D.C.’s Washington Performing Arts to present nine orchestras in 2017-18

Posted on: April 27, 2017

“Washington Performing Arts’ 51st season, announced Tuesday, does a fine job of balancing intriguing contemporary projects … with magisterial traditional performers,” writes Anne Midgette in Tuesday’s (4/25) Washington Post. “Orchestras, for instance, are roaring back, with no fewer than five visiting orchestras in addition to the four that will play in the second year of the Shift Festival. The Chicago Symphony with Riccardo Muti; the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel (playing a new work by … Esa-Pekka Salonen); and the Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev and the stellar pianist Daniil Trifonov, playing his own piano concerto, are all coming in 2017-18…. American composer Steve Reich … will come to D.C. with the Signal ensemble for a performance of his seminal ‘Clapping Music’ [and] the East Coast premiere of his recent work ‘Runner.’ ” Orchestras for the 2018 Shift Festival, co-presented with the Kennedy Center, are the Fort Worth Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Albany Symphony, and National Symphony Orchestra. “While administrators are still analyzing data from this year’s festival, Bilfield feels generally positive. ‘The price point made a difference,’ she says of the $25 ticket. ‘The word of mouth made a difference. We continue to look at what excited people.’ ”

Posted April 27, 2017