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FEBRUARY 5 Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI
The brilliant gamba player and his ensemble explore 1,000 years of music from the Venetian Republic. At the Library of Congress.
The Virginia Opera performs Carl Maria von Weber’s German Romantic opera in English. At George Mason University Center for the Arts.
The trio of violinists plays music from Vivaldi to Daft Punk. At Phillips Collection.
7 Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang
The violinist and pianist perform works by Schubert, Debussy, Janacek and Bartok. Presented by Washington Performing Arts. At Music Center at Strathmore.
10 Joshua Bell
The violinist performs with pianist Sam Haywood in a program featuring a reading of Robert Frost’s poem “Dedication,” written for President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, with music by Aaron Jay Kernis. Presented by Washington Performing Arts. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.
11 Colin Currie
The percussionist has commissioned works from composers of different traditions. At Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
This 60th-anniversary concert features Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, with NSO violinist Nurit Bar-Josef, cellist Amit Peled and pianist Alon Goldstein. Christopher Zimmerman conducts. At George Mason University Center for the Arts.
The pianist plays Beethoven’s “Diabelli Variations” and others. At University of the District of Columbia, Auditorium, Building 46West. JACK Quartet Ruth Crawford Seeger’s String Quartet, Julia Wolfe’s “Early That Summer” and other pieces. At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall. Violinist Joshua Bell plays and conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 with a dance-accompanied performance of Édouard Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole.” At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.
12 Signum Quartet
Mozart, Beethoven and Widmann. At Phillips Collection.
13 Venice Baroque Chamber Ensemble
Musicians from the Venice Baroque Orchestra perform Vivaldi, Corelli and more. At Kennedy Center, Theater Lab.
16 National Symphony Orchestra
Violinist Hilary Hahn plays Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto on a program with Janacek and Strauss. Conducted by Cornelius Meister. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Feb. 18.
19 A Far Cry with Roomful of Teeth
Ted Hearne and Roomful of Teeth perform Prokofiev and Caroline Shaw along with the chamber orchestra A Far Cry. At National Gallery of Art. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Marin Alsop leads Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with Johannes Moser, as well as Barber, Leshnoff, and Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.” At Music Center at Strathmore.
To start its year-long “Leonore” project, Opera Lafayette presents the modern premiere of a “Leonore” by Pierre Gaveaux, a precursor to
Beethoven’s better-known work. At Lisner Auditorium.
20 Aizuri Quartet
In its Kennedy Center debut, the quartet plays a new piece by Caroline Shaw. At Kennedy Center, Theater Lab.
21 Sandrine Piau
VocalArts DC presents the soprano with pianist Susan Manoff. At University of the District of Columbia, Auditorium, Building 46West.
24 Washington Bach Consort
Bach’s secular music, the “Peasant Cantata” and “Wedding Cantata” for solo soprano, along with the Capriccio for solo keyboard. At First Congregational United Church of Christ.
25 ”Dead Man Walking”
The Washington National Opera presents Jake Heggie’s operatic version of the well-known movie, with Kate Lindsey and Susan Graham. At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through March 11.
26 Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa
Dennis Russell Davies, a longtime champion of Philip Glass, partners with Namekawa for a two-piano celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday. At Phillips Collection.
The Washington Chorus: Works of Julian Wachner
The chorus’s outgoing music director is celebrated in a concert of his own music. At National Presbyterian Church.
27 St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Conductor Yuri Temirkanov leads the orchestra and Nikolai Lugansky in Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.
MARCH 3 Cameron Carpenter
The organist plays a digital organ of his own design. At Music Center at Strathmore.
Escher String Quartet
The Escher String Quartet performs. At the Barns at Wolf Trap.
Works by Brahms, Schubert and Shostakovich. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.
The Washington National Opera stages Terence Blanchard’s jazz opera based on the true story of a closeted gay fighter, with Denyce Graves and others. At the Kennedy Center Opera House. Through March 18.
The quartet performs works from their commissions. In partnership with Washington Performing Arts. At Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.
5 Duo parnas
Violinist Madalyn Parnas and cellist — and sister — Cicely Parnas perform works by Bach, Handel and others. At Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.
