Kennedy Center Spotlights the Musical Masters of Central Europe

Performance of The Barber of Seville

Men in tights: Following Mozart’s “Così fan Tutte,“ the 2011-12 opera season continues with Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,“ which runs through April 15 at Kennedy’s Terrace Theater. (Fidelio Artist via Flickr)

Apartment renters seeking a cultural outing that’s a little more highfalutin than the average ballgame, rock show or trip to the local dance club du jour are in luck to be living in Washington, D.C. (yeah, yeah, that line’s getting kinda hackneyed, but let’s see you come up with something better … I’m waiting).

And you can’t get much more high-brow than the programming at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Foggy Bottom in Northwest.

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Until March 29, the Kennedy Center celebrates the Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna. They explain it well here: “Through concerts, theater, and lectures, the Kennedy Center, under the guidance of Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, explores the themes and currents that emerged from these three great cities.”

The itinerary includes Mozart’s “Così fan tutte,” performed by the Washington National Opera, a tale of two men, two fiancés and temptation; the works of Bartók, performed by the National Symphony Orchestra; and “Eros and Freedom: The Viennese Waltz,” a lecture on the history of the dance that become popular in 19th-century Europe.

Ticket prices range from $15 up to $300 or so (ouch) depending on events and seating. Yes, the cheaper ones tend to go quickly, so all astute aesthetes should get those mouse fingers ready for action, pronto.

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Here’s some Mozart to get you in the mood.

The Kennedy Center is located near the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop on the Blue/Orange Lines. This colossal monument to the performing arts is just another reason to make Washington, D.C., your home.