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Perfect Pitch: Songs of Summer

Perfect Pitch: Songs of Summer

A selection of can't-miss summer concerts.

Perfect Pitch:  Divine Steps

Perfect Pitch: Divine Steps

The acclaimed troupe Step Afrika marks its 20th Anniversary at Howard.

Perfect Pitch: Season End Triumvirate

Perfect Pitch: Season End Triumvirate

As the concert season comes to an end, arts groups dash to the final finish.

Perfect Pitch: Musical Banquet

Perfect Pitch: Musical Banquet

The music of Bob Chilcott and William Walton paired well together to create a youthful atmosphere.

Performing Arts: DC JazzFest Review

Performing Arts: DC JazzFest Review

Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding brings her new sound to the Yards in an immersive jazz show.

On Stage: Rewriting History

On Stage: Rewriting History

Moliere's controversial 'Tartuffe' is re-imagined with a less jarring ending.


Perfect Pitch: Songs of Summer

Perfect Pitch: Songs of Summer

01 July 2015

A selection of can't-miss summer concerts.

Posted in Calendar

Perfect Pitch:  Divine Steps

Perfect Pitch: Divine Steps

01 July 2015

The acclaimed troupe Step Afrika marks its 20th Anniversary at Howard.

Posted in Front Page

Music Notes: Come and Shake It

Music Notes: Come and Shake It

30 June 2015

This seasoned funk rock quintet brings their booty-shaking party from town to town.

Posted in Front Page

Music Notes: A Slice of Our Past in the Present

Music Notes: A Slice of Our Past in the Present

29 June 2015

Seminal 70's band America plays classic songs for new generations.

Posted in Features

Perfect Pitch: Season End Triumvirate

Perfect Pitch: Season End Triumvirate

18 June 2015

As the concert season comes to an end, arts groups dash to the final finish.

Posted in Front Page

Perfect Pitch: Musical Banquet

Perfect Pitch: Musical Banquet

18 June 2015

The music of Bob Chilcott and William Walton paired well together to create a youthful atmosphere.

Posted in Front Page

Performing Arts: DC JazzFest Review

Performing Arts: DC JazzFest Review

18 June 2015

Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding brings her new sound to the Yards in an immersive jazz show.

Posted in Front Page

Music Notes: It’s The Songs, Man

Music Notes: It’s The Songs, Man

17 June 2015

Rock & roll legend David Crosby still has the spark that got him this far.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Rewriting History

On Stage: Rewriting History

16 June 2015

Moliere's controversial 'Tartuffe' is re-imagined with a less jarring ending.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Music Notes: Still Kicking

Music Notes: Still Kicking

11 June 2015

Despite a hard-knock life, Billy Joe Shaver won't be giving up his legendary singing career any time soon.

Posted in Front Page

Music Notes: Brilliance Realized

Music Notes: Brilliance Realized

05 June 2015

One of rock's most gifted songwriters, Willie Nile, reaps the rewards of patience.

Posted in Front Page

On Stage: Zombies in Office

On Stage: Zombies in Office

05 June 2015

The absurdity of zombies is both the highlight and stumbling point of Woolly Mammoth's latest play.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Music Notes: The Steady Stream

Music Notes: The Steady Stream

03 June 2015

A folk music mainstay, Joel Rafael, helps keep the genre alive.

Posted in Front Page

Music Notes: Livin’ and Learnin’ in ‘Loosiana

Music Notes: Livin’ and Learnin’ in ‘Loosiana

03 June 2015

One of America's best singer-songwriters relishes life for all the right reasons.

Posted in Features

On Stage: What Is It All About?

On Stage: What Is It All About?

02 June 2015

Inspired casting and imaginative direction make 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' a must-see.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Perfect Pitch:  Eclectic Sounds

Perfect Pitch: Eclectic Sounds

02 June 2015

Blind guitarist and jazz singer Raul Midon talks personal triumphs and upcoming performances.

Posted in Front Page

Perfect Pitch:  A Fairy Tale Ending

Perfect Pitch: A Fairy Tale Ending

01 June 2015

Washington National Opera's production of a Rossini classic gets a bold twist.

