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The Friends and Chairman’s Circle are annual giving programs that sustain our wide-ranging artistic work that inspires, educates, and connects us. 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 enhance your performance experience with special benefits.

We are planning a host of fabulous Friends events for the 2023/24 season to complement your performance experience, encourage conversations, and bring us together. Events such as listening parties, rehearsals, and receptions surrounding a performance, not only highlight our core values, but also provide a way for us to say thank you to our dedicated Friends for their generous support.

View our Friends link for detailed information about the benefits for each giving level.

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2022/23 Season Friend Events

(Offering as of February 7, 2023. Subject to change)

Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir
End-of-Season Celebration
Post-Performance Reception
Fri, Jun 2

Join us to celebrate our Friends supporters and to toast the conclusion of the incredible 2022/23 season.
(Available to all Friends)

Past Events

2022/23 Season Friends Events Kick Off
Hazel Scott Listening Party
Thu, Sep 22, 6 p.m.
The Living Room at Washington Performing Arts

Kick off the new season with our second Hazel Scott Listening Party.
We are opening our 22/23 season with a celebration of the music,
life and dazzling artistry of Hazel Scott to commemorate her 102nd birthday!
(Available to Friends at $1,500+)

50 Years
Post-Performance Reception
Sat, Oct 22

Celebrate the golden anniversary of the great Swiss mask theater troupe Mummenschanz,
the legendary conjurers of delight and amazement.
(Available to all Friends)

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Post-Performance Reception
Sun, Feb 26, 2023

Keep the night going with conversations and light bites after trumpeter
Wynton Marsalis takes the stage with 15-strong Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
(Available to Chairman’s Circle Friends at $2,500+)


For questions about the Friends or Chairmans Circle programs, or to join by phone, please call Meiyu Tsung at (202) 533-1880 or email her at Friends@WashingtonPerformingArts.org.

Interested in other ways to give to Washington Performing Arts, or giving vehicles that we accept? Learn more about ways to give here.


Banner images - (clockwise from top left) Pianist Lara Downes and collaborator Rhiannon Giddens greet past Washington Performing Arts Board Chair Lydia Micheaux Marshall and guests backstage; jazz organist Matthew Whitaker poses with Honorary Board member Jake Jones and wife Veronica Nyhan Jones; Hilary Hahn poses with Board member Christina Co Mather and Honorary Board member Dr. Gary D. Mather at a private event; cellist Yo Yo Ma with Board member Daniel Heider and guests.

Images above - (from left) Washington Performing Arts President & CEO Jenny Bilfield with special guests: Charlotte Lee, Terri Allen, and James Ginsburg in The Juice: Conversations with Jenny; longtime supporter and subscriber Susan Angell visits jazz pianist Chucho Valdés backstage; Junior Board member Manasi Tirodkar and husband Ajay Tirodkar pose at a Washington Performing Arts event; Washington Performing Arts Virtual Holiday Party, Sips & Songs, co-hosted by the Junior Board, featuring The String Queens and Junior Board member Ebony Thomas.