Along with regularly airing the masters, the National Symphony Orchestra has commissioned more than 60 original works, and regularly provides educational opportunities and exhibitions to aspiring composers, conductors, and musicians. Since 1986, the symphony has been a stalwart affiliate of The Kennedy Center and puts on as many as 175 performances there annually. Seven crystal chandeliers presented by Norway to The Kennedy Center dangle below the concert hall's intricate acoustical canopy and stare down the organ standing sentry at the back of the stage.
One of the oldest symphonic choruses in DC, Choral Arts has sung alongside the National Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Mariinsky Orchestra (among others), before 100,000 people in Red Square after the fall of communism and as carolers on The West Wing.
When the Rolling Stones wanted a chorus to sing with them during their last gig on their "50 and Counting" tour, they knew who to call: The Washington Chorus. That unexpected melding of talent is a testament to the group's stellar reputation—the Grammy-winning ensemble is noted for its ability to engage a wide range of audiences. And they've done just that for more than 50 seasons, delighting ears with a repertoire of classical masterpieces and modern compositions. Equally committed to enriching their community, the chorus performs free concerts throughout the greater D.C. area, sponsors a junior choir, and gently corrects anyone who misspells "requiem."
If you're in Washington DC and you love the Big Easy (but lack the time or funds for a trip to New Orleans), there's a place for you. It’s called Bayou and it’s just up your ally. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue, and just a stone’s throw from the Foggy Bottom Metro, you’ll find the home of award winning New Orleans cuisine. But it's not just about the food here. There are drinks and dancing with such a lively atmosphere you'll wonder if you're on Bourbon Street. And if that's not enough, you can catch local and national recording artists or nightly specials on food and drink. Come see what they've got cookin' up by stopping at Bayou today.
Certified etiquette consultant Alexandra Kovach conducts a crash course in dining etiquette, with participants living out the tutorial during a delicious three-course dinner with pre-selected wine. Topics of the course include seating, eating styles, napkin etiquette, toasting, dinner-party hosting, and how to be a good guest. With an open forum style and a limit of 40 people per class, the course allows its participants the opportunity to ask Alexandra about where to put the fork after finishing a meal and how to properly react when someone accidentally pours soup on your unpublished manuscript.
As their motto goes, "It's all about the music." Eschewing props, costumes, and staging for a focus on the sounds of voices and instruments, the Washington Concert Opera seeks to thrill audiences with performances by some of the profession's leading lights. Their stripped-down approach allows the company to focus on rarely produced works, from little-known Rossinis to classic Puccini B-sides.