"Georgia O'Keeffe: 1887-1986" is not a show that shouts. Nor does it strive to be a definitive retrospective. Instead, it is a selective survey of 120 works -- one-third of them previously locked away in her estate -- offering a whole new generation a chance to see what the fuss continues to be about. At the National Gallery's East Building through February 21.
Lorin Maazel will be guest conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra this week. Other notable orchestral music will include: the London Philharmonic, Wednesday night at the Kennedy Center; four Bach concertos performed by the Washington Bach Consort, today in the Terrace Theater; the Arlington Symphony, today at the Kenmore Auditorium, and the Montgomery Chamber Orchestra, Saturday night at the National Bureau of Standards.
The Washington Opera's second production of the season, "Madama Butterfly," will open Saturday night.
The Washington Music Ensemble's ambitious American Music Festival will feature several world premieres Thursday and Friday at American University.Saturday, soprano Elizabeth Kirkpatrick will perform songs of Copland, Bolcom, Loeffler and Beach.
One of the world's leading early music ensembles, Les Arts Florissants, will give a program of French baroque music, Thursday at the University of Maryland. Early music will also be performed by Wondrous Machine, tonight in the Terrace Theater.
The Oratorio Society will perform Mozart's "Requiem" and Vivaldi's "Gloria," tonight at the Kennedy Center. The McLean Choral Society performs Haydn's "Creatiop" tonight.
Pianists of the week: Santiago Rodriguez, Thursday night in the Terrace Theater; Coleman Blumfield, Saturday night at the University of Maryland; Thomas Mastorianni, this afternoon at Catholic University, and Roy Hamlin Johnson, tonight at the National Gallery.
A blockbuster dance week includes the Adaptors Movement Theatre in a continuing run of its newest work at Baltimore's Theatre Project, today through Nov. 22; the 200-year-old Warsaw Ballet's "Giselle" on the troupe's first U.S. tour, tonight at Montgomery College in Rockville; Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer, who staged the revival for the Joffrey Ballet, in a free lecture on Vaslav Nijinsky's historic 1913 version of "Le Sacre du Printemps" at George Mason University Tuesday afternoon; the Downtown Dance Company, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, kicking off "Dance on the Edge," an innovative new series at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
If you can't travel to the Far East, head for the Biograph for "The First Hong Kong Film Festival to Tour North America." Billed as the best in New Hong Kong cinema, the festival features seven films, each with English and Chinese subtitles. It started last Friday, but they all screen in double features through Thursday.
Raffi is Canada's gift to the children's music market: at the Warner in two shows this afternoon. In the evening, native son and new age prototype Paul Horn pays a rare visit home when he plays "Inside the Warner Theatre" on a show with Windham Hill Records founder William Ackerman.
A gospel powerhouse concert raises the roof at Constitution Hall this afternoon, when Shirley Caesar, the Mighty Clouds of Joy and others make a joyful noise.
Reggae's reigning queen, Judy Mowatt, brings her inspirational reggae rockers to Kilimanjaro's tonight.
Two of country's biggest names, Alabama and the Judds, join forces with Bob Hope to raise funds for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. At Constitution Hall on Tuesday.
Celtic sensations Ossian make a rare stateside visit Thursday at Ireland's Four Provinces.
Seems there's always a Marsalis at Blues Alley -- things could be worse! This time, it's saxophonist Branford Marsalis, at the Alley Thursday through Sunday.
Acclaimed Polish jazzman Zbigniew Namyslowlski makes his American debut at d.c. space on Saturday.