We’re thrilled to announce our 2015/16 season, comprising more than 60 performances in more than nine venues throughout D.C. and beyond. Please scroll down for a list of main stage events, featuring the finest in classical music, jazz, world music, dance, and more. And note that you have the option to view the season thematically by subscription package, or chronologically by month. (Or, read the full season announcement press release.)

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Orchestra Series at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall

The cornerstone of Washington Performing Arts' season, presenting the world's finest orchestras to D.C. audiences.

Orchestre National de France
Daniele Gatti, conductor
Julian Rachlin, violin
Sun, Jan 31, 4pm • Kennedy Center Concert Hall

DUTILLEUX - Métaboles
SHOSTAKOVICH - Violin Concerto No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY - Symphony No. 5

“L’ONF” returns to D.C. after an eight-year absence, as conductor Gatti brings his “natural charisma, authority, and energy to the late-romantic and early 20th-century repertoire” (The Guardian). Violinist Rachlin, “a virtuoso of uncompromising tonal purity” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), joins the orchestra for the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1.
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer, conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Mon, Feb 15, 8pm • Kennedy Center Concert Hall

WEBER - Overture to Der Freischütz
LISZT - Piano Concerto No. 1
PROKOFIEV - Symphony No. 5

Maestro Fischer and the BFO return for another “meticulously refined and lovingly shaped” (The Washington Post) performance, joined on the Liszt by the staggeringly virtuosic Canadian pianist Hamelin.
Montreal Symphony
Kent Nagano, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Mon, Mar 14, 7pm • Kennedy Center Concert Hall

DEBUSSY - Jeux
PROKOFIEV - Piano Concerto No. 3
STRAVINSKY - The Rite of Spring

After a 30-year hiatus, the Montreal Symphony returns to D.C. for an evening highlighted by Russian masterworks and a guest appearance by young Russian piano powerhouse Trifonov, whose playing “can only be described as a visceral experience” (The Washington Post).
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, conductor
Tue, Apr 12, 8pm • Kennedy Center Concert Hall

MAHLER - Symphony No. 5

From a single trumpet fanfare to a full-orchestral maelstrom, Mahler’s 5th encompasses an enormous range of dynamics and an equally broad succession of emotions. Under Grammy-winning director Jansons, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra takes up the imposing and intensely rewarding challenge of one of the first towering masterpieces of the 20th century.
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Simon O’Neill, tenor
Sat, Apr 16, 4pm • Kennedy Center Concert Hall

SCHUBERT - Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished"
MAHLER - Das Lied von der Erde

One of today’s most celebrated Mahlerians, Maestro Tilson Thomas leads his acclaimed San Francisco Symphony in two beloved yet unconventional works: Mahler’s late-career “song-symphony,” “The Song of the Earth,”and Schubert’s two-movement “Unfinished Symphony.”

Stars Series at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall


Featuring today's most in-demand, celebrated recitalists at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Itzhak Perlman, violin
Emanuel Ax, piano
Mon, Sep 28, 7pm • Kennedy Center Concert Hall

MOZART - Sonata No. 17 in C Major, K. 296
FAURÉ - Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13
STRAUSS - Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18
Additional works to be announced from the stage

Celebrated statesmen of classical music in a riveting evening of Mozart, Fauré, Strauss, and more.
Evgeny Kissin, piano
Wed, Oct 28, 8pm • Kennedy Center Concert Hall

MOZART - Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330
BEETHOVEN - Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57
BRAHMS - Three Intermezzi, Op. 117
ALBENIZ - Granada, Op. 47
ALBENIZ - Cadiz, Op. 47
ALBENIZ - Córdoba, Op. 232
ALBENIZ - Asturias, Op. 47
LARREGLA - ¡Viva Navarra!

With trademark “full-throttled virtuosity” (The Guardian), the Grammy-winning pianist juxtaposes classic favorites (Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms) with the sensuous music of Spaniards Albeniz and Larregla.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.
Sir James Galway, flute
Lady Jeanne Galway, flute
Pianist TBA
Sun, Mar 20, 4pm • Kennedy Center Concert Hall

The iconic Irish flutist Sir James Galway returns to dazzle a D.C. audience with “nonchalant virtuosity and sterling musicianship” (Chicago Tribune).
In memory of Isaac Stern
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Emanuel Ax, piano
Wed, Apr 13, 8pm • Kennedy Center Concert Hall

BEETHOVEN - Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5
BEETHOVEN - Sonata No. 4, Op. 102, No. 1
BEETHOVEN - Sonata No. 5, Op. 102, No. 2
BEETHOVEN - Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69

Continuing one of classical music’s most enduring and celebrated collaborations, Ma and Ax showcase four of Beethoven’s sonatas—both a staple of their duo repertoire and a ceaseless source of discovery.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Linda and Isaac Stern Charitable Foundation.

