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An enjoyable ‘Enchanting Elgar’ by the National Chamber Ensemble

This beloved string ensemble returns to the stage (and screen) with 'pomp and circumstance.'

At Kennedy Center, the WNO has fun being back home

In a concert called 'Come Home: A Celebration of Return,' the variety of styles and greatest hits was almost too much for the ear and heart to bear.

National Chamber Ensemble gets romantic with a new season

The company's 2021-2022 season includes masterworks that have rightfully earned their status as highlights of the classical repertoire.

NSO creates fine embroidery with Tortelier conducting

The entire program was united in evoking pastoral landscapes and idylls.

Yan Pascal Tortelier on conducting: ‘Art and beauty enlighten, elevate and...

He returns to the National Symphony Orchestra’s podium for the first time in nearly three decades.

The National Symphony Orchestra meets its audience at The Anthem

Musicians ditched their concert dress for casual-cool wear more in tune with the industrial-chic locale.

NSO reunites with live audience after 15 months of silence

For the first time in more than a year, audiences lined up outside the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall to hear the National Symphony Orchestra...

Grammy-winning percussionists release an exceptional, ‘theatrical’ album

Can an hour-long album of something technically labeled “classical music” actually be the closest thing to musical theater’s tradition of an original cast recording? It...

Roaring back: Noseda returns to lead NSO in four filmed concerts

Gianandrea Noseda has returned to the podium of his beloved National Symphony Orchestra, awakening the sleeping giant that is the sound he has crafted...

Hear Steven Banks on classical sax in exceptional free virtual concert

Every musical theater actor in town is familiar with the sight of some of the pit musicians lugging multiple instruments into the theater. Especially...

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to play composers silenced by Nazis

Four composers who died in Nazi concentration camps are known to have written entire compositions while imprisoned there, and the Washington–Baltimore region deserves its...

How the pandemic got music educators to think outside the box

In a typical year, Sound Impact reaches some 8,000 students throughout the United States and Central America. But typical, 2020 is not. The upheaval...

12-hour marathon to mark Beethoven’s birthday and seek world peace

Yael Weiss can remember the exact moment it all began. It was the summer of 2017, and the Israeli-American pianist was reading newspaper headlines...

Tiny chamber concert series strikes audience gold in crisis

When Ellen Hwangbo launched a chamber concert series in November 2019 that included a venue just a stone’s throw from the White House, little...

Opera Lafayette takes a French comic classic to the Old West

Take any decent road trip through the American West and you’re bound to pass half a dozen old opera houses in varying states of...

Élan Ensemble’s ‘Arias for the Autumnal Equinox’ was a garden delight

Élan Ensemble’s outdoor concert, “Arias for the Autumnal Equinox,” was a delightful celebration of 17th- and 18th-century music, performed in the marvelously picturesque garden...

Eric Whitacre’s new virtual choral work is testament to power of...

“Human beings will go to any length necessary to find and connect with each other.” —Eric Whitacre, in a 2011 TED Talk Even anti-maskers, I suppose,...

‘Riffs and Relations’: WNO’s Cafritz Young Artists Program sounds so very...

You’d have to be dead not to enjoy a recital of the caliber given this past Sunday in the Phillips Collection Music Room by...

Ancient mysteries astonish and delight at IN Series’ Women Composers Festival

'Here Be Sirens' is the phrase cartographers used for many centuries to warn sailors of marine dangers. Composer Kate Soper borrowed the name for...

Piano duo from Portugal work outward from their country’s folk melodies...

Taking music from a performer’s own culture and pulling it together with more familiar-sounding music into a coherent program for an American audience is...