Hear the Music…It’s All Around!

By Evan Solomon, DCYOP Program Director

One of the best things about living in the Washington, DC area is the extremely large number of diverse classical music concert offerings, many of which are FREE! Attending concerts, recitals and musical performances is a great activity for the entire family. It is also an important part of any musical education. Developing a strong ear is a key skill for any young instrumentalist!

For live orchestral performances, The National Symphony Orchestra, housed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, offers world class programming featuring today’s best conductors and performers. Though the price is sometimes high, DCYOP frequently receives promotional offers for our families to attend these concerts. The National Philharmonic, performing at Strathmore, and groups such as the Alexandria Symphony and Fairfax Symphony also offer professional orchestral performances in the region. You might want to check out some rising stars in the music world and catch the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra at The Clarice, one of the region’s best performing arts centers.

Many of the historical and cultural institutions in Washington, DC, present free concerts of chamber music on a regular basis. The Library of Congress has an extensive series of offerings taking place at Coolidge Auditorium featuring varied groups of international repute. Admission is free, however, tickets are required. The National Gallery of Arts Sunday Concert series is one of the best deals in town. Including both international and local talent, all you need to do is show up at 6:00 pm and admission is free. 

With the vast number of concerts taking place each week, you and your family could attend a different show every night! To find out more about concerts going on in town you can check The Washington Post “Going out Guide,” or informative blogs such as Ionarts, or the DCist!

Happy concert going!