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Subscriptions and single-event passes on sale Fall 2020 (date TBA).

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J’Nai BridgesZakir HussainBallet FolklóricoSir András SchiffAlisa WeilersteinVeronica Swift

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The Basics
The Series

    Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández
    Steven Banks (free event)
    J’Nai Bridges
    Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion
    “Dizzy Spellz”: Sean Jones & Brinae Ali
    Evgeny Kissin, Joshua Bell, and Steven Isserlis
    “A Brief and Modern History of the Etude”: Jenny Lin
    “Living the Dream, Singing the Dream” (free event)
    “The Art of the Fugue”: Schaghajegh Nosrati
    Sir András Schiff
    “The Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin” with Damien Sneed and Karen Clark Sheard
    Sphinx Virtuosi
    The String Queens (free event)
    Veronica Swift
    Alisa Weilerstein

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The Basics

Headline Artist

Each Home Delivery Plus “package” is built around a performance by a headline artist, recorded in exceptional audio and video quality in a real concert venue (without audience, due to COVID-19 restrictions). Every performance is brand new, recorded just for Washington Performing Arts, and premiered online via Home Delivery Plus.

But there’s much more to Home Delivery Plus. Drawing on the strengths of the internet, the series offers a range of related components, customizable by the viewer. Each Home Delivery Plus package offers some combination of the following:

Sound Check

Soundcheck: Advance preparation, including video links, artist profiles, background articles on arts and culture, and more.

Green Room

Green Room: A “backstage” pre-performance conversation with the artist(s) and/or special guests.

Opening Act

Opening Act: A short set to open the program, performed by artists from our own community, with support from our Mars Arts D.C. program.

Intermission

Intermission: A between-sets opportunity for viewers to interact with WPA staff, special guests, and/or each other.

Linger Longer

Linger Longer: A post-performance conversation or master class with the artists, including a live audience question-and-answer session.

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The Series

All packages are listed below in alphabetical order by program title or headline artist/ensemble name. All package premiere dates and times are still to be announced. Updates on individual package themes, repertoire, and/or components to come this fall. All programs are subject to change.

   Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández

With dazzling costumes, sharp rhythms, and gorgeous storytelling, this iconic company of dancers, actors, and musicians returns to WPA after a long absence to bring the cultural heritage of Mexico to Washington, D.C.

   Steven Banks
   (Free event, Presented in partnership with Young Concert Artists)

Steven Banks

Classical saxophonist Banks awed audiences at the Young Concert Artists (YCA) international auditions, and it was no surprise that he was named a 2019 laureate. He has it all, as a superlative performer, an evangelist for the saxophone in the world of classical concert music, a committed educator, and a compelling speaker. His performance will include the premiere of a new work jointly commissioned by YCA and WPA (composer TBA).

   J’Nai Bridges

J’Nai Bridges

Acclaimed as the “Beyoncé of Opera,” mezzo-soprano Bridges is among the most captivating and formidable singers of her generation. She has thrilled audiences from Europe to New York’s Metropolitan Opera to the Washington National Opera. She is also a veteran of Washington Performing Arts online programming, having performed in WPA’s “Virtual Gala” in March.

   Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion

Zakir Hussain

Hussain is one of the world’s premier classical tabla virtuosos and a longtime WPA favorite. He will be joined by an array of fellow percussion greats for an exhilarating performance of rhythmic traditions from India.

   “Dizzy Spellz”: Sean Jones & Brinae Ali

“Dizzy Spellz”: Sean Jones & Brinae Ali

Trumpeter Sean Jones and tap dancer/choreographer/vocalist/flutist Brinae Ali will present an innovative, Afro-futuristic fusion of jazz, tap, and bebop through the lens of bebop pioneer and trumpet icon Dizzy Gillespie’s music.

