Monday, June 1, 2015

Riverbend Opera Company present "Adriana Lecouvreur" thru 6/13/15

Riverbend Opera Company presents 
Adriana Lecouvreur 
by Francesco Cilèa 
over three weekends, Friday and Saturday evenings May 29 through June 13, 2015.

Join us for this masterpiece of Italian verismo opera with unforgettably beautiful music, and a great tale of love and devotion, jealousy and rage, intrigue and murder!

Presented fully staged, costumed, projected English surtitles, and with orchestral ensemble. Six performances from May 29 through June 13 in venues in Washington and Northern Virginia.

Read the review on DC Metro Theatre Arts.

June 5 - Abiding Presence Lutheran in Burke, VA
June 6 - Temple Rodef Shalom in McLean/Falls Church, Va
June 12 - Opera on Lake Barcroft
June 13 -- North Gate Vineyards in Purcellville, VA

Tickets online at

Adriana Lecouvreur --
    Harlie Sponaugle (May 30, June 5, June 12) and
    Melissa Chavez (May 31, June 6, June 13)
Principessa de Bouillon -- Cindy Elkins
Michonnet -- Thomas Beard
Maurizio --
    Dane Suarez (May 30, June 5, June 13) and
    Nicholas Carratura (May 3, June 6, June 12)
Abbé de Chazeuil -- Jonathan Hoffman
Prince de Bouillon --
    Simon Charette (June 5, 6, 12,13)
    Elliot Matheny (May 29, 30)
Mlle. Jouvenot --
    Jenny McGinnis (May 29, June 5, 13)
    Seana Grace (May 30, June 6, 12)
Mlle. Dangeville --
    Erin Feng (May 29, June 5, 6) and
    Ashlyn Mazone (May 30, June 12, 13)
M. Quinault -- Ryan Alexander
M. Poisson -- Felix Polendey

Music Director -- Molly Khatcheressian
Stage Director -- Debbie Grossman
Accompanist -- Ina Mirtcheva

String Ensemble: John Kirchenbauer, Anna Kong,
Eric Costantino, Quinto Braswell

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Knock On Wood Tap Studio ~ 20th Anniversary Showcase 6/7/15

Knock On Wood Tap Studio Marks 20th Anniversary

Celebrating June 7 with Student Showcase and Special Guest Performances

For two decades, Knock on Wood Tap Studio (KOW) has passed down the excitement and energy of tap with dancers of all ages and abilities. As one of the few studios in the nation dedicated exclusively to tap dance, KOW has preserved and promoted this uniquely American art form, ensuring that it not only survives, but thrives in the Washington area and beyond.

To mark reaching its 20th Anniversary milestone, KOW is expanding its annual Student Showcase, bringing back distinguished alumnus and other troupes that have been part of our history for special performances and a reception. The KOW 20th Anniversary Celebration is set for Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 2pm at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD.

Renee Kreithen and Yvonne Edwards (Miss Yvonne) founded KOW in 1995. Miss Yvonne, who continues to teach and perform, said “What I am most proud of is how many young people have not just learned this truly American art form and its rich history, but have built life-long friendships and given back by teaching.” Students at KOW range in age from 5 to 80+ years old. “Tap is something you can enjoy throughout your life and it provides great exercise, a fun way to relieve stress and enjoy the camaraderie of learning and performing together.”

KOW’s youth tap ensembles, first Tappers with Attitude, and now Capitol Tap (an in-residence ensemble), have performed around the world and across the nation. KOW alumnus, including Mya, Bakaari Wilder (who has performed on Broadway), Jason Holley, and Justin Lewis have gone on to careers in entertainment and tap dance, with several passing along the tradition by teaching new generations and tapping across the globe. Last winter, two current members of Capitol Tap who grew up at KOW, appeared in Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life at Arena Stage in Washington.

Those scheduled to perform at the June 7 event include:

  • Alumni of Tappers with Attitude
  • Capitol Tap
  • Former members of Step Aside
  • Shannon Dunne Dance
What: Knock On Wood Tap Studio 20th Anniversary Showcase

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015

Where: Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Blvd East, Silver Spring, MD

When: Performances 2:00 p.m. with Reception immediately following the showcase.

Cost: $15 at the door; and $12.00 in advance; Free for children under 5.

More information:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CCS Chamber Music Jam - April 18 in Bethesda

Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 4-8pm

at Bethesda Presbyterian Church
7611 Clarendon Road, Bethesda, MD


Join members of the Capital City Symphony and other local musicians for socializing, sight-reading, and supper at our 2015 Chamber Music Jam.

Come to play, or just to listen. Includes dinner and desserts!

$40 Full Event (participating musicians)
$25 Dinner & Listening (non-musicians)

Advance registration is required (so that we can have a headcount for dinner, and so that we can have the right assortment of music.)

Sign up here.


