Concert Programming Design

As head of the music department at the National Gallery of Art, I frequently sought out the advice and counsel of fellow musicians as I designed the Gallery’s concert seasons. Outstanding among those colleagues was Kim Allen Kluge, who could always be counted on for creative input.

Stephen Ackert
Former Head of Music Department at National Gallery of Art

Kluge’s Partners and Collaborators

The Kennedy Center

Produced & conducted Capital City Opera Productions at the Kennedy Center

National Gallery of Art

Produced & Conducted multi-year concert series linking concerts to NGA exhibitions. Centenary performance of Rite of Spring.

Read a review of the series here.

Bowen-McCauley Dance

Designed multi-year collaborations, integrating dancers into the concert experience.  Performance of Kluge’s composition Haiku Suite at the Kennedy Center

Torpedo Art Factory

Designed & Produced Programmatic collaborations culminating in original visual art based on Kluge’s symphony concert themes. Led art/music workshops for professional visual artists. Conducted several concert seasons inspired by this collaboration.

Washington Performing Arts Society

Produced & Conducted opera at George Mason Center for the Arts. Co-presented with WPAS

Signature Theater

Featured singers from their productions to integrate theater & symphony and bridge audiences.

Washington Ballet

Featured lead dancers to integrate dance & symphony and bridge audiences.


Integrated world musicians & dancers into symphony concerts with themes developed from Smithsonian exhibitions.

Washington Chorus

Co-Produced & Conducted for Kennedy Center concert series

The Shakespeare Theatre

Featured Shakespeare Theatre actors to integrate theater & symphony and bridge audiences.

National Gallery of Art, Film Division

Produced & Composed Kluge score for historic Alice Guy-Blache Retrospective.

Washington National Opera

Produced concerts featuring soloists from Cafritz-Domingo Young Artists Program to highlight their program, and to offer young singers a professional orchestral experience.