Washington’s classical music season for fall 2012

September 8, 2012

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SEPTEMBER

9 National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble. Works by John Cage and Henry Cowell and tributes by living composers are offered as the conclusion of the John Cage Centennial Festival. At National Gallery of Art, East Building.

13 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Led by Music Director Marin Alsop, the orchestra presents a season preview concert with works by Bernstein, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and others. At Music Center at Strathmore.

14 Stephanie Blythe. The mezzo-soprano performs with pianist Warren Jones, presented by Vocal Arts DC. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

15 “Anna Bolena.” The Washington National Opera presents Donizetti’s retelling of Anne Boleyn’s tragedy, starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the story of a queen’s downfall as her unfaithful king plots to bring his mistress to the throne. At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through Oct. 6.

16 “La Sonnambula.” The Washington Concert Opera presents Bellini’s opera, with Eglise Gutierrez in the title role, conducted by Antony Walker. At George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium.

20 “Don Giovanni.” The Washington National Opera presents Mozart’s opera, starring Ildar Abdrazakov and conducted by Music Director Philippe Auguin. Performed in Italian with English supertitles. At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through Oct. 13.

22 Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. Music Director Christopher Zimmerman’s third season opens with an all-American program featuring Adams, Bernstein, Gershwin and the Virginia premiere of “Shadows,” a new concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Taafe Zwilich, featuring pianist Jeffrey Biegel. At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

22 Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Pianist Yuliya Gorenman joins the orchestra in Brahms’s First Piano Concerto; Sibelius’s Second Symphony is also on the program. At Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center.

22 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Led by Music Director Marin Alsop with violinist Gil Shaham, the orchestra presents Barber’s violin concerto and works by Bernstein and Copland. At Music Center at Strathmore.

22 Tim Brady. The composer and guitarist performs in a melange of styles. At Atlas Perfoming Arts Center.

23 Washington Bach Consort. The consort opens its season with politically charged works by John Blow, William Boyce, George Frideric Handel and Orlando Gibbons. At National Presbyterian Church.

23 VERGE Ensemble. The ensemble presents compositions by Morton Feldman, Alexandra Gardner and Andrew Norman. At Corcoran College of Art and Design.

23 Nathan Gunn. The baritone makes his Washington National Opera debut in a solo concert. At Kennedy Center, Opera House.

23 Osman Kivrak, Teri Lazar, Paul Kosower and Stephen Ackert. Works by Bach, Kivrak and Mozart. At National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court.

23 Joseph Kalichstein. The pianist performs in concert. At Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.

26 Barbora Kolarova. The violinist performs music celebrating the Czech new wave. At National Gallery of Art, ground floor lecture hall.

26 “A Gershwin Gala.” Pianist Jack Gibbons performs works by George Gershwin including “An American in Paris” and “Rhapsody in Blue,” along with music by Gibbons and by Chopin’s contemporary Charles-Valentin Alkan in honor of his 114th birthday. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

28 Folger Consort. “Music from the City of Shakespeare.” At Folger Theatre. Through Sept. 30.

29 The InSeries. The group opens its season with works by Wagner, Debussy, Brel, Porter, Mozart and others, with an appearance by the Washington Ballet. At GALA Hispanic Theatre. Through Oct. 1.

29 “Opera in the Outfield.” Nationals Park hosts a free live opera broadcast of “Don Giovanni” performed by Washington National Opera.

29 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Soprano Kelley Nassief makes her BSO debut, led by Music Director Marin Alsop, in an all-American program of John Adams, Dave and Chris Brubeck, and Bernstein’s “Kaddish” symphony. Claire Bloom, narrator. At Music Center at Strathmore.

30 Catholic University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Murry Sidlin presents Mozart’s Requiem. At National Gallery of Art, West Building.

30 National Symphony Orchestra. The season-opening gala is led by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and features Anne-Sophie Mutter in the Mendelssohn violin concert. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.

