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22.10.06

Classical Month in Washington (December)

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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!

December 1, 2006 (Fri)
7 pm
National Symphony Orchestra, with Iván Fischer
Music by Henderson, Sibelius, Strauss, Brahms, and others
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Review -- Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, December 1)

December 1, 2006 (Fri)
7:30 pm
Annual Christmas Concert for Charity [FREE, with goodwill offering for charity]
National Shrine Choir / Choir and Orchestra of Catholic University
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (4th Street and Michigan Avenue NE)

December 1, 2006 (Fri)
7:30 pm
Tribute to Django Reinhardt and French chansons
Panamanouche
La Maison Française

December 1, 2006 (Fri)
7:30 pm
Iranian composer Kazem Davoudian, Footsteps of the Mountain
Enchanted String Ensemble
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

December 1, 2006 (Fri)
8 pm
University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celeste and Schubert’s “Great” Symphony No. 9
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Review -- Andrew Lindemann Malone (Washington Post, December 4)

December 1, 2006 (Fri)
8 pm
Carlisle Floyd, Susannah
Virginia Opera
George Mason University Center for the Arts (Fairfax, Va.)
Review -- Mark J. Estren (Washington Post, November 15)

December 1, 2006 (Fri)
8 pm
Pinchas Zukerman (violin and viola), Marc Neikrug (piano)
Washington Performing Arts Society
Music Center at Strathmore

December 1, 2006 (Fri)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Baroque in Nature
Includes Water Music by Telemann and Handel
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)
Review -- Cecelia Porter (Washington Post, December 4)

December 2, 2006 (Sat)
7:30 pm
A String Family Portrait (music by Higdon, Bacewicz, Bridge, and the Mendelssohn octet)
Left Bank Concert Society
Kennedy Center
Review -- Charles T. Downey (Ionarts, December 4)

December 2, 2006 (Sat)
8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra, with Iván Fischer
Music by Henderson, Sibelius, Strauss, Brahms, and others
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

December 2, 2006 (Sat)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Baroque in Nature
Includes Water Music by Telemann and Handel
Music Center at Strathmore

December 2, 2006 (Sat)
8:30 pm
Miró Quartet
Music by Beethoven, Schubert, and a new piece
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (Rockville, Md.)

December 3, 2006 (Sun)
2 pm
Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, piano
Young Concert Artists Series
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Review -- Tim Page (Washington Post, December 5)

December 3, 2006 (Sun)
2 pm
Carlisle Floyd, Susannah
Virginia Opera
George Mason University Center for the Arts (Fairfax, Va.)

December 3, 2006 (Sun)
3 pm
December Recital [FREE, with reception]
Piano Society of Greater Washington
Calvary Lutheran Church (Silver Spring, Md.)

December 3, 2006 (Sun)
3 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Baroque in Nature
Includes Water Music by Telemann and Handel
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

December 3, 2006 (Sun)
4 pm
Family Concert: Our Family's on the Map
Capital City Symphony
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Review -- Charles T. Downey and Master Ionarts (Ionarts, December 4)

December 3, 2006 (Sun)
4 pm
Arco Voce, chamber ensemble [FREE]
Phillips Collection
Review -- Joan Reinthaler (Washington Post, December 5)

December 3, 2006 (Sun)
6:30 pm
Shaun Tirrell, pianist [FREE]
Music by Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and other composers
National Gallery of Art

December 3, 2006 (Sun)
7:30 pm
Miró Quartet
Music by Beethoven, Schubert, and a new piece
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (Rockville, Md.)

December 6, 2006 (Wed)
7 pm
Nicolas Angelich, piano
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Review -- Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, December 9)

December 6, 2006 (Wed)
8 pm
Cypress String Quartet
Embassy Series
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany (4645 Reservoir Road NW)
Review -- Daniel Ginsberg (Washington Post, December 8)

December 7, 2006 (Thu)
11 am
Lecture by Daniel Leeson: The Story of the Discovery of Hidden Mozart Memorabilia
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (Piano Room: First Floor, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library)

December 7, 2006 (Thu)
2 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
With guest conductor Kwamé Ryan and Markus Groh (piano)
Music by Pärt, Beethoven, and Schumann
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

December 7, 2006 (Thu)
7 pm
NSO Pops: Happy Holidays!
With Marvin Hamlisch
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

December 7, 2006 (Thu)
7:30 pm
Nicolas Angelich, piano
La Maison Française

December 7, 2006 (Thu)
7:30 pm
Shanghai Quartet [FREE]
Freer Gallery of Art
Review -- Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, December 8)

December 7, 2006 (Thu)
8 pm
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment [FREE]
Music by Mozart and Anton Stadler
Library of Congress (pre-concert presentation, 6:15 pm)
Review -- Charles T. Downey (Ionarts, December 9)

December 7, 2006 (Thu)
8 pm
Menotti, Amahl and the Night Visitors
Opera Vivente
Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Baltimore, Md.)

