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A DC Theatre Season Preview

With more than 80 professional companies in the area, how can theater fans know what might be the hottest ticket in town, what’s worth the price, and what they might be able to skip? Turn to Lorraine Treanor, editor of DC Theatre Scene, who reveal what’s buzz-worthy in the bountiful 2018–2019 season.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Music from the Anacostia Delta: Celebrating the Legacy of Washington’s Guitar Masters

The late great guitarist Danny Gatton was the preeminent artist of a uniquely Washington sound—a virtuosic blend of rock and roll, jazz, blues, rockabilly, country, and soul that he said came from the Anacostia Delta. Experience that unique form as several master Anacostia Delta musicians gather to celebrate the music in stories and performance.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Discover Jazz

The sounds, styles, and artists who shaped jazz—and give it life today—are essential elements of our musical tradition. Smithsonian curator emeritus John Edward Hasse, one of the country’s leading jazz historians, leads an exploration of the mysteries, riches, and joys of this all-American art form. With live music performance.

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Gershwin, by George!

Pianist and Gershwin authority Robert Wyatt explores the composer’s life and legacy in a lively program that includes Wyatt’s performances of the solo version of Rhapsody in Blue, early and unpublished music, the piano improvisations, and other Gershwin musical selections. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Verdi and the Transformation of Bel Canto Opera

Drawing on audio and video recordings, opera expert Saul Lilienstein demonstrates how the bel canto style evolved under the restless musical imagination of Giuseppe Verdi.

Tuesday, October 9 to November 13, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Booze and Vinyl: A Listening Party with Cocktails

Food writers, cocktail fans, and musicians Andre Darlington and Tenaya Darlington teamed up to write Booze and Vinyl, showcasing iconic albums from the 1950s through 2000s, each matched with the perfect cocktails. If you’re feeling in the groove, join the Darlingtons at the Smithsonian Castle for a listening party—and learn how to mix a couple of perfect cocktails.

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
How Hamilton Remixes History and Show Biz

Historian Richard Bell examines this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show business. He investigates what the show gets right—and wrong—about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States, and why it all matters.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Loving Lenny: Leonard Bernstein at 100

Music recordings, film clips, and photographs highlight a discussion led by music specialist Fred Plotkin that celebrates the great Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), an American Renaissance Man: composer, conductor, concert pianist, Broadway tunesmith, educator, humanitarian, and so much more.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Radio City Music Hall: Front and Center for the Christmas Spectacular

There’s no more iconic holiday performance in New York than Radio City Music Hall’s famed Christmas Spectacular. And there’s no better way to see the precision dancing of the Rockettes than from prime orchestra seats in the fabulous art deco theater where the show has been a tradition since 1933. A behind-the-scenes tour of the Music Hall adds to the experience.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 6:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.