Any lover of Spey knows we adore art. Art invigorates the spirit, enlivens the city around us, and enriches the soul. Festooning Washingtonians in fabulous pearl jewelry allows us not only to create exhilarating expressions of wearable art, but also to support exciting new artistic endeavors. From the regal halls of the Kennedy Center to experimental stages peppered across this capital city, it is our extreme pleasure to champion both art and artists. Some of our recent creative indulgences? We thought you’d never ask.
The Washington Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty
For precision, pageantry, and downright prettiness, look no further than our world-class-yet-hometown The Washington Ballet. Artistic Director Julie Kent glides from breathtaking achievement to breathtaking achievement, never more aptly showcased than in her recent staging of Petipa’s timeless classic. The Washington Ballet Orchestra whipped us into a frenzy of melodic delights with Tchaikovsky’s score – the backbone to what The Washington Post’s Sarah Kaufman described as “a lavish, triumphant Sleeping Beauty.” Beautiful scene after beautiful scene dripped like lustrous pearls on a strand, bolstered by consummate refinement and masses of sumptuous costumes. Awakened by true love’s kiss? Yes, please.
Tenor Anthony Kearns at The Perry Belmont House
Anthony Kearns is an internationally-renowned tenor with over a decade of extraordinary, collaborative work as part of the Double Platinum super-group, The Irish Tenors. His solo career has spanned television, operas, orchestral concerts, and major charity events in the world’s most celebrated venues, including performances for Pope Francis I, four U.S. presidents, and now: Spey. We were thrilled to listen to the familiar tunes and resounding melodies of classic Irish songs, including the perennial favorite Danny Boy, within what may only be described as Washington’s finest example of a Beaux Arts mansion, The Perry Belmont House. Distinguished guests gathered around the house’s gold-leafed Steinway for an unparalleled concert we’ll not soon forget.
Kosciuszko Foundation’s Chopin Competition for Young Pianists
Bring together eight brilliant young pianists from across the globe, guide them under the tutelage of leading Chopin experts Piotr Paleczny, Krzysztof Jablonski, and Jeffrey Swann (each of whom are lauded prize-winners from the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw), and what do you get? An intensive, chillingly-dazzling program of masterclasses and performances celebrating that master of poetic genius on the piano, Frédéric François Chopin. This first-ever Chopin Piano Academy offered a deep exploration of Chopin’s music, made even more wonderful by the nuance and sensitivity of the young pianists whose fingers simply danced across the keys.
So that’s one weekend for Spey – decadent pearl jewelry and remarkable art. We count ourselves especially blessed to be surrounded by such inspiring beauty and look forward to the continued growth of art in Washington, DC. Care to join us? Here’s what’s next on our artistic calendar: