In D.C., a promising lineup for next season

March 02, 2003|By Tim Smith

The Washington Performing Arts Society has another typically enticing lineup of more than 60 attractions for the 2003-2004 season, presented at a variety of venues.

On the classical front, the big news is the first area performance by the Berlin Philharmonic with its new music director, Sir Simon Rattle. The concert, a co-presentation with the Kennedy Center, has Rattle's stamp all over it -- a work by young, ear-stretching German composer Heiner Goebbels, an underplayed symphony by Sibelius (No. 7) and Schubert's Symphony No. 9.

Other top-flight orchestral ensembles heading to D.C. include the Royal Philharmonic with conductor Daniele Gatti and pianist Garrick Ohlsson; Israel Philharmonic, led by Zubin Mehta; Vienna Symphony with conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev; Pittsburgh Symphony with conductor Mariss Jansons and pianist Yefim Bronfman; Philadelphia Orchestra with conductor Christoph Eschenbach and violinist Gil Shaham; and Philharmonia of London with conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi and violinist Elisabeth Batiashvili.

Recitalists include pianist Alfred Brendel, cellist Yo-Yo Ma (with duo-guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad), baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, violinist Hilary Hahn, and flutist James Galway. Nearly legendary sitarist Ravi Shankar will give a concert with his daughter, Anoushka.

Dance troupes heading to D.C. include Evidence (the world premiere of Come Ye by Ronald K. Brown), the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and George Piper Dances.

The WPAS season also offers jazz (Herbie Hancock Quartet), flamenco guitar (Paco de Lucia), Irish music (the Chieftains), poetry (Sekou Sundiata), hip-hop (DJ Spooky), and even martial arts (Shaolin Warriors).

This is just a sampling of the season. For more information, call 202-833-9800.

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