Posts Tagged ‘washington performing arts society’

Arts Roundup: Long Weekend Edition

The Washington Monument lights up tonight. [Post]
Book of Mormon lands at the Kennedy Center this week, and Nelson Pressley tries to explain why the musical from the creators of South Park is so broadly popular. (Tickets for the KenCen run are almost completely sold out.) [Post]
If you wanna party with Folklife performers, head to the [...]

Arts Roundup: Smithsonian Shutdown Edition

Budget cuts will force Smithsonian museums to temporarily close, says Secretary Wayne Clough. [AP via ABC News]
Washington Post critic Phil Kennicott wins a Pulitzer for criticism. [City Desk]
Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles, now playing at Studio Theatre, is a Pulitzer finalist. [Post]
Washington Performing Arts Society announces its 2013-2014 season. [Post]

Arts Roundup: Helen Hayes Edition

The 2013 Helen Hayes Awards nominees are here! [Theatre Washington]
Toby's Dinner Theatre racked up eight nominations for its production of The Color Purple; Signature's Dreamgirls, Woolly's The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, and Folger's The Taming of the Shrew also fared well. [Post]
The Washington Performing Arts Society hires a new president: Stanford Live director Jenny Bilfield [...]

Yo-Yo Ma and Gustavo Dudamel Visit D.C. Today, And You Probably Won’t Get to See Them

... Unless you 1) bought tickets months ago or 2) are a student at Savoy Elementary School.

This morning, superstar cellist and all-around nice guy Yo-Yo Ma came to Savoy Elementary in Anacostia to teach two in-class workshops and give a performance for students. Much like Rancid, Ma sometimes likes to give free surprise gigs at [...]

Dancing on Their Own

Outside of Sidney Harman Hall last Thursday evening, Keira Hart Mendoza’s company UpRooted Dance was releasing balloons into the sky.
Titled “What Goes Up Must Come Down,” her piece transformed the sidewalk into a windswept stage, while dancers with balloons clipped to their bodies and hair floated into the Harman’s foyer. It was a delightful, thoughtful exploration [...]

Neale Perl’s Routine Legacy With the Washington Performing Arts Society

On Wednesday, Neale Perl announced that he would step down as president of the Washington Performing Arts Society at the end of the 2012-2013 season. The move was unexpected, The Washington Post reports, noting that Perl “does not yet have another position lined up; he’s open to offers.”
Having led WPAS for the past decade, Perl [...]

Arts Roundup: Curtain Raiser Edition

The Eisenhower family still opposes the steel tapestries in Frank Gehry's design for the Eisenhower Memorial [Post]
President and CEO Neal Perle will exit the Washington Performing Arts Society at the end of the 2012-2013 season. [Classical Beat]
Talking with artist Robin Bell about his outdoor projections at the Monseñor Romero Apartments in Mount Pleasant [20kUnderDC]
On the jazz-for-twenty-somethings evangelism [...]

Kennedy Center, Performing Arts Society Announce Annual Dance Prizes

The Kennedy Center announced the 2012 recipients of its Local Dance Commissioning Project earlier this month, but the news didn't seem to travel very far; I couldn’t find the announcement on the Kennedy Center’s website, and only received a press release about it this week.
But it’s nonetheless worth noting. This year’s winners are Company E [...]

Joshua Bell’s Lessons on Being a Successful Soloist

What does it take to be a superstar musician? Talent? Sure, but past a certain level, everyone’s got that. If they’re honest, the pros admit it takes a certain amount of showmanship, even in the staid world of classical music. Like any other performer, they have to cultivate a persona. And among classical musicians, the [...]

Washington Performing Arts Society’s 2011-2012 Season: Something Old, Something New

The Washington Performing Arts Society has officially released its 2011-2012 season, and few would say the suspense has been killing them. Classical fans will be not terribly surprised to see that it looks a lot like the 2010-2011 season—with, in fact, some of the exact same lineups: Joshua Bell with Sam Haywood on Jan. [...]