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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...

WNO’s ‘Don Giovanni’ signals the cultural and healing power of Washington’s...

The Washington National Opera’s current production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni confirms two important ideas. The first is that while opera is most effective when...

J’Nai Bridges’ debut in ‘Samson and Delilah’ is a dream come...

When J’Nai Bridges made her triumphant debut in Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah Sunday night, it was the fulfillment of a dream. The young mezzo-soprano’s...

Washington National Opera stages a vocally stirring, visually arresting ‘Samson and...

Tales of wars, slaughters, betrayals, competing tribes and religions, and a few dominant women make the Book of Judges one of the more colorful...

Washington Performing Arts and Alfred Street Baptist Church present reverent evening...

A reverently curated evening by the Artistic Director of Washington Performing Arts' Men and Women of the Gospel Choir, Theodore Thorpe III, I am...

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra explores connections between past and present

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s continuing Masterworks Series, as part of this season’s celebration of Beethoven’s two hundred fiftieth birthday, takes the theme, “Beethoven Discovers...

Pianist Aaron Diehl cross-cuts jazz styles with a dive into their...

The easiest thing for many highly qualified, especially classically trained, musicians to try to do is to cross genres in an effort to be...

NSO: Noseda’s homecoming mints the ‘NSO sound’ in spectacular Mahler’s Fifth...

Even though being a classical music reviewer often feels like a gig too good to be true, I don’t recall ever forgetting my purpose...