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Review: Isley Brothers at The Kennedy Center

The Isley Brothers rocked into The Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall this last Sunday night. Though the Hall is still standing, it may never be the same. Since their founding in 1955, the Isley Brothers have recorded numerous Gold and Platinum Albums, with dozens of number 1 hits. Their first Grammy Award came in 1970 with “It’s Your Thing.” Since […]

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In the Moment: Report on ‘Declassified’ at The Kennedy Center

A hearty bro-hug to The Kennedy Center and to the National Symphony Orchestra’s (NSO) new Artistic Advisor, Ben Folds, for having the joint jumping at the recent late night Declassified event. It was a delightful, unstuffy community “date-night” affair, especially for those denizens who might regularly be seen pouring out of H Street, 14th Street, […]

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Jay Leno. Photo courtesy of The Kennedy Center.

Review: Jay Leno at The Kennedy Center

Iconic television host, celebrated comedian and 2014 Mark Twain recipient Jay Leno returned to the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall Friday night amped to get the trifecta of St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness and the weekend’s start off with non-stop laughs. Following a spirited 20-minute, three-song set by The Mellow Tones, an eight-member ensemble (Rio Castaneda, […]

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Review: ‘Some Enchanted Evening: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and the American Songbook’ with Renée Fleming and Norm Lewis With The Choral Arts Society of Washington

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II pioneered a flair that was all their own in the golden age of musical theater. From 1940 to Hammerstein’s death in 1960, this musical duo dominated the musical stage and big screen with hits such as South Pacific and Cinderella, and their mastery of creating stories through music that […]

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Jay Leno at The Kennedy Center

A magnificent stage usually filled with a full orchestra and a hundred-person chorus might feel empty with just a stool, a microphone, and a lone person, but not when Jay Leno is in control. With the magnificent Rubenstein Organ as the backdrop of Jay Leno’s one-night-only performance at the Concert Hall of The John F. […]

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The Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig at Washington Performing Arts

You have a right to be skeptical when a symphony orchestra claims to have a unique sound. Down through the centuries most composers of symphonic music have given specific directions about what instruments are or are not to be included in each work. National and world-class orchestras almost never vary from these instructions and can […]

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In the Moment: This Saturday 9/27/14: ‘ARTS by George!’ at George Mason University: An Interview with Co-Chair Mark Shugoll

ARTS by George, a signature event gala that supports scholarships and the Great Performance series at George Mason University, has raised more than $1 million. The co-chairs of this year’s gala are Merrill and Mark Shugoll. This is the second year in a row that they have served as Chairs of the event. David: How does ARTS […]

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The Midtown Men with NSO Pops at The Kennedy Center

“Oh, What a Night!” There’s something special that happens when you bring together four supremely talented men on a single stage, couple them with one of the nation’s finest orchestras and conductors, and arm them with the songbook from one of the greatest eras in Rock ‘n’ Roll history. Add to that a Tony Award-winning […]

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National Symphony Orchestra: Kristjan Järvi, Conductor and Jennifer Koh, Violin, Plays Barber by Emily Cao

The National Symphony Orchestra continues it’s eighty-third season at The Kennedy Center with a splendid evening of twentieth-century compositions as talented guest conductor Kristjan Järvi leads the orchestra in Enescu’s Rumanian Rhapsody, followed by Barber’s Violin Concerto, featuring solo violinist Jennifer Koh, and finally Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. To begin the evening, Estonian-American guest conductor Kristjan […]

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‘Michael Cavanaugh: The Songs of Elton John’ With NSO Pops Conducted by Steven Reineke at The Kennedy Center by Derek Mong

Billboard calls him “the new voice of the American rock and roll songbook,” and they couldn’t have gotten it more right. Michael Cavanaugh brought a refreshing, vibrant take on some of most classic songs in the repertoire of legend Elton John—among many other iconic artists—with his rousing performance at The John F. Kennedy Center for […]

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‘West Side Story’ at The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at The Music Center at Strathmore by Lauren Katz

In Kathleen Wheaton’s article in “Applause at Strathmore” magazine, she stated that Leonard Bernstein, composer of the West Side Story score, was unhappy with the film’s orchestration. Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, said that “the live score is much closer to what Bernstein originally intended.” Before last night, this idea would […]

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Choral Arts Artistic Director Scott Tucker conducts the audience as well as combined choruses in the finale of 'Living the Dream… Singing the Dream, the 25th anniversary of Choral Arts’ MLK choral tribute' in partnership with WPAS. Photo by Russell Hirshorn.

‘Living the Dream… Singing the Dream Celebrating the Legacy of MLK’ at The Kennedy Center by Audrey Thornton

Kudos to another sold-out season performance of The Choral Arts Society of Washington and the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS). For the third year, the societies commanded a musical feast of nearly 300 talented voices, with piano accompaniments, complete with African dance by Step Afrika! in The Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall on Sunday evening, February […]

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