Posted in Front Page

Music Notes: Jonathan Parker Octet

Music Notes: Jonathan Parker Octet

28 May 2015

Saxophonist Jonathan Parker has returned to D.C. with a new swing jazz album.

Posted in Front Page

Music Notes: Dynamic Duos Unite

Music Notes: Dynamic Duos Unite

27 May 2015

Two stellar musical duos hit the T-Bone-paved road together.

Posted in Front Page

On Stage: Goodbye Berlin

On Stage: Goodbye Berlin

26 May 2015

'Cabaret' simultaneously tells the tale of the Kit Kat Klub dancers and the fall of Nazi-era Berlin.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Performing Arts: Anne and Emmett

Performing Arts: Anne and Emmett

18 May 2015

The stories of Anne Frank and Emmett Tell are retold on stage.

Posted in Front Page

On Stage: Loss and the Living

On Stage: Loss and the Living

12 May 2015

The all-female cast of 'The Blood Quilt' explores death and family dynamics with expertise.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Perfect Pitch:  Beloved Standard

Perfect Pitch: Beloved Standard

06 May 2015

The Washington Bach Consort ends its season with the "Mass in B Minor."

Posted in Front Page

Perfect Pitch:  Opera’s Real Cinderella

Perfect Pitch: Opera’s Real Cinderella

06 May 2015

The Washington National Opera's Cinderella, Isabel Leonard, talks about life on the stage.

Posted in Front Page

Music Notes: So Unique, So Delicious

Music Notes: So Unique, So Delicious

30 April 2015

The one and only Reverend Peyton and his 'Big Damn Band' find a delicious balance.

Posted in Front Page

On Stage: She Done Him Wrong

On Stage: She Done Him Wrong

24 April 2015

Studio Theatre's 'Murder Ballad' places a classic love triangle story in an unconventional setting.

Posted in Front Page

Music Notes: Things He’s Come To Know

Music Notes: Things He’s Come To Know

20 April 2015

Decades later, James McMurtry still weaves magical tales from out on the road.

Posted in Front Page

Music Notes: Force of Nature

Music Notes: Force of Nature

17 April 2015

Johnette Napolitano, a Rock 'n' Roll survivor, keeps making music amidst her busy life.

Posted in Front Page

On Stage: Coming to Light

On Stage: Coming to Light

10 April 2015

Prison, a baby and friendship guide the 'Lights Rise on Grace' characters on a journey of self discovery.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Music Notes: Still Illuminating The World

Music Notes: Still Illuminating The World

09 April 2015

Joan Armatrading gets even closer to her audience in the twilight of her career.

Posted in Front Page

On Stage: All About Sondheim

On Stage: All About Sondheim

09 April 2015

Two veterans combine with four younger performers to give new life to Sondheim music.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Music Notes: A Nod To Those Who Came Before

Music Notes: A Nod To Those Who Came Before

08 April 2015

Rhiannon Giddens is always looking back, as she looks gloriously forward.

Posted in Features

Perfect Pitch: A Royal Ode

Perfect Pitch: A Royal Ode

01 April 2015

WL sits down with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas to discuss life on the road and royal performances.

Posted in Features

Music Notes: Same Ol’ Songwriter Workin’

Music Notes: Same Ol’ Songwriter Workin’

01 April 2015

Tom Paxton, a folk music legend, is still at it because, well, he writes great songs.

Posted in Features

On Stage: With Don Quixote

On Stage: With Don Quixote

30 March 2015

Musical 'Man of La Mancha' will attract a variety of new audiences to Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Perfect Pitch: Loss of a Choral Giant

Perfect Pitch: Loss of a Choral Giant

25 March 2015

Final Bow: The death of Choral Arts founder Norman Scribner hits the music community hard.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Last Hurrah

On Stage: Last Hurrah

20 March 2015

Comedic timing and a carefully chosen cast make National Theatre's 'Blithe Spirit' an effortless hit.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Power Source: World Premier

Power Source: World Premier

18 March 2015

Wynton Marsalis and The Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra debut 'Blues Symphony.'