OCTOBER

--> 4 National Symphony Orchestra. Led by Christoph Eschenbach, mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor performs with the NSO in Peter Lieberson’s shattering “Neruda Songs,” written as a love offering to his wife, mezzo Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Oct. 6.

4 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Markus Stenz and violinist Kolja Blacher make their BSO debuts, with works by Rebel, Schumann and Beethoven. At Music Center at Strathmore.

4 Eliza Garth. The pianist celebrates the John Cage centennial with a performance of his Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano. At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

5 University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Led by James Ross, the orchestra begins its season with Ravel, Lutoslawski, Rachmaninoff and Barber. At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall.

5 Friday Morning Music Club. Amateur and semiprofessional musicians perform in recital at this weekly event. At Calvary Baptist Church. Through Jan. 25.

5 PostClassical Ensemble: Interpreting Shostakovich. The violinist Oleg Rylatko gives a lecture and demonstration in advance of the November Shostakovich festival. At Georgetown University.

6 Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir. The choir presents sacred music from the Orthodox liturgy. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

6 Cantate Chamber Singers . “Chips Off the Old Bach,” a concert exploring the legacy of Bach’s many composing progeny. At St. John’s Norwood Parish, Chevy Chase.

7 Phillips Camerata. Works by Debussy and Ravel. At Phillips Collection.

7 Mak Grgic. The guitarist performs works by Isaac, Kohaut, Weiss and Hagen. At National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court.

8 Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir. The a cappella choir performs works from the Russian sacred and folk repertoire. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

10 Sphinx Virtuosi with the Catalyst Quartet. Music of the Americas. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

10 Pamela Frank and Friends. The violinist performs Dvorak, Schoenberg and Brahms. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

11 National Symphony Orchestra. Christoph Eschenbach leads the NSO with contralto Nathalie Stutzmann in Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and the Bruckner 7th. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Oct. 13.

11 Richard Goode. The renowned pianist performs Beethoven’s last three sonatas, presented by WPAS. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

12 Inon Barnatan. The pianist, who has accompanied a number of acclaimed soloists, is presented by WPAS in his Kennedy Center solo recital debut. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

12 Duo Amaral. String performers Mia Pomerantz-Amaral and Jorge Amaral present works by Franck, Handel, Abeniz and Ramirez. At Mansion at Strathmore.

12 Daniel Hope and Jeffrey Kahane. The violinist and pianist perform works by Ravel, Brahms, Muhly and Mendelssohn. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

12 Prism Saxophone Quartet. At Atlas Performing Arts Center.

12 “The Pearl Fishers.” The Virginia Opera Company performs Bizet’s work in French with English supertitles. At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Through Oct. 14.

13 National Philharmonic. Pianist Orli Shaham joins Piotr Gazewski and his orchestra in a program of Beethoven 3’s: the third piano concerto, third symphony, and Leonore Overture No. 3. At Music Center at Strathmore. Through Oct. 14.

14 Left Bank Concert Society. Works by Britten and Elgar. At Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium.

14 Charlie Albright. The pianist performs works by Chopin, Menotti, and Schubert. At Phillips Collection.

14 The Love Sonnet and Nineteenth-Century Italian Music. Pianist Thomas Mastroianni is joined by soprano Alessandra Marc and violinist Ricards Cyncynates in a concert celebrating classical Italian love songs. At National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court.

17 Rinde Eckert: “And God Created Great Whales.” The performance artist-composer presents his latest evening-length work. At the Kogod Theater, Clarice Smith Center.

18 Guido’s Ear. The early music ensemble presents works by Monteverdi, Castello, Rossi and others. At Mansion at Strathmore.

19 Great Noise Ensemble. At the Atlas.

20 Rose of Sharon: 100 Years of American Music 1770-1870. A spectrum of early American music, from Shaker hymns and spirituals through pieces by Francis Hopkinson and William Billings. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

20 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Juanjo Mena leads some of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, and Bartok’s Third Piano Concerto, with the pianist Benedetto Lupo in his BSO debut. At Music Center at Strathmore.

