What’s in store:  From concerts by some of the world’s leading orchestras to jazz luminaries, the 2017-2018 season has something  for everyone. 


by Patrick D. McCoy 


Just when Washington probably thought that Washington Performing Arts had outdone itself with its comprehensive SHIFT Festival celebrating American Orchestras, the city will get another dose of innovative programming in the new season.  The new season not only explore the rich legacies of musical ensembles such as the Mariinsky Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but also introduce new fresh faces to the season. 

Chelsey Green, a beloved DC favorite will be introduced as the first spotlight artist of the Mars Urban Arts Initiative. 
The superstars of classical music are prevalent throughout. Famed mezzo-soprano and Washingtonian  Denyce Graves will conduct a public masterclass with two of her students from the Peabody Conservatory of Music.  Classical music virtuosos such as Emmanuel Ax, Joshua Bell and Maxim Vengerov appear in the upcoming season. 

Dr. Chelsey Green will appear on the 2017-18 Washington Performing Arts Season.



A crown in the season will be the performance of the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, a work that has not been mounted by Washington Performing Arts since 1982.  The choir will unite singers from The Washington ChorusThe Choral Arts Society of Washington, Catholic University’s Rome School of Music and members of the Washington Performing Arts Men and Women of the Gospel. 

The acclaimed Sphinx Virtuosi will also perform in newly renovated Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. 

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A native of Petersburg, Virginia, Patrick D. McCoy is a graduate of Virginia State University and Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia.  He has been an arts contributor for Examiner.com, CBS Washington, The Afro American Newspaper and most recently was the Performing Arts Columnist at Washington Life Magazine for four years. As a church musician, he currently serves as Organist/Choirmaster at Saint John’s Episcopal Church (Zion Parish) in Beltsville, Maryland.   Visit www.patrickdmccoy.com for all of your arts news and send press releases and ideas to patrickdmccoy@patrickdmccoy.com.