November is a month full of music and events in Katzen and Greenberg! Come out and support your friends or classmates in any of these student group performances happening in your backyard.
Chamber Singers Concert: Election Edition
November 5th at 8pm & November 6th at 3pm in the Abramson Family Recital Hall
The AU Chamber Singers reflect on the meaning of peace and democracy by exploring the tradition of protest and political songs in the US dating from the American Revolutionary War to present day.
Settings of great words by Lincoln, Jefferson, Kofi Annan, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jan Amos Comenius, and the Bible among others. Choral music by Billings, Schütz, Thompson, Byrd, Bono, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Oscar Peterson, Jiøí Laburda, and others.
Tickets: $5 Students, seniors and AU Community, $10 others
Choreolab 2016: Creative Differences
November 9th at 8pm in the Greenberg Theatre
Erin Foreman-Murray, artistic director. AU student choreographers present an exciting evening of concert dance. You will see an array of works-in-progress by these emerging choreographers. Tickets: $5
JQA: A Theatrical Inquiry
November 10th, 11th at 8pm and November 12th at 2pm and 8pm in the Studio Theatre
By Aaron Posner and The JQA Team
Directed by Aaron Posner and Jenna Duncan
John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States and son of the second president, was the ultimate Washington insider. Part of a political dynasty, Adams was known for having contradictory views, some conservative and some liberal. Who exactly was this remarkable (or unremarkable) president? And what can we learn from him and his complex legacy?
Music of the Spheres
November 11th at 8pm in the Abramson Family Recital Hall
Ben Sonderman, director. Join the AU Symphonic Band for a celestial journey as they perform works inspired by the cosmos. Music influenced by science and science fiction will share the same stage. Tickets: $5 Students, seniors and AU Community, $10 others
Schubert, Sibelius, Bartok, Bizet, and Tcherepnin
November 12 at 8pm & November 13th at 3pm in the Abramson Family Recital Hall
The American University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Brown, kicks off its season with a wide variety of great works. The program begins with the little-known but gorgeous piece La Princesse Lointaineby Nikolai Tcherepnin. Violist Christopher Hacnik, Class of 2018, one of the three winners of the 2016 American University Concerto and Aria Competition, performs the great Bartók Viola Concerto. Selections from Bizet’s Carmen Suites I and II are followed by Franz Schubert’s sublime Symphony no. 8 (Unfinished). The program concludes with the epic tone poem Finlandia by Sibelius.
The Music of Steve Reich
November 18th at 8pm in the Abramson Family Recital Hall
Noah Getz, director. The AU Workshop explores the music of Steve Reich in celebration of his 80th birthday. Reich was one of the founders of minimalism and he remains one of its most creative and active proponents. Enjoy works by Reich and other minimalist composers that have been influenced by this renowned American composer.
Tickets: $5 Students, seniors and AU Community, $10 others
Fall for Jazz
December 2nd at 8pm in the Abramson Family Recital Hall
The AU Jazz Orchestra, directed by Joshua Bayer, and the Jazz Academy of Music, directed by Paul Carr, will perform a varied program of big band music including swing, bebop, and blues.Tickets: $5 Students, seniors and AU Community, $10 others
American’s Department of Performing Arts has a variety of exciting shows coming up in October! The DPA’s student/staff performances are affordable, convenient (on campus) and high quality. Come support your fellow students, professors, or just to enjoy the show!
The DPA’s student/staff performances are affordable, convenient (on campus) and high quality. Come to support your fellow students, professors, or just to enjoy the show!
The Gorenman Russian Piano Project
Yulia Gorenman plays Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, and Rimsky-Korsakov
Saturday, October 8, at 8pm in the Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
AU’s internationally acclaimed applied piano professor Yulia Gorenman will be giving a solo concert featuring music by Russian composers! Her concerts are always full of passion, excitement, and musicality. Tickets for students are $10 with AUID.
The Musical Theater Program perform’s Sondheim’s classic for their fall musical
Thursday, October 20 at 8pm at Greenberg Theater
Friday, October 21 at 8pm
Saturday, October 22 at 2pm
Saturday, October 22 at 8pm
Friday, October 28 at 8pm
Saturday, October 29 at 2pm
Saturday, October 29 at 8pm
The musical theater productions are top notch quality at AU, and luckily they perform for two weekends so you have plenty of chances to see this show! Sondheim’s catchy tunes and hilarious lyrics bring this funny story from ancient Rome to life and are sure to have you laughing out loud.
