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Best-known to D.C. audiences as a co-founder of the adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider, violinist Johnny Gandelsman has re-imagined the works of Bach, recording not only the complete violin sonatas and partitas, but also the complete cello suites, praised by the New York Times for “an improvisatory feel of folk music.” His new project, This is America, is a set of 22 works for solo violin born out of the social-justice reckoning of 2020. The project highlights a diverse group of composers, including women, people of color, people of all ages, and representatives of myriad genres and backgrounds. The concert includes a new composition by Anjna Swaminathan, commissioned by Washington Performing Arts.

Ticketing Note: All reservations for this free event will be administered by the Library of Congress at a future date—reservations may not be added to Washington Performing Arts subscription orders.

J.S. BACH - Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009 (transcribed for violin)
ANJNA SWAMINATHAN - Surrender to the Adventure*
RHIANNON GIDDENS - New to the Session
MARIKA HUGHES - From J with Love

*Washington Performing Arts commission

Co-presented with The Library of Congress

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This engagement of Johnny Gandelsman is made possible through the Special Presenter Initiatives program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and through the Dan Cameron Family Foundation.

Linger Longers are made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor.

Thank you to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work in 2021/22: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Barbara Myers and Tom Gallagher; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Additional sponsorships are available for this performance and others in the 2021/22 season. Contact Elizabeth Racheva, Chief Advancement Officer, at Sponsorship@WashingtonPerformingArts.org or (202) 533-1862 to learn more.


Mid-Atlantic Arts

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities