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26.3.06

Classical Month in Washington (April)

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Classical Month in Washington is a monthly feature that appears on the first of the month. If there are concerts you would like to see included on our schedule, send your suggestions by e-mail (ionarts at gmail dot com). Happy listening!

Saturday, April 1, 5 and 8 pm; Sunday, April 2, 2 pm
Folger Consort: Landini and Machaut
Folger Shakespeare Library

Saturday, April 1, 7 pm; Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 pm; Thursday, April 6, 7:30 pm; Sunday, April 9, 2 pm
Donizetti, L'elisir d'amore
Washington National Opera
Kennedy Center Opera House
See the review by Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, April 3)

Saturday, April 1, 8 pm
Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
See the review by Sarah Kaufman (Washington Post, April 3)

Saturday, April 1, 8 pm
Yundi Li, piano
Music by Mozart, Schumann, Chopin, and Liszt
Music Center at Strathmore
See the review by George A. Pieler (Ionarts, April 3)

Sunday, April 2, 2 pm; Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 pm; Saturday, April 8, 7 pm; Monday, April 10, 7 pm; Friday, April 14, 7:30 pm
Wagner, Das Rheingold
Washington National Opera
Kennedy Center Opera House
See the review by Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, March 26)

Sunday, April 2, 5 pm
Natasha Mah, piano
Phillips Collection

Sunday, April 2, 6 pm
Rossini, Tancredi
Washington Concert Opera
Lisner Auditorium
See the review by Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, April 6)

Sunday, April 2, 6:30 pm
Kronos Quartet, with Wu Man, pipa player
Music by Rahul Dev Burman, Michael Gordon, Terry Riley, and John Zorn
National Gallery of Art (East Building Auditorium)

Sunday, April 2, 7:30 pm
Sequenza (piano trio)
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater (Fortas Chamber Music series)

Monday, April 3, 7:30 pm
All Copland (part of President's Festival of the Arts 2006)
CUA Symphony Orchestra
Church of the Epiphany (13th and G Streets NW)
See the review by Daniel Ginsberg (Washington Post, April 5)

Tuesday, April 4, 12:10 pm
Noontime Cantata: Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort, BWV 168
Washington Bach Consort
Church of the Epiphany (13th and G Streets NW)

Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 pm
Chamber Music: All Copland (part of President's Festival of the Arts 2006)
Ivo Kaltchev, Rome Trio, Sharon Christman
Pryzbyla Center, Catholic University

Tuesday, April 4, 8 pm
Yo-Yo Ma, cello (WPAS)
Solo cello suites by J. S. Bach
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
See the review by Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, April 7)

Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 pm
New Old American Songs (part of President's Festival of the Arts 2006)
CUA Chorus
Pryzbyla Center, Catholic University

Wednesday, April 5, 8 pm
Academy of Ancient Music (Giuliano Carmignola, director)
All-Mozart program
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park, Md.)

Thursday, April 6, 7:30 pm
Irwin Shaw's Quiet City (part of President's Festival of the Arts 2006)
Semi-staged reading with music by Aaron Copland (CUA Chamber Ensemble)
Pryzbyla Center, Catholic University

Thursday, April 6, 8 pm
Turtle Island String Quartet [FREE, and no ticket required]
Library of Congress

Thursday, April 6, 8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Monet and the Impressionists, with conductor Jahja Ling
Music by Debussy, Ravel, and Beethoven (Third Symphony)
Music Center at Strathmore
See the review by Tim Smith (Baltimore Sun, April 8)

Friday, April 7, 7:30 pm; Saturday, April 8, 7:30 pm
Aaron Copland, The Tender Land (chamber version) (part of President's Festival of the Arts 2006)
Pryzbyla Center, Catholic University
See the review by Cecelia Porter (Washington Post, April 10)

Friday, April 7, 8 pm
Juilliard String Quartet [FREE]
Music by Schubert, Viñao, and Beethoven
Library of Congress

Friday, April 7, 8 pm
Krystian Zimerman, piano
Shriver Hall (Baltimore, Md.)
See the review by Jens F. Laurson and Charles T. Downey (Ionarts, April 8)

Friday, April 7, 8 pm; Saturday, April 8, 8 pm
Reto Reichenbach, piano
Music by Martin, Brahms, Franck
Embassy of Switzerland (2900 Cathedral Avenue NW)
See the review by George A. Pieler (Ionarts, April 8)

Friday, April 7, 8 pm; Sunday, April 9, 2 pm
Bellini, Norma
Virginia Opera
George Mason University Center for the Arts
See the review by Grace Jean (Washington Post, April 10) and the review by T. L. Ponick (Washington Times, April 11)

Saturday, April 8, 2 pm
Malcolm Bilson, lecture/piano recital
Performing on a replica of the 1814 Nanette Streicher piano
Baltimore Museum of Art
See the review by Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, April 9)

Saturday, April 8, 8 pm
Leon Fleisher, piano
Music by Bach (Capriccio in B-flat major, BWV 992, and Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue), Stravinsky (Serenade for Piano in A Major), and Schubert (Sonata in B-flat, D. 960)
Shriver Hall (Baltimore, Md.)
See the review by Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, April 11)

Saturday, April 8, 8 pm
Lent in Leipzig (music by Keyser, Kuhnau, J. S. Bach)
Cantate Chamber Singers
St. John’s Norwood Parish (Chevy Chase, Md.)

Saturday, April 8, 8 pm
Elmar Oliveira, violin [FREE]
Library of Congress

Saturday, April 8, 8 pm [free masterclass at 1 pm]
Pacifica Quartet
Music by Mendelssohn, Janáček, Tchaikovsky
Kreeger Museum

Saturday, April 8, 8 pm
National Philharmonic, with Cho-Liang Lin, violin
Music by Beethoven and Mussorgsky
Music Center at Strathmore

Sunday, April 9, 3 pm
Fazil Say, piano
Music by Bach (Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543, and Busoni's arrangement of the D minor chaconne from the second violin partita), Beethoven (Tempest sonata), and Stravinsky (Rite of Spring for piano, four hands)
Shriver Hall (Baltimore, Md.)
See the review by Jens F. Laurson and Charles T. Downey (Ionarts, April 12)

Sunday, April 9, 3 pm
Washington Chorus: William Walton, Belshazzar's Feast, and motets and Gloria by Poulenc
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
See the review by Robert R. Reilly (Ionarts, April 10)

Sunday, April 9, 6:30 pm
Eusia String Quartet, with James Dick, pianist
Music by Debussy, Fauré, and Gregory Vajda
National Gallery of Art

Sunday, April 9, 7:30 pm
Courtenay Budd, soprano
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (Rockville, Md.)

Monday, April 10, 7:30 pm
Diotima String Quartet
Hosokawa, Silent Flowers; Berg, Lyric Suite; Webern, Six Bagatelles, op. 9; Ferneyhough, Quartet No. 2; Janáček, Quartet No. 2
La Maison Française (4101 Reservoir Road NW)
Request a reservation by sending an e-mail to Culturel.WASHINGTON-AMBA@diplomatie.gouv.fr
See the review by Charles T. Downey (Ionarts, April 12)

Thursday, April 13, 7 pm; Friday, April 14, 1:30 pm; Saturday, April 15, 8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra, St. Matthew Passion, with Helmuth Rilling
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
See the review by Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, April 14)

Thursday, April 13, 8 pm
Lang Lang, piano (WPAS)
Music Center at Strathmore
See the review by George A. Pieler (Ionarts, April 15)

Friday, April 14, 8 pm
Choral Arts Society of Washington
Music Center at Strathmore
See the review by Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, April 17)

Saturday, April 15, 8 pm
Left Bank Concert Society: Shades of Our Times
Music by Moravec, Dutilleux, Ewazen, Stucky, and Bartók (String Quartet No. 5)
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park, Md.)
See the review by Cecelia Porter (Washington Post, April 17)

Sunday, April 16, 5 pm
Haskell Small, piano
World premiere of commissioned composition: Renoir’s Feast
Phillips Collection
See the review by Joan Reinthaler (Washington Post, April 18)

Monday, April 17, 8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra/JCC Chamber Music Series
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (Rockville, Md.)