20 Vida Guitar Quartet. The quartet opens its 35th season with an Andalusian-themed program of works by Bizet, Turina, and de Falla. At Dumbarton Church.

21 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. Musicians from the elite orchestra perform Brahms, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn. At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

21 Bach Sinfonia. A program focused on Handel’s “Royal Fireworks Music” and the generation of composers that followed, including two North American premieres. At Montgomery College, Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring.

21 Cathedral Choral Society. A French program includes Durufle’s Requiem and Saint-Saens’s organ symphony. At Washington National Cathedral.

21 Thibault Cauvin. The guitarist performs works by de Lucia, Domeniconi, Dyens, Koshkin, Piazzola, and Cauvin’s father, Philippe Cauvin. At Phillips Collection.

21 I Musici di Roma. Music by Bossi, Rota and other composers. At National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court.

21 Choral Arts Society of Washington. Joseph Holt leads a program of Latin American music. At George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium.

21 Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” Elgar, Ravel and Strauss. At the George Washington Masonic Temple, Alexandria.

22 The New York Festival of Song. The program “Mr. Gershwin Goes to Washington” focuses on the Gershwins’ best-known satiric songs about politics, including “Of Thee I Sing,” “Union Square,” and “Strike Up the Band,” presented by Vocal Arts DC. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.

25 Paul Huang. WPAS presents the young violinist and Young Concert Artists audition winner in his D.C. debut. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

26 The Amernet String Quartet. The ensemble is joined by pianist James Tocco in a Fortas Chamber Music Concert of works by Haydn and Beethoven. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.

26 Pieter Wispelwey and Lois Shapiro. The cellist and the pianist present works by Beethoven, Ligeti, Stravinsky and Shostakovich. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

27 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Led by Cornelius Meister, two of the orchestra’s principal players, violinist Jonathan Carney and cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski, join in Brahms’s Double Concerto. At Music Center at Strathmore.

--> 27 21st Century Consort. A program of political music for the election season, including excerpts of Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated” and Peter Maxwell Davies’s “Eight Songs for a Mad King.” At Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium.

--> 28 Ethel. The contemporary string quartet is joined by Todd Rundgren in a program that includes Lou Harrison, arrangements of music by Sun Ra and a new work by Judd Greenstein. At Clarice Smith Center, Kay Theater.

28 City Choir of Washington. Handel’s Coronation Anthems (for King George II) and Dettingen Te Deum. At National Presbyterian Church.

28 New Dominion Chorale. Works by Orff, Borodin and Gounod. At Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center.

28 Leon McCawley. The pianist celebrates the 150th anniversary of Debussy’s birth with a program that demonstrates influences on the composer’s style, along with works by Bach, Chopin, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff. At Phillips Collection.

28 Chee-Yun. The violinist is joined by fellow pianist and violin player Alessio Bax. At Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.

28 Dali Quartet. Latin American chamber works by Amaya, Mendelssohn, Turina and Villa-Lobos. At Mansion at Strathmore.

28 Tanya Vegvari Plescia The pianist performs works by Beethoven and Reinagle. National Gallery of Art, West Building.

29 “Auksalaq: A Telematic Opera.” A multimedia opera by Matthew Burtner addressing global climate change in the Arctic. At Phillips Collection.

29 Avanti Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club. Conducted by Pablo Saelzer. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

--> 30 Andras Schiff. The pianist plays Book II of Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier,” presented by WPAS. At the Music Center at Strathmore.