December 8, 2006 (Fri)
7 pm
NSO Pops: Happy Holidays!
With Marvin Hamlisch
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

December 8, 2006 (Fri)
8 pm
Handel's M-Word
Washington National Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra
Washington National Cathedral

December 8, 2006 (Fri)
8 pm
Menotti, Amahl and the Night Visitors
Opera Vivente
Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Baltimore, Md.)

December 8, 2006 (Fri)
8 pm
Festival of Lights: Turtle Island String Quartet
Friends of Music
Dumbarton Oaks

December 8, 2006 (Fri)
8 pm
Dan Zhu (violin) and Akiko Chiba (piano)
Embassy Series
Embassy of the People's Republic of China (2300 Connecticut Avenue NW)

December 8, 2006 (Fri)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony: Soulful Celebration
Nutcracker Suite (Duke Ellington arrangement) and Quincy Jones, Soulful Celebration
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

December 9, 2006 (Sat)
11 am (Casual Concert)
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
With guest conductor Kwamé Ryan and Markus Groh (piano)
Music by Beethoven and Schumann
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)
Review -- Tim Page (Washington Post, December 11)

December 9, 2006 (Sat)
1:30 and 2:30 pm
Holiday caroling in the Rotunda [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

December 9, 2006 (Sat)
2 pm
Menotti, Amahl and the Night Visitors
Opera Vivente
Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Baltimore, Md.)

December 9, 2006 (Sat)
7:30 pm
Han-Na Chang (cello) and Sergio Tiempo (piano)
Washington Performing Arts Society
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Review -- Daniel Ginsberg (Washington Post, December 11)

December 9, 2006 (Sat)
7:30 pm
Baltimore Symphony: Handel's M-Word
Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

December 9, 2006 (Sat)
8 pm
Festival of Lights: Turtle Island String Quartet
Friends of Music
Dumbarton Oaks

December 9, 2006 (Sat)
8 pm
NSO Pops: Happy Holidays!
With Marvin Hamlisch
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

December 10, 2006 (Sun)
1:30 and 2:30 pm
Holiday caroling in the Rotunda [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

December 10, 2006 (Sun)
2 pm
Menotti, Amahl and the Night Visitors
Opera Vivente
Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Baltimore, Md.)

December 10, 2006 (Sun)
3 pm
Season's Greetings
The Metropolitan Chorus, with Washington Balalaika Society
Thomas Jefferson Theatre (Arlington, Va.)

December 10, 2006 (Sun)
3 pm
Wonny Song, piano
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (Rockville, Md.)

December 10, 2006 (Sun)
4 pm
Handel's M-Word
Washington National Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra
Washington National Cathedral

December 10, 2006 (Sun)
4 pm
Peter Serkin, piano
Foundation for the Advancement of Education in the Sciences
Congregation Beth-El (Bethesda, Md.)

December 10, 2006 (Sun)
4 pm
Yu Jin, viola with piano [FREE]
Phillips Collection

December 10, 2006 (Sun)
5:30 pm
Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano, with pianist Warren Jones
Songs by Brahms, Duparc, and De Falla
Shriver Hall (Baltimore, Md.)
Review -- Charles T. Downey (Ionarts, December 12)

December 10, 2006 (Sun)
6:30 pm
Anonymous 4
19th-century American hymns and tunes
National Gallery of Art

December 10, 2006 (Sun)
7 pm
Festival of Lights: Turtle Island String Quartet
Friends of Music
Dumbarton Oaks

December 10, 2006 (Sun)
7 pm
NSO Pops: Happy Holidays!
With Marvin Hamlisch
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

December 10, 2006 (Sun)
7:30 pm
Empire Brass
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Review -- Cecelia Porter (Washington Post, December 12)

December 12, 2006 (Tue)
7:30 pm
Armide Seminar (with Philip Kennicott, Nizam Kettaneh, Orest Ranum, and Patricia Ranum)
Hosted by Opera Lafayette
La Maison Française

December 13, 2006 (Wed)
7:30 pm
Brooke Evers, soprano
The Mansion at Strathmore

December 14, 2006 (Thu)
7 pm
National Symphony Orchestra, with André Watts, piano
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Review -- Jens F. Laurson (Ionarts, December 15)

December 14, 2006 (Thu)
7 pm
A Viennese Christmas
Sigmund Romberg Orchestra and Soloists
Music Center at Strathmore

December 15, 2006 (Fri)
7 pm
National Symphony Orchestra, with André Watts, piano
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

December 15, 2006 (Fri)
7:30 pm
Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro
Opera Bel Cantanti
Embassy of Austria (3524 International Court NW)
Review -- Mark J. Estren (Washington Post, December 18)

December 15, 2006 (Fri)
8 pm
Greensleeves: Christmas at the Court and Chapel of Henry VIII
Folger Consort
Folger Shakespeare Library
Review -- Charles T. Downey (Ionarts, December 22)

[CANCELLED]
December 15, 2006 (Fri)
8 pm
Palestrina, Missa Hodie Christus natus est; Schütz, Christmas Oratorio
Chantry, with Orchestra of the 17th Century
Location TBA


December 15, 2006 (Fri)
8 pm
The Joy of Christmas
Cathedral Choral Society and Children’s Chorus of Washington
With organist Scott Dettra and Washington Symphonic Brass
Washington National Cathedral
Review -- Andrew Lindemann Malone (Washington Post, December 19)

December 15, 2006 (Fri)
8 pm
Joshua Bell (violin), Paul Neubauer (viola), Steven Isserlis (cello), and Jeremy Denk (piano) [FREE]
All-Schumann program
Library of Congress (pre-concert presentation, 6:15 pm)
Review -- Tim Page (Washington Post, December 18)

December 16, 2006 (Sat)
1:30 and 2:30 pm
Holiday caroling in the Rotunda [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

December 16, 2006 (Sat)
2 pm
The Washington Chorus: Music for Christmas
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Review -- Tim Page (Washington Post, December 18)

December 16, 2006 (Sat)
2 and 4 pm
Choral Arts Society: Family Christmas Concert
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

December 16, 2006 (Sat)
4 pm
Christmas Concert
Suspicious Cheese Lords
St. Paul's Lutheran Church (4900 Connecticut Avenue NW)

December 16, 2006 (Sat)
4 pm
The Joy of Christmas
Cathedral Choral Society and Children’s Chorus of Washington
With organist Scott Dettra and Washington Symphonic Brass
Washington National Cathedral

December 16, 2006 (Sat)
5 and 8 pm
Greensleeves: Christmas at the Court and Chapel of Henry VIII
Folger Consort
Folger Shakespeare Library

December 16, 2006 (Sat)
7:30 pm
Handel, Der M-Word (Mozart orchestration, sung in German)
Cantate Chamber Singers
St. Columba’s Episcopal Church (4201 Albemarle Street NW)

December 16, 2006 (Sat)
7:30 pm
Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro
Opera Bel Cantanti
Embassy of Austria (3524 International Court NW)

December 16, 2006 (Sat)
8 pm
Palestrina, Missa Hodie Christus natus est; Schütz, Christmas Oratorio
Chantry, with Orchestra of the 17th Century
St. Mary Mother of God
Review -- Charles T. Downey (Ionarts, December 18)

December 16, 2006 (Sat)
8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra, with André Watts, piano
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

December 17, 2006 (Sun)
11 am
Gerald Finzi, In Terra Pax ("A Christmas Scene for Soprano and Baritone Soloists, Choir, and Chamber Orchestra")
Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church Choir (Adam Turner, music director)
Free (in the context of a religious service)
Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church (4th Street and Independence Avenue SE)

December 17, 2006 (Sun)
1:30 and 2:30 pm
Holiday caroling in the Rotunda [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

December 17, 2006 (Sun)
2 pm
Kennedy Center Chamber Players
Music by Beethoven, Crumb (A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979), and Brahms
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Review -- Mark J. Estren (Washington Post, December 19)

December 17, 2006 (Sun)
2 pm
Christmas Candlelight Concert
Master Chorale of Washington
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

December 17, 2006 (Sun)
2 and 5 pm
Greensleeves: Christmas at the Court and Chapel of Henry VIII
Folger Consort
Folger Shakespeare Library

December 17, 2006 (Sun)
3 and 7:30 pm
Holiday Concert
Heritage Signature Chorale
The Mansion at Strathmore

December 17, 2006 (Sun)
4 pm
The Joy of Christmas
Cathedral Choral Society and Children’s Chorus of Washington
With organist Scott Dettra and Washington Symphonic Brass
Washington National Cathedral

December 17, 2006 (Sun)
4 pm
Handel, Der M-Word (Mozart orchestration, sung in German)
Cantate Chamber Singers
Westmoreland Congregational Church (Bethesda, Md.)

December 17, 2006 (Sun)
4 pm
Soyeon Lee, piano [FREE]
Phillips Collection

December 17, 2006 (Sun)
5 pm
Holiday Carol Sing [FREE]
Capital City Symphony and Congressional Chorus
Atlas Performing Arts Center

December 17, 2006 (Sun)
6:30 pm
Nordic Voices [FREE]
Christmas music from Norway and other countries
In association with the Norwegian Christmas Festival
National Gallery of Art

December 18, 2006 (Mon)
7 pm
Choral Arts Society of Washington: Christmas Music
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Review -- Stephen Brookes (Washington Post, December 20)

December 18, 2006 (Mon)
7:30 pm
Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro (abridged version)
Opera Bel Cantanti
Embassy of Germany

December 18, 2006 (Mon)
8 pm
Stradivari Anniversary Concert: Ensō Quartet [FREE]
Music by Mozart, Ginastera, and Dvořák
Library of Congress (pre-concert presentation, 6:15 pm)
Review -- Charles T. Downey (Ionarts, December 20)

December 19, 2006 (Tue)
7:30 pm
Greensleeves: Christmas at the Court and Chapel of Henry VIII
Folger Consort
Folger Shakespeare Library

December 19, 2006 (Tue)
7:30 pm
Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro
Opera Bel Cantanti
Embassy of Austria (3524 International Court NW)

December 20, 2006 (Wed)
7 pm
Christmas Music with the American Youth Philharmonic
Choral Arts Society with Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano
Music Center at Strathmore

December 20, 2006 (Wed)
7:30 pm
Greensleeves: Christmas at the Court and Chapel of Henry VIII
Folger Consort
Folger Shakespeare Library

December 21, 2006 (Thu)
7 pm
National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's M-Word
Cathedral Choral Society
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Review -- Grace Jean (Washington Post, December 22)

December 21, 2006 (Thu)
7 pm
The Washington Chorus: Music for Christmas
Music Center at Strathmore

December 21, 2006 (Thu)
7:30 pm
Greensleeves: Christmas at the Court and Chapel of Henry VIII
Folger Consort
Folger Shakespeare Library

December 21, 2006 (Thu)
7:30 pm
Carl Banner, piano
Washington Musica Viva
Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum (Bethesda, Md.)

December 22, 2006 (Fri)
1:30 pm
Choral Arts Society of Washington: Christmas Music
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

December 22, 2006 (Fri)
7 pm
National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's M-Word
Cathedral Choral Society
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

December 22, 2006 (Fri)
7:30 pm
Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro
Opera Bel Cantanti
Randolph Road Theatre (Bethesda, Md.)

December 22, 2006 (Fri)
8 pm
Greensleeves: Christmas at the Court and Chapel of Henry VIII
Folger Consort
Folger Shakespeare Library

December 23, 2006 (Sat)
1 pm
The Washington Chorus: Music for Christmas
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

December 23, 2006 (Sat)
1:30 and 2:30 pm
Holiday caroling in the Rotunda [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

December 23, 2006 (Sat)
4 pm
Christmas Candlelight Concert
Master Chorale of Washington
Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Review -- Andrew Lindemann Malone (Washington Post, December 25)

December 23, 2006 (Sat)
5 pm
Greensleeves: Christmas at the Court and Chapel of Henry VIII
Folger Consort
Folger Shakespeare Library

December 23, 2006 (Sat)
8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's M-Word
Cathedral Choral Society
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

December 23, 2006 (Sat)
8 pm
National Philharmonic: Handel's M-Word
Music Center at Strathmore
Review -- Grace Jean (Washington Post, December 25)

December 24, 2006 (Sun)
1 pm
National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's M-Word
Cathedral Choral Society
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

December 24, 2006 (Sun)
1:30 and 2:30 pm
Holiday caroling in the Rotunda [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

December 29, 2006 (Fri)
7:30 pm
Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro
Opera Bel Cantanti
Randolph Road Theatre (Bethesda, Md.)

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