Do you like playing chamber music with friends? Fancy listening to others make ensemble music in a relaxed setting? Want to support your local community orchestra by joining us for dinner?

Come join members of the Capital City Symphony and other local musicians for socializing, sight-reading, and supper.

Professional and accomplished amateur musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments, and others will be able to relax and enjoy music from a variety of composers, eras, and instrument combinations while roaming from room to room.


This is a fundraiser for the Capital City Symphony. All but $10 of your registration fee is tax-deductible. The Capital City Symphony, a resident arts partner at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in NE Washington, D.C., makes music approachable by *presenting affordable concerts to the public, *performing creative programs in a relaxed concert format, and *providing appealing performance opportunities for talented amateur as well as professional players.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

LETTICE AND LOVAGE at Quotidian Theatre in Bethesda 4/17-5/17, 2015

Quotidian Theatre Company
Lettice and Lovage, by Peter Shaffer

April 17 - May 17, 2015
at the Writer's Center
4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815
Lettice Douffet, an expert on Elizabethan cuisine and medieval weaponry, is an indefatigable but daffy enthusiast of history and the theatre. As a tour guide at Fustian House, one of the least stately of London's stately homes, she theatrically embellishes its historical past, ultimately coming up on the radar of Lotte Schoen, an inspector from the Preservation Trust. Neither impressed or entertained by Lettice's freewheeling history lessons, Schoen fires her. Not one however, to go without a fight, Lettice engages the stoic, conventional Lotte in battle to the death of all that is sacred to the Empire and the crown. 

This hit by the author of Equus and Amadeus featured a triumphant award-winning performance by Dame Maggie Smith in London and on Broadway

Our production features Jane Squier Bruns as Lettice Douffet and Leah Mazade as Lotte Schoen, with John Decker as Mr. Bardolph and Elizabeth Darby as Miss Framer.

Directed by Louis Pangaro

Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
Extra 2pm matinee on Saturday 5/16

Tickets $15-$30 (student & senior discounts). Available online.

Quotidian Theatre Company

at the Writer's Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Fauré’s Requiem - 3/14 & 15 - Capital City Symphony and Capitol Hill Chorale

The three previous collaborations by these two groups have all sold out, so get your tickets NOW!



The Capital City Symphony, conducted by Victoria Gau
the Capitol Hill Chorale, conducted by Frederick Binkholder

present Fauré’s Requiem

Saturday, March 14 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 15 at 4:00pm

at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St SE (4th and Independence SE)

* Fauré’s Requiem ~ with Laura Choi Stuart, soprano and Bryan Jackson, baritone
* Stephen Paulus, When Music Sounds
* Hildegard von Bingen, Ave Maria, O auctrix vite ~ with Sarah Markovits, soprano
* John Tavener, Song for Athene
* Christopher Theofinidas, Rainbow Body

$25 Preferred (at the center of the concert venue and/or closer to the stage)
$20 General Admission
$15 Age 30 and under
NOTE: Age 16 and under are FREE, but require a ticket.

The Capital City Symphony is DC's premiere community orchestra, bringing together doctors, lawyers, scientists and politicians and many others into a collaborative musical environment. The Capital City Symphony performs standard symphonic repertoire and explores the best of 20th and 21st-century music, presenting 4 full concerts each year, as well as occasional chamber music concerts.

In a city rich with choral music, the 120-member Capitol Hill Chorale has built its own unique identity and devoted following. Known for its versatility and enduring musicianship, the Chorale's repertoire ranges from early music to jazz to major works with large orchestras. Founded by longtime Capitol Hill resident Parker Jayne, the Chorale attracts singers from Capitol Hill and the entire metropolitan area.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CCS at the 2015 Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival - 2/27 at 8pm

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 8pm

Post "I love CCS!" on our Facebook Page & we'll message you a Secret DISCOUNT code for Interactive Symphony!

Interactive Symphony
Conducted by John Devlin, CCS Associate Conductor

Presented as part of the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival, February 20-March 7, 2015At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Lang Theatre / 60 minutes / for ages 8+
$27.50 Adults / $22 Student/Senior
Tickets available through

Enjoy a triple bill conceived by Associate Conductor John Devlin, the mastermind behind a series of successful, forward-thinking INTERSECTIONS classical concert experiences.

A moving song cycle for tenor, string orchestra and video, Benjamin Britten’s haunting Les Illuminations, based on the writing of Arthur Rimbaud, will feature acclaimed soloist Gran Wilson, with video design by the visionary Tim McLoraine. Experience the world premiere of Kirsten Warfield's new piece for drum set, electronics, and brass quintet. The finale will feature excerpts from pieces by Beethoven, Elgar and Rimsky-Korsakov, chosen in December via social media, accompanied by video designs.

The Capital City Symphony is DC's premiere community orchestra, bringing together doctors, lawyers, scientists and politicians and many others into a collaborative musical environment.

Treat yourself to a unique visual and musical experience.