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WNO’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ canceled, Kennedy Center closed

WASHINGTON –  On Friday, March 20, the Kennedy Center announced it had canceled its entire program of “public performances and events scheduled through Sunday, May 10, 2020, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.” In a followup release Tuesday, the KenCen announced that “performances of Once on This Island, Soundtrack ’63, and Washington National ...

NSO’s Heavy Classix: Mahler songs, Bruckner symphony on tap

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2016 – Thursday evening’s Mahler-Bruckner concert by the National Symphony Orchestra was an oddly mixed bag. This series concert, with Christoph Eschenbach at the orchestra helm, featured only two works, the relatively short and not-too-well-known “Rückert-Lieder” of Gustav Mahler, which featured contralto Nathalie Stutzmann as soloist; and Anton Bruckner’s marvelous Symphony No. ...

Christine Goerke’s Brünnhilde saves the day in ‘The Valkyrie’

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2016 – Whether you’re an opera lover living here in the D.C. metro area or an international Wagner fan winging into the nation’s capital for an entire, week-long performance of the Washington National Opera’s (WNO’s) rejuvenated “American” Ring Cycle, you come to the Kennedy Center Opera House expecting drama, excitement, terrific music ...

Gifted organist Christopher Houlihan to perform at KenCen

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 – With all that’s going on at the Kennedy Center this week, it might have been easy to overlook the showy May 4 organ recital by young New York organist Christopher Houlihan. Sponsored by the National Symphony Orchestra, this performance will take place in the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, home of ...

WNO’s American Ring: A vastly improved ‘Rhinegold’ debuts

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2016 – It’s here at long last, the Washington National Opera’s first-ever performance of Richard Wagner’s epic “Ring Cycle” of operas. Now unfolding at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, this home-grown “American Ring” production likely had its early origins in a memorable 2003 performance of “Die Walküre” just after the turn of ...

YCA showcases the artistry of young violist Ziyu Shen

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2016 – We’ve said many times in our columns here and elsewhere that the New York-based Young Concert Artists (YCA) series has developed the excellent habit of discovering brilliant young musicians from around the world, then showcasing them in recitals here, in New York and elsewhere, providing them with a valuable opportunity ...

National Symphony Orchestra’s Mason Bates explosion

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2016 – Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra celebrated what amounted to a Mason Bates Festival this past weekend, devoting a pair of series concerts and a special Friday evening “Declassified” concert to works by the Kennedy Center’s current composer-in-residence. All three concerts focused on Anne Akiko Meyers’ high-energy performance of Mr. Bates’ 2012 ...

Măcelaru, Znaider headline eclectic NSO series concert

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2016 – The National Symphony Orchestra opened the first of a pair of regular series programs Thursday evening at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall that feature well-known violinist-conductor Nikolaj Znaider in each of his roles. Thursday’s series concert, conducted by Cristian Măcelaru, offered an eclectic program in which Johannes Brahms’ epic Violin ...