30 Opera Lafayette. A chamber music program featuring the soprano Emmanuelle de Negri, with music by Sebastien le Camus, Elizabeth Jazquet de la Guerre, Clerambault, Duparc, Faure and Debussy. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

30 “Lucy: Song and Dance, an Opera Without Words.” Composer and keyboardist Morton Subotnick is joined by vocalist Joan LaBarbara, pianist Jenny Lin and multimedia artist Lillevan in the Coolidge Auditorium’s Founder’s Day concert. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

31 Christine Brewer. The soprano performs Spanish and American songs, presented by Vocal Arts DC. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

NOVEMBER

1 Martinez-Urioste-Brey Trio. The trio perfoms works by Beethoven, Arensky, and Ravel. At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

1 National Symphony Orchestra. Music Director Christoph Eschenbach leads Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis.” At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Nov. 3.

1 Midori. The violinist, accompanied by Ozgur Aydin, celebrates 30 years of performing with a program of Beethoven, Webern and George Crumb on the Fortas Chamber Music series. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

1 Joshua Bell. The violinist presents works by Schubert, Strauss, Dvorak and Prokofiev with pianist Sam Haywood, presented by WPAS. At Music Center at Strathmore.

2 “La Boheme.” Lyric Opera Baltimore presents Puccini’s love story, with Anna Samuil as Mimi. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. At Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. Through Nov. 4.

2 American Symphony Orchestra. Music by Brahms and Beethoven conducted by Leon Botstein. At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

2 Graffito. Trumpeter Neil Brown and his rock group bring a contemporary interpretation to traditional 16th century works. At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall.

2 Newspeak Ensemble. At the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

3 Prazak Quartet. Works by Haydn, Janacek and Dvorak. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

3 National Chamber Ensemble. Works by Glinka, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, in collaboration with the Russian Chamber Art Society. At Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere.

3 PostClassical Ensemble: “Interpreting Shostakovich.” Commentary by Solomon Volkov and Tony Palmer punctuates performances of selected Shostakovich works by Dmitri Berlinski, other soloists, and the ensemble. At Dumbarton Church.

--> 4 PostClassical Ensemble: “Interpreting Shostakovich.” Angel Gil-Ordonez leads the orchestra in Shostakovich string symphonies, and pianist George Vatchnadze plays the Preludes and Fugues. At the National Gallery of Art.

4 American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra presents works by Wagner, Britten, Dukas and Ravel. At Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center.

4 Washington Bach Consort. “The Virtuoso Bach,” featuring soprano Elizabeth Futral. At National Presbyterian Church.

4 Andrey Baranov. The violinist performs Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano by Prokofiev, “Serenade melancolique” and Valse-Scherzo by Tchaikovsky, and Franck’s Violin Sonata. At Phillips Collection.

4 Lang Lang. The Chinese pianist offers a recital of Mozart and Chopin as part of his week-long residency with the NSO. At the Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.

4 Alessio Bax. The pianist performs works by Brahms and Rachmaninov. At Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Through Nov. 5.

7 Russell Braun. The Canadian baritone and pianist Carolyn Maule perform through Vocal Arts DC. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

8 National Symphony Orchestra. Lang Lang performs three different Beethoven concertos in three nights with conductor Christoph Eschenbach, on a program with Dvorak’s Seventh Symphony. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Nov. 10.

9 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Marin Alsop leads an “Off the Cuff” lecture-performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. At Music Center at Strathmore.

10 Angela Meade. The soprano makes her WNO debut with a program of arias accompanied by pianist Bradley Moore. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

10 Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Yefim Bronfman performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the ASO. At Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. Through Nov. 11.

10 National Philharmonic. Led by Victoria Gau and joined by pianist Brian Ganz and mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wor, the orchestra performs Prokofiev, including the Piano Concerto No. 3. At Music Center at Strathmore.

10 The InSeries. A double bill of Purcell’s “Dido & Aeneas” and De Falla’s “El Amor Brujo.” At Source. Through Nov. 17.

11 Doric String Quartet. Schumann, Chausson and Britten. At the Phillips Collection.

11 The Ariel Quartet and Orion Weiss. Pro Musica Hebraica presents the quartet and pianist in “Between Two Worlds: Jewish Voices in Modern European Music” with works by Schulhoff, Ben-Haim, Korngold, Bloch and Schoenberg. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

--> 13 Takacs Quartet and Marc-Andre Hamelin. The ensemble and pianist present works by Schubert, Britten and Shostakovich. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

14 Jennifer Koh. “Bach and Beyond”: The violinist performs the first in a series of two concerts (the second is in February). At the Mansion at Strathmore.

