The Music Center, located in North Bethesda outside Washington, D.C., will open its season on September 15 by hosting the National Heritage Fellowship Awards presented by the NEA. Bernadette Peters opens the Great American Song Series on October 28 and 29 with Broadway songs; Karen Akers will close the series with Broadway hits on June 8, 2007.
On May 31, 2007, principal artists of the WNO will perform a concert preview of its 2007-08 opera season led by general director Plšcido Domingo. Other classical highlights include the Orquestra de Sê£o Paulo playing Guarnieri's Overture Concertante, Villa-Lobos' Cello Concerto No. 2, and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2. Later in the season, the Hamburg Symphony will perform Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky.
The season also includes performances by Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Irish Tenors, Emmylou Harris, the Mozartean Players, and the Atlantic String Quartet.
The Music Center, a $100 million, 1,976-seat concert hall, opened in February 2005. The venue serves as the second home for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.