Thursday, April 27, 2017

Washington Performing Arts 2017-18

Martha Argerich, the eminent Argentine-born pianist who has rarely appeared on US stages in recent years, will perform twice in Washington Performing Arts’ 2017-18 season, playing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Antonio Pappano conducting the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia of Rome on Oct. 25 and playing works of Bach, Franck and others with violinist Itzhak Perlman on March 20, both at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

Washington Performing Arts, marking its 50th anniversary next season, is the region’s leading presenter of internationally prominent classical artists.

Its coming season also will feature concerts by the Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Valery Gergiev conducting, with pianist Daniil Trifonov, Nov. 12; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti conducting, Feb. 7; the Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting, March 6; and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel conducting, April 26. All will perform in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall except the Philadelphia Orchestra, which will play at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD, in the DC suburbs.

Solo and chamber recitalists include Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman conducting, with composer Steve Reich in an all-Reich program, Oct. 18 at the Library of Congress; pianist Nikolai Lugansky, Nov. 1 at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater; violinist Joshua Bell with pianist Alessio Bax, Nov. 5 at Strathmore; violinist Maxim Vengerov with pianist Roustem Saitkoulov, Jan. 26 at Strathmore; pianist Alexandre Tharaud, Feb. 13 at the Terrace Theater; flutist Emmanuel Pahud with pianist Alessio Bax, Feb. 16 at the Terrace Theater; pianist Mitsuko Uchida, Feb. 21 at Strathmore; the trio of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Emanuel Ax, Feb. 23 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall; pianist Boris Berezovsky, March 22 at the Terrace Theater; pianist Roman Rabinovich, March 24 at the Terrace Theater; the Kronos Quartet with pipa (Chinese lute) player Wu Man, April 19 at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium; and pianist Evgeny Kissin, May 16 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

The second season of SHIFT: a Festival of American Orchestras will present the Fort Worth Symphony, Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducting, with violinist Augustin Hadelich and the Texas Ballet Theater, April 10; the Albany Symphony, David Alan Miller conducting, with pianist Joyce Yang and tuba player Carol Jantsch, April 11; the Indianapolis Symphony, Krzystof Urbanski conducting, with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and two choirs, April 13; and Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda conducting, with baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, April 14. All will perform at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

For a complete schedule of performers and programs, visit Washington Performing Arts’ website at