15 Shanghai Quartet. Works by Schubert, Beethoven and Bartok and selections from “ChinaSong,” a suite of Chinese folksongs. At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

15 National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Vasily Petrenko leads violinist Sergey Khachatryan in the Tchaikovsky concerto; Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony is also on the program. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Nov. 17.

16 “Die Zauberflote.” Students from the Maryland Opera Studio perform Mozart’s last opera. At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre. Through Nov. 20.

16 Apollon Musagete Quartett. Works by Haydn, Szymanowski, Suk and Mendelssohn. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

17 Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. Violinist Benjamin Beilman joins the orchestra for an all-Beethoven program featuring the Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 2. With guest conductor Kenneth Woods. At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

17 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The pianist Denis Kozhukhin joins Marin Alsop and the orchestra in the Brahms Second Concerto, preceded by Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony. At Music Center at Strathmore.

17 Cantate Chamber Singers. A program exploring the work of Nadia Boulanger includes a new piece by Robert Shafer, director of the City Choir of Washington. At St. Paul’s Parish.

18 The Washington Chorus. Julian Wachner leads “The Essential Bernstein,” spotlighting choral music by the great American composer. At the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

18 Igor Lovchinsky and Jonathan Coombs. The pianists perform works by Walter Piston. At Phillips Collection.

19 Left Bank Concert Society. The ensemble presents works by Laderman, Meltzer, Koston and John Adams. At Christ Lutheran Church.

19 Washington National Opera. WNO’s American Opera Initiative debuts with three original 20-minute operas, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

24 Chanticleer. A holiday performance by the Grammy Award-winning a cappella group. At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall; the following night, the group performs at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

25 Anna Han. The pianist performs works by Israeli composer Avner Dorman, as well as works by Haydn, Scarlatti, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Ravel. At the Phillips Collection.

--> 28 Anonymous 4: “Love Fail.” An evening-length theater work by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang weaves together medieval lays, Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” and short stories by Lydia Davis in a tale of love won and lost, co-commissioned by the Fortas Chamber Music Concerts. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

29 National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Juraj Valcuha conducts Szymanowski, Ravel, Debussy’s “Le Mer,” and Mozart’s K. 415 piano concerto with the pianist Jonathan Biss. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater. Through Dec. 1.

29 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Mario Venzago leads Sol Gabetta’s BSO debut in the Elgar Cello Concerto, as well as Franck’s Symphony in D. At Music Center at Strathmore.

29 La Risonanza. The Italian ensemble presents works by Vivaldi and Handel. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

30 Die Fledermaus.” The Virginia Opera stages Strauss’s operetta. At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Through Dec. 2.

30 So Percussion. At Atlas Performing Arts Center.

30 ACME and yMusic. Two contemporary music groups. At Atlas Performing Arts Center.

DECEMBER

1 Lukas Vondracek. The pianist performs works by Haydn, Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Prokofiev, presented by WPAS. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

1 The Barnes and Hampton Celtic Consort. Performing “A Celtic Christmas.” At Dumbarton Church. Through Dec. 9.

1 Washington Bach Consort. Cantatas composed for Advent and the Christmas season, including one of Bach’s six Christmas oratorios. At National Presbyterian Church.

1 21st Century Consort. Composers’ reworkings of Civil War tunes, by Ives, Rush, and Brehm, plus Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale.” At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium.

2 Hermitage Trio. Works by Glinka, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. At Phillips Collection.

2 Cantus. The singers perform music spanning many centuries and styles, from chant to contemporary works and seasonal favorites. At Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Through Dec. 3.

