- The Washington Times - Monday, March 4, 2002

The Washington Performing Arts Society will sponsor more than 60 performances of music and dance in its 37th season, which begins Sept. 25 with a recital by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli and concludes with the appearance of pianist Yefim Bronfman on June 1, 2003.
Highlights include a two-tier visit next March by the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt their first appearance in Washington in a decade and the return of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in a weeklong co-presentation with the Kennedy Center in April.
A total of 14 orchestras are on the list. They include the London Philharmonic with principal conductor Kurt Masur, the San Francisco Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, all appearing this October. The Vienna Philharmonic, the Kirov with Valery Gergiev and the Philadelphia Orchestra with conductor Roberto Abbado are scheduled next March.
Mr. Gergiev will return as conductor with the Rotterdam Philharmonic a month later.
Other classical recitals will be given by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, appearing with pianist Lambert Orkis in October; cellist Yo-Yo Ma, with pianist Kathryn Stott in January; mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves in March; and pianist Evgeny Kissin in April 2003.
Local artists Robert Massey and David Wilson will present a world premiere of their work, "The Nitrate Hymnal," commissioned by WPAS, which also has co-commissioned Sweet Honey in the Rock with Toshi Reagon and Big Lovely for a special project in honor of the a cappella group's 30th anniversary.
Debuts include the latest works by dancers-choreographers Yin Mei and Andrea Woods as well as Living Dance Studio, an independent dance-theater company from China.
In February, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will present the premiere of a new film score by Wycliffe Gordon, the orchestra's trombonist, composed for the classic 1925 silent film "Body and Soul."
A tribute to the late poet-author Langston Hughes will be offered this October in the D.C. premiere of Ysaye Barnwell's "Suite Death," with local choruses and orchestra.

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