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Nov
15
Fri
Taipei Symphony Orchestra @ The Music Center at Strathmore
Nov 15 @ 8:00 pm
Taipei Symphony Orchestra @ The Music Center at Strathmore

“The clarity, agility, and expressiveness of the TSO are awe–inspiring, an orchestra destined to take its place as one of the world’s top symphony orchestras.” – Saarbrücker Zeitung

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, the Taipei Symphony has grown from an ensemble of modest scale to a forceful musical presence known for its breadth of programming, extensive international appearances, and commitment to cultural diplomacy. The program’s centerpiece, Gordon Shi-Wen Chin’s poetic Double Concerto, features the prodigious talent of two Taiwan-born, U.S.-based virtuosi: Paul Huang, a winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and a cherished presence on the Washington Performing Arts season; and Felix Fan, the relentlessly creative, collaborative cross-disciplinary cellist and member of the Flux Quartet for whom this concerto was written. On the podium is Jahja Ling, widely credited as an orchestra-builder, who led the now-thriving San Diego Symphony to great renown as its music director.

This performance is made possible in part through the generous support of Susan S. Angell.

Jan
25
Sat
Midori, violin and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano @ The Music Center at Strathmore
Jan 25 @ 8:00 pm
Midori, violin and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano @ The Music Center at Strathmore

Two of today’s most celebrated artists unite for a celebration 250 years in the making.

Violin superstar Midori and “master colorist and . . . great communicator” (Seattle Times) Jean-Yves Thibaudet team up for their first Washington Performing Arts appearances in more than a decade to commemorate Beethoven’s 250th birthday year. Anchored by the exhilarating “Kreutzer,” which, in the Washington Post’s words, “[has drawn] more out of Midori than mere virtuosity,” the all-Beethoven recital promises to reveal how even mainstays of the canon can reveal fresh nuances and kindle powerful emotions in the hands of two master performers.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation.

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.

Mar
20
Fri
Murray Perahia, piano @ The Music Center at Strathmore
Mar 20 all-day
Murray Perahia, piano @ The Music Center at Strathmore

“His sound can be pure gold, and he voices chords with a clarity that you have to hear to believe.” – The Washington Post

In the more than 40 years he has been performing, pianist Murray Perahia has left audiences around the world breathless. Recognized worldwide as a musician of rare musical sensitivity, the Grammy Award-winner has been dubbed “one of the piano’s most lyrical contemporary poets” by the Times (London).

Program to be announced

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.

May
6
Wed
Emanuel Ax, piano @ The Music Center at Strathmore
May 6 @ 8:00 pm
Emanuel Ax, piano @ The Music Center at Strathmore

“Strong on bravura, ravishing in finesse, and flinging himself into the work with glee” – The Guardian

Emanuel Ax—the beloved American pianist who has been a fixture of the piano world since his 1974 win at the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition—is no stranger to Washington Performing Arts audiences, having appeared in recent years in collaborative performances with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and others. He returns this season for his first solo Washington Performing Arts recital in ten years, performing an all-Beethoven program showcasing his “thoughtful, lyrical, lustrous” playing (Washington Post).

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.

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