Posted in Features

On Stage: A Bundle of Laughs

On Stage: A Bundle of Laughs

18 March 2015

Though the laughs in Studio Theatre's 'Laugh' may be strained at times, the quirky play is pleasant.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Music Matters: Making Beauty From the Beast

Music Matters: Making Beauty From the Beast

10 March 2015

Mary Gauthier's songs of pain and hope help others who've been there.

Posted in Features

Perfect Pitch: Cross-Cultural

Perfect Pitch: Cross-Cultural

05 March 2015

Apollo Orchestra bridges the gap between town and gown with recent Kennedy Center performance.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Close But No Cigar

On Stage: Close But No Cigar

04 March 2015

Tackling pedophilia in a musical is no easy feat, and makes 'Kid Victory' a bit of a miss.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Perfect Pitch:  Singing the Dream

Perfect Pitch: Singing the Dream

27 February 2015

REVIEW: Choral Arts join forces with Washington Performing Arts choirs for MLK celebration.

Posted in Features

Perfect Pitch: Songs of Nostalgia

Perfect Pitch: Songs of Nostalgia

26 February 2015

REVIEW: Soprano Renée Fleming takes her audience on a journey in song through her past.

Posted in Features

Music Matters: Surviving to Sing

Music Matters: Surviving to Sing

26 February 2015

Beth Hart, one of music's most powerful voices, defines the word survivor.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Into the Woods

On Stage: Into the Woods

24 February 2015

Lisa D'Amour's simplistic 'Cherokee' doesn't have the same impact as her previous 'Detroit.'

Posted in Editor's Picks

Music Notes: The Reliving Years

Music Notes: The Reliving Years

24 February 2015

Mike Rutherford, founding member of legendary band Genesis, reflects after publishing a memoir.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Comedy at the Ballet

On Stage: Comedy at the Ballet

20 February 2015

The latest Synetic Theatre wordless production, 'Much Ado About Nothing,' is nothing short of genius.

Posted in Editor's Picks

On Stage: Out of Control

On Stage: Out of Control

19 February 2015

Arena Stage's 'King Hedley II' uncomfortably portrays lives lived in crime in this dark tragedy.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Music Notes: From One Era to the Next

Music Notes: From One Era to the Next

19 February 2015

Derek Trucks says goodbye to one legend and continues to hone his own.

Posted in Features

Music Notes: The Road to Immortality

Music Notes: The Road to Immortality

17 February 2015

One of rock's most influential innovators, Eddie Van Halen, makes it into the Smithsonian and shares his amazing story.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Cell Block Tango

On Stage: Cell Block Tango

13 February 2015

The National Theatre's 'Chicago' is a hit with inventive dancing and memorable numbers.

Posted in Editor's Picks

On Stage: Off With Her Head

On Stage: Off With Her Head

06 February 2015

'Mary Stuart' hauntingly portrays the bloody battle between Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Music Notes: JJ Grey’s Deep Florida Soul

Music Notes: JJ Grey’s Deep Florida Soul

03 February 2015

Florida to the core, JJ Grey has thrived by singing about his roots and living one day at a time.

Posted in Features

Music Matters: Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz

Music Matters: Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz

02 February 2015

Venezuela's ' Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz' orchestra is applauded by Danny Glover.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Constrained by Tradition

On Stage: Constrained by Tradition

16 January 2015

'Choir Boy' highlights the duality of tradition and handling contemporary issues.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Music Notes: The Best of 2014

Music Notes: The Best of 2014

07 January 2015

Rock 'n' roll expert Steve Houk rounds up his 10 favorite albums, and songs, of 2014.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Reviving a Classic

On Stage: Reviving a Classic

06 January 2015

Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow team up to turn popular movie 'Diner' into a hit Broadway musical.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Perfect Pitch: 2014 in Review

Perfect Pitch: 2014 in Review

26 December 2014

A look back at top performances and highlights of the Washington arts scene.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Coming of Age

On Stage: Coming of Age

26 December 2014

Lucie Arnaz delights in the National Theatre's production of 'Pippin.'

Posted in Editor's Picks

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