What better way is there to kick off fall than with the official start of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts 2019-2020 season! Beginning on October 6, the first show of the season will be The Simon & Garfunkel Story.

Washington Center for the Performing arts The Simon and Garfunkel Story performing on stage with dark background
A full live band chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel during the show coming to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts October 6. Photo courtesy: The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Now seen by hundreds of thousands of people across the world, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is a critically acclaimed concert style show. The show follows the story of two young boys’ humble beginnings during the 1960s in Queens, New York. These boys later go on to become one of the world’s most memorable folk-rock duos of all time. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel shared incredible success as one of the best-selling music groups up until their dramatic split in 1970. The show culminates with the famous 1981 ‘The Concert in Central Park’ reunion that was performed in front of 500,000 people.

Using state of the art video projection, incredible lighting techniques and a full live band, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is an inspirational and powerful concert. Expect to hear classic hits such as “Mrs. Robinson,”“Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Homeward Bound,”“The Sound of Silence” and many more. “This will be the first time that The Simon & Garfunkel Story has graced our stage,” explains Jill Barnes, executive director at The Washington Center. “This is a high-energy show that’s not to be missed!”

The Washington Center’s season opener has a real buzz surrounding it as it kicks offthe upcoming months of entertaining performances that delight patrons of all ages. “Our staff, tech crew, volunteers, patrons, season subscribers and those who have purchased tickets for the first time all come together in the fall to enjoy a big night out on the town with the best in live entertainment,” expresses Barnes. “It is a palpable feeling of community and connection. Art and music lovers unite!”

Washington Center for the Performing arts The Simon and Garfunkel Story performing on stage
The Simon & Garfunkel Story is a nostalgic and immersive concert-style theater show.
Photo courtesy: The Simon & Garfunkel Story

As summer winds down and the season opener draws near, the changes at the Washington Center are eagerly discussed amongst staff members. “This summer we are finishing up installing a state-of-the-art sound system that will literally change the way our audiences will experience live performances,” exclaims Barnes. “We are so excited for this major upgrade that will be ready to go by our season opener.”

Other improvements that can be noticed throughout the theater include newly installed drinking fountains and filtered water stations. These are eco-friendly and will save guests the need to purchase plastic water bottles.

Check the Washington Center calendar of events to see the full list of all the Center has to offer. The final Main Stage show of the season is The Temptations on June 4, 2020. There are 36 shows during the presenting season, and all are available as a subscription option to take advantage of ticket savings. Also look for special engagements that will be announced throughout the year – this includes Los Lobos on October 1.

Washington Center for the Performing arts 2019 2020 Season
A teaser of the upcoming shows during the Washington Center’s 2019-2020 season: Pilobolus on November 12 (upper left), Taj Mahal Quartet on November 20 (upper right), Meow Meow on April 4 (lower left), Che Apalache, October 17 (lower right). Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Although the Washington Center has a specific season timeframe, there’s a great deal of activity throughout the summer such as the annual Center Stage Awards & Gala. The theater is also open to rentals year round. The summer months are an ideal time for completing major project updates including the installment of the Washington Center’s new rigging system that was implemented last year and the new audio system this summer.

The start of the upcoming season at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts begins on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. For additional information regarding The Simon & Garfunkel Story and to purchase tickets, visit the Washington Center’s website or email them at boxoffice@washingtoncenter.org. Stay informed on the many upcoming events and shows by following them on Facebook.

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