All Music Series (2012-13 Season)

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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

  • October 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Brahms: String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36
Shostakovich: Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, Op. 11
Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in Eb major, Op. 20

Relish an afternoon of sublime music by this illustrious ensemble. “Compelling grandeur … masterful,” raves BBC Music Magazine about these eight stellar string musicians who have enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their rich, polished sound and remarkable artistry. Formed in 1967, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created to perform larger chamber works from quintets to octets. This gifted ensemble draws from the principal players of the orchestra who regularly work together, using this camaraderie to enhance the level of musicianship. Featuring several configurations of the ensemble from six to eight players, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble presents an extraordinary program including Brahms’s Sextet in G-Major, Shostakovich’s Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, and Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings in Eb-major. “Splendid playing; impeccable sound and balance.” (Gramophone)

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$50, $42, $25

American Symphony Orchestra

  • November 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Leon Botstein, conductor

Brahms: Serenade No. 1, op. 11, D major
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica), op. 55, E-flat major

Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “a new concept in orchestras,” this innovative orchestra curates its thematic programming around the visual arts, literature, politics, and history, while unearthing rare classical gems. Founded in 1962 by legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski, the American Symphony Orchestra was conceived to showcase extraordinary American musicianship through “concerts of great music within the means of everyone.” Celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, this esteemed ensemble appears under the baton of its longtime Music Director Leon Botstein, an ardent advocate for reenergizing seldom-performed music. This captivating program opens with Brahms’ Serenade No. 1, Op. 11 in D major and also features Beethoven’s bold and heroic Eroica Symphony No. 3, Op. 55 in E-flat major. “Under Mr. Botstein, the orchestra brought clear, light textures to the variegated score.” (The New York Times)

$60, $52, $30

Dr. John & The Lower 911 Band and The Blind Boys of Alabama: Spirituals to Funk

  • November 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Based on legendary Carnegie Hall concerts of the 1930s, Dr. John & The Lower 911 and the Blind Boys of Alabama join forces as icons of American music for a rousing night of jazz, blues, and gospel music. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John is the living embodiment of New Orleans’ musical heritage. This keyboard master played with the royalty of rock before breaking out on his own and developing “The Night Tripper” persona. He dazzles audiences everywhere with his blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, R&B, psychedelic rock, and Creole. Legends of gospel music, The Blind Boys of Alabama first raised their voices together over 70 years ago and are celebrated for their remarkable longevity, diverse repertoire, and a stunning collection of achievements: five Grammy Awards, a Gospel Music Hall of Fame induction, a National Endowment of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, and performances for two U.S. presidents. This fantastic concert is a joy for music fans of all ages.

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$46, $38, $23

Chanticleer: A Chanticleer Christmas

  • November 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

This Grammy Award-winning ensemble rings in the holiday season with their elegant and majestic Christmas concert. A Chanticleer Christmas is a glorious musical evening, and a longstanding holiday tradition at the Center for the Arts, with performances of ancient hymns, venerated sacred works, traditional European and American carols, and delightful holiday favorites. Encompassing music from across centuries and genres, the 12 illustrious male voices have been compared to the great choirs of Europe, and audiences everywhere are enchanted by their unmatched vocal technique, rich melodic sound, and expansive vocal repertoire. Their Christmas concert has been performed at concert halls across the country for the past 30 years, and has become a hallmark of the holiday season. “With their flawless pitch, great spirit, and wide-spread musical curiosity, Chanticleer is America’s a cappella pride and joy.” (

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$48, $40, $24

American Festival Pops Orchestra – Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season

  • December 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Anthony Maiello, conductor

Northern Virginia’s own American Festival Pops Orchestra comes home for the holidays with a dazzling celebration that is sure to warm the hearts and brighten the Christmas spirits of the entire family. This joyful program features the AFPO Holiday Brass Quintet, a special guest narration of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and festive favorites including "The Holly and the Ivy," "Jingle Bell Rock," and Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride." For the past three seasons, this brilliant ensemble has delighted audiences with its lively interpretations of classic pops music, and has already established a loyal following. Under the baton and leadership of Anthony Maiello, the orchestra comprises some of the most talented musicians in the greater D.C. area. Capture the holiday spirit with this evening of traditional holiday music complete with an audience sing-along!