Thursday, April 20, 7 pm; Friday, April 21, 8 pm; Saturday, April 22, 8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor/Julian Rachlin, violin
Music by Beethoven (Sixth Symphony), Prokofiev (second violin concerto), and Stravinsky (Firebird Suite)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
See the review by Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, April 21)

Thursday, April 20, 7:30 pm
Garth Newel Piano Quartet
Mansion at Strathmore

Thursday, April 20, 8 pm; Friday, April 21, 8 pm
Mendelssohn Piano Trio with Michael Stepniak (viola) and Claudia Chudacoff (cello)
Robert Schumann Festival
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany (4645 Reservoir Road NW)

Thursday, April 20, 5 pm
Alex Ross (of The New Yorker and The Rest Is Noise), “Hitler and Stalin as Music-Lovers”
Peabody Musicology Colloquium
Cohen-Davison Theatre at Peabody (Baltimore, Md.)
See the calamity summary by Charles T. Downey (Ionarts, April 22)

Friday, April 21, 7:30 pm; Sunday, April 23, 3 pm; Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 pm; Thursday, April 27, 7:30 pm; Saturday, April 29, 7:30 pm; Sunday, April 30, 3 pm
Cimarosa, Il Matrimonio Segreto
University of Maryland Opera Studio, conducted by Ryan Brown
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Studio (College Park, Md.)
See the review by Charles T. Downey (Ionarts, April 28)

Friday, April 21, 8 pm
Washington Bach Consort [FREE]
Bach's Cantata Es ist das heil uns kommen her, BWV 9, and twentieth-century choral works by American composers
Library of Congress
See the review by Joe Banno (Washington Post, April 24)

Friday, April 21, 8 pm
Trio Solisti with David Krakauer, clarinet
Music by Moravec
Barns at Wolf Trap (Vienna, Va.)
See the review by Cecelia Porter (Washington Post, April 24)

Saturday, April 22, 4:30 pm
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, with Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (WPAS)
Music by Debussy, Berg Ravel, Mahler, and Wagner
Lulu Suite, with soprano Celena Shafer
Replaced by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Ravel's Piano Concerto in D Major for Left Hand
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
See the review by Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, April 26)

Saturday, April 22, 8 pm
National Philharmonic, with Philip Hosford, piano
Music by Haydn, Salieri, and Mozart
Music Center at Strathmore
See the review by Mark J. Estren (Washington Post, April 24)

Saturday, April 22, 8:30 pm; Sunday, April 23, 7:30 pm
Jerusalem Quartet
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (Rockville, Md.)
See the review by Charles T. Downey (Ionarts, April 24)

Sunday, April 23, 3 pm
The Master Chorale of Washington
Music by Copland and world premiere by Hailstork
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
See the review by Tim Page (Washington Post, April 25)

Sunday, April 23, 4 pm
Verdi, Requiem
New Dominion Chorale
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall (Alexandria, Va.)
See the review by Mark J. Estren (Washington Post, April 26)

Sunday, April 23, 4:30 pm
Contemporary Music Forum
Music by Frederick Weck, Douglas Boyce, Steve Antosca, and Miroslav Pudlak
Corcoran Gallery of Art
See the review by Daniel Ginsberg (Washington Post, April 26)

Sunday, April 23, 5 pm
Gregory Sioles with Marcolivia, piano trio
Phillips Collection

Sunday, April 23, 6:30 pm
Piotr Andrszewski, pianist
Music by Bach, Mozart, and Karol Szymanowski
National Gallery of Art
See the review by Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, April 27)

