In Tuesday’s (3/3) Washington Post, Peggy McGlone writes that the Kennedy Center’s 2015-16 season “will open its 2015-2016 season with a week-long festival called ‘Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music and Media’ … [highlighting] a host of genre-bending, format-breaking events…. Offerings signal a new direction under President Deborah Rutter, who wants the arts center ‘to be both artist and audience focused.’ … The National Symphony Orchestra will offer a 21-week classical series featuring premieres of Tobias Picker’s Concerto for Orchestra (March 10-12, 2016) and a new work by Sean Shepherd composed for violinist Leila Josefowicz (June 2-4, 2016)…. The orchestra will tour Europe in February… [and] offer a new late-night series, ‘Declassified: Fridays@9.’ A mix of classic and modern music with pre- and post-performance activities, ‘Declassified’ concerts will have no intermissions and audiences will be allowed to take drinks and snacks into the theater.” Artists who will curate activities at the Kennedy Center during the season include jazz pianist/composer Jason Moran, composer in residence Mason Bates, mandolinist/composer Chris Thile, and dancer/choreographer Damian Woetzel. The Washington Opera will offer a complete Ring cycle, a revised version of Philip Glass’s Appomattox, and Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars with bass-baritone Eric Owens.

Posted March 4, 2015