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$48, $40, $24

China National Symphony Orchestra

  • February 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Li Xincao, conductor
Yang Xu, violin

Guan Xia: Requiem for the Earth, Mvt. I
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

This grand orchestra, credited with creating an orchestral tradition unique to China, showcases its impressive artistry and award-winning instrumentalists with music from East to West under the baton of  En Shao. For the last half century, the China National Symphony Orchestra has introduced audiences throughout its homeland to an immense repertoire of classical, romantic, modern, and contemporary orchestral works by both Western and Asian composers, and has collaborated with some of the classical music world’s stars such as Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, and Isaac Stern. The program includes the opening movement from Guan Xia’s Requiem for the Earth, written in remembrance of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, Sibelius’ glorious Violin Concerto with celebrated soloist Yang Xu, and Rachmaninoff’s passionate Symphony No. 2. “A solid, energetic, and meticulously drilled ensemble.” (The Washington Post)

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This performance is generously sponsored by Evelyn and Tom Kiley.

$60, $52, $30

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: Mardi Gras with the MJO

The Pre-Performance Discussion for this event will begin at 7:30.

  • February 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Escape to the Big Easy for Mardi Gras! Join the “second line” (a New Orleans brass band parade tradition!) as the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra celebrates the birthplace of jazz. These first-rate jazz musicians from the D.C. area bring audiences to their feet in enthusiastic ovations whenever they perform their swinging interpretations of the great jazz classics. Artistic Director Jim Carroll has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, Apollo Theatre, and the White House. A versatile performer, he has shared the stage with Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Don’t miss this festive evening of swingin’ New Orleans big band tunes.

$44, $36, $22

Turtle Island Quartet

  • March 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

With special guest Michael Doucet, fiddle

These accomplished Grammy Award-winning artists explore the myriad faces of Cajun music, a quintessentially American genre. Inspired by Virgil Thomson’s 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning film score for Louisiana Story, this collaboration with Michael Doucet reflects a long time connection among these extraordinary instrumentalists. Turtle Island Quartet, the world’s preeminent cross-genre string quartet, has spent more than 25 years expanding the definition of classical music by infusing the string quartet esthetic with jazz, folk, rock, and ethnic music. Master fiddler Michael Doucet, leader of the famed band BeauSoliel, has put his encyclopedic mastery of Cajun music to work, revealing an array of diverse stylistic influences from around the globe. The Washington Post extols his mastery of the fiddle as “brash and blazing.” Together, these artists present a thrilling evening of music not to be missed!

$46, $38, $23

Beethoven Orchestra Bonn

  • March 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Stefan Blunier, music director
Louis Lortie, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto, No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Conductor and Music Director Stefan Blunier leads this revered orchestra for a thrilling all-Beethoven program including the overture from The Ruins of Athens as well as the joyful Symphony No. 7. The concert also features Piano Concerto No. 4 with French-Canadian piano soloist and acclaimed Beethoven interpreter, Louis Lortie whose playing was described as “sterling…note-perfect and scintillating” by The Washington Post. Hailing from the birthplace of the famous composer, this illustrious German orchestra has been one of the key pillars of cultural life in its hometown since its founding over a century ago. The official orchestra of the Oper Bonn, this esteemed ensemble maintains a bustling calendar including a full concert schedule each year at home along with international appearances in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg.

$60, $52, $30

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Cinema Magic

  • April 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Anthony Maiello, conductor

Join this spirited ensemble for a journey through the world of film in a delightful program that includes some of the best music of the silver screen, including favorites from film giants John Williams, Hans Zimmer, James Horner, and Danny Elfman. The music also includes “Gabriel’s Oboe” (the theme from The Mission) played by former New York Philharmonic Orchestra Prinicipal Oboist, Joe Robinson.  Then, get an inside look into the film industry when motion picture and television composer, Vincent Oppido, leads a live film score recording. “Professionalism, affection, and more than a bit of pizzazz,” raves the Washington Times about this Northern Virginia pops orchestra sensation.

This performance is sponsored by Prof. and Mrs. James T. Bennett

$48, $40, $24