September 13, 2018 at 2:07 pm EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
FALL ARTS 2018 CLASSICAL: Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and beyond
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Jacqueline Echols (Violetta in the second cast) and Joshua_Guerreo (Alfredo in the main cast) in Washington National Opera’s ‘La traviata.’ (Photo by Cade Martin; courtesy WNO)

Washington National Opera presents Verdi’s “La traviata” Oct. 6-21 in the Kennedy Center Opera House (2700 F St., N.W.) in a new production directed by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, a lesbian. Tickets range from $25-300. Details at

Other WNO fall highlights are “Opera in the Outfield” with “The Barber of Seville (Sept. 29), Ryan Speedo Green in recital (Oct. 4), “Silent Night” (Nov. 10-25) and holiday family opera “The Lion, the Unicorn and Me” (Dec. 14-16).

The NSO Pops performs the score to the movie “Get Out” on Sept. 20. Tickets are $29-99.

The National Symphony’s season-opening gala concert is Sept. 22. Tickets are $65-175.

Among other NSO fall highlights are “Pictures from an Exhibition” (Sept. 27-29), Tchaikovsky’s Fifth & Ax plays Mozart (Oct. 4-6), Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (Oct. 11-13), The Kennedy Center Chamber Players: Works of Dvorak, Strauss and Brahms (Oct. 14), NSO Pops perform the score to “The Empire Strikes Back” (Oct. 23-25), NSO Pops with Andrew Bird and Gabriel Kahane (Oct. 26-27), Gaffigan conducts Russian Masterpieces (Nov. 1-3), “Declassified: Ben Folds Presents Regina Spektor and Caleb Teicher” (Nov. 2), Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (Nov. 15-17), NSO Pops perform Disney scores from the last decade (Nov. 23-25), Britten’s “War Requiem” (Nov. 29-Dec.1) and more. Full details at

Christopher Jackson (“Hamilton,” “In the Heights”) performs as part of Renee Fleming’s Voices series in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater Sept. 29. The series continues with Robert Fairchild performing music from “An American in Paris” Oct. 12 and Youssou Ndour in the Concert Hall Oct. 30.

Vocal Arts presents Brian Mulligan (baritone) and Timothy Long in recital performing a new work by openly gay American composer Gregory Spears, who will conduct, on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre. Tickets are $80. Details at

Urban Arias presents “The Last American Hammer” by Peter Hilliard and Matt Boresi Sept. 22-29. The company is dedicated to contemporary opera. Tickets are $45. Details at

Washington Concert Opera opens its fall season with Gounod’s opera “Sapho” Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at The G.W. Lisner Auditorium. Mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey will sing the lead. Tickets are $40-110. Details at

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 36th season Saturday night (Sept. 15) at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore). Gala tickets are $500; concert tickets start at $50. The program includes works by Gershwin, Strauss and Broadway favorites. British singer Cynthia Erivo (“The Color Purple”) will perform.

The BSO performs Beethoven’s “Eroica Symphony” (Sept. 21-23), “Star Wars: a New Hope” in concert (Sept. 28-30), Sibelius symphonies (Oct. 4-7), Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” (Oct. 18-20), a Grieg piano concerto performed by Freddy Kempf (Oct. 27-28), the score to “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (Nov. 2-3) and more. Details at

Baltimore Concert Opera, founded in 2009, opens its season with “Don Giovanni” (in Italian with English supertitles) Sept. 28 and 30 in the Engineers Club Grand Ballroom (11 W. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore). Tickets are $21.50-71.50 at

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents “The Best Worst Thing,” an evening of cabaret stories and songs” Nov. 17 at Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St., N.E.) and “The Holiday Show” Dec. 8-16 at Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.). Details at

The Washington Bach Consort presents “Handel & Bach: Sing a New Song” Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. at National Presbyterian Church (4101 Nebraska Ave., N.W.). Tickets are $10-69. New Artistic Director Dana Marsh is gay. The Chamber Series will perform “Bach to Mozart” with The Franklin Quartet Nov. 2, the Noontime Cantata Series presents “Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben (BWV 8) Oct. 1-2 and “Christmas with the Consort” Dec. 16. Details at

The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 Sept. 29-30 at the George Washington Masonic Memorial (101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria). Tickets are $5-80. They’ll also perform Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony No. 3 Nov. 3-4. Details at

The D.C. Different Drummers Capitol Pride Symphonic Band has its fall concert on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at Church of the Epiphany (1317 G St., N.W.). Its jazz ensemble D.C. Swing! will perform Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. at Columbia Pike Library (816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington). Its holiday concert will be Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Reformation (212 E. Capitol St., N.E.). Details at

Virginia Opera performs Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene” Oct. 6-7 at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts (4373 Mason Pond Dr., Fairfax). Tickets are $54-110. The company returns with “Don Giovanni” Nov. 10-11. Details at

The National Symphony Orchestra at its home in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. (Photo by Scott Suchman; courtesy NSO)

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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