This week, musical interludes fill our schedule.
Washington Concert Opera celebrates the 100th birthday of one of Italy’s greatest composers, Giuseppe Verdi, with one of his little-known operas,”I Masnadieri.” Tenor Russell Thomas makes his Washington debut as Carlo, the young man who joins a gang of bandits after being cast out of the family by his evil brother Francesco. Lisette Oropesa makes her WCO debut playing Amalia, Carlo’s love.
Soprano Emily Noel, tenor Aaron Sheehan and multi-instrumentalist Tom Zajac bring Spain in the 13th and 15th centuries alive through music and dance. National radio personality Robert Aubry Davis starts things off with a lively discussion at 7 p.m.
Eclectic musical group Verge Ensemble starts off the fall cultural season with a toe-tapping collection of contemporary music with folk roots. Verge artistic director Dan Visconti leads a discussion about the music before the performance. Snag tickets in advance.
Celebrate Black Cat’s 25th year with this quartet whose music is hard to categorize — a blend of folk, rock, pop and even a little bit country, indie music lovers will find something to love about this good-time band.