WNO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Cry, the Beloved Country VIP Reception and Private Film Screening
Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 5:30 to 9:30pm |

The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa 

NEWorks Productions and the March on Washington Film Festival, in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington National Opera, are pleased to present a private screening of Cry, the Beloved Country, the acclaimed 1995 movie adapted from Alan Paton's classic same-titled book. This screening, hosted by His Excellency Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, Ambassador of South Africa to the United States.


WNO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Cry, the Beloved Country: A Concert featuring South African Freedom Songs

Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 6pm | Millennium Stage | FREE

This concert of South African freedom songs weaves an inspiring narrative that recalls central themes and events from the South African liberation movement featuring the combined voices of Nolan Williams, Jr. and the Voices of Inspiration and VUSA-Voices from Southern Africa; narrators Marquis Gibson and Jazmine Robinson; Split this Rock poet Cici Felton; percussionist Wayne K. Prince; the NEWorks Freedom Dancers (choreographed by Erica Stotts) and Simunye Dance Ensemble.  


KENNEDY CENTER JAZZ

Jason+: Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran

Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7 & 9pm | Terrace Theater

NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd,the ever-inventive saxophosist who is "expansive in his musical discourse yet without a wasted note" (The Wall Street Journal), joins pianist Jason Moran for duet selections from their 2013 recording Hagar's Song (ECM), which contains a mixture of re-imagined standards, pop gems, and the tile suite dedicated to Lloyd's great-great-grandmother, who was sold into slavery in the early 1800s. 


NSO POPS

Jason+: Forever Gershwin

Friday, June 17 & Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 8pm | Concert Hall

Celebrate the timeless music of George Gershwin, including selections from Porgy and Bess, with Norm Lewis, Alicia Hall Moran, Jason Moran, Steven Reineke, and the Heritage Signature Chorale. 





NEWorks is pleased to have co-curated this 2015-2016 performance series with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts exploring themes of racial reconciliation, social justice, and equality.

WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA

Appommatox

Saturday, November 14 through Sunday, November 22, 2015 | Opera House

To mark 50 years since the passage of the Voting Rights Act and 150 years since the end of the Civil War, WNO presents the world premiere revised version of Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton's acclaimed opera featuring a brand-new second act. Washington, D.C. bass Soloman Howard stars as Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, Jr.


WNO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Community-wide Spirituals Sing

Curated by Nolan Williams, Jr., Chief Music Editor, African American Heritage Hymnal

Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 6pm | Grand Foyer | FREE  

Voices from choirs and churches all around the region assemble to sing traditional a cappella spirituals under the direction of some of the area's leading choral directors.


NSO POPS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Family Ties

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 6pm | Millennium Stage | FREE

Four diverse musical families from the Washington metropolitan region (our 'local von Trapps') perform classical, jazz, Hispanic, holiday and inspirational music for this diverse concert in support of the NSO Pops concert The von Trapps & Stephanie J. Block Family Holiday.


WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA
Lost in the Stars
Friday, February 12 through Saturday, February 20, 2016 | Eisenhower Theater

Two South African families, one black and one white, are brought together by a tragic murder charge in the age of apartheid in Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's musical adaptation of Alan Paton's novel, Cry, the Beloved Country.   Renowned bass-baritone Eric Owens stars as Stephen Kumalo.

MUSIC: A FORCE FOR MENDING