2 Bella Hristova. The violinist performs in concert. At Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington.

3 Yo-Yo Ma. WPAS presents the cellist in works by Bach and others. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.

3 The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert. Excerpts from Herbert’s operetta classics, including “Babes in Toyland” and “Naughty Marietta.” At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

--> 3 4 Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Gustavo Dudamel leads the orchestra in Chavez’s “Sinfonia India” and Strauss’s “Alpine Symphony,” presented by WPAS. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.

4 Young Concert Artists. Spanish clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester, Bulgarian American violinist Bella Hristova and Israeli pianist Ran Dank present a chamber music performance of Bartok, Novacek, Hertzberg, Gershwin and Schoenfield. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

6 National Symphony Orchestra. Pianist Yuja Wang plays Chopin’s first concerto under Hans Graf, who also leads Lutoslawski and Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Dec. 8.

6 A Concert of Cantorial Masterpieces. Pro Musica Hebraica presents the cantor Netanel Hershtik, the Hampton Synagogue Choir and the Amernet String Quartet. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

8 Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. The pianist James Dick plays Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto, followed by Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

8 National Philharmonic. Led by Stan Engebretson, the orchestra performs Handel’s “Messiah.” At Music Center at Strathmore. Through Dec. 23.

9 Jennifer Frautschi. The violinist performs works by Schumann, with pianist John Blacklow. At Phillips Collection.

9 New Dominion Chorale. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. At Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center.

9 Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. Vivaldi and Bach. George Washington Masonic Temple.

11 The Fine Arts Quartet. The Fine Arts Quartet plays Haydn, Zimbalist and Schubert in their Fortas Chamber Music Concert. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

12 Vinson Cole. The tenor is presented by Vocal Arts DC. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

13 International Contemporary Ensemble. In the Leading European Composers series, a portrait of the German composer Matthias Pintscher. At Phillips Collection.

14 Folger Consort. Fourteenth-century Florence is the focus of this holiday program. At Folger Theatre. Through Dec. 23.

14 Vienna Boys Choir. “Christmas in Vienna.” At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

15 Cathedral Choral Society. “Joy of Christmas.” At Washington National Cathedral. Through Dec. 16.

15 Peter Sheppard-Skærved: The Paganini Project. The British violinist gives a lecture and demonstration exploring the library’s Paganini collection. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

15 21st Century Consort. Jon Deak’s theatrical arrangement of “A Christmas Carol,” plus Britten's “Ceremony of Carols.” At Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium.

16 Choral Arts Society . Joseph Holt leads a performance of holiday favorites. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

16 Shai Wosner. The pianist presents a concert that highlights the connections between Beethoven, Bartok and Debussy’s musical languages. At Phillips Collection.

16 City Choir of Washington. A Christmas concert of British choral music. At National Presbyterian Church.

16 National Chamber Ensemble. The ensemble’s holiday show will feature a performance of Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe with guest violinist Rimma Sushanskay. At Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere.

17 Choral Arts Society. “An Enchanted Christmas.” At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Dec. 24.

18 Miro Quartet with Ricardo Morales. The quartet and clarinetist perform Schubert and Brahms in the annual Antonio Stradivari anniversary concert. At Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium.

20 National Symphony Orchestra. Handel’s “Messiah,” led by Rolf Beck. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater. Through Dec. 23.

21 “Hansel and Gretel.” The Washington National Opera brings back Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera in its new series of holiday presentations, with the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists. Performed in English with English supertitles. At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through Dec. 23.

JANUARY

5 Mozart and the Voice of the Viola. Violist Victoria Chiang and violinist Stefan Jackiw perform pieces by Telemann, Mendelssohn and Mozart. At Music Center at Strathmore. Through Jan. 6, 2013.

6 Spencer Myer. The pianist presents the complete Book I of Debussy’s Preludes, along with works by Albeniz and Moskowski. At Phillips Collection.

