Classical music connoisseurs and fans of Q by Peter Chang will have the opportunity to enjoy the critically-acclaimed cuisine of Chef and Restaurateur Peter Chang paired with a live classical music performance featuring soprano Laura Choi Stuart and pianist Grace Cho, presented by the New Orchestra of Washington.
Priced at $60 per person (including tax and gratuity), $48 (20% off) if you have a NOWpass Regular subscription, and FREE with a NOWpass premium, this unique experience fusing food and music will feature a 4-course seated dinner paired with a live performance. Q by Peter Chang will kick-off the evening beginning at 6:30PM with a welcome reception including passed hors d'oeuvres, then transition into the seated dinner and live musical performance beginning at 7:00PM. Wine and cocktail selections will be available for purchase for an additional cost.
Although Chinese food and classical music may seem like an unlikely fit, there are countless parallels found in the world of food and music: both are direct reflections of who we are and evoke certain mood in our memories and hearts. This beautiful collaboration draws upon those parallels to allow us to explore our past experiences and ourselves.
First Course - Cold Chinese Salad Trio
The first course features refreshing, spicy and cool dishes and pairs it with vocal music with a similar vibe.
El majo timido (A Timid Man) by Enrique Granados
Nana (Nana) by Maniel de Falla
¿De dónde venís, amore? (Where Have You Come From, My Love?) by Joaquín Rodrigo
Second Course - Dim Sum Basket
The dinner progresses by featuring dim sum, a type of Chinese cuisine that is typically prepared in small, bite-sized portions. Soprano Laura Choi Stuart and pianist Grace Cho have chosen to supplement this course with songs that are also short and delightful.
La courte paille (The Short Straw) by Francis Poulenc
Le sommeil (Sleep)
Quelle aventure! (What an Adventure!)
La reine de cœur (The Queen of Hearts)
Ba, Be, Bi, Bo, Bu (Ba, Be, Bi, Bo, Bu)
Les anges musiciens (The Musician Angels)
Le carafon (The Baby Carafe)
Lune d-Avril (April Moon)
MAIN COURSE - Choice of Furong Chicken (mild) or Basil Duck (spicy)
The third course is the most substantial of the four, with meaty, umami-rich foods meant to satisfy one’s palate. Likewise, we are pairing it with Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love) by Robert Schumann, which likewise features intense emotions that speaks to one’s soul.
Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love) by Robert Schumann
Im wunderschönen Monat Mai (In the wonderfully beautiful month of May)
Aus meinen Tränen sprießen (From my tears spring)
Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne (The Rose, the Lily, the Dove, the Sun)
Wenn ich in deine Augen seh’ (When I look into Your Eyes)
Dein Angesicht so lieb und schön (Your Face, so Dear and Fair)
Lehn deine Wang’ an meine Wang’ (Rest Your Cheek Against My Cheek)
Ich will meine Seele tauchen (I would Plunge My Soul)
Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome (In the Rhine River, in the Holy Spirit)
Ich grolle nicht (I bear no Grudge)
DESSERT - Dates with Glutinous Rice Cake
Finally, with dessert, we feature sweet, indulgent pieces to contrast the intensity of the previous course.
Azulão (Bluebird) by Jayme Ovalle
Aria by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Estrellita (My Little Star) by Manuel Ponce
About Chef Peter Chang
Hailing from Hubei, China, Peter Chang is an award-winning chef specializing in Chinese cuisine. Prior to opening up his own restaurants, he had cooked for the Chinese Embassy and the Chinese president. He has since been featured in print media as the Washington Post, New York Times, New Yorker magazine, as well as television shows like Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods America. Q by Peter Chang is the flagship of his restaurant group. His newest restaurant, Mama Chang, was awarded the best new restaurant in Washington Post food critic Ton Sietsema’s 2019 Spring Restaurant Guide.
About Laura Choi Stuart
Praised as “a lyric soprano of ravishing quality” by the Boston Globe, Laura Choi Stuart has appeared on the mainstage with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Annapolis Opera, Lake George Opera, the In Series, and Opera North in roles including Musetts, Adina, Gilda, Parmina, and Frasquita. Laura will also appear as soprano soloist with the New Orchestra of Washington’s productions of Brahms’ Requiem (November 9 & 10) at the Mexican Cultural Institute and Holiday Concert (December 15) at AMP by Strathmore.
The public parking lot can be found on Waverly Street less than 2 blocks from Q by Peter Chang. The address for the parking is 7401 Waverly St, Bethesda, MD 20814. The parking lot is metered but you can also pay via a phone app.
For those traveling via public transportation , Q by Peter Chang is two blocks away from the Bethesda Metro Station.