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Washington National Opera: Verdi's 'La Traviata'

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Washington National Opera launches its 2018/19 season with a stunning new production of Verdi's everlasting story of love and sacrifice. From the famous 'brindisi' drinking song to the heartbreaking 'Addio del passato' aria, La Traviata captures Violetta's unforgettable plight and illuminates tensions of social class that still ring true today.

Renato Palumbo, Conductor

Francesca Zambello, Director

Washington Bach Consort: Handel & Bach- Sing a New Song

National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC

Bach: 'Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied,' BWV 190

Händel: 'Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day,' HWV 76

Bach: 'Magnificat,' BWV 243

Join the Consort as we celebrate the opening of our 41st season and welcome our new Artistic Director. Bach’s cantata for the New Year, Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, is a joyous outpouring of gratitude. Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day is Handel’s magnificent tribute to the patron saint of music set to text by John Dryden. Dryden’s unique vision of the creation story, centered on music, is one in which nature springs to life and is brought to order after hearing “the tuneful voice on high.” Bach’s joyful Magnificat is the concert finale. This iconic masterpiece features some of Bach’s most thrilling and tuneful music.

The Kennedy Center: "Ladylike:" A Concert of Women Musical Theater Creators

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Role of Frances Farmer in excerpts from Kristan King's musical 'Brilliance' .

Frances Farmer was movie star in the 1930s and 40s who was involuntarily committed to an Insane Asylum by her mother, Lillian Farmer.

Come join us for this concert celebrating female creators in Musical Theatre as part of The Kennedy Center's 2018 'Page to Stage' New Play Festival.

Ring House Afternoon Concert Series: A Summertime Cabaret

Ring House, 1801 E Jefferson St, Rockville, MD

Join us for an afternoon soirée, featuring solos and duets from the Great American Songbook and the Golden Age of Musical Theatre. The program will include works by Loesser, Carmichael, Ahlert, Van Heusen, and Rodgers & Hart.

Jaely Chamberlain, Soprano .

Nigel Rowe, Tenor .

Brian Shaw, Baritone .

Reenie Codelka, Piano

May26

Washington National Opera: Bernstein's 'Candide'

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Soloist and Dancer

War! Earthquakes! Slavery! Disease! Very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through dozens of colorful characters, performing a witty and effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Make Our Garden Grow," and "Glitter and Be Gay." Through all its hysterical scouring of 18th-century wickedness and woe, WNO's first-ever production of Candide still finds a way to move and inspire with life-affirming lessons that, surprisingly, ring just as true today.

Nicole Paiement, Conductor
Francesca Zambello, Director

Production from The Glimmerglass Festival

May24

Washington National Opera: Bernstein's 'Candide'

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Soloist and Dancer

War! Earthquakes! Slavery! Disease! Very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through dozens of colorful characters, performing a witty and effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Make Our Garden Grow," and "Glitter and Be Gay." Through all its hysterical scouring of 18th-century wickedness and woe, WNO's first-ever production of Candide still finds a way to move and inspire with life-affirming lessons that, surprisingly, ring just as true today.

Nicole Paiement, Conductor
Francesca Zambello, Director

Production from The Glimmerglass Festival

May22

Washington National Opera: Bernstein's 'Candide'

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Soloist and Dancer

War! Earthquakes! Slavery! Disease! Very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through dozens of colorful characters, performing a witty and effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Make Our Garden Grow," and "Glitter and Be Gay." Through all its hysterical scouring of 18th-century wickedness and woe, WNO's first-ever production of Candide still finds a way to move and inspire with life-affirming lessons that, surprisingly, ring just as true today.

Nicole Paiement, Conductor
Francesca Zambello, Director

Production from The Glimmerglass Festival

May20

Washington National Opera: Bernstein's 'Candide'

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Soloist and Dancer

War! Earthquakes! Slavery! Disease! Very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through dozens of colorful characters, performing a witty and effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Make Our Garden Grow," and "Glitter and Be Gay." Through all its hysterical scouring of 18th-century wickedness and woe, WNO's first-ever production of Candide still finds a way to move and inspire with life-affirming lessons that, surprisingly, ring just as true today.

Nicole Paiement, Conductor
Francesca Zambello, Director

Production from The Glimmerglass Festival

May18

Washington National Opera: Bernstein's 'Candide'

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Soloist and Dancer

War! Earthquakes! Slavery! Disease! Very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through dozens of colorful characters, performing a witty and effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Make Our Garden Grow," and "Glitter and Be Gay." Through all its hysterical scouring of 18th-century wickedness and woe, WNO's first-ever production of Candide still finds a way to move and inspire with life-affirming lessons that, surprisingly, ring just as true today.

Nicole Paiement, Conductor
Francesca Zambello, Director

Production from The Glimmerglass Festival

May14

Washington National Opera: Bernstein's 'Candide'

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Soloist and Dancer

War! Earthquakes! Slavery! Disease! Very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through dozens of colorful characters, performing a witty and effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Make Our Garden Grow," and "Glitter and Be Gay." Through all its hysterical scouring of 18th-century wickedness and woe, WNO's first-ever production of Candide still finds a way to move and inspire with life-affirming lessons that, surprisingly, ring just as true today.

Nicole Paiement, Conductor
Francesca Zambello, Director

Production from The Glimmerglass Festival

May12

Washington National Opera: Bernstein's 'Candide'

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Soloist and Dancer

War! Earthquakes! Slavery! Disease! Very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through dozens of colorful characters, performing a witty and effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Make Our Garden Grow," and "Glitter and Be Gay." Through all its hysterical scouring of 18th-century wickedness and woe, WNO's first-ever production of Candide still finds a way to move and inspire with life-affirming lessons that, surprisingly, ring just as true today.

Nicole Paiement, Conductor
Francesca Zambello, Director

Production from The Glimmerglass Festival

May9

Washington National Opera: Bernstein's 'Candide'

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Soloist and Dancer

War! Earthquakes! Slavery! Disease! Very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through dozens of colorful characters, performing a witty and effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Make Our Garden Grow," and "Glitter and Be Gay." Through all its hysterical scouring of 18th-century wickedness and woe, WNO's first-ever production of Candide still finds a way to move and inspire with life-affirming lessons that, surprisingly, ring just as true today.

Nicole Paiement, Conductor
Francesca Zambello, Director

Production from The Glimmerglass Festival

May8

Embassy of Australia: Commemoration of the Battle of the Coral Sea

Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

Soloist

The Battle of the Coral Sea, fought May 4-8 1942, was a major naval battle between the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and naval and air forces from the United States and Australia, taking place in the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War.

On May 8, 2018, the Embassy of Australia will host a formal event to commemorate the battle, led by the Naval Attaché to the United States.

May5

Washington National Opera: Bernstein's 'Candide'

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Soloist and Dancer

War! Earthquakes! Slavery! Disease! Very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through dozens of colorful characters, performing a witty and effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Make Our Garden Grow," and "Glitter and Be Gay." Through all its hysterical scouring of 18th-century wickedness and woe, WNO's first-ever production of Candide still finds a way to move and inspire with life-affirming lessons that, surprisingly, ring just as true today.

Nicole Paiement, Conductor
Francesca Zambello, Director

Production from The Glimmerglass Festival

Apr25

Washington National Cathedral: 103rd Anniversary ANZAC Day Commemoration

Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

Soprano Soloist .

The annual ANZAC service remembers and honors those who perished in the Dardanelles campaign that was fought between the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and the Turkish military. The toll was horrific for both sides, and the losses at Gallipoli played an enormous role in the developing sense of nationhood in both Australia and New Zealand. Anzac Day is observed each year near April 25 in commemoration of those who made the supreme sacrifice both in the Dardanelles campaign and in subsequent conflicts.

This year, 2018, marks the 103rd anniversary.

Mar25

Washington National Cathedral: Händel's 'Israel in Egypt'

Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

Soprano II Soloist

Handel's masterwork, complete with Part 1 -The Ways Of Zion Do Mourn, tells of the journey of the Israelites out of Egypt to the promised land following 400 years in captivity. Handel's use of choral and orchestral color and texture to paint vivid images of this epic story seem the composer at his peak of creative genius.

Michael McCarthy, Conductor

Washington National Cathedral Choir

Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra

Mar10

DMA Recital: Andrew Welch, Pianist

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD

Soprano Soloist: Stravinsky's "Three Japanese Lyrics" Poulenc's "5 Poèmes de Baudelaire"

In 1912 Stravinsky read an anthology of Japanese lyrics. “The impression which they made on me was exactly like that made by Japanese paintings and engravings. The graphic solution of problems of perspective and space shown by their art incited me to find something analagous in music.” The resulting mini-songs set three lyrics about the coming of Spring.

Andrew Welch, Pianist UMD Chamber Ensemble

Mar3

Washington National Opera: Verdi's 'Don Carlo'

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC

Ensemble

March 3-17, 2018 (Click 'Get Tickets' for specific dates and times)

Family ties fray and unravel in Verdi's spectacle of forbidden passion, political intrigue, and shattering betrayal set at the height of the Spanish Empire. More than 20 years have passed since WNO last staged this grand masterpiece in four acts, and now a solid-gold cast heralds its return in this stunning new production.

Philippe Auguin, Conductor

Tim Albery, Stage Director

Mar2

A Gala Concert for Music Scholarships

Shepherd University, Frank Arts Center, Shepherdstown, WV

Featured Alumni Guest Artist

I am delighted to appear as the featured Alumni Guest Artist for SU's Musical Showcase for Scholarships. My scholarship to the Music Department at Shepherd University was a huge assistance in being able to obtain my Bachelor of Music Education, and the main reason that my husband and I were able to pay off my student loans within five years of graduation. I am incredibly grateful to the department for their support, and am happy to be part of this event.

The concert will also feature The White House Band, led by Dave Detwiler.

All guests are invited to a meet-the-artists at a post-concert dessert reception immediately following the concert.