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MATTHEW WHITAKER KICKS OFF 2021/22 SEASON WITH CHILDREN OF THE GOSPEL CHOIR

Welcome back! Washington Performing Arts returns, live and in-person, for the opening of our 2021/22 Season, presenting virtuosic pianist-organist and band leader Matthew Whitaker! A former child prodigy, profiled on the likes of 60 Minutes and The Today Show, Whitaker will perform with his sensational quintet on Friday, October 15, at 8pm ET at D.C.’s historic Lincoln Theatre. The performance will feature a special guest appearance by our own Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir, under the leadership of artistic director Michele Fowlin.

Whitaker is no stranger to the spotlight. At three, his passion for music was sparked by a small Yamaha keyboard, and he began teaching himself to play the Hammond B-3 organ at nine. At ten, he opened for Stevie Wonder’s induction into the Apollo Theater’s Hall of Fame, and at 16, he released his first album, Outta the Box. He’s graced world-famous stages in the United States and abroad, including a February 2020 performance presented by Washington Performing Arts at Sixth & I. Now, 20-year-old Whitaker has released a new album, Connections, featuring original compositions and fresh takes on jazz classics. Produced by bassist Derrick Hodge, Connections features support from Jon Batiste on piano and Regina Carter on violin.

In its rave review of Connections, the seminal jazz magazine Downbeat wrote, “We’ve been listening to Whitaker take our breath away with all of the promise he showed on the first two albums. This one takes him a full leap forward. The fleetness of finger, the touch and taste, the grit and grime when he needs it, the lightness and airiness when it’s called upon—Whitaker has it all.”

Whitaker’s performance marks the opening night of Washington Performing Arts’s 2021/22 Season—our return to live, indoor performances following more than a year of online-only events.

Following the performance, an outdoor Friends event will take place at Barkada wine bar (1939 12th Street NW), a short walk from Lincoln Theatre. Become a Friend today to join us for a “sidewalk celebration” you’re sure to remember—see the Friends Events section below for details. Friend membership and RSVP is required to attend this post performance event.

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This performance is made possible through the generous support of Tom Gallagher.

Performances by the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir are made possible through the generous support of Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated.

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Tregaron Unplugged

MARS ARTS D.C. LEADS INTO 2021/22 WITH TREGARON UNPLUGGED

Autumn leaves, live music, and local artists—what could be better? We invite you to join us Saturday, October 9 at 4pm for Tregaron Unplugged, a co-presentation by Mars Arts D.C. and Tregaron Conservancy!

As the first Mars Arts D.C. event of 2021/22, this outdoor, in-person event is a multi-musician showcase that invites local musicians into the beautiful parklands of the Tregaron Conservancy. With simultaneous performances at four locations throughout the grounds of the conservancy, Tregaron Unplugged offers visitors an immersive experience where they can traverse the trails through the trees, discovering a variety of genres and artists as they explore. To match this natural setting, all participating musicians will be performing in a true unplugged fashion. With just the acoustic sounds of vocals and instruments, each performance space creates an intimate “outdoor listening-room” where both artist and audience can commune in nature.

Explore the park. Discover the music. Immerse yourself in the experience.

Tregaron Unplugged
Saturday, October 9, 4⁠–6pm
Tregaron Conservancy

Advance registration for this free event is almost at capacity.
Please register in advance to ensure your admission.

More Info and Free Registration

Mars Arts D.C. is a partnership of Mars, Incorporated and Washington Performing Arts, with support from Jacqueline Badger Mars.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the estate of Ms. Gwen Petitjean.

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MLK Memorial Event

WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS GOSPEL CHOIRS TO SING AT MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

The Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs will help celebrate the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. through song as they perform at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial 10th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony on Thursday, October 21 at 10am ET. Hosted by The Memorial Foundation, the event will take place at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its opening. A full schedule of events will be announced soon, and a livestream of the event will be made available for anyone around the world. For more information, visit The Memorial Foundation’s website.

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Concerts In Schools Enriching Experiences for Seniors

REQUEST A CONCERTS IN SCHOOLS, IN-SCHOOL ARTIST RESIDENCY, OR ENRICHING EXPERIENCES FOR SENIORS PROGRAM FOR YOUR SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY

Are you (or do you know) an educator in the greater D.C. area? Do you know a senior community that loves enriching experiences? Washington Performing Arts offers arts programs that may be just the thing for your classroom or community!

Concerts In Schools and In-School Artist Residencies

The school year is in full swing, and Washington Performing Arts is thrilled to offer Concerts in Schools (CIS) and In-School Artist Residency (ISAR) programs for classrooms in D.C. and its neighboring counties. This year, these programs are available both in-person and virtual to fit the needs of your classroom.

A Concerts in Schools program features an interactive assembly held at participating schools in which Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artists present performances or workshops that integrate artistic disciplines with other curricular areas, creating engaging and educational experiences for students.

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An In-School Artist Residency engages one or two classrooms for up to five in-classroom (or virtual) sessions. Students will be engaged in arts activities that connect to the broader core curriculum. Teachers work with the Teaching Artist to plan the residency and to establish curricular connections. Each residency begins or culminates with a Concerts in Schools engagement.

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Enriching Experiences for Seniors

The Enriching Experiences for Seniors (EES) program promotes lifelong learning and social engagement through quality arts experiences. During this unprecedented time, we want to provide these experiences in whatever format is right for your community. This is why we are offering options for either pre-recorded virtual performances or socially distanced in-person performances. Bring a concert or dance performance to your senior community by requesting a performance today!

