GW Lisner Auditorium Announces 2013-14 Season

This year’s lineup features Ira Glass, a Flamenco Festival, Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club and David Sedaris.
Lisner Auditorium
July 29, 2013

The George Washington University Lisner Auditorium announced a diverse lineup for the 2013-14 season. Highlights of the season include “This American Life” host Ira Glass accompanied by dancers from the Monica Bill Barnes Company, best-selling author David Sedaris and Cuban ensemble Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club performing with original members of the band for the first time in 15 years.

“Lisner has presented some of the best artists in pop, rock, folk, soul, jazz and world music for more than 70 years,” said Maryann Lombardi, executive director and director of partnership development at Lisner Auditorium. “Our roots lie in that diversity, and I am excited to further that rich tradition in the next season.”

The university recently invested in signifcant renovations for the historic venue. It now boasts state-of-the-art sound and light upgrades, a new maple wood stage floor, reupholstered seats, new carpets and other interior improvements.

Ms. Lombardi, who was appointed in 2012 to lead Lisner Auditorium, oversaw the renovations and also built the staff with new positions in production, programming, marketing and the box office. Under her leadership, Lisner also partnered with local cultural institutions like the Washington Performing Arts Society and Strathmore.

“I am thrilled to represent this historic venue at a time of growth and opportunity. The venue is in the best shape of its life,” Ms. Lombardi said. “I am delighted to build the administration and production team, and to grow our lineup by presenting more world-class artists, innovative up-and-comers and exploring new genres of the arts for the venue. The number of events at Lisner increased by 22 percent during the 2012-13 season, and I am determined to continue this trend in the new season.”

The schedule for the 2013-14 season is listed below. New concert dates will be added throughout the season:

The US Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus
Monday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m.
This concert is free and open to the public Reservations are required.

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club
Featuring Omara Portuondo, Eliades Ochoa, Guajiro Mirabal and Barbarito Torres
Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $35, $45, $60 and $70.

David Sedaris
Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $35, $40 and $45.

Idan Raichel Project
Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $30, $35, $40 and $45.

Tango Fire: Flames of Desire
Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $30, $35, $40 and $45.

EDITH: Remembering the 50th anniversary of the death of legendary singer Edith Piaf, featuring Jil Aigrot
Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $25, $30 and $35.

Anoushka Shankar, co-presented with Washington Performing Arts Society
Friday, Nov.15 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $20, $30 and $40.

Oliver Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits and Krar Collective
Thursday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $25, $27.50 and $32.

3 Acts, 2 Dancers, 1 Radio Host: Two Dancers: Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass
Saturday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $45, $52.50 and $60.

Soweto Gospel Choir, co-presented with Washington Performing Arts Society
Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $30, $35, $40 and $45.

Flamenco Festival 2014

Gala Flamenca: Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodríguez, Karime Amaya and Jesús Carmona
Director: Ángel Rojas
Tuesday, March 4 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $35 and $65.

Ballet Flamenco Eva Yerbabuena “Lluvia”
Friday, March 7 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $35 and $65.

Tomatito Sextet
Tuesday, March 18 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $35, $45, $55 and $65.

Johnny Clegg
Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $30, $35, $40 and $45.

MOMIX, co-presented with the Washington Performing Arts Society
Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $28, $38 and $48.

Vivaldi's Four Seasons: What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow, featuring the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. Co-presented with Washington Performing Arts Society
Sunday, April 27 at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $20.

Lisner

A timelapse video of the recent renovations at Lisner Auditorium.