magnificent pipe organ (3/27)
Easter Oratorio -- Celebrate the first day of May and the finale of the Consort's season with themes of rebirth and renewal, drawing from four distinct areas of Bach's incomparable creative genius (5/1)

WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY

202-833-9800
wpas.org

Boston Symphony Orchestra -- program of Mozart and Schumann (3/19, Kennedy Center)
Simone Dinnerstein -- A sold-out sensation two years ago, WPAS brings back Dinnerstein to perform Beethoven, Bach and Schumann (4/9, Sixth & I)
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow -- Part of a series examining the genius of Mozart, Kapilow examines, with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, Mozart's Requiem, one of music's greatest masterpieces and the composer's final composition (4/10, Kennedy Center)
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra -- Russia's storied ensemble performs with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, whom New York magazine calls ''Yo-Yo Ma's heiress apparent'' (4/12, Strathmore)
Afiara String Quartet -- This all-Canadian group are now the graduate resident string quartet at the Julliard School, working with the celebrated Julliard String Quartet (4/17, Kennedy Center)
Marc-André Hamelin -- part of the Piano Masters Series, pianist Hamelin performs Haydn, Schumann, Liszt and more (4/29, Strathmore)
Itzhak Perlman -- The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awardee remains the reigning violin virtuoso (5/1, Strathmore)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard -- This widely acclaimed pianist performs sonatas from Wagner, Liszt and others (5/5, Sixth & I)
The Philadelphia Orchestra -- Charles Dutoit conducts the venerable ensemble is joined by violinist Gil Shaham (5/20, Kennedy Center)
Ravi Shankar -- legendary world musician (5/23, Kennedy Center)

WASHINGTON OPERA

Kennedy Center Opera House
202-295-2400
dc-opera.org

Iphigénie en Tauride -- Christoph Willibald Gluck's sweeping score and dramatic story is enjoying a renaissance at major opera houses around the world (5/6-5/28)
Don Pasquale -- Uproarious plot and sublime music combine to make this one of Donizetti's finest operas (5/13-5/27)

WOLF TRAP

1645 Trap Rd.
Vienna, Va.
703-255-1900
wolf-trap.org

Mormon Tabernacle Choir (6/22)
Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore -- Hilarious musical theater that helped set the standard (6/3-6/4)
NSO @ Wolf Trap: Tcheers for Tchaikovsky includes the 4th of July fireworks favorite, the 1812 Overture (7/7)
NSO @ Wolf Trap: PLAY! A Video Game Symphony with music from Super Mario Brothers and World of Warcraft, among others (7/8)
NSO @ Wolf Trap: Three Broadway Divas featuring Debbie Gravitte, Christiane Noll and Jan Horvath (7/9)
NSO @ Wolf Trap: Sweeney Todd -- NSO and the Wolf Trap Opera Company present a fully staged production of the Sondheim classic (7/22)
NSO @ Wolf Trap: The 5 Browns features a family of piano players (7/28)
NSO @ Wolf Trap: Marvin Hamlisch and Brian Stokes Mitchell team up for a night of Broadway favorites (7/29)
NSO @ Wolf Trap: Casablanca -- Emil de Cou conducts the NSO as the classic movie screens (7/30)
NSO @ Wolf Trap: Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies (8/4)
NSO @ Wolf Trap: Tan Dun: Martial Arts Trilogy -- Dun conducts the NSO in scores from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and more (8/5)
NSO @ Wolf Trap: Arlo Guthrie & Time for Three -- Emil de Cou conducts the NSO and an eclectic mix of bluegrass, jazz, classical and country (8/6)
Wolf Trap Opera's Alumni Stars -- four decades of WTOC stars perform ''Opera's Greatest Hits'' (8/24)

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