The museum has a variety of artist talks and discussions happening this October surrounding their current exhibition titled “It Takes a Nation: Art for Social Justice” with Emory Douglas, the Black Panther Party, Africobra, and contemporary Washington artists.
Upcoming talks in Oct:
October 2, 11am-1pm Confession: An Art Activation with Sheldon Scott
Hearing a Symphony Orchestra live or seeing a Shakespeare play in D.C. doesn’t have to break the bank. With a little advance planning, you can attend these free concerts or snag some cheap discount tickets.
Free Concert Series
National Gallery of Art
Every Sunday afternoon, usually around 2 or 3pm the National Gallery of Art hosts a free and open to the public concert. Seating is on a first come first serve basis and begins 30 minutes prior to the show. It’s best to get there early and have a look around the museum and cue up if you predict it will be a popular concert.
Highlights of the 2016-2017 Season include performances by Philip Glass, A Roomful of Teeth, A Far Cry, and Parker Quartet.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Every second Sunday of the month at 3pm, the Smithsonian offers a “Steinway Series” concert on their refurbished Steinway. Free tickets are available in the G Street lobby, half an hour prior to each performance.
Every Thursday the museum presents a free live jazz concert in the Kogod Courtyard. In addition to the music, you can also rent out a board game to play during the show!
21st Century Consort
The 21st Century Consort has been the resident contemporary music ensemble of the Smithsonian Institution since 1978 (Originally the 20th Century Consort). They present concerts that relate to the art currently being displayed, or to current events. They are hosting an “Election Special” at 5pm on October 22nd.
Luce Local Artist Series
This concert series is truly unique. A local musician picks a work of art from the collection, at 5:30 a museum staff member gives a talk about the work. A concert by the musician usually follows at 6. You can also purchase snacks and beverages while the event takes place.
Find these and more concerts in Smithsonian galleries here (Filter down to Performances)
Library of Congress Concert Series
The LoC offers a variety of free concerts each week in the Thomas Jefferson Building. The only cache is that you must reserve your seat for the upcoming concerts on Eventbrite.
Season highlights include Folklife Concerts, Jason Robert Brown, Pacifica Quartet, and Arditti Quartet. Tickets for 2016 have already gone live, but the spring concerts will be available on January 4th at 10am. Spots fill up quick, so be sure to reserve free tickets for the concerts you’re interested in!
Every day of the year, usually at 6pm, Kennedy Center presents free concerts on their Millennium Stages. They present shows in a variety of genres, art forms, and ages of performers. Recently they have also started Live Streaming each Millennium Stage concert, so you can watch for free at the Kennedy Center or from the comfort of your home. These concerts include area music groups such as Howard Gospel Choir and GW’s Chamber Music Groups as well as Strathmore’s Artists in Residence, Comedy, and Improv troupes, and other well-known artists.
The Kennedy Center’s MyTix program offers discounted tickets for anyone under 30 years old.It gives you access to $10 tickets for concerts, musicals, and opera, as well as discounts in the KC Gift Shop and restaurants/bars.It’s free to join and as easy as signing up for a KC account.
The BSO offers a program called “Student Select” in order to make attending concerts more affordable to students. For a one-time membership fee of $25, you can have access to an entire season of BSO concerts. The BSO, under the direction of Marin Alsop, is one of the nation’s leading orchestras and you can hear them right off of the red line, at the Music Center at Strathmore!
Upcoming BSO at Strathmore concerts include Carmina Burana, Shostakovich Symphony 10, Dvorak Symphony 8, Mahler Symphony 6 and Beethoven 9.
Washington Performing Arts offers great student discounts for most performances! You can reserve up to two tickets can be reserved for $10 each with your student ID. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on available offers. Visit the Washington Performing Arts website for a list of upcoming performances, including Hiliary Hahn, Bela Fleck, Joshua Bell, the Kronos Quartet, Anoushka Shankar,
The Phillips Collection, a modern and contemporary art gallery in Dupont, has been offering Sunday music concerts for 76 years now. Phillips is dedicated to contemporary art and music, and their concerts are held in their beautiful space. Student tickets are available for every Sunday concert for $20, this also includes entrance into the museum. Season highlights include Rahim AlHaj, Nadia Sirota, the Trilogy violin trio, and the Heath Quartet.
