Washington Performing Arts presents: Kronos Quartet
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 8:00 PM
On the heels of its second Grammy Award, San Francisco’s venturesome Kronos Quartet travels not just beyond standard musical genres, but into outer space itself in the first-ever D.C. performance of Sun Rings, composer and longtime Kronos collaborator Terry Riley’s 2002 multimedia masterwork commissioned by NASA and others. Combining live performance by the quartet and chorus with pre-recorded "spacescapes" and visual design by Willie Williams, Sun Rings is an inspiring meditation on humanity and our place in the universe.
Celebrated as a national treasure for his mastery of tabla playing, the frequent cross-genre collaborator and boundary pusher Zakir Hussain returns to his musical heritage. Performing alongside veena player Jayanthi Kumaresh and violinist Kala Ramnath, Hussain showcases the spectacular improvisatory art of Indian classical music.
Friday, May 1, 2020 at 8:00 PM
Two of the most eminent and exciting artists in street-dance today—Lil Buck and Jon Boogz—expand upon an acclaimed collaboration in their first-ever evening-length work, exploring urgent social topics like violence and incarceration while promoting the uniting forces of diversity, inclusion, and empathy. A virtuoso of Memphis jookin’, Lil Buck is best-known to many for the viral video of his duo collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. A master popper from Miami, Jon Boogz has choreographed for Gloria Estefan, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Cirque du Soleil, and many others.
Washington Performing Arts presents: The Kingdom Choir feat. WPA Children of the Gospel Choir
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Long before the Kingdom Choir performed "Stand By Me" at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, this ensemble, formed in 1994, had already performed for Queen Elizabeth II, Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton, and Nelson Mandela. Their enthusiastic blend of sacred and secular music, including gospel, spirituals, and pop arrangements, will be perfectly complemented by the exuberant and gifted singers of Washington Performing Arts’ own Children of the Gospel Choir, who open the concert.