We’ve been treated since last fall to world-class classical performances at UDC’s Theater of the Arts. And there’s more to come.
Because of the Kennedy Center renovation, Washington Performing Arts, Young Concert Artists and Vocal Arts DC have made the theater their home for the 2016-2017 season.
What is the caliber of these artists they’re bringing to the stage? A reviewer for The Washington Post thought the February 21st Vocal Arts DC concert with Sandrine Piau was outstanding, calling her voice “a marvel of purity and compact elegance.” The next Vocal Arts performance is this Saturday, March 11th, featuring soprano Lisette Oropesa. The New York Times describes her as an artist with a “magnetic” stage presence, who “sings with effortless grace and lyrical bloom.”
Below, find the remaining concerts of the season at UDC. And if jazz is more your jam, UDC brings in world-class talent for its JAZZAlive and JAZZForum events. You’ll find upcoming performances and talks on our calendar.
March 11 (Vocal Arts DC): Young American soprano Lisette Oropesa, quickly ascending to stardom, is next in line with pianist Vlad Iftinca. An enthusiastic reception to her New York solo recital debut in January of this year prompted us to invite her to make her Washington solo recital debut. Oropesa will perform selections by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Obradors, and Poulenc. More Information | Purchase tickets – $50
March 12 (Washington Performing Arts): Richard Goode returns to Washington Performing Arts in 2016/17 with a program that juxtaposes music by Bach and Chopin. Purchase tickets – $68
March 14 (Young Concert Artists): Dasol Kim, Korean pianist and winner of the YCA International Auditions in New York and Leipzig and first prize in the Epinal International Piano Competition in Seoul, and performances with the New York Philharmonic in Seoul. Program: Pieces by Beethoven, Barber, Chopin. Listen and learn more | Purchase tickets – $38
March 24 (Washington Performing Arts): The JCT Trio (pronounced “Junction Trio”) comprises three young Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning instrumentalists who have made names and careers for themselves as soloists in their own rights: pianist Conrad Tao, violinist Stefan Jackiw, and cellist Jay Campbell (the most recent, 2016, Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, whom Washington Performing Arts first presented in his Kennedy Center debut in 2014/15). Together, they perform a virtuosic program of works by Dvořàk, Ives, and Mozart. Purchase tickets – $35
April 20 (Vocal Arts DC): German soprano Anne Schwanewilms’ only previous appearance in Washington, under Vocal Arts DC auspices, was a recital that drew raves in January of 2010. She returns with Malcolm Martineau at the keyboard to perform selections by Strauss. More Information | Purchase tickets – $50
April 25 (Washington Performing Arts): Virtuoso and seemingly fearless pianist Yefim Bronfman brings a recital program of Bartók’s Suite, Op. 14, Schumann’s Humoreske, Debussy’s Suite bergamasque, and Stravinsky’s Petrouchka. Purchase tickets – $65
April 29 (Washington Performing Arts): Winner of Spain’s National Music Prize in 2012, young Spanish pianist Javier Perianes has already appeared with several of the world’s most renowned orchestras as a soloist, including the Vienna Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. His recital includes a program of music by Schubert, Ravel, and De Falla. Purchase tickets – $45
May 3 (Vocal Arts DC): Closing the Vocal Arts DC 2016-2017 season will be the first Washington appearance of the sensational Polish tenor Piotr Beczala in concert with pianist Martin Katz, performing selections by Schumann, Karlowicz, Dvorak and Rachmaninov. More Information | Purchase tickets – $50
May 21 (Washington Performing Arts): Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein made his debut on Washington Performing Arts’ Hayes Piano Series 12 years ago; since that time he has earned a reputation of renown and musical intelligence and won a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. His program opens with Brahms’ Sonata No. 2 in F minor and features what has become a signature work in his repertoire: Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes. Purchase tickets – $52