Folger has half-priced student tickets which are available during preview performances of Folger Theatre productions. All other theater performances have a $10 discount for students. Additionally, college students can purchase $15 tickets to each of the “College Night” performances.
Folger Consort also offers $5 off for students in advance, and half-price student rush tickets are available one hour prior to concerts at the door.
Upcoming productions include Will & Jane and Sense & Sensibility
STC reserves a fixed number of tickets for every mainstage theater production and gives them away for free! They are called “Free Will Tickets.” Tickets are distributed on a first come, first serve basis completely free of charge until they run out.
They also offer $25 ticketsto almost any STC mainstage performance for patrons under the age of 35, using promo code 17UNDER35 at the checkout.
Another great promotion that STC does is their “Young Prose Nights.” When you purchase a ticket to Young Prose Night (YPN), your $25 gets you a live performance, a complimentary drink, and admission to the post-performance Party.
Upcoming productions include Romeo and Juliet, and the Secret Garden.
For the first two nights of their productions, Woolly Mammoth offers “Pay What You Can” performances. It’s simple, you show up on the day of the show, let them know how much you want to pay for the show, and then enjoy the performance! Upcoming shows include the Trump Card, Kiss and Black Side of the Moon.
There are three ways to get discount tickets at Arena Stage! A few exciting world premieres are happening in their upcoming season, as well as other shows like Roger and Hammerstein’s Carousel, A Raisin in the Sun, and Moby Dick. Full time students receive 35% off their ticket price at Arena Stage, and half-price tickets are sold 30 minutes prior to a performance, called HOTTIX
They also have “Pay Your Age” tickets for theater-goers under 30, and are available up to 2 months before the performance.
See a play in Washington’s best premier venue for contemporary theater, with student tickets for $20. Plays happening this year include Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9, Chekhov’s Three Sisters, and Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men.
Welcome back to school everyone! Over the summer we have weeded out our CD collection, which means there is now space in the stacks for new and exciting CDs!
We have many new CDs rolling in, but here are three we thought you wouldn’t want to miss.
Is Meryl Streep as good(??) as the real Florence?
Florence Foster Jenkins: The Complete RecordingsCD 2731
Have you seen Meryl Streep’s new movie “Florence Foster Jenkins yet? If you’re wondering what the real Florence Foster Jenkins sounds like, we just got a CD version of her only recordings in at the Music library! If you haven’t seen the movie, here’s a quick recap: Florence Foster Jenkins was a socialite and self-proclaimed coloratura soprano in New York, who enjoyed giving frequent private concerts for her friends, and enjoyed a robust singing career, singing for a sold out Carnegie Hall, and at the Ritz-Carlton. Cole Porter wrote a song for her, and Lily Pons and Sir Thomas Beecham were fans of hers. She founded the “Verdi Club” with the aim of promoting the Grand Opera and benefiting artists and musicians. What made Florence so unique? She couldn’t sing.
This CD contains the 9 pieces which Florence and her long-time accompanist Cosme McMoon, recorded in New York between 1941 and 1944. These recordings were paid for by Florence, and originally only distributed to friends.The CD version of the recordings was released a few months before the release of the film.
See for yourself how Florence sings with admirable enthusiasm and confidence, while missing the mark in regards to rhythm and intonation. (Staff favorite is Adele’s Laughing song from Die Fledermaus)
The movie “Florence Foster Jenkins” is still in theaters in D.C., and the Music Library now has a documentary feature about Florence which will be on the shelf next week!
Remember the incredible soundtrack to the film Django Unchained? We now have it available for check out, along with many other great film soundtracks which arrived over the summer! (Check those out here) Quentin Tarantino is not only the director of this film but also the Executive Music Producer, giving the movie and its music an incredible synthesis. Several original songs were written by Tarantino for the film, and the soundtrack also includes songs featuring John Legend, Rick Ross, Jamie Foxx, James Brown and 2PAC, and Ennio Morricone.
Sara Bareilles has written a Broadway musical, called Waitress, and it’s a whopping success! (4 Tony Nominations!) Based on the 2007 indie film with the same title, it tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress in a small town who is unexpectedly pregnant. She fears she will have to give up her dream of opening her own pie shop until she hears about a pie making contest. Whether you’re a Sara Bareilles fan or not, this musical is worth a listen, with songs that feel like a mix of pop, musical theater with a twang of country.
Fun Fact: Waitress made history as the first musical in Broadway history in which the top creative slots (writer, composer, director, choreographer) are filled by four women.