Monday, April 24, 7:30 pm
Ensemble Doulce Mémoire
17th-century French music, with Baroque dance
La Maison Française
See the review by Charles T. Downey (Ionarts, April 26)

Monday, April 24, 8 pm
Itzhak Perlman, violin, and Pinchas Zukerman, violin/viola (WPAS)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
See the review by Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, April 28)

Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 pm
Efe Baltacigil, cello (WPAS)
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
See the review by Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, April 29)

Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 pm
Shanghai Quartet [FREE]
Bartók, first string quartet; Ravel, Quartet in F; Yi-wen Jiang, ChinaSong
Freer Gallery of Art
See the review by Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, May 2)

Thursday, April 27, 7 pm; Friday, April 28, 8 pm; Saturday, April 29, 8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra: Mstislav Rostropovich, conductor/Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Music by Bernstein (Slava! [A Political Overture]), Britten (Peter Grimes Sea Interludes), Dutilleux (Correspondances, 2003), and Dvořák (Eighth Symphony)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
See the review by Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, April 28)

Thursday, April 27, 8 pm; Friday, April 28, 8 pm; Sunday, April 30, 3 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Carlos Kalmar
Program includes John Adams, On the Transmigration of Souls
Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale and Peabody Children's Chorus
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)
See the review by Charles T. Downey (Ionarts, April 29)

Friday, April 28, 7 pm
Georgetown University Chamber Singers, “Sing Joyfully”
Byrd’s “Mass for Four Voices”, “Ave Verum Corpus,” and “Sing Joyfully”
Dumbarton United Methodist Church (3133 Dumbarton Street NW)

Friday, April 28, 7:30 pm
East Coast Chamber Orchestra
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
See the review by Mark J. Estren (Washington Post, May 1)

Friday, April 28, 7:30 pm
Antoine Tamestit (viola) and Alexis Descharmes (cello)
Contemporary, mostly Hungarian music
La Maison Française

Friday, April 28, 8 pm
London Haydn Quartet, with Eric Hoeprich, clarinet [FREE]
All-Mozart program: Clarinet Quartet in B-flat Major (18th-c. arr. of Violin Sonata, K. 378), String Quartet in F Major, K. 590 ("Prussian"), Fugues in C minor and D Major for string quartet, K. 405 (arr. of BWV 871 and 874), and Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581
Library of Congress
See the review by Stephen Brookes (Washington Post, May 1)

Friday, April 28, 8 pm
Weilerstein Trio
All-Dvořák program
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Saturday, April 29, 4:30 pm
Ute Lemper, vocalist [CANCELLED]
Cabaret concert, presented in honor of Dada
National Gallery of Art (East Building Auditorium)

Saturday, April 29, 5 pm
21st Century Consort, with soprano Lucy Shelton
Tom Flaherty, When Time Was Young; Jacob Druckman, Lamia; Jon Deak, Rapunzel
Hirshhorn Museum

Saturday, April 29, 8:15 pm; Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 pm; Friday, May 5, 8:15 pm; Sunday, May 7, 3 pm
Puccini, La Bohème
Baltimore Opera
See the review by Grace Jean (Washington Post, May 1)

Sunday, April 30, 3 pm
Metropolitan Chorus
Music by Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky, and Luis Bacalov (Misa Tango)
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center (Alexandria, Va.)

Sunday, April 30, 5 pm
Christopher Guzman, piano
Phillips Collection

Sunday, April 30, 6:30 pm
Modern Musick
Music by Charles Avison, Handel, Locke, Purcell, Vivaldi, and other composers, played on period instruments
National Gallery of Art

Sunday, April 30, 7:30 pm
Russian Chamber Art Society
Galina Sakhnovskaya (soprano), Timothy Mix (baritone), with Tamara Sanikidze and Mikhail Yanovitsky (piano)
Vocal music by the Mighty Five
The Lyceum (Alexandria, Va.)
See the review by Mark J. Estren (Washington Post, May 2)

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