11 Folger Consort. The Consort presents a Paris-themed performance with period strings, organ and Washington National Cathedral’s chamber vocal ensemble Cathedra. At Washington National Cathedral. Through Jan. 12, 2013.

12 George Li. The pianist performs works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. At Mansion on O Street.

12 National Chamber Ensemble. The clarinetist Julian Milkis performs works by Mozart Arutinuia and Gershwin. At Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere.

12 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Eisenstein’s film “Alexander Nevsky” accompanied by the music Prokofiev wrote for it. Marin Alsop conducting. At Music Center at Strathmore.

12 Cornelius Dufallo. The violinist and composer in recital. At Atlas Performing Arts Center.

13 The Kennedy Center Chamber Players. Music by Brahms and Schubert. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

13 Horszowki Trio. The trio presents works by Shostakovich, Mozart and Dvorak. At Phillips Collection.

--> 16 Toby Spence. The tenor performs in recital with pianist Graham Johnson, presented by Vocal Arts DC. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

17 National Symphony Orchestra. Christoph Eschenbach leads Tzimon Barto in Bartok’s Second Piano Concerto, followed by Brahms’s Second Symphony. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Jan. 19, 2013.

17 Carpe Diem Quartet. Innovative programming of neglected music. At Mansion at Strathmore.

18 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Marin Alsop conducts the pianist Garrick Ohlsson in Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto. At Music Center at Strathmore.

--> 19 Daniil Trifonov. The Tchaikovsky Competition-winning pianist performs works by Scriabin, Liszt and Chopin, presented by WPAS. At National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium.

19 Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. The Virginia premiere of Baltimore native Jonathan Leshnoff’s Flute Concerto, featuring flutist Christina Jennings, in a concert program that also includes Mozart’s Overture to “The Magic Flute” and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1. At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

19 Brian Ganz. The pianist continues his 10-year project of performing all the piano music Chopin ever wrote. At Music Center at Strathmore.

20 Jamie Walton and Finghin Collins. Cellist Jamie Walton is joined by Irish pianist Finghin Collins in a program that includes Beethoven, Janacek, Britten and Rachmaninoff. At Phillips Collection.

24 Friday Morning Music Club. Works composed by club members. At Mansion at Strathmore.

24 National Symphony Orchestra. The violinist Dan Zhu makes his official NSO debut in Mozart’s Fifth Concerto; Christoph Eschenbach also conducts Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Jan. 26, 2013.

25 Steven Isserlis. The cellist is joined by pianist Kirill Gerstein to perform works by Brahms, Bartok and Liszt. At The Barns at Wolf Trap.

26 Brooklyn Rider. The ensemble performs a collection of comissioned works. At Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

26 Lark Quartet. The quartet is joined by koto player Yumi Korosawa to perform works by Janacek and Daron Aric Hagen’s “Genji.” At Dumbarton Church.

26 National Philharmonic. The conductor Miroslaw Jacek Blaszczyk and cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski headline a concert honoring Lutoslawski’s 100th anniversary, and the memory of the cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich. At Music Center at Strathmore. Through Jan. 27, 2013.

26 Opera Lafayette. The opera performs Felicien David’s exotic “Lalla Roukh.” At Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater.

26 The InSeries. The InSeries presents Mozart’s opera “La Clemenza Di Tito.” At Atlas Performing Arts Center. Through Feb. 3, 2013.

27 Rachel Barton Pine. The violinist performs the first twelve of Paganini’s 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1. At Phillips Collection.

27 Vilde Frang. The violinist makes her Kennedy Center recital debut with pianist Michail Lifits, courtesy of WPAS. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

30 Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. The violinist performs Mendelssohn, Bach, Villa-Lobos and Richard Strauss with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, presented by WPAS. At Music Center at Strathmore.

September 20
Don Giovanni

HANDOUT PHOTO: Ildar Abdrazakov in Washington National Opera's production of "Don Giovanni"

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