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Friends Make It Happen Sidewalk Celebration

FRIENDS EVENTS

Happy Fall! As we welcome you back to our 2021/2022 Season, we have put together a host of fabulous in-person and virtual events in the coming months to celebrate and deepen artistic connections, encourage conversations, and bring us together. These events complement our programs while highlighting our core values and are our way of saying thank you to all our dedicated Friends for their generous support that makes everything we do possible. (Check out the entire lineup of 2021/22 Friends events.)

Post-Performance Sidewalk Celebration
Following the performance by Matthew Whitaker
Friday, October 15

Join us to celebrate the return of live performances and kick off our Friends events immediately following the performance by keyboard phenom Matthew Whitaker and our Children of the Gospel Choir for a sidewalk celebration at the local wine bar, Barkada (1939 12th Street NW).
(Open to all Friends of Washington Performing Arts)

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Not a Friend yet? Join the Friends program today with a gift of $75 or more, or the Chairman’s Circle of our leadership supporters with a gift of $2,500 or more, to start enjoying these great events. Or increase your level of giving to participate in more of these unique experiences. Check out our 2021/22 Friends Brochure for more information and a full list of benefits!

Thank you for helping us to continue to make a difference by sharing world-class performances, artistic experiences, and impactful education programs with our community.

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MEET OUR NEWEST ADVANCEMENT STAFF MEMBERS

Natalie Groom

Natalie Groom is our Manager of Advancement Operations & Analytics whose daily activities involve reporting and analytics, making sense of data, and overseeing contribution entries and acknowledgement generation. In her spare time, she’s the clarinet professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County and runs the Davies Concert Series. Natalie is the co-founder of Whistling Hens, a soprano and clarinet duo that performs and commissions music by female composers to create a more equitable world for womxn in the arts.

Rebbeca Krupa Wilcoski

Rebbeca Krupa Wilcoski is our Advancement Assistant whose daily activities include booking and processing gifts, creating and producing acknowledgements, and tracking memberships and renewals for our Friends program, among other tasks! Hailing from Ohio, Rebbeca received her BM in Flute Performance from the University at Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and she joined us as an Advancement Intern in the Spring of 2021. Prior to Washington Performing Arts, she interned at the Kennedy Center. When she’s not in the office, Rebbeca teaches flute at Potomac Music in Lorton, VA and performs with the Capital Wind Symphony.

Autumn Leaves

AUTUMN LEAVES

As summer begins to turn to fall here in the D.C. area, we’re revisiting one of our favorite seasonal tunes—Autumn Leaves, as performed by our Manager of Creative Media & Mars Arts D.C., Alex Galiatsatos, and our former Choral Management Intern, Missy Curl. We hope you enjoy!

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Washington Performing Arts Logo

WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS IS HIRING

Join our team! Visit our employment page to view the job description and application instructions for the following opportunity:

  • Patron Services Associate

Employment Page

Washington Performing Arts is also currently accepting applications for Spring 2022 Internships in Advancement, Business Administration, Choral Management, Communications & Creative Media, Cultural Diplomacy & Education, Education & Community Engagement, and Programming & Production. This spring, our internship opportunities range in remote versus in-person requirements, subject to the Washington Performing Arts office status in response to Covid-19 advisories in the District of Columbia. Our volunteer interns are eligible for a stipend of $500 upon completion of an average of 15 hours per week for at least 12 weeks during the fall and spring internship semesters. Visit our internships page to view the position descriptions and application instructions.

Internships Page

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The Muses Behind The Music Podcast

WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS HEADLINES AND STORIES

WTOP News: Washington Performing Arts presents outdoor music at Tregaron Conservancy (October 7, 2021)

Alex Galiatsatos, Manager of Creative Media and Mars Arts D.C., speaks with WTOP News about Tregaron Unplugged.

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The Muses Behind The Music Podcast: A Conversation with Prodigy Jazz Pianist Matthew Whitaker (September 21, 2021)

Acclaimed jazz pianist/organist Matthew Whitaker joins Michele Fowlin on her podcast in advance of his Washington Performing Arts season-opening performance on October 15, 2021 at the Lincoln Theatre.

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District Fray: Washington Performing Arts Returns with a Season Celebrating Legacies + Possibilities (September 15, 2021)

Chad Kinsman of District Fray has the scoop on Washington Performing Arts’s return to in-person performances in the 2021/22 Season.

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WJLA - ABC7 News: Preview to Washington Performing Arts’ 21/22 season (August 30, 2021)

President & CEO Jenny Bilfield joins anchors Melanie Hastings and Adrianna Hopkins on ABC7 News to talk about what's to come in the 2021/22 Season.

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Broadway World: Washington Performing Arts Announces 2021/22 Season (July 23, 2021)

The online industry news hub Broadway World highlights themes for the 2021/22 Season that’s to come.

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Washingtonian: Washington Performing Arts Will Resume Live Performances in September (July 22, 2021)

The Washingtonian spotlights Washington Performing Arts ahead of our 2021/22 Season.

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Kids Euro Fest

FROM ONE OF OUR PARTNERS: KIDS EURO FEST

Calling all curious kids and tiny travelers: This month is your chance to experience European culture without a plane ticket—Kids Euro Fest (KEF) returns with brand-new activities! For the first time, KEF will feature two in-person Family Days located at two Washington embassies. The first will take place October 9 at the Embassy of France, and the second on October 16 at the Embassy of Sweden. From 12–4pm on both days, families are invited to enjoy European performances, activities, crafts, games, and food. For those unable to attend either Family Day, Kids Euro Fest will also launch separate virtual content on its website on October 9. These include online performances, storytelling, films, and workshops. Health and safety protocols will be in place. Learn more and secure your spot at kidseurofest.org!

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