Celebrity Series at the Music Center at Strathmore

Featuring world-renowned instrumentalists and orchestras in the spectacular Strathmore concert hall.

Sir András Schiff, piano
The Last Sonatas, part 2
Mon, Oct 26, 8pm • The Music Center at Strathmore

MOZART - Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 570
BEETHOVEN - Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110
HAYDN - Sonata No. 61 in D Major
SCHUBERT - Sonata in A Major, D. 959

Sir András continues his monumental “Last Sonatas” project with the penultimate sonatas of Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, and Beethoven.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Hilary Hahn, violin
Mon, Dec 7, 8pm • The Music Center at Strathmore

BIZET - Carmen Suite No. 1
VIEUXTEMPS - Violin Concerto No. 4
STRAVINSKY - The Firebird

The vaunted “Philadelphia Sound” returns to D.C. in a program of Bizet and Stravinsky masterworks and, with celebrated violinist Hilary Hahn, the lush Violin Concerto No. 4 of Henri Vieuxtemps.

Hilary Hahn's appearances this season are made possible through the generous support of Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather.
Sir András Schiff, piano
The Last Sonatas, part 3
Wed, Feb 24, 8pm • The Music Center at Strathmore

HAYDN - Sonata No. 62 in E-flat Major Hob. XVI:52
BEETHOVEN - Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
MOZART - Sonata No. 18 in D Major, K. 576
SCHUBERT - Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

Sir András bring his two-season, three-concert “Last Sonatas” project to a triumphant close with the final sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.
Hilary Hahn, violin
Pianist TBD
Tue, Apr 19, 8pm • The Music Center at Strathmore

Program to include world premieres of three solo partitas by ANTÓN GARCÍA ABRIL, commissioned by Washington Performing Arts

The formidably accomplished and always forward-looking violinist Hahn returns with a program including new work from Spanish composer Antón García Abril—one of the contributors to Hahn’s acclaimed commissioning and CD project, In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores.

Hilary Hahn's appearances this season and the commissioned works by Antón García Abril are made possible through the generous support of Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather. The commissioned works are made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Murray Perahia, piano
Sun, May 1, 4pm • The Music Center at Strathmore

Recognized worldwide as a musician of rare musical sensitivity, Grammy-winner Perahia has been dubbed "one of the piano's most lyrical contemporary poets" by the Times of London.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Sun, May 22, 4pm • The Music Center at Strathmore

GLASS - Selected Metamorphasis
SCHUBERT - Selected Impromptus, Op. 90
SCHUBERT - Sonata in B-flat Major, D.960

American pianist Dinnerstein thoughtfully pairs the works of Philip Glass and her favorite composer, Schubert, finding surprising confluences between these two towering artists of their respective eras.

Piano Masters Series at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

The world's greatest pianists in the intimate Terrace Theater.

Jeremy Denk, piano
Sun, Oct 11, 2pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Solo recital from 2014 Avery Fisher Prize–winner Denk, "an artist of uncommon communicative ability, whose playing gives as much intellectual as sensual pleasure" (The Washington Post).
James Tocco, piano
Tue, Nov 10, 7pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

LISZT - Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses

American piano virtuoso Tocco in a rare performance of Liszt’s complete 10-movement cycle, Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Honorable Mary V. Mochary and Charlotte and Hubert (Hank) Schlosberg.
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Sat, Nov 14, 7pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

SIBELIUS - Kyllikki: Three Pieces, Op. 41
SIBELIUS - The Birch, Op. 75, No. 4
SIBELIUS - The Spruce, Op. 75, No. 5
SIBELIUS - The Forest Lake, Op. 114, No. 3
SIBELIUS - Song in the Forest, Op. 114, Op. 4
SIBELIUS - Spring Vision, Op. 114, No. 5
BEETHOVEN - Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, “The Hunt,” Op. 31, No. 3
DEBUSSY - La soirée dans Grenade from Estampes
DEBUSSY - Étude 11 pour les arpèges composés
DEBUSSY - Étude 6 pour les huit doigts
DEBUSSY - Étude 5 pour les octaves
CHOPIN - Étude in A-flat Major from Trois nouvelles études
CHOPIN - Impromptu in A-flat Major, Op. 29
CHOPIN - Nocturne in F Major, Op. 15, No. 1
CHOPIN - Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

