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DCist: What to Hear This Week

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See the latest edition of my regular column, the Classical Music Agenda, published at DCist today:

Classical Music Agenda (DCist, November 15):
The focus in today's agenda is on unusual music being offered in concerts. If you are tired of hearing the same old pieces again and again, this is your week.

>> Opera Lafayette, one of the leading early music ensembles in the area, presents a concert of rarely heard French Baroque music tonight (November 15, 7:30 p.m.), headlined by Clérambault's La Muse de l'Opéra. The fine Dutch soprano Judith van Wanroij is the featured soloist in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

>> A viol consort named Quaver performs a free lunchtime concert on Wednesday (November 17, 12:10 p.m.) at the National Gallery of Art's East Building auditorium. The players of these old instruments will interpret music of the Renaissance, as well as some modern works by Ligeti and others.

>> That same evening (November 17, 7:30 p.m.) the Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble performs a concert in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater that features the world premiere of The Hawthorn Tree, a new work by William Bolcom for mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble. The composer, originally scheduled to play the piano part in this performance, has had to withdraw.

>> Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki leads the National Symphony Orchestra this week (November 18 to 20), in a program that opens with Magnus Lindberg's Parada. The Adagio of Mahler's tenth symphony and Beethoven round out the evening.

>> Pro Musica Hebraica presents Toronto's ARC Ensemble in its latest concert on Thursday (November 18, 7:30 p.m.) in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, with a selection of music of Karel Berman, Walter Braunfels, and Paul Ben-Haim, all presumed to have been lost during World War II. [Continue reading]

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