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Washington Performing Arts 2022-2023 Season Schedule

October 7, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - June 10, 2023 @ 8:00 pm EDT

WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS 2022/23 SEASONCHRONOLOGICAL SCHEDULE

Hazel Scott 101st Birthday Celebration

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM

Virginia Johnson, artistic director

FRI, OCT 7, 8 PM

SAT, OCT 8, 2 PM & 8 PM

SIDNEY HARMAN HALL

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

IGOR LEVIT, piano

THU, OCT 20, 7:30 PM

KENNEDY CENTER TERRACE THEATER

The long-awaited return of the celebrated Igor Levit—an artist “like no other pianist” (New Yorker)—in an inspired program of Schumann, Wagner, Liszt, and Fred Hersch.

CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, music director

SHEKU KANNEH-MASON, cello

FRI, OCT 21, 8 PM

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.

50 Years

MUMMENSCHANZ

SAT, OCT 22, 8 PM

LISNER AUDITORIUM

The legendary Swiss mask theater troupe celebrates their golden anniversary with classic sketches like “The Clay Masks,” “The Toilet Paper Faces,” “The Pipe Creature,” and more.

MIDORI, violin

SUN, OCT 30, 7:30 PM

KENNEDY CENTER TERRACE THEATER

In this perfect marriage of artist, venue, and repertoire, violinist Midori comes to the intimate Terrace Theater to perform solo classics by J.S. Bach plus works by contemporary composers (TBA).

A Night at Café Society

ARTISTS TBA

Co-Curators include Murray Horowitz and Karen Chilton (Hazel Scott’s biographer)

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.

Hayes Piano Series

VÍKINGUR ÓLAFSSON

SAT, NOV 19, 2 PM

KENNEDY CENTER TERRACE THEATER

“Iceland’s Glenn Gould” (New York Times) brings his trademark finesse and subtlety to this Hayes Piano recital based on his acclaimed 2021 recording, Mozart & Contemporaries.

We’ve Come This Far By Faith: A 30th Anniversary Celebration

MEN AND WOMEN OF THE GOSPEL CHOIR

Theodore Thorpe III, artistic director

SUN, NOV 20,  5PM

CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS AT PRINCE GEORGE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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

Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet & founder

TUE, NOV 29, 8PM

SIXTH & I

High-spirited holiday favorites and brass classics are in store as Norwegian trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helselth leads her 10-piece, all-female brass band.

LEIF OVE ANDSNES

TUE, JAN 24, 7:30 PM

KENNEDY CENTER TERRACE THEATER

Effortless virtuosity, penetrating insight, and emotional nuance from Norwegian piano master Andsnes in a program of Beethoven, Dvořák, Janáček, and more.

Hayes Piano Series

CHARLES RICHARD-HAMELIN

SAT, JAN 28, 2 PM

KENNEDY CENTER TERRACE THEATER

The rising-star Québecois virtuoso, honored with two awards at Warsaw’s prestigious International Chopin Piano Competition, devotes his Hayes recital to works by Chopin, Franck, and Ravel.

THE SPHINX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Tito Muñoz, conductor

EXIGENCE VOCAL ENSEMBLE

Eugene Rogers, Music Director

Members of THE WASHINGTON CHORUS

Eugene Rogers, Artistic Director

AUNDI MARIE MOORE, soprano

TUE, JAN 31, 8PM

KENNEDY CENTER CONCERT HALL

Co-presented with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with The Washington Chorus

The 55-member Sphinx Symphony Orchestra celebrates its namesake organization’s silver anniversary milestone, joined by very special guests.

Living the Dream…Singing the Dream

WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS GOSPEL CHOIRS

Michele Fowlin & Theodore Thorpe III, artistic directors

THE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON

Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan, artistic director

SUN, FEB 5, 7pm

KENNEDY CENTER CONCERT HALL

Co-presented with The Choral Arts Society of Washington

In a perennial season highlight, Washington Performing Arts’s combined gospel choirs unite with Choral Arts in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

JOSHUA BELL, violin

Pianist TBA

WED, FEB 8, 8 PM

KENNEDY CENTER CONCERT HALL

Grammy-winning violin master 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

BRANDIE INEZ SUTTON, soprano

JUSTIN AUSTIN, baritone

STRING QUARTET FROM THE SPHINX ORGANIZATION

DAMIEN SNEED, piano

FRI, FEB 10, 7:30 PM

KENNEDY CENTER TERRACE THEATER

Co-presented with the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA)

A salute to African American operatic pioneers Marian Anderson and Jessye Norman, featuring rising-star vocalists of today performing repertoire by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and contemporary composers, spirituals, and more.

A Broadway Valentine

JESSICA VOSK

Mary-Mitchell Campbell, music director & piano

TUE, FEB 14, 7 PM

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

with WYNTON MARSALIS

SUN, FEB 26, 7PM

KENNEDY CENTER CONCERT HALL

Peerless trumpeter and Pulitzer-winner Marsalis and the renowned JLCO build upon the classic big-band tradition with lock-step precision and stunning virtuosity.

Cotton

JOHN E. DOWELL, photographer and creator

DAMIEN GETER, composer

DENYCE GRAVES, mezzo-soprano

JUSTIN AUSTIN, baritone

LAURA WARD, piano

TUE, FEB 28, 7:30 PM

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 

RAFAEL PAYARE, music director

YEFIM BRONFMAN, piano

MON, MAR 6, 8 PM

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, piano

JUDY KANG, violin

SETH PARKER WOODS, cello

SAT, MAR 18, 8 PM

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, piano

TUE, APR 4, 7:30 PM

KENNEDY CENTER TERRACE THEATER

A legendary pianist celebrated equally for his commanding technique and refined lyricism, Yefim Bronfman offers a recital of rare intimacy.

EMANUEL AX, piano

SUN, APR 16, 4 PM

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

(a.k.a. National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan)

Jun Märkl, music director

PAUL HUANG, violin

WED, APR 19, 8 PM

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

Featuring DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER, KURT ELLING, LAKECIA BENJAMIN, CHRISTIAN SANDS, YASUSHI NAKAMURA, and CLARENCE PENN

THU, APR 20, 8PM

STRATHMORE

Co-presented with 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

FRI, APR 21, 7:30 PM

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

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 – AN ORATORIO FOR VOICES & STRING QUARTET

HUANG RUO, COMPOSER

DEL SOL QUARTET

THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND’S SINGING SERGEANTS

TUES, 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

SUSANNA MÄLKKI, music director

CLAIRE CHASE, solo flute

MON, MAY 8, 8 PM

KENNEDY CENTER CONCERT HALL

Finland’s foremost orchestra salutes two of its homeland’s greatest composers: Jean Sibelius and (joined by the acclaimed flutist Claire Chase) Kaija Saariaho.

EVGENY KISSIN, piano

RENÉE FLEMING, soprano

WED, MAY 10, 8 PM

KENNEDY CENTER CONCERT HALL

Co-presented with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Two eminent Grammy-winners perform the music of Rachmaninoff, in a program boasting both solo piano and piano/vocal works.

GENEVA LEWIS, violin

Evren Ozel, piano

SUN, MAY 14, 2 PM

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

Michele Fowlin, artistic director

SAT, JUNE 10, TIME TBA

CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS AT PRINCE GEORGE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Season finale! In a production co-curated by the choir members themselves, the stellar “COTG” address matters of social justice through song, movement, and spoken word.

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October 7 @ 8:00 pm EDT
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June 10, 2023 @ 8:00 pm EDT
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