The pianist performs Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on two pianos. At National Gallery of Art.
The Washington Concert Opera presents the early version of Beethoven’s opera “Fidelio,” with Marjorie Owens. At George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium.
7 Sir Andras Schiff
The pianist performs late works by Schubert. Presented by Washington Performing Arts. At Music Center at Strathmore.
9 Leading International Composers: Anders Hillborg
The composer’s music will be performed by the Calder Quartet, Axiom Brass and others. At Phillips Collection.
11 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Paul Goodwin leads pianist Jan Lisiecki in Beethoven’s Fifth Concerto, the “Emperor.” At Music Center at Strathmore.
The Ethel quartet will present “Blue Dress,” a program that showcases 21st-century female musicians. At BlackRock Center for the Arts.
VocalArts DC presents the soprano and Vlad Iftinca in Haydn, Schubert and others. At University of the District of Columbia, Auditorium, Building 46-West.
12 Richard Goode
Pianist Richard Goode will showcase two composers who have contrasting styles to challenge his own skills. At University of the District of Columbia, Auditorium, Building 46-West.
St. Matthew Passion
Washington Bach Consort will perform one of the composer’s best known works. At National Presbyterian Church.
Washington Performing Arts presents the pianist in “Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition,” and other works. At Phillips Collection.
Calidore String Quartet Dumbarton Concerts presents the ensemble in Beethoven’s Quartet in F Major, Op. 135; Mendelssohn’s Quartet in D Major, Op. 44; and Schumann’s Quartet in A Major, Op. 41. At Dumbarton United Methodist Church. National Philharmonic Piotr Gajewski leads a program juxtaposing Brahms’s Requiem with the Kabbalah-based oratorio “Zohar” by Jonathan Leshnoff. Danielle Talamantes and Nmon Ford are the soloists. At Music Center at Strathmore.
19 Cathedral Choral Society with New York Polyphony
The chorus will feature works from musicians such as Andrew Smith and Ola Gjeilo. At Washington National Cathedral.
Kruger Brothers and Kontras Quartet
The performance is being presented in collaboration with the gallery’s exhibition of “East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography.” At National Gallery of Art.
24 Arditti Quartet with Eliot Fisk
The Arditti Quartet and Eliot Fisk debut a co-commission by Wolfgang Rihm and perform additional works by Manoury, Rihm and Lachenmann. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.
Musicians Stefan Jackiw, Jay Campbell and Conrad Tao combine their talents in JCT (pronounced “junction”) Trio. At University of the District of Columbia, Auditorium, Building 46-West.
25 Avital Meets Avital: Avi Avital and Omer Avital
The two unrelated Israeli musicians will collaborate to highlight their musical skills. At Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier leads a program that includes “Petrushka” and Chausson’s “Poème” and Ravel’s “Tzigane” with the violinist Augustin Hadelich. At Music Center at Strathmore.
The culmination of the mini-festival “Music Under Stalin” is a multimedia presentation with video, actors and orchestra exploring the links between Dmitri Shostakovich and Mieczyslaw Weinberg, the neglected Soviet composer whose music is suddenly coming into its own. At Sidney Harman Hall, the Harman Center for the Arts.
The Virginia Opera presents Puccini’s final work. At George Mason University Center for the Arts. Through March 26.
26 Jupiter Quartet
This program includes the first of Mozart’s set of quartets dedicated to Haydn, Bartok’s quartets and quartets by Schumann, dedicated to his friend Mendelssohn. At Phillips Collection.
This performance includes Mendelssohn’s Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 12. At National Gallery of Art.
28 Shift Festival: Boulder Philharmonic
The orchestra’s program “Nature & Music” includes a mandolin concerto by Jeff Midkiff and Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” with an aerial dance troupe. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.
29 Shift Festival: North Carolina Symphony
The all-American program features composers with ties to North Carolina, including Mason Bates, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Caroline Shaw, who will appear as violin soloist. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.
30 “Galileo’s Torch”
The Folger Consort performs along with a staged reading of “Galileo’s Torch” by James Reston Jr., and the music of Starry Messenger. At Folger Shakespeare Library.