“A pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight” (The New York Times), five-time Gramophone Award–winner Andsnes explores vignettes by Sibelius, Debussy, and Chopin, as well as one of Beethoven’s beloved sonatas.
Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Sat, Feb 6, 2pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

HAYDN - Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:51
CRUMB - Pastorale from Makrokosmos, Vol. 1
HAYDN - Sonata in G Major, Hob. XVI:40
CAGE - The Seasons
HAYDN - Sonata in G minor, Hob. XVI:44
MORTON FELDMAN - Two Intermissions (1950)
HAYDN - Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50

Bosnian-born piano master Muzijevic is “a virtuoso with formidable fingers and a musician with fiercely original ideas about the music he plays” (Financial Times)—as evidenced by this program’s novel alternation of Haydn sonatas with contemplative works by 20th-century luminaries.

Hayes Piano Series at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Established in 1966 in honor of Washington Performing Arts founder Patrick Hayes and his wife, Evelyn Swarthout Hayes, this series features recitals by some of the world's finest emerging pianists. From Pollini to Perahia, Brendel to Bronfman, virtually every notable pianist today made a Kennedy Center debut on this extraordinary series.

Herbert Schuch, piano
Sat, Oct 17, 2pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

MURAIL - Cloches d´adieu, et un sourire
LISZT – “Pater Noster,” “Funerailles,” and “Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude” from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses
BACH/BUSONI - Choral Prelude “Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ,” BWV 649
MESSIAEN – “Cloches d´angoisse et larmes d´adieu” from Eight Préludes
BACH/BAUER – “Die Seele ruht in Gottes Händen,” BWV 127
RAVEL – “La vallée des cloches” from Miroirs

One of the rising stars of his generation, Romanian pianist Schuch was inspired by the sound of bells in crafting this afternoon’s program, featuring works by Bach/Busoni, Liszt, Ravel, and others.

The Hayes Piano Series is generously supported by Betsy and Robert Feinberg.
Behzod Abduraimov, piano
Sat, Jan 30, 2pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

CHOPIN - Four Ballades
MUSSORGSKY - Pictures at an Exhibition

The grand prize winner of the 2009 London International Piano Competition, Uzbek rising star Abduraimov has awed listeners worldwide in concert and on two acclaimed Decca releases, balancing youthful fireworks with shimmering lyricism.

The Hayes Piano Series is generously supported by Betsy and Robert Feinberg.
Master Class with Leon Fleisher
Sat, Feb 13, 2pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Hayes Piano Series history repeats! In 2004, due to a sudden cancellation on the series, pianist Leon Fleisher led an on-stage master class featuring his students—including the now-renowned Yuja Wang and Kit Armstrong. This season, Fleisher reprises the illuminating format with a new generation of talented piano protégés.

The Hayes Piano Series is generously supported by Betsy and Robert Feinberg.
Joseph Moog, piano
Sat, Mar 26, 2pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

BEETHOVEN - Fifteen Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme (“Eroica” Variations), Op.35
LISZT - Deux Légendes
No 1: St. Francois d'Assise - La prédication aux oiseaux
No. 2: St. Francois de Paule - Marchant sur les flots
TCHAIKOVSKY - Grande Sonata in G Major, Op.37

In his Washington Performing Arts debut, young German pianist Moog features Tchaikovsky’s Grande Sonata, also included on his 2014 CD and hailed in a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice” review as “one of the modern era’s best recordings of this work.”

The Hayes Piano Series is generously supported by Betsy and Robert Feinberg.
Yury Shadrin & Tian Lu, pianos
Sat, May 7, 2pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Husband–wife rising-star piano duo and Leon Fleisher protégés Shadrin and Lu present an inventive "journey" of the keyboard, from solo piano to four-hand piano to two pianos.

The Hayes Piano Series is generously supported by Betsy and Robert Feinberg. This performance is made possible by Gary Nordlinger in honor of Gerson Nordlinger.

Virtuoso Series at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Now in its fourth season, the expanded Virtuoso Series—formerly the Kreeger String Series, which introduced many of the world's finest string players (including Gil Shaham and Hilary Hahn)—offers a platform for emerging and established classical artists to perform in the intimate Terrace Theater.

