Conductor Louis Langrée leads the NSO in a ‘Boléro’ worth repeating

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein performs a centerpiece concerto by Joan Tower on a colorful program of Debussy and Ravel.

By Michael Andor BrodeurMay 20, 2022

Del McCoury is still going strong — and so is his festival

After two years of pandemic-related cancellations, DelFest returns to Cumberland, Md.

By Jedd FerrisMay 20, 2022

Vangelis, Oscar-winning composer of ‘Chariots of Fire’ theme, dies at 79

He also scored the films “Blade Runner” and “Missing” and Carl Sagan’s PBS series “Cosmos.”

By Tim GreivingMay 19, 2022

Somi pays tribute to Miriam Makeba, on album and on stage

The vocalist and songwriter has two new projects that shine a light on the career of one of Africa's first major music stars.

By Shannon J. EffingerMay 19, 2022

4 concerts to catch in the D.C. area over the next several days

Alex Cameron, EarthGang, Anaïs Mitchell and Critical Condition Band perform.

By Haben KelatiMay 18, 2022

Slayyyter is deceptively dangerous

The pop singer-songwriter is bringing her "Club Paradise" tour to a sold-out Union Stage.

By Chris KellyMay 18, 2022

The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival returns for its final show

The Annapolis festival, which is folding after 24 years, features a younger lineup.

By Stuart MillerMay 18, 2022

Teresa Berganza, celebrated Spanish opera star, dies at 89

The mezzo-soprano was known for her roles in works by Mozart and Rossini.

By Tim PageMay 16, 2022

Kendrick Lamar’s new album feels vulnerable and virtuosic

With “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” the generational rap star makes the narrative details feel intimate and overwhelming.

By Chris RichardsMay 16, 2022

Washington National Opera’s ‘Carmen’: High in promise, low on passion

It checks all the boxes (strong leads, well-behaved horse) but the results lack energy.

By Michael Andor BrodeurMay 15, 2022

A Beatles exhibit aims to make ‘Get Back’ a museum experience

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has organized a show based on Peter Jackson’s acclaimed docuseries.

By Geoff EdgersMay 14, 2022

Cristian Macelaru and Mason Bates bring animated energy to NSO

The Romanian conductor led a premiere of a colorful National Symphony Orchestra commission by the former composer-in-residence on a program of Dvořák and Rimsky-Korsakov.

By Michael Andor BrodeurMay 13, 2022

Hologram is mapping out a new hardcore head space

The visceral and vivid D.C. hardcore band headlines Slash Run on May 13.

By Chris RichardsMay 11, 2022

4 concerts to catch in the D.C. area over the next several days

Lobby Boy, Lingua Ignota, Wednesday and Griselda perform.

By Hau ChuMay 11, 2022

Danyel Smith’s ‘Very Personal History’ gives Black women of pop music their due

In this Washington Post Live conversation from May 4, author Danyel Smith explains why she wanted to give Black women their due in “Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop.”

By Julie DepenbrockMay 10, 2022

A Pup concert makes aging out of your 20s feel like a total blast

The Toronto punk quartet played a raucous set filled with crowd-surfing and sing-along anthems at the Fillmore Silver Spring.

By Hau ChuMay 8, 2022

The spirit of Mary Lou Williams comes to life at the Kennedy Center

A review of Allison Miller and Derrick Hodge at the Kennedy Center, where the drummer and bassist led a bracing tribute to the late pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams.

By Michael J. WestMay 7, 2022

Conductor Christian Reif makes a good guest at Strathmore with BSO

Pianist Awadagin Pratt joins the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to perform a new concerto by Jessie Montgomery on a program of Henze, Mozart and Strauss.

By Michael Andor BrodeurMay 6, 2022

Judy Henske, folk singer known as ‘Queen of the Beatniks,’ dies at 85

Her brassy, full-throated delivery seemed to have made a strong impression on Janis Joplin and Grace Slick, among others.

By Tim PageMay 5, 2022

Olivia Rodrigo’s confessional music is catharsis for a brutal time

At the Anthem, the 19-year-old, Grammy Award-winning artist performed songs rife with feelings of anxiety and inadequacy, enrapturing a capacity crowd.

By Chris KellyMay 5, 2022