Our friends at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts are having an 8th Annual Performance Series of Legends benefit concert, headlined by 10-time Grammy Award winner and dynamic performer Bobby McFerrin. Multi-faceted and multi-talented Bobby McFerrin has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art, exploring uncharted vocal territory, inspiring a whole new generation of a cappella singers and the beatbox movement and dazzling audiences all over the world. He singlehandedly redefined the role of the human voice with his a cappella hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Bobby McFerrin promotes an extraordinary experience through spontaneous performance, engaging audiences with creative energy. Joined by talented students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, we promise you an unforgettable show that you won’t want to miss!
8th Annual Performance Series of Legends
Bobby McFerrin: A Benefit Concert for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Featuring Performances by Ellington Students
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Warner Theatre
513 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Herbie Hancock (left) and Chick Corea perform head-to-head at The Kennedy Center on Friday. Sitting between them: a combined 34 Grammys. (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)
If ovations were cherry blossoms, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock would have been up to their knees in petals at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Friday night. Yet, as pleased as they were with the resounding response, there were moments during the nearly two-hour, sold-out performance when the jazz-piano legends seemed to find even greater delight in each other’s company and in the playful gamesmanship that ensued.
It’s been nearly 40 years since the release of “An Evening With Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert,” a landmark compilation of live tracks that still serves as a template for the duo’s live performances. Friday night’s concert, presented by Washington Performing Arts, reminded listeners time and again that some jazz virtuosos seem destined to share the stage. At one point, in fact, the pianists marveled at how their careers initially interlocked a half-century ago. First, in the early 1960s, Hancock replaced Corea in Mongo Santamaria’s band; then, several years later, Corea replaced Hancock in Miles Davis’s group.
These days, Corea, 73, and Hancock, who turned 75 on Sunday, are all about mutual admiration, and their engaging camaraderie onstage couldn’t be more evident. How best to elicit a smile, a laugh or, better yet, a startled expression from a distinguished peer? Some surefire maneuvering — and outmaneuvering — came into play Friday night. Tumultuous crescendos surged forward, only to stop on a dime. A solitary note hovered near the end of a coda, toying with listener expectations and thwarting a timely resolution. Countless countermelodies surfaced in myriad forms, snugly fitting into place like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Read more here
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra with Simone Dinnerstein, piano Presented by Strathmore Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Music Center at Strathmore
The acclaimed Annapolis Symphony has won the hearts of Maryland’s capital city, and rave reviews for its performances. They are joined at Strathmore by a pianist who leaped to fame with her historic recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, hailed for her “wonderfully expressive interpretation” (NPR) and the “majestic originality of her vision” (The Independent, UK). This not-to-be-missed program includes works by English poet and composer Arthur Bax, Richard Strauss, and Ravel.
This concert will run approximately 100 minutes with intermission.
R. STRAUSS The Garden of Fand
Concerto for Piano in G Major
Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), TrV 190, Op. 40
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