31 Shift Festival: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The ASO presents Christopher Theofanides’s “Creation/Creator,” a theatrical and multimedia oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.
APRIL 1 “Lucy”
Urban Arias presents a one-man opera based on the true story of the psychotherapist Maurice Temerlin, who adopted a chimpanzee named Lucy and raised her with his own family. At Atlas Performing Arts Center. Through April 8.
Shift Festival: The Knights
The collaborative chamber ensemble intersperses Brahms and Vivaldi with a new work by Lisa Bielawa and a piece the group wrote
for itself. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.
2 Alon Goldstein and Fine Arts Quartet
The Fine Arts Quartet will perform 19th-century German arrangements of two of Mozart’s piano concertos. At Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.
Anthony Marwood and Aleksandar Madzar
British violinist Anthony Marwood and Serbian pianist Aleksandar Madzar will perform Beethoven and Ravel. At Phillips Collection.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducts Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and RimskyKorsakov’s “Scheherazade”; Jennifer Koh is the soloist in Steven Mackey’s “Beautiful Passing.” At Music Center at Strathmore.
4 Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov performs his first solo recital in Washington since 2013. Presented by Washington Performing Arts. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.
7 “Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin”
The world premiere of a song cycle by four female composers about Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.
8 Imani Winds
Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” and “Dance Mediterranea” by Simon Shaheen. At Dumbarton United Methodist Church.
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Australian composer and violist Brett Dean will premiere a new work for viola and piano. The performance will feature Dean, Tony Arnold, Juho Pohjonen and the Orion String Quartet. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.
9 Gould Piano Trio and Robert Plane
Bartok’s “Contrasts” and some of Brahms’s piano trios. At Phillips Collection.
16 Lukas Geniusas
The pianist preforms Schumann’s “Faschingsschwank aus Wien,” some Chopin mazurkas and more. At Phillips Collection.
19 Lydia Brown
The pianist performs William Bolcom Cabaret songs with singers from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. At National Museum of Women in the Arts.
20 Anne Schwanewilms
VocalArts DC presents the acclaimed soprano and pianist Malcolm Martineau in works by Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss. At University of the District of Columbia, Auditorium, Building 46West.
National Symphony Orchestra
Cristian Macelaru conducts Beethoven’s Violin Concerto featuring Sergey Khachatryan. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through April 22.
21 NSO Declassified: Featuring Zakir Hussain
Zakir Hussain performs his new concerto “Peshkar” with the NSO conducted by Cristian Macelaru. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.
The cellist, with the Canadian pianist Connie Shih, play works composed by Thomas Adès for Isserlis, as well as pieces by Shostakovich, Hahn and Martinu. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.
22 The National Philarmonic
Piotr Gajewski conducts Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” with Zuill Bailey, cello. At Music Center at Strathmore. Through April 23.
23 Anne Akiko Meyers
The violinist performs a wideranging program including works by Part, Rautavaara and the world premiere of a new piece by Morton Lauridsen. At Phillips Collection.
Choral Arts Society of Washington
Pieces by Mozart, Bach and a new commission from composer Jake Runestad. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.
East Coast Chamber Orchestra
Works by Caplet, Lutostawski, Suk and Theofanidis will be played by the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. At National Gallery of Art.
25 Yefim Bronfman
The pianist in recital. At University of the District of Columbia, Auditorium, Building 46-West.
26 Elena Urioste and Michael Brown
The violinist and pianist perform. At Kennedy Center, Family Theater.
29 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop conducts Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. At Music Center at Strathmore.
The quartet performs music by a range of composers. At Kreeger Museum.
30 Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley
The cellist and pianist play an allRussian program. At National Gallery of Art.
The Washington Bach Consort ends the season with Handel’s “Messiah.” At National Presbyterian Church.
MAY 1 1Leif Ove Andsnes and MarcAndre Hamelin
Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-Andre Hamelin mount Stravinsky’s fourhand scoring of “The Rite of Spring.” At Music Center at Strathmore.
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato stars in Handel’s “Ariodante,” with the English Consort led by Harry Bicket, in a joint presentation of the Kennedy Center, VocalArts DC and Washington Performing Arts. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.
