Best Upcoming Classical Music Performances In The DC Area

August 20, 2012 6:00 AM

(credit: Thinkstock)

classicalmusic Best Upcoming Classical Music Performances In The DC Area

(credit: Thinkstock)

The District is a mecca for the preservation and appreciation of classical music. Get into the action and open your ears to some of the most beautiful sounds musicians can offer. All the classical greats are celebrated by a myriad of talented artists at a variety of venues. From pianists to violinists to string quartets, be sure to add these upcoming classical music performances to your to-do list this fall.

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-0100

Date: September 23

Love piano? Then tickle your ears with the musical artistry of pianist Joseph Kalichstein. This Isreali-born musician, known for his technical mastery and stirring performances, is the founding member of the world-renowned Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trio. Don’t miss Kalichstein’s upcoming performance at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington on September 23rd. It will be a memorable event.

Bach and Mendelssohn
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

Date: October 14

New to the classical music scene? Come whet your appetite with a taste of Bach and Mendelssohn. On Sunday, October 14th, the Kennedy Center Chamber Players will perform sonatas by the two composers, along with Mendelssohn’s Trio in D minor. Listen to the sounds constructed by some of the founding fathers of this genre and get your fill of classical brilliance at this event.

National Symphony Orchestra: Season Opening Ball Concert
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

Date: September 30

Help kick off the opening season of the National Symphony Orchestra. With this being the opening event of the season, you can expect an awesome performance with elevated excitement from musicians eager to play. On Sunday, September 30, the Season Opening Ball Concert will feature music director and conductor Christoph Eschenbach and dynamic violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Mutter will perform works by Sarasate, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Strauss. On August 23rd, the Grammy award-winning violinist will celebrate 36 years on stage.

RelatedBest Opera Performances in DC

Labor Day Capitol Concert
U.S. Capitol Building – West Lawn
E Capitol St and 1st St NW
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 467-4600

Date: September 2

Bring the whole family to this year’s Labor Day Capitol Concert presented by the National Symphony Orchestra. Located on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the event is free to the public. Gates open at 3 p.m. and there will be an open rehearsal beginning at 3:30 p.m. Get a sneak peak of your favorite artists and musicians amidst the backdrop of one of this nation’s most famous buildings. The concert will run for approximately 90 minutes.

Dali Quartet
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Date: October 28

Classic conservatory training meets Venezuela’s El Sistema tradition with the Dali Quartet. These dynamic artists offer an intriguing blend of Latin-American chamber music with works by Amaya, Turina, Mendelssohn and Villa-Lobos. The quartet consists of a group of award-winning solo and chamber artists who have performed at Carnegie Hall and toured across Europe and Asia. There will be two performances on the day, one for families and one for the more adult crowd.

Related: Best Outdoor Music Scene

Kevin Porter is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. His work can be found on

Listen Live