Kennedy Center’s free weekly “Sunset Concerts” at the Reach

Posted on: October 21, 2020

“The Kennedy Center returned to live performances in late September with a novel format, seating the audience on the Opera House’s stage, while members of the National Symphony Orchestra performed on a platform in front of the rows of seats,” write Has Chu and Fritz Hahn in Thursday’s (10/15) Washington Post. “Last week, a line of 50 music lovers formed at the Reach, the Kennedy Center’s year-old $250 million expansion, waiting to file past a hand-sanitizing station and into a roped-off swath of grass, where 50 chairs had been carefully arranged in socially distant pairs in front of the River Pavilion…. The glass walls of the pavilion rolled up like garage doors, exposing a stage with a piano. The occasion was the debut of the Reach’s free, weekly Sunset Concerts, featuring three vocalists from the Cafritz Young Artists of Washington National Opera … [who] performed three mini-sets of arias and songs from operas and musicals.… Robert Van Leer, the Kennedy Center’s senior vice president of artistic planning, says other weeks will feature jazz, comedy and other disciplines.” The article includes recent and upcoming performances at a range of Washington, D.C. metro area venues.