Steven Isserlis, cello
Robert Levin, fortepiano
Thu, Oct 29, 7pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

BEETHOVEN - Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 5
BEETHOVEN - Sonata No. 5, Op. 102, No. 2
BEETHOVEN - 12 Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen,” Op. 66
BEETHOVEN - Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69

Performing on historically accurate gut strings, “matchless virtuoso” (Plain Dealer) cellist Isserlis joins fortepianist Levin for four of Beethoven’s immortal cello sonatas. (The balance of Beethoven’s cello sonatas will be performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax on April 13.)
Amit Peled, cello
Noreen Polera, piano
Homage to Pablo Casals
Sun, Nov 8, 2pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

HANDEL - Sonata in G minor
BACH - Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
BEETHOVEN - 7 Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen,” WoO 46
FAURÉ - Elegie
FAURÉ - Sicilienne
FAURÉ - Papillon
BACH - Aria From Organ Pastoral in F, BWV 590
SAINT-SAËNS - Allegro Appassionato in B minor, Op. 43
LERA AUERBACH – new work for solo cello (Washington Performing Arts commission)

Celebrating the centenary of Pablo Casals’ 1915 U.S. tour—and playing Casals' own cello—Peled performs the legend’s favorite works and a new work by Lera Auerbach, commissioned for the occasion by Washington Performing Arts.

The new work by Lera Auerbach was commissioned by Washington Performing Arts with the generous support of Jane and Calvin Cafritz and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Sang-Eun Lee, cello
Noreen Polera, piano
Wed, Nov 18, 7pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

A judges’ and audience favorite at the 2014 Young Concert Artist auditions, 20-year-old Korean cellist Lee brings passion and precision to a program spanning from the Romantic to the contemporary.

Co-presented with Young Concert Artists.
Chad Hoopes, violin
David Fung, piano
Thu, Jan 28, 7pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

DVORÁK - Sonatina in G Major
PROKOFIEV - Five Melodies, Op. 35
RAVEL - Tzigane
FRANCK - Sonata in A Major

Twenty-year-old violinist Hoopes is “a musician with all the technical gifts that these days are accepted as norms but also with stylistic taste, purity of tone and an attractive blend of flair and interpretative discretion" (Gramophone).
Marina Piccinini, flute
Andreas Haefliger, piano
Thu, Feb 11, 7pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

DALBAVIE - Nocturne (D.C. premiere)
PROKOFIEV - Sonata in D Major, Op. 94
ADÉS - Darknesse Visible for solo piano
FRANCK - Flute Sonata in A Major
BOULEZ - Sonatine for Flute and Piano

Hailed by Gramophone as “the Heifetz of the flute,” Piccinini joins husband and celebrated pianist Haefliger for an uninterrupted, dramatic program, alternating between solo and duo masterworks and contemporary compositions.
Calder Quartet
Sun, Feb 28, 2pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

ANDREW NORMAN - Sabrina
JANÁCEK - Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters”
BEETHOVEN - Quartet No. 14, Op. 127

“One of America’s most satisfying—and most enterprising—quartets” (Los Angeles Times), the Calder presents a wide-ranging program including repertoire staples by Beethoven and Janáček and contemporary composer Norman's Rome-inspired Sabrina.
Antoine Tamestit, viola
Sun, Apr 24, 7pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

BACH - Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
BACH - Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
BACH - Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Additional works to be announced

It's rare to hear the phrase "in-demand viola soloist," but that fits the bill with Tamestit, an artist who explores repertoire from the Baroque to the contemporary—including the commissioning of new works for this rarely heard solo instrument.

What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow at the Church of the Epiphany

In his acclaimed series, former NPR music commentator Rob Kapilow explores great musical masterpieces.

What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Yuliya Gorenman, piano
Sun, Oct 25, 6pm • Church of the Epiphany

In his acclaimed What Makes It Great? series, former NPR music commentator Kapilow unravels and explores a great musical masterpiece with the audience. Next, the piece is performed in its entirety, followed by a Q&A with the audience and performers.
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow
Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 18, No. 1
Sun, Jan 24, 6pm • Church of the Epiphany
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 " London"
Sun, Feb 21, 6pm • Church of the Epiphany
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow
Cole Porter Songbook
Sun, Mar 13, 6pm • Church of the Epiphany

Additional Performances

Performances may be added on to Subscription Series or, with performances from series above, may be combined into a Custom Series of three or more performances.