3 Joel Krosnick with Gilbert Kalish
The cellist and pianist perform Brahms and Beethoven. At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall.
Piotr Beczala and Martin Katz
The recital includes works by Schumann, Karlowicz, Dvorak and Rachmaninoff. At University of the District of Columbia, Auditorium, Building 46-West.
5 UMD Symphony Orchestra: “From Sound to Screen”
The orchestra mounts Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste; the Walsum Competition premiere; Zoltán Kodály: “Háry János Suite,” Sergei Prokofiev: “Lieutenant Kijé” Suite. At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall.
6 Dumbarton Concerts presents the Poulenc Trio
Poulenc Trio mixes piano, bassoon and oboe and will play 19th- and 20th-century French works, like Poulenc, Rossini and Francaix. At Dumbarton United Methodist Church.
The Washington National Opera brings back director Jun Kaneko (“The Magic Flute”) for a colorful production of Puccini’s perennial favorite, conducted by WNO music director Philippe Auguin. At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through May 21.
7 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz leads Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” with French pianist David Fray as soloist in Ravel’s Concerto in G. At Music Center at Strathmore.
Margaret Leng Tan
Pianist Margaret Leng plays a personally commissioned work by George Crumb entitled “Metamorphoses.” At National Gallery of Art, East Building.
11 National Symphony Orchestra
Gustavo Gimeno pairs Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” Suite with Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.” At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through May 13.
12 1Olivier Messiaen’s “From The Canyons To The Stars”
Co-commissioned by Washington Performing Arts, this 90-minute multimedia production, conducted by David Robertson, pairs Messiaen’s 12-part masterpiece with photographs of the American West that inspired the work. At DAR Constitution Hall.
13 Fairfax Symphony
The orchestra and the Fairfax Choral Society perform Beethoven’s last symphony. At George Mason University Center for the Arts.
14 Murray Perahia
The pianist in recital. At Music Center at Strathmore.
The Washington Chorus: “Carmina Burana” and “Oedipus Rex”
In his final concert as music director, Julian Wachner leads the chorus with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, the Children’s Chorus of Washington, the Washington National Cathedral Boy and Girl Choristers and contemporary orchestra Novus NY. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.
16 Maurizio Pollini
The renowned pianist wraps up the Fortas Chamber Music season. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.
18 National Symphony Orchestra
Ton Koopman conducts a program of Baroque favorites including J.S. Bach’s “Brandenburg” Concerto No. 1. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through May 20.
21 Cathedral Choral Society
The chorus wraps up a challenging anniversary season with a rousing program including a world premiere by Nico Muhly and Dvorak’s “Te Deum.” At Washington National Cathedral.
Pianist Kirill Gersteins mounts Liszt’s complete “Transcendental Etudes,” performed in its entirety. At University of the District of Columbia, Auditorium, Building 46West.
24 National Symphony Orchestra: John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration with Yo-Yo Ma
Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Yo-Yo Ma joins the NSO for a concert celebration of John F. Kennedy’s legacy that also features a new commission from Mason Bates. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.
The soprano in recital. At National Museum of Women in the Arts.
JUNE 1 National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conducts Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony featuring mezzo-soprano Nathalie Stutzmann, Golda Schultz and the Washington Chorus. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through June 3.
3 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Konig leads Vadim Gluzman in Prokofiev’s 2nd violin concerto; the program also includes Messiaen, Ravel and Gershwin. At Music Center at Strathmore.
See one of piano music’s young rising stars in person, before he’s a worldwide name: Igor Levit is playing at UDC.
Three classical music sets to put on the calendar are “Champion,” above, Terence Blanchard’s lauded jazz opera, for two weeks in March; the solo piano recital by Daniil Trifonov, left, at the Kennedy Center on April 4; and Maki Namekawa, below, who will celebrate Philip Glass’s 80th birthday with fellow pianist Dennis Russell this month at the Phillips.
Do right by “The Rite of Spring”: Leif Ove Andsnes, left, and fellow pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, below, perform the Stravinsky masterwork’s fourhand version May 1 at Strathmore.