   Evgeny Kissin, Joshua Bell, and Steven Isserlis
   (A co-production with Pro Musica Hebraica)

Evgeny Kissin, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis

This superstar classical trio of pianist Kissin, violinist Bell, and cellist Isserlis offers a program of works written in response to Nazi and Soviet anti-Semitism. The repertoire includes rarely performed works by Gnessin and Rosowsky alongside beloved classics by Bloch and Shostakovich.

   “A Brief and Modern History of the Etude”: Jenny Lin

Jenny Lin

Originally scheduled for the 2019/20 Hayes Piano Series, Lin will interpret études by Chopin, Philip Glass, Debussy, William Bolcom, and Gershwin. As part of the package, she will also share her pre-recorded conversations with luminary American composers Glass and Bolcom.

   “Living the Dream, Singing the Dream”:
   Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs & Choral Arts Society of Washington

    (Free event)

Living the Dream, Singing the Dream

A reimagined online edition of the beloved annual choral tribute to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

   “The Art of the Fugue”: Schaghajegh Nosrati

Schaghajegh Nosrati

Originally slated for the 2020/21 Hayes Piano Series before the coronavirus crisis, pianist Nosrati performs J.S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue, adding insights into how she has tackled this monumental work. She also speaks about her working relationship with her teacher and mentor, Sir András Schiff.

   Sir András Schiff

Sir András Schiff

Piano legend Schiff’s rare U.S. recitals have been a fixture of Washington Performing Arts’s seasons since the late 1970s. His delicate yet intense performance style pulls the audience into each note of a program.

   “The Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin”
   with Damien Sneed and Karen Clark Sheard

Damien Sneed and Karen Clark Sheard

With strong roots in D.C. and several Washington Performing Arts collaborations under his belt, Damien Sneed is joined by four-time Grammy winner and gospel star Karen Clark Sheard for an intimate evening in tribute to his former mentor and the immortal “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin.

   “Lift Ev'ry Voice”: Sphinx Virtuosi

Sphinx Virtuosi

One of the nation’s most dynamic chamber orchestras, the Virtuosi comprise 18 top Black and Latinx classical soloists. A note on the program from the Sphinx Organization: “As a social justice organization, we seek to empower the essential voices of artists and leaders who shape the vibrant landscape of our field. America is home to artists of diverse backgrounds, born in this country, inspired by its ideals, and those whose journeys have brought them here in search of knowledge, refuge, or a home. Each of them experience life from their divergent perspectives and unique voices. In this program, we pay tribute to quintessentially American classical music in hopes to augment and evolve our collective perspectives. This music paints pictures of America as it was throughout history, as well as its essence today. We celebrate the many voices, not only through the music of Barber, Glass, and Dvořák, but also a new and brilliant voice of Xavier Foley, as well as giants like Perkinson, Golijov, and one of today’s most vibrant and reflective voices, Jessie Montgomery. Through our music, we aspire to be the messengers of inspiration, remembrance, light and hope. Together with you, our audiences, we hope to create an unforgettable journey. Together with our audiences, we lift every voice.”

   The String Queens
   (Free event, Fall 2020)

The String Queens

Washington Performing Arts’s 2019/20 Ensemble-in-Residence, the D.C.-based String Queens transform the traditional classical violin–viola–cello trio into a spellbinding and musically omnivorous ensemble of the moment, ranging from the Baroque to today’s pop hits.

   Veronica Swift

Veronica Swift

At just 26, vocalist Swift is charting a distinctive creative path as a performer, bandleader, and featured artist with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Chris Botti. Washington Performing Arts showcased her in April as the debut performer in the (free-of-charge) WPA Live online series and as soloist in 2019’s Glenn Miller Tribute concert.

   Alisa Weilerstein

Alisa Weilerstein

In just over a decade, cellist Alisa Weilerstein has graced WPA’s stages in almost every configuration possible: recitals, concerti with multiple international orchestras, contemporary chamber music, and the complete Bach solo cello suites. Now, she returns with a solo, mixed-repertoire program featuring works by Bach, Golijov, Kodaly, and Britten.

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