6 p.m. Millennium Stage
Latvian Voices: The Power of Latvian Song
Latvian Voices, an award-winning all-female a cappella group from Latvia, present a repertoire of vocal harmonies ranging from traditional Latvian folk songs to their own original compositions, to compositions by contemporary Latvian composers that are often featured in the UNESCO-recognized phenomenon – the Latvian Song and Dance Festival. With their voices as the only musical instrument, Latvian Voices have developed a unique individual vocal style, in which intonations from ethnic music of many nations intertwine.
Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Latvia.
8 p.m. Concert Hall
Washington Performing Arts presents Melbourne Symphony
From its first performance in 1906 the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has offered the very best in orchestral music and collaborates with guest artists and arts organizations from across the world.
7 p.m. Concert Hall
NSO Pops: Nat King Cole at 100
Celebrate the centennial of the late, great American music legend with a concert showcasing his seminal talents as a vocalist, pianist, and trailblazing icon. Conductor Michael Butterman leads the NSO, special guest artists, and an all-star band in such timeless songs as “Unforgettable,” “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66,” “Mona Lisa,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “Smile,” “L-O-V-E,” and more.
2 p.m. Terrace Theater
Washington Performing Arts presents Drew Petersen, piano, in Recital
Drew Petersen was presented at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall at age five and by age 10 he was presented in a solo recital at Steinway Hall in Manhattan for the company’s 150th Anniversary. The New York Times wrote about the early performances of the gifted, “freckle-faced 10 –year-old who still impresses adults with his intelligence, maturity, and depth.”
2 & 4 p.m. Concert Hall
NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular
An annual tradition! The Concert Hall transforms into a ghostly sight when our ghoulishly attired musicians perform new and old classics to celebrate Halloween. Arrive early for trick-or-treating and a special Haunted Hall Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo.”
6 p.m. Millennium Stage
The Domingo–Cafritz Young Artists
The Domingo–Cafritz Young Artists preview the first two works in Washington National Opera’s 2019-2020 season. Together with Principal Coach Ken Weiss, they will open a window on two great composers’ final masterpieces, Verdi’s Otello and Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which range from monumental Shakespearean tragedy to mythical, magical comedy.
Cultural Capital: The Big Quiet
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7:15–9:15 p.m.
The Big Quiet is a mass meditation movement that brings together thousands of people at cultural landmarks and institutions across the U.S. Designed for people with any level of meditation experience, each event incorporates live sound practitioners, string instrumentalists and musicians to create a guided meditation and music experience unlike anything else. Visitors will have the opportunity to arrive early to browse NMWA’s galleries and exhibitions, then breathe deeply and slow down for this special event in the museum’s iconic Great Hall. Reservations required. $33 general; $28 members, seniors, students. Reserve online after Sept. 11.
Where: O Museum in The Mansion at 2020 O Street NW DC
Tickets (limited availability): $100/person
On-line reseverations required: http://www.omuseum.org/mck
The Milk Carton Kids are a major force in the continuing American folk tradition, blending ethereal, oscillating harmonies and intricate, inventive musicianship — with a uniquely powerful brand of contemporary songcraft. They’ve performed with Robert Plant, EmmyLou Harris, and Steve Earle. They were also featured in T Bone Burnett & The Coen Brothers’ concert film documentary, Another Day/Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, singing alongside Joan Baez, Jack White, Gillian Welch, Marcus Mumford, Punch Brothers and many other folk luminaries and upstarts. They’ve also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS This Morning, and NPR Music Tiny Desk. They’ve been nominated for two GRAMMY’s one for “Best American Roots Performance” and the other for “Best Folk Album.” They also won The Americana Music Association Award for “Duo/Group Of The Year”
8 p.m. The Anthem
National Symphony Orchestra at The Anthem: Gershwin’s An American in Paris
The NSO continues its series of casual, affordable concerts—a new way to enjoy the symphony! Join them at D.C.’s hottest new venue for An American in Paris, Gershwin’s atmospheric love letter to the “City of Lights.” Experience all of the magic and romance of this masterpiece, from a symphony of Parisian taxi horns to trumpets playing the bittersweet blues.