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January 2018

Harlem Symphony Orchestra

January 7 at 10:00 am - January 21 at 5:00 pm

American orchestras often manage to be even less diverse than classical audiences. Music director Amadi Azikiwe is changing that with the Harlem Symphony Orchestra, an African-American ensemble whose performance here includes a symphony by Baltimore composer James Lee III and pieces by Beethoven and Mozart.

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“Outliers and American Vanguard Art”

January 28 at 10:00 am - January 31 at 5:00 pm

The National Gallery’s description of the show is off-putting—anyone curious about “historicizing the shifting identity and role of this distinctly American version of modernism’s ‘other’ ”?—but don’t be daunted. The exhibit features some 300 works that illustrate connections between notable outsider artists such as Horace Pippin and Janet Sobel and their more establishment contemporaries.

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