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23.8.11

What to Hear Next Season: Other Small Series



See my preview of more concerts for the 2011-2012 season, at the Freer and elsewhere:

What to Hear Next Season: More Chamber Music, August 23):

Another museum that hosts a free concert series is the Freer Gallery of Art, with occasional but always intriguing concerts in the Meyer Auditorium, an intimate venue with a lovely acoustic. As for the Library of Congress series, one needs a ticket for the Freer concerts, which can be ordered in advance through Ticketmaster, for a small processing fee. A limit of two tickets per person can be picked up at the auditorium, starting one hour before the concert (which generally begin at 7:30 PM), so early arrival is encouraged.

Because of the focus of the Freer’s collection, on Asian art, the concerts featured at the museum often, but not always, have a similar orientation toward the non-Western, and especially Asian, world. Some of their concerts are performances of traditional Asian music, like the concert of Indian classical music featuring Partha Chatterjee (sitar), Rajeev Taranath (sarod), and Nitin Mitta (tabla) on October 29. Others combine Western and Eastern, like a new concerto for Japanese koto and string quartet, by American composer Daron Hagen and drawn from Tale of Genji. The Lark Quartet will perform the work, with koto player Yumi Kurosawa, on October 13. On September 22, the Four Nations Ensemble will join with soprano Rosa Lamoreaux for a concert of 18th-century European music written in China and the Americas. More concerts on the Freer series will be announced later in the season, and some music from past concerts can be heard through the museum’s podcast series. [Continue reading]
What Else to Hear Next Season
Washington Performing Arts Society | Opera | National Symphony Orchestra
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra | Vocal Music | Chamber Music | Early Music
Phillips Collection | Washington Ballet | Dance | Library of Congress | National Gallery of Art

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