March 4, 2016 at 12:38 pm EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
SPRING ARTS 2016: classical music
concerts, classical music, classical concerts, gay news, Washington Blade

Out conductor Michael Tilson Thomas directing the San Francisco Symphony. They play the Kennedy Center on Saturday, April 16. (Photo courtesy Bucklesweet Media)

On Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m., the National Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Christoph Eschenbach, performs Prokofiev’s “Symphony No. 1,” “Symphony No. 5” and Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall (2700 F St., N.W.). Tickets are $15 and as with all Kennedy Center performances, tickets are available at kennedy-center.org.

Also on the 5th at 8 p.m., the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs works by Bach and Brahms with several soloists and concert choir at the Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md.). They’ll also perform these works twice this weekend in Baltimore. Full details at bsomusic.org.

Every Friday at 12:15 p.m., free organ recitals are held at National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle). The church has one of the finest organs in the city and often attracts world-class performers. Out minister of music Rev. Michael McMahon programs the series. Details at nationalcitycc.org.

On Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m., the Vienna Mozart Orchestra performs at Strathmore. Tickets are $39-97.50.

On Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m., the NSO performs works by Brahms and Liszt and the world premiere of “Opera Without Words.” The concert will feature Jean-Yves Thibaudet on piano. Tickets are $15. This program will also be performed at 11:30 a.m. on Friday and March 11, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.

On Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m., Baldwin Wallace University presents “Advance Always: a Celebration of Frank Battisti and Harwood Whaley” featuring the schools wind ensembles, the Arlington Diocese Congregational Choirs and more performing works by Strauss, Sousa and more. It’s in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $25.

On Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m., the BSO performs an all-Beethoven recital at the Strathmore. Tickets are $35-99.

On Monday, March 14, the Montreal Symphony performs works by Debussy, Prokofiev and Stravinsky at 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $50-120.

On Wednesday, March 16 at 8 p.m., Paul Jacobs returns for another organ concert in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on the Rubenstein Family Organ. He’ll perform works by Bach, Brahms, Reger, Mozart and more. Tickets are $15.

On Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m., the NSO performs works by Brahms and Beethoven in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $15. This program will be repeated at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 18 and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.

On Sunday, March 20 at 7 p.m., Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway perform a flute recital at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $30.

On March 16-17 at 7:30 p.m., “Generations: Poland,” a dance performance by Company E that got postponed because of the blizzard, will be performed at the Kennedy Center Family Theater. Tickets are $25-35.

On March 22-23 at 7 p.m., cellist Sharon Robinson and pianist Anna Polonsky perform the five sonatas for cello and piano by Beethoven along with other works in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets are $45.

On Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m., tenor Javier Camarena and pianist Angel Rodriguez perform a recital of operatic selections in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets are $50.

On Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m., pianist Joseph Moog performs works by Beethoven, Liszt and Tchaikovsky at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets are $48.

On Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m., the NSO under the direction of Conductor Christian Macular performs works by Faure, Brahms, Debussy and more at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Violinist Nikolaj Znaider will also perform. Tickets are $15. This program will also be performed at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 1 and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.

On Thursday, April 7, the NSO performs works by Mozart and Mahler at 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. This program will be repeated at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Zanier will conduct and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor will perform. Tickets are $15.

On Tuesday, April 12 at 8 p.m., the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $60.

On Wednesday, April 13 at 8 p.m., cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax will perform several Beethoven cello sonatas at 8 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $60.

The NSO performs on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. a concert or works by Barber, Bates and Ives with Hugh Wolff conducting and an appearance by violinist Anne Akiko Meyers at 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. This program will be repeated at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Tickets are $15.

On Saturday, April 16, the San Francisco Symphony performs works by Schubert and Mahler at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Michael Tilson Thomas, who’s openly gay, conducts. Mezzo Sasha Cooke and tenor Simon O’Neill will perform. Tickets are $55.

On Tuesday, April 19 at 8 p.m., violinist Hilary Hahn performs at the Strathmore. Tickets are $45-90.

On Sunday, April 24, the NSO performs “Lights! Canvas! Music!,” a family concert at 2 and 4 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $15.

Also on the 24th, violist Antoine Tamest performs suites and partitas by Bach at 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets are $40.

On Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m., the NSO performs works by Dvorak, Ravel and more at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. James Gaffigan conducts. Storm Large and the Hudson Shad quartet will sing.This program will be repeated on Saturday, April 30.

Storm Large, known for her work with gay band Pink Martini, returns on April 29 at 9 p.m. for “Declassified: Cabaret of Sins,” a journey through the “crazy arc of love” and the seven deadly sins. Tickets are $39.

On Wednesday, May 4 at 8 p.m., out organist Christopher Houlihan will perform works by Bach, Franck, Vierne and more on the Rubenstein Family Organ at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $15.

On May 5-7, the NSO performs works by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich under the direction of Andrew Litton at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. They perform again May 12-14 works by Elgar and Vaughan Williams under the direction of James MacMillian. Tickets are $15. Times and details at kennedy-center.org.

On Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m., violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Emanuel Ax perform works by Mozart, Faure, Strauss and more at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $55-135.

On Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m., pianist Simone Dinnerstein performs works by Glass and Schubert at the Strathmore. Tickets are $35-90.

Washington National Opera performs the first complete performance of Richard Wagner’s epic “Ring” cycle, a four-opera saga of gods and men, giants and dwarves starting in late April. “The Rhinegold” will be performed April, 30, May 10 and 17; “The Valkyrie” will be performed May 2,11 and 18; “Siegfried” will be performed May 4, 13 and 30; “Twilight of the Gods” will be performed May 6, 15 and 22. Tickets are $75 for each performance and are available here.

Legendary organist Diane Bish performs a recital at First Baptist Church of Washington (1328 16th St., N.W.) on Sunday, June 12 at 4 p.m. The church’s new Austin Organ is one of the city’s finest.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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