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2022/23 SEASON

Dance Theatre of Harlem 3

Sounds of Hazel: The Hazel Scott Ballet
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Virginia Johnson, artistic director
Fri, Oct 7, 8pm
Sat, Oct 8, 2pm & 8pm
Sidney Harman Hall

The illustrious DTH opens our 2022/23 Season with the world premiere performances of a new ballet honoring American music icon Hazel Scott.

Igor Levit

Igor Levit, piano
Thu, Oct 20, 7:30pm
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Witness the long-awaited return of the celebrated Igor Levit—an artist “like no other pianist” (New Yorker)—in an inspired program of Robert Schumann, Wagner, Liszt, and Fred Hersch.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, music director
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello
Fri, Oct 21, 8pm
Strathmore
Britain’s award-winning CBSO and their acclaimed music director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, perform a D.C. premiere by Thomas Adès, Debussy’s La Mer, and—joined by star soloist Sheku Kanneh-Mason—Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

Mummenschanz

50 Years
Mummenschanz
Sat, Oct 22, 8pm
Lisner Auditorium
The legendary Swiss mask theater troupe celebrate their golden anniversary with classic sketches like “The Clay Masks,” “The Toilet Paper Faces,” “The Pipe Creature,” and more.

Midori

Midori, violin
Sun, Oct 30, 7:30pm
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
In this perfect marriage of artist, repertoire, and venue, violinist Midori performs solo standards by J.S. Bach and works by contemporary composers (TBA) in the intimate Terrace Theater.

A Night at Café Society

A Night at Café Society
Artists TBA
Fri, Nov 11, 8pm
Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Take a step back in time to 1930s and ’40s-era New York City cabaret life and the first racially integrated nightclub in America—featuring live performances, historical narrative, archival audio and video, and more.

Vikingur Ólafsson

Hayes Piano Series
Vikingur Ólafsson
Sat, Nov 19, 2pm
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
“Iceland’s Glenn Gould” (New York Times) brings his trademark finesse and subtlety to this Hayes Piano Series recital based on his acclaimed 2021 recording, Mozart & Contemporaries.

Men and Women of the Gospel Choir

Men and Women of the Gospel Choir 30th Anniversary Celebration
Sun, Nov 20, 5pm
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
The “MWOTG” presents an evening of inspiration, celebration, and commemoration as the choir marks 30 years of sharing the power of gospel music with audiences across the Washington metro area.

tenThing

tenThing
Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet & founder
Tue, Nov 29, 8pm
Sixth & I
Enjoy high-spirited holiday favorites and brass classics as Norwegian trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helselth leads her 10-piece, all-female brass band.

Season of Hope 3

Season of Hope
The U.S. Air Force Band
Guest Artists: The Children of the Gospel Choir
Dec 10, 3pm & 7pm
Dec 11, 3pm
DAR Constitution Hall
With guest artists “COTG,” The U.S. Air Force Band is excited to return to DAR Constitution Hall to present “Season of Hope,” an annual holiday concert tradition on December 10th and 11th.

Leif Ove Andsnes

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Tue, Jan 24, 7:30pm
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Effortless virtuosity, penetrating insight, and emotional nuance from Norwegian piano luminary Andsnes.

Charles Richard-Hamelin

Hayes Piano Series
Charles Richard-Hamelin
Sat, Jan 28, 2pm
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
The rising-star Québecois virtuoso, honored with two awards at Warsaw’s prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition, devotes his Hayes Piano Series recital to works by Chopin, Franck, and Ravel.

Sphinx Symphony Orchestra

Sphinx Symphony Orchestra
Tito Muñoz and Eugene Rogers
Members of The Washington Chorus
Aundi Marie Moore, soprano
Tue, Jan 31, 8pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
The unique all Black and Latinx Sphinx Symphony Orchestra celebrates its namesake organization’s 25th anniversary, joined by very special guests.

Living the Dream, Singing the Dream

Living the Dream…Singing the Dream
Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs
The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Sun, Feb 5, 7pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
In a perennial season highlight, our combined gospel choirs unite with Choral Arts in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell, violin
Pianist TBA
Wed, Feb 8, 8pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Grammy-winning violin superstar and perennial Washington Performing Arts favorite Joshua Bell returns in recital to share “playing [that] is almost uncannily lovely" (New York Times).

Our Song, Our Story

Our Song, Our Story
Damien Sneed and Justin Austin
Sphinx Quartet
Fri, Feb 10, 7:30pm
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
A salute to African American operatic pioneers Marian Anderson and Jessye Norman, featuring rising-star vocalists of today.

