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Nov
23
Sat
Voices of Light: Silent Film with National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale @ Music Center at Strathmore
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm
Voices of Light: Silent Film with National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale @ Music Center at Strathmore

Voices of Light merges the legendary silent film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, with a live performance of a ravishing score by award-winning composer Richard Einhorn.

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s film – a haunting and powerful depiction of the trial of Joan of Arc – enhanced with a live performance of Einhorn’s superb score for orchestra, chorus and soloists is at once deeply moving and unforgettable. The visual intensity of the performances – actress Renée Falconetti’s role as Joan is by itself extraordinary – is brilliantly supported by Einhorn’s skillful use of vocal parts inspired by Medieval song and instrumental writing based on layered minimalist note-patterns.

Performances draw a wide audience ranging from film buffs and choral enthusiasts, to contemporary music lovers and those who continue to find the story of Joan of Arc inspirational even 600 years after her birth.

Voices of Light has been hailed as “a triumph” (Los Angeles Times) and praised as “lush,” “brilliantly effective” and “moving” by The New York Times.

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Dec
6
Fri
Holiday Singin’ Pops @ Music Center at Strathmore
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm
Holiday Singin' Pops @ Music Center at Strathmore

Create memories with your family and friends as you share in the sights and sounds of the holidays at the National Philharmonic’s annual Holiday Singin’ Pops. Join top-level Broadway and international talent, along with the National Philharmonic Chorale, for a fun and festive evening featuring fresh new takes on beloved holiday songs at our annual Holiday Singin’ Pops. Kids 7-17 are free!

Dec
8
Sun
Handel’s “Messiah” @ National Presbyterian Church
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm
Handel's "Messiah" @ National Presbyterian Church

All in the community are invited for a performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” presented by the National Presbyterian Church Festival Choir, Soloists, and Orchestra.
This concert is open to the public and no tickets are required. There is ample free onsite parking for the concert and complimentary childcare for children under 4 with advanced RSVP to childcare@nationalpres.org. National Presbyterian Church is located about a 10-minute walk from the AU/Tenleytown metro stop on the red line.

Dec
21
Sat
Hallelujah! Handel’s Messiah @ Music Center at Strathmore
Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
Hallelujah! Handel's Messiah @ Music Center at Strathmore

Sat: Pre-concert lecture, 6:45-7:15pm; Sun: 1:45-2:15pm

Esther Heideman, soprano
Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano
Matthew Smith, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass
National Philharmonic Chorale
Stan Engebretson, conductor

No Christmas celebration is complete without a performance of Handel’s uplifting oratorio Messiah, a work that has delighted and inspired audiences worldwide since its premiere in 1741. The perennial favorite features such timeless highlights as “And the Glory of the Lord” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

“The chorus was phenomenal, totally responsive to [National Philharmonic Chorale Artistic Director Stan] Engebretson’s directions.” — The Washington Post

Purchase tickets early to these popular performances!

Holiday Toy Drive, Dec. 22: Participate in Chords of Kindness, a toy drive hosted by Community Ministries of Rockville and the National Philharmonic.

Dec
22
Sun
Hallelujah! Handel’s Messiah @ Music Center at Strathmore
Dec 22 @ 3:00 pm
Hallelujah! Handel's Messiah @ Music Center at Strathmore

Sat: Pre-concert lecture, 6:45-7:15pm; Sun: 1:45-2:15pm

Esther Heideman, soprano
Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano
Matthew Smith, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass
National Philharmonic Chorale
Stan Engebretson, conductor

No Christmas celebration is complete without a performance of Handel’s uplifting oratorio Messiah, a work that has delighted and inspired audiences worldwide since its premiere in 1741. The perennial favorite features such timeless highlights as “And the Glory of the Lord” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

“The chorus was phenomenal, totally responsive to [National Philharmonic Chorale Artistic Director Stan] Engebretson’s directions.” — The Washington Post

Purchase tickets early to these popular performances!

Holiday Toy Drive, Dec. 22: Participate in Chords of Kindness, a toy drive hosted by Community Ministries of Rockville and the National Philharmonic.

Feb
21
Fri
Budapest Festival Orchestra @ The Music Center at Strathmore
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm
Budapest Festival Orchestra @ The Music Center at Strathmore

“Thought-provoking and exhilaratingly enjoyable” – The Guardian (five-star review)

Returning to Washington under the baton of former NSO principal conductor Iván Fischer, known to D.C. audiences as “a meticulous musician [with] an anarchic disdain for decorum” (New Yorker), the Budapest Festival Orchestra presents a novel program that pairs mainstays of the Mahler and Dvořák catalogues with underexposed works by the two late-Romantic composers. The “expressive colours” (BBC Music Magazine) of German contralto Gerhild Romberger bring to life the powerful emotions of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation.

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