The Embassy Series kicks off its 18th season on Sept. 15. Highlights of the first half of the 2011-12 season include:
Embassy of Lithuania – Thu., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.
To commemorate victims of the Holocaust in Lithuania, Jerome Barry will raise his baritone voice to highlight cantorial music that Jews composed in the ghettos of Vilnius during World War II. Violinist Peter Sirotin and pianist Edvinas Minkstimas will accompany Barry. Tickets are $80.
Embassy of Austria – Fri., Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Blending violin, cello, bass-baritone and piano, this evening of “high strings and deep voice” at the Austrian Embassy promises to be memorable. The Austrian artists will perform song and chamber works by composers Franz Schubert, Richard Wager and Joseph Haydn, among others. Tickets are $50.
Embassy of the Czech Republic – Fri., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Award-winning Josef Spacek represents the vanguard of young violinists, having toured his native Czech Republic and more than a dozen countries in guest appearances with the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Philharmonia, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, the Brno Philharmonic, the Russian Chamber Philharmonic and others. Tickets are $80.
Embassy of Israel – Tue., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Israeli pianist Ran Dank, who made his debut with the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Hayes Piano Series at the Kennedy Center, will perform a repertoire that includes Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 29” in B-flat major and several of Chopin’s “Preludes.” Tickets are $50.
Embassy of Hungary – Nov. 9 to 10, 7:30 p.m.
Pianist Ádám György returns to the Embassy Series having performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Singapore’s Esplanade. Tickets are $80.
Embassy of Ukraine – Wed., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.
The Gerdan ensemble featuring Andrei Pidkivka on flute, Solomia Gorokhivska on violin and singer Karlin Kirilov offers a kaleidoscope of traditional Eastern European melodies and rhythms.
Also keep an eye out in December for an evening of Christmas music at the Embassy of Luxembourg, pianist Matei Varga at the Romanian ambassador’s residence, and cellist Efe Baltacigil along with pianist Amy Yang at the Turkish ambassador’s residence.
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Rachael Bade is a contributing writer for The Washington Diplomat.