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Nov
15
Fri
Fall for Jazz @ Katzen Arts Center
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm
Fall for Jazz @ Katzen Arts Center

From big band to funk-rock to Latin sounds, American University’s own jazz orchestra brings the swing. Conductor Josh Bayer is a guitarist, composer, and director who has performed at the Kennedy Center, The Detroit Opera House, and National Public Radio.

Featuring Marshall Keys on saxophone with special guests Herman Burney on bass and Harold Summey on percussion.

Nov
16
Sat
American University Symphony Orchestra @ Katzen Arts Center
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm
American University Symphony Orchestra @ Katzen Arts Center

A household name in Russia, yet virtually unknown in the United States, Vasily Kalinnikov numbers among the great early twentieth-century composers. Hear his thrilling Symphony no. 1 alongside selections by Felix Mendelssohn and Edward Elgar.

Jiaming Wu, winner of American University’s 2019 Concerto and Aria Competition, will play the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 12 in A Major.

Nov
17
Sun
American University Symphony Orchestra @ Katzen Arts Center
Nov 17 all-day
American University Symphony Orchestra @ Katzen Arts Center

A household name in Russia, yet virtually unknown in the United States, Vasily Kalinnikov numbers among the great early twentieth-century composers. Hear his thrilling Symphony no. 1 alongside selections by Felix Mendelssohn and Edward Elgar.

Jiaming Wu, winner of American University’s 2019 Concerto and Aria Competition, will play the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 12 in A Major.

The Divine Comedy: AU Symphonic Band @ Katzen Arts Center
Nov 17 @ 3:00 pm
The Divine Comedy: AU Symphonic Band @ Katzen Arts Center

Hell, purgatory, and the ascension into paradise: the American University Symphonic Band delivers Robert W. Smith’s devilishly difficult Symphony No. 1 for Band (The Divine Comedy). Each powerful movement depicts a portion of Dante’s literary masterpiece.

Rounding out the program is Shostakovich’s Folk Dances; Jan Van der Roost’s Puzsta, a set of Romani-style dances; and Judith Zaimont’s tone poem City Rain.

Nov
22
Fri
Gallery: A Dance Performance in the AU Museum @ American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Nov 22 @ 6:00 pm
Gallery: A Dance Performance in the AU Museum @ American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

The American University Dance Program presents “Gallery” | Senior Dance Capstone 2019. See the AU Museum through the lens of movement. Galleries will be filled with new works by graduating dance students including TED-style talks, new choreography, and dynamic performances.

Artistic Direction by Britta Joy Peterson.

Doors open at 5:30pm and show begins promptly at 6pm. Discussion and reception to follow.

Interchange: Jazz, World, and Contemporary Classical Music @ Katzen Arts Center
Nov 22 @ 7:30 pm
Interchange: Jazz, World, and Contemporary Classical Music @ Katzen Arts Center

American University’s experimental music ensemble finds common ground between wide-ranging musical traditions: jazz and classical, electric and acoustic, written and improvised, homegrown and global.

Featuring special guest Simone Baron on accordion and the Yasna Ensemble.

Nov
23
Sat
Carmina Burana with the American University Chorus @ Katzen Arts Center
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm
Carmina Burana with the American University Chorus @ Katzen Arts Center

One of the most recognizable – and most emotionally intense – choral works of all time comes to life on stage with the American University Chorus. The first strains of the apocalyptic “O Fortuna” have riveted audiences in their seats for almost one hundred years.

Fotina Naumenko, soprano
Carter Sligh, countertenor
Christopher Jackson, baritone
Strathmore Children’s Chorus – Michael Wu, Artistic Director
Barbara Wilkinson and Dana Scott, pianists

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.

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