A Broadway Valentine

A Broadway Valentine
Jessica Vosk
Mary-Mitchell Campbell, music director & piano
Tue, Feb 14, 7pm
Sixth & I
D.C. debut! Famed as a star of Broadway’s Wicked, Jessica Vosk turns Sixth & I into a sizzling Valentine’s cabaret, singing favorite showtunes and pop hits alike.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis
Sun, Feb 26, 7pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Peerless trumpeter and Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsalis and the renowned JLCO build upon the classic big-band tradition with lock-step precision and stunning virtuosity.

COTTON

COTTON
John E. Dowell, Damien Geter, Denyce Graves, Justin Austin, Laura Ward
Tue, Feb 28, 7:30pm
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
The legendary Denyce Graves joins a multi-disciplinary team of creators for this powerful new song cycle connecting African American ancestors and their heirs of today.

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
Rafael Payare, music director
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Mon, Mar 6, 8pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
The “OSM” returns to D.C. led by its celebrated new music director, Rafael Payare, with a program of Mahler, Dorothy Chang, and (joined by revered pianist Yefim Bronfman) Bartók.

Chad Lawson, Judy Kang, Seth Parker Woods

Chad Lawson, piano
Judy Kang, violin
Seth Parker Woods, cello
Sat, Mar 18, 8pm
Sixth & I
An evening of graceful and meditative music—classically inspired yet stylistically diverse—from pianist/composer Chad Lawson and collaborators Judy Kang and Seth Parker Woods.

Yefim Bronfman

Yefim Bronfman, piano
Tue, Apr 4, 7:30pm
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
A legendary pianist celebrated equally for his commanding technique are refined lyricism, Yefim Bronfman offers a recital of rare intimacy.

Emanuel Ax

Emanuel Ax, piano
Sun, Apr 16, 4pm
Strathmore
The first Washington Performing Arts solo recital in more than a dozen years from one of today’s most accomplished and beloved pianists.

Taiwan Philharmonic

Taiwan Philharmonic
(a.k.a. National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan)
Jun Märkl, music director
Paul Huang, violin
Wed, Apr 19, 8pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
The Taiwan Philharmonic makes its first-ever Washington Performing Arts appearance in a wide-ranging program, joined by acclaimed violin virtuoso Paul Huang.

Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour

Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour
Featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Lakecia Benjamin, Christian Sands, Yasushi Nakamura, and Clarence Penn
Thu, Apr 20, 8pm
Strathmore
The world-renowned festival celebrates its 65th anniversary with a sizzling ensemble fronted by Grammy-winning vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kurt Elling.

Danish String Quartet

Danish String Quartet
Fri, Apr 21, 7:30pm
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Washington Performing Arts audience favorites, the DSQ return with a fascinating program balancing Schubert classics with a new work by Iceland’s Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain

Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer & Zakir Hussain
with Rakesh Chaurasia
Sun, Apr 23, 7pm
Strathmore
A genre-crossing supergroup returns to Washington Performing Arts in an evening of astounding virtuosity, cultural convergence, and the spark of improvisation.

Angel Island

ANGEL ISLAND - An Oratorio for Voices & String Quartet
Huang Ruo, Del Sol Quartet, The U.S. Air Force Band's Singing Sergeants
Tue, May 2, 7pm
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art
Acclaimed Chinese-American composer, Huang Ruo, gives voice to the dark history of Chinese immigration and discrimination inscribed onto the walls of the “Ellis Island of the West.”

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Susanna Mälkki, music director
Claire Chase, solo flute
Mon, May 8, 8pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Finland’s foremost orchestra salutes two of its homeland’s greatest composers: Jean Sibelius and (joined by the acclaimed flute soloist Claire Chase) Kaija Saariaho.

Evgeny Kissin, Renée Fleming

Evgeny Kissin, piano
Renée Fleming, soprano
Wed, May 10, 8pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Two eminent Grammy winners perform the music of Rachmaninoff, in a program boasting both solo piano and vocal works.

Geneva Lewis

Geneva Lewis, violin
Evren Ozel, piano
Sun, May 14, 2pm
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
The Washington Performing Arts debut of a rising-star violinist from New Zealand, in a centuries-spanning program celebrating the concept of “home.”

Children of the Gospel Choir

Children of the Gospel Choir
Michele Fowlin, artistic director
Fri, Jun 2, 8pm
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
Season finale! In a program co-curated by the choir members themselves, our stellar “COTG” sing out on matters of social justice.