Béla Fleck & Chick Corea
Wed, Sep 30, 8pm • The Music Center at Strathmore

Musical mastery and easy camaraderie unite onstage in this evening with jazz piano titan Corea and genre-smashing banjo wizard Fleck.

Co-presented with Strathmore and Blues Alley.
This performance is made possible through the generous support of Versar.
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Sat, Oct 3, 7pm & 9:30pm • Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Singing in English, French, and Spanish, Salvant enchants her audiences with fresh and dramatic interpretations of standards and lesser-known gems from the early days of jazz and blues.

Washington Performing Arts performances at Sixth & I are made possible by the Abramson Family Foundation.
Jason Moran & Jeremy Denk
Fri, Oct 9, 7pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

A virtuoso meeting of the minds and genres, as two MacArthur “Genius Award”–winning pianists—classical artist Jeremy Denk and jazz’s Jason Moran—share a stage for the first time ever.

Co-presented with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Oct 9-10 • Sidney Harman Hall

“One of ballet’s most exciting undertakings” (The New York Times), the historic ensemble returns under the artistic direction of founding member and former principal dancer Virginia Johnson.

Co-presented with CityDance.
Washington Performing Arts dance series performances are made possible through the generous support of Reginald Van Lee.
VelocityDC Dance Festival
Oct 15-17 • Sidney Harman Hall

Now in its seventh year, this highlight of Washington’s dance season showcases the city’s best-known ensembles, undiscovered gems, and everyone in between, with styles ranging from ballet to hip hop, tap to flamenco, and beyond.

Co-presented with Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dance Metro DC, and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Edgar Meyer & Christian McBride
Thu, Oct 22, 8pm • Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

The term “double bass” takes on new meaning as two of the greatest living practitioners of the instrument—jazz master Christian McBride and classical/folk/bluegrass Renaissance man Edgar Meyer—join forces for a thrilling exploration of the deep space beyond genre and expectation.

Washington Performing Arts performances at Sixth & I are made possible by the Abramson Family Foundation.
The Art of the Spiritual: “Deep River”
Kevin Deas, bass-baritone
Washington Performing Arts Men & Women of the Gospel Choir
Stanley Thurston, artistic director
In collaboration with and conceived by the PostClassical Ensemble, Joseph Horowitz, Executive Director, and Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Artistic Director
Sat, Nov 7, 3pm & 8pm • Venue TBA

Featuring performances by distinguished interpreters, narration, and historic films and recordings, this one-of-a kind program brings to life the history and legacy of the iconic American spiritual “Deep River.”
Accordion Virtuosi of Russia
Sun, Nov 8, 7pm • The Lincoln Theatre

Get ready for the infectious, rambunctious, and altogether wondrous sounds of dozens of master accordionists performing works like Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance,”lilting Strauss waltzes, an enchanting medley from West Side Story, and more.

Co-presented with the Lincoln Theatre.
Anonymous 4
Bruce Molsky, fiddle
1865
Sun, Nov 22, 7pm • Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

The world-renowned, much-beloved vocal quartet gives a farewell D.C. performance just weeks before retiring, joined by Bruce Molsky, “the Rembrandt of Appalachian Fiddle.”

Washington Performing Arts performances at Sixth & I are made possible by the Abramson Family Foundation.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis
Sat, Dec 12, 8pm • The Music Center at Strathmore

Swing in the holidays with the joyful spirit and unparalleled virtuosity of trumpet master Wynton Marsalis and the pre-eminent big band in the land, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Co-presented with Strathmore and the Blues Alley.
American Spiritual Ensemble
Dr. Everett McCorvey, founder and music director
Sat, Jan 9, 8pm • Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Eighteen voices strong, the American Spiritual Ensemble is renowned for its authentic, compelling performances of songs of praise, pleas for salvation, and lamentations of agony, all sung by African Americans during slavery.

