Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic create music "at a level that could only be described as sublime” (San Francisco Classical Voice), joining forces with The Washington Chorus, Choral Arts Society of Washington, Catholic University Chorus, and members of Washington Performing Arts’ own Men and Women of the Gospel Choir for a can’t-miss performance of Beethoven’s beloved Ninth Symphony.
Celebrate the influence Bernstein and his contemporaries had on each other and on modern day composers with a vocal tour de force. Works by Eric Whitacre, Stacy Garrop, Michael Tippett, Aaron Copland, and Leonard Bernstein showcase the raw vocal power of the unaccompanied chorus.
Experience one of the world’s most popular operas in a bold, new way: see Carmen through the eyes of her killer’s mother. In John Constable’s wickedly smart narrative, Don Jose’s mother recounts her son’s fatal affair with the woman who destroyed his life. Starring mezzo-soprano Aleks Romano (Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glimmerglass Festival) in the title role, and conducted by Artistic Director Christopher Bell, The Washington Chorus joins forces with The Washington National Opera Orchestra and members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program to bring Bizet’s masterpiece to vivid life in a concert version on the stage of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
The #MeToo movement is giving voice to people who once remained silent out of shame and fear. It’s also changing and challenging long-tolerated attitudes, behaviors, and perspectives. As the movement permeates social discourse and the business world, how is it changing the arts? More specifically, how is it changing opera, an art form that incorporates a wide range of disciplines including music, theater, literature, stage design, and costuming?
For centuries the title roles of the world’s most popular operas have been subjected to reprehensible behavior including sexual and emotional abuse, rape, and murder, all in service to plots written by men. In a moment of cultural upheaval and changing mores, in a time of #MeToo, what are the challenges of presenting and performing in operas like Carmen, Tosca, and Madame Butterfly?
Join us for a thought-provoking discussion featuring experts from both sides of the orchestra pit:
Jenny Bilfield, President & CEO of Washington Performing Arts
Kim Witman, Vice President, Opera and Classical Programming, Wolf Trap Opera
Anne Midgette, Chief Classical Music Critic of The Washington Post
Danielle Talamantes, Soprano
Madison Leonard, Soprano, Semi-Finalist Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, Domingo Cafritz Young Artist
Andrea Dorf McGray, Stage Director
Anne-Carolyn Bird, Soprano, Washington National Opera Administrator
Leah Hawkins, Soprano, current member of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program
Michelle Kim, WNO Orchestra violinist, Founder of Culture Saves
Aleks Romano, Mezzo-soprano, performing title role in our April 21 performance of Carmen in Concert
Pictured top row (L to R): Jenny Bilfield, Anne Midgette, Madison Leonard, Michelle Kim, Leah Hawkins
Bottom row (L to R): Danielle Talamantes, Kim Witman, Andrea Dorf McGray, Aleks Romano, Anne-Carolyn Bird
This discussion is part of Music in Our Time, an ongoing discussion presented by The Washington Chorus in tandem with its performances.
The Washington Chorus is performing Carmen in Concert at the Kennedy on April 21st, 2:00 PM, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with the Washington National Opera Orchestra led by Christopher Bell, Artistic Director of The Washington Chorus, featuring soloists Aleks Romano (Carmen), Chaz’men Williams-Ali (Don José), Hunter Enoch (Escamillo), Raquel González (Micaela), and Hannah Hagerty (Frasquita).
Tickets are free, and available on Eventbrite.
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.
Philip Glass's classic multimedia collaboration with experimental filmmaker Godfrey Reggio is a prescient mediation on the imbalance between humans and our environment--a cult cinematic tone poem that's resonating anew with audiences today. In the D.C. premiere of the film, the Philip Glass Ensemble makes its eagerly anticipated Kennedy Center debut, performing the score live.
It’s not Christmas without The Washington Chorus! Featuring brass, organ, sing-alongs, and the magnificent Candlelight Processional, hear The Dream Isaiah Saw, Hallelujah Chorus, and more Christmas favorites to fall in love with.
December 10, 15, 16, 21, 22
Dash through the snow to the merrily adorned Concert Hall and warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics and singalong carols in this annual NSO tradition, joined this year by Tony®-nominated stage and screen star Megan Hilty.
In appreciation for their steadfast support, the Artistic Director's Circle invites Conductor's Circle and Artist's Circle members to a post-concert reception in the Kennedy Center Box Tier. Meet TWC's new Artistic Director, Christopher Bell, soloists, and board members in this celebratory post-concert reception.
The National Symphony Orchestra, a massive community chorus, and Wolf Trap Opera alumni come together for Orff’s epic Carmina Burana. Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the 2015 Chopin Competition, opens the program with Beethoven’s magnificent “Emperor” concerto.
Caught up in a world of political intrigue and corruption, Puccini’s fiery diva is trapped between her allegiance to her rebel lover and a treacherous police chief who will stop at nothing to possess her. The explosive conflict between these three unforgettable characters comes to a hair-raising conclusion in one of opera’s most popular, suspenseful, and unforgettable dramas.
The hour-long, space-inspired cantata pushes the boundaries of art and science as it takes audiences on a journey of wonder and exploration. It features opera stars Nathan Gunn and Talise Travigne, a 20-piece instrumental ensemble, a 100-person choir from The Washington Chorus, and a cutting-edge virtual reality film (Fistful of Stars).
Two choral masterpieces in one evening! In Carmina Burana, bawdy and satirical poems found in the annals of a 13th century German monastery are set to fiery music. In the dazzling vocal lines of Oedipus Rex, Sophacles’s tragedy is portrayed in a dramatic oratorio. Joining forces with three area choruses and full orchestra, we celebrate the final concert of Music Director Julian Wachner in grand style.
Celebrate the legacy of Music Director Julian Wachner.
Take in the best views in a behind-the-scenes bell tower tour.
Savor fabulous food on king’s tables with an open bar.
Experience Julian Wachner’s virtuosic improvisations.
Hear the 10,647 pipes of the massive Cathedral organ.
See the nave transformed into the cosmos with stunning lighting.
Win your dream item from the exceptional silent auction.
End the evening with a dance party down the center of the nave.
Described as “bold and atmospheric” by The Washington Post and “energetic and ingenious” by The Boston Globe, the music of our own Julian Wachner is presented in the award-winning New Music for a New Age series. To celebrate Julian’s lasting legacy on today’s music scene, guest conductor Thomas Colohan directs Julian’s beloved works. This concert provides an opportunity to hear directly from the composer in this interactive concert experience.