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“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.” —Downbeat (August 2021)

A former child prodigy, profiled on 60 Minutes and The Today Show, 20-year-old jazz pianist-organist Matthew Whitaker has wowed audiences from L.A.’s Playboy Jazz Festival—where he “inspired spontaneous dancing and a standing ovation” (L.A. Times)—to the Apollo Theatre and a (pre-COVID) 2020 Washington Performing Arts performance. He brings his irresistible virtuosity back to D.C. this fall, with a special guest appearance by our own Children of the Gospel Choir.

Please note: Tickets for this performance available only through Ticketmaster. Also, we regret to note that tickets for this performance can no longer be included in a Washington Performing Arts subscription. Subscription tickets for this performance ordered during our now-concluded subscription-only period (AUG 31–SEP 14) will be fulfilled by Washington Performing Arts.


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.

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.