Washington Performing Arts performances at Sixth & I are made possible by the Abramson Family Foundation.
Alyson Cambridge, soprano
In Her Voice
Christine Lamprea, cello
Ina Zdorovetchi, harp
Kevin Miller, piano
Wed, Jan 20, 7pm • Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
WILLIAM BOLCOM - From the Diary of Sally Hemings
JEFFREY MUMFORD - three windows (world premiere)
ADAM SCHOENBERG - title TBD (world premiere)

Soprano and D.C. native Cambridge presents a rare, intimate recital on the theme of women’s voices, created especially for her hometown audience and featuring two new works commissioned by Washington Performing Arts.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Reginald Van Lee and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Spectrum Dance
Rambunctious
Sat, Jan 30, 8pm • Sidney Harman Hall
“As if possessed, these performers seem to bust right through the formalities of dance itself,” wrote the Los Angeles Times of Seattle-based Spectrum Dance Theater, helmed by Tony-nominee Donald Byrd (The Color Purple).

Co-presented with CityDance.
This performance is made possible through the generous support of Altria. Washington Performing Arts dance series performances are made possible through the generous support of Reginald Van Lee.
Brooklyn Rider & Gabriel Kahane
Sat, Feb 6, 8pm • Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Presented in past Washington Performing Arts seasons in collaboration with the likes of Béla Fleck and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, the exciting and ever-inventive string quartet Brooklyn Rider returns to Sixth & I, joined this time by eclectic singer/songwriter Kahane.

Washington Performing Arts performances at Sixth & I are made possible by the Abramson Family Foundation.
Roomful of Teeth & American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Sat, Feb 13, 8pm • Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

PURCELL - Fantasia #11
PURCELL - Fantasia on One Note
BRYARS - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
SHAW - Partita
PURCELL - Fantasia #6
SHAW - Ritornello

Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth joins new music dynamos American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) for a centuries-spanning program of works by Purcell, Bryars, and 2013 Pulitzer-winner and Roomful member Shaw.

Washington Performing Arts performances at Sixth & I are made possible by the Abramson Family Foundation.
Chris Botti
Sat, Feb 20, 8pm • Kennedy Center Concert Hall

With the Valentine’s vibe still in the air, the Grammy-winning, chart-topping, and ever-enchanting trumpeter Botti leads his ace ensemble in an evening of sensuous riffs and serious grooves.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Van Auken Private Foundation to honor the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and its mission to empower patients, advance awareness, research, and early detection for lung cancer.
Living the Dream…Singing the Dream
Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs
Stanley Thurston, artistic director
Choral Arts Society of Washington
Scott Tucker, artistic director
Sun, Feb 21, 7pm • Kennedy Center Concert Hall

A D.C. gospel tradition continues! Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this annual choral summit concert is a joyful celebration of the power of music and the human spirit.

Co-presented with the Choral Arts Society of Washington.
Anoushka Shankar
Fri, Apr 1, 8pm • GW Lisner Auditorium

The daughter of the late, great sitar master Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar is a renowned sitar virtuoso in her own right, performing traditional Hindustani ragas and a custom blend of Indian styles with jazz, flamenco, Western classical music, electronica, and more.

Co-presented with GW Lisner Auditorium.
Next Israel 2.0
Sat, Apr 16, 8pm • Sidney Harman Hall

Conceived to identify countries demonstrating enormous innovation in modern dance, Next follows its sold-out launch in 2012 with the choreography of Israel. Next: Israel will feature Israeli choreographers at different stages of their careers, who will travel to D.C. to set works on Company E.

Co-presented with the Embassy of Israel.
Washington Performing Arts dance series performances are made possible through the generous support of Reginald Van Lee.
Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion
Sun, Apr 17, 1pm • Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Hailed for his “terrifying, Paganini-esque” (San Francisco Chronicle) mastery of the tabla, Hussain leads one of his most enduring and acclaimed projects in an evening of “virtuoso musicianship combined with genre-crossing communicative warmth…fully displaying the great breadth of Indian music” (Los Angeles Times).
Brad Mehldau Trio
Wed, Apr 20, 8pm • Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Pianist Brad Mehldau’s trio with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard is one of the most ceaselessly inventive and highly regarded ensembles in jazz today. In Jazz Times’ words: “It has achieved a level of three-way interactive creativity reached only by very special piano trios, like those of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett.”

Washington Performing Arts performances at Sixth & I are made possible by the Abramson Family Foundation.
Children’s Chorus of Washington
Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir
Sun, May 1, 5pm • The Lincoln Theatre

Two of D.C.’s top youth choirs join forces and voices for this very special concert celebrating the career and marking the retirement of CCW founder and artistic director Joan Gregoryk.

Co-presented with the Children's Chorus of Washington.
Performances by the Children of the Gospel Choir are made possible through the generous support of Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated.