Music & Concerts — April 27, 2014 at 9:12 pm

May 2014, Washington Performing Arts Society Events


April 24, 2014

Contact: Brenda Kean Tabor

(202) 5331886


The WPAS 2013-14 Season Draws to a Close


Highlights include:

recitals by pianists Martin Helmchen and Sam Haywood

plus performances by violinist Stefan Jackiw,

Chris Botti, and Step Afrika!

Washington, D.C. –


Martin Helmchen, piano (Hayes Piano Series)

Saturday, May 10 2014 at 2 p.m.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Bach                Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828

Schumann        Waldszenen, Op. 82

Schubert          Fantasy in C Major D.760 “Wanderer”

Tickets: $35, available at or by calling 202-785-9727

“The young German pianist demonstrated the qualities that have already propelled him to a major career in Europe.” New York Times

Stefan Jackiw, violin (Virtuoso Series)

Anna Polonsky, piano

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Mozart             Sonata in B-flat Major K.378

Lutoslawski      Partita

Saariaho            Nocturne

Brahms                        Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

Tickets: $35, available at or by calling 202-785-9727

“His sweet tone, intense presence and savvy programming make his performances worthwhile listening.” Washington Post

Chris Botti

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Tickets: $25-85, available at or by calling 202-785-9727


Step Afrika!

Wednesday, May 28; Thursday May 29; Friday May 30 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 31 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, June 1 at 7pm

Hartke Theatre, Catholic University of America

Green is the New Black

Tickets: $30, available at or by calling 202-785-9727

A co-presentation with Dance Place

“Their synchronization is airtight, their sense of rhythm is failsafe, and they’ve got a likable, impish sense of humor.” Washington Post

Sam Haywood, piano (Hayes Piano Series)

Saturday, May 31 2014 at 2 p.m.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Bach/arr. Busoni          Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004

Beethoven                   Sonata quasi una fantasia, Op. 27, No. 2

Villa-Lobos                  Selections from A Prole Do Bebê, Book 1 (The Dolls)

Julius Isserlis               Ballade in E flat minor Op 3 No 2

Chopin                         Ballade No 4 in F minor Op 52 (Julius Isserlis’s favourite Chopin work)

Chopin                         Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor Op 31

Chopin                         Nocturne in D flat major Op. 27 No 2

Chopin                         Polonaise in A flat major Op 53

Tickets: $40, available at or by calling 202-785-9727

“Fine pianism and keen musicianship.” The Strad

Venue information:

Hartke Theatre, The Catholic University of AmericA

3801, Harewood Road, N.E., Washington, DC 20017

Click for directions

Metro:              Brookland/CUA Metro Station (Red Line)


The John F. KEnnedy Center for the PErforming Arts

Concert Hall, Terrace Theater

2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20566

(202) 467-4600

Metro:              Foggy Bottom/GWU (Blue & Orange lines)

Parking:           Kennedy Center, Watergate and Columbia Plaza garages

Free shuttle from Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro

For high-resolution images, to talk to an artist, or to review a performance, contact Brenda Kean Tabor at or (202) 533-1886.

Funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by

National Endowment for the Arts.

WPAS is committed to making every event accessible for persons with disabilities. Please call the WPAS Ticket Services Office for more information on accessibility to the various theaters in which our performances are held.  Services offered vary from venue to venue and may require advance notice.


About WPAS

Since 1965, Washington Performing Arts Society has had a foundational role in the arts in our nation’s capital, creating profound opportunities that connect community and artists, in both education and performance. Through live events in 11 venues that criss-cross the D.C. metropolitan area, the careers of emerging artists are launched and nurtured, and established artists return to develop closer relationships with WPAS audiences and creative partners.

As one of the leading presenters in the nation, Washington Performing Arts Society embraces a broad spectrum of the performing arts, including classical music, jazz, gospel, contemporary dance and music, international music and art forms, and new work.  Dynamic education programs in the public schools and beyond,  are hallmarks of WPAS, as are WPAS’s Embassy Adoption Program and two resident gospel choirs.

In the 2012–13 season, WPAS was twice honored for its work at the intersection of arts presenting and education: by President Barack Obama with a National Medal of Arts (becoming only the fourth D.C.-based arts group and the first arts presenter of its kind to be so honored), and the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts.