September 15, 2016 at 11:55 am EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
FALL ARTS 2016: Orchestra, organ, opera and then some
classical music, gay news, Washington Blade

Soprano Lisette Oropesa will perform in Donizetti’s ‘The Daughter of the Regiment’ in November with the Washington National Opera. (Photo courtesy WNO)

Washington National Opera presents Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” Sept. 22-Oct. 2 in the Kennedy Center Opera House.

The WNO joins with the Washington Nationals for “Opera in the Outfield” on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Nationals Park. It’s free — no tickets required.

Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment” runs Nov. 12-20 with Lisette Oropesa and Lawrence Brownlee in the starring roles.

The National Symphony Orchestra has its season-opening ball/concert on Sunday, Sept. 25 with Musical Director Christoph Eschenbach and Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke with pianist Lang Lang, singers Brian McKnight, Nnenna Freelon and Mervyn Warren and Take 6.

In his NSO debut, Edward Gardner conducts three works inspired by Shakespeare in “From Tchaikovsky to Elgar” Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

Other NSO performances slated for fall include violinist Nicola Benedetti (Oct. 27 and 29), pianist Emanuel Ax (Oct. 6-8), the NSO Pops with a “Halloween Extravaganza” (Oct. 13-16) and more.

The NSO also has performances planned for Nov. 3-5, Nov. 10-12, Nov. 17 and 19 and Dec. 15-18 with various programs.

The Harlem String Quartet plays the Family Theater at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 17. Joyce DiDonato and the Brentano String Quartet performs Oct. 5.

Washington Performing Arts is celebrating its 50th anniversary season. Classical highlights include cellist Alisa Weilerstein at the UDC Theater of the Arts with an all-Bach program on Oct. 16, violinist Hilary Hahn in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Oct. 28, pianist Llyr Williams at UDC Theater of the Arts on Oct. 29, pianist Lucas Debargue at UDC Theater of the Arts on Nov. 12, baritone Eric Owens and soprano Susanna Phillips in a program of works by Schubert on Nov. 13 at the UDC Theater of the Arts and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Nov. 29.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will present “Let’s Misbehave: True Confessions of GMCW” on Nov. 12 as soloists share “funny, outrageous” and “ribald” stories in this season—opening cabaret event at Atlas Performing Arts Center.

The Chorus’s holiday show “Naughty and Nice” will run Dec. 10 and 17-18 at the Lincoln Theatre.

UrbanArias, a contemporary opera company, presents “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” Oct. 15-22 at Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St., N.E.) with music by Micahel Nyman and libretto by Oliver Sacks, Christopher Rawlence and Michael Morris.

Virginia Opera brings its production of “The Seven Deadly Sins and Pagliacci” to Fairfax on Oct. 8-9 at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall (4400 University Drive, Fairfax, Va.).

Virginia Opera will return to the region Dec. 3-4 with Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.”

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.

Washington Concert Opera has its 30th anniversary concert on Sunday, Sept. 18 with performances by Vivica Genaux, Angela Meade, Michele Angelini and Javier Arrey at 6 p.m. at the Lisner Auditorium (720 21sst St., N.W.). The company will also perform Massenet’s “Herodiade” on Sunday, Nov. 20.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs several times at the Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md.) this fall. They’ll perform Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on Sept. 24, “Carmina Burana” on Sept. 29, BSO SuperPops on Oct. 6, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 on Oct. 15, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 on Oct. 22, “The Nutcracker” on Nov. 6, Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 on Nov. 10 and a full Beehoven weekend on Nov. 19. The BSO also performs regularly at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (1212 Cathedral St.) in Baltimore.

The Strathmore also has a few other classical concerts planned as usual.

Mike Mills from the band R.E.M. presents his “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra” at the Music Center at Strathmore on Nov. 3 and the China Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Long Yu performs at the Strathmore on Dec. 9.

The National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.) has organ recitals on Sunday afternoons throughout the fall. On the slate are Erik William Suter (Sept. 18), Paul Thomas (Sept. 25), Jung-A Lee (Oct. 2), the Lafayette Square Duo (organ and harp) (Oct. 9), Chuyoung Suter (Oct. 30), Leon Couch (Nov. 6) and George Fergus (Nov. 20).

Other classical recitals planned at the Cathedral for fall include the Schumann Piano Quintet (Sept. 14), Cathedral Choral Society: Berlioz Te Deum (Oct. 16), a Veteran’s Day concert (Nov. 11), and Handel’s “Messiah” (Dec. 2-4).

Baritone Eric Owens will perform a program of works by Schubert on Nov. 13 at the UDC Theater of the Arts. (Photo by Dario Acosta; courtesy Bucklesweet Media)

Baritone Eric Owens will perform a program of works by Schubert on Nov. 13 at the UDC Theater of the Arts. (Photo by Dario Acosta; courtesy Bucklesweet Media)

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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