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10.2.14

Classical Music Agenda: March 2014

Half of my top ten concert picks for next month will feature orchestral performances, from both local bands and one visiting one. The rest of the month's agenda follows after the jump.

AT THE SYMPHONY
It's vocal music from the National Symphony Orchestra, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss. First, Renée Fleming, Sarah Connolly, and Franz Hawlata star in a single concert performance of Der Rosenkavalier (March 8). That is followed by a selection of orchestral works (Don Juan and Salome's Dance) and scenes from Elektra and Salome with soprano Iréne Theorin and bass-baritone John Relyea (March 20 to 22). In between will be mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor in Falla's El amor brujo, with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos also conducting pianist Daniil Trifonov in Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (March 13 to 15).

In the middle of the month, Washington Performing Arts Society presents the Los Angeles Philharmonic (March 18) in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Music director Gustavo Dudamel will lead performances of John Corigliano's first symphony and Tchaikovsky's fifth. Add to it the program that John Storgårds will conduct with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (March 21 to 23), including Vaughan Williams's Fantasy on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Sibelius's first symphony, plus Baiba Skride as soloist in the Mendelssohn violin concerto.

CHAMBER MUSIC
I am still recommending the complete performance of Bach's English suites, half on harpsichord and half on piano, although the harpsichordist is no longer Jory Vinikour but Anthony Newman -- at the Phillips Collection (March 2, 4 pm) -- followed by pianist Peter Vinograde at the National Gallery of Art (March 2, 6:30 pm).

WPAS presents pianist Murray Perahia at Strathmore (March 4), playing music by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, and Chopin. The same week, the Clarice Smith Center hosts a recital by violinist James Ehnes and pianist Orion Weiss (March 6). The program combines music by Copland, Grieg, Brahms, and Schubert.

The Minetti Quartett has two performances in the area this month: at the Austrian Embassy (March 7) and in a free concert at Hodson Hodson Hall Auditorium in Baltimore. Pair that with another string quartet we are happy to hear more, the Parker String Quartet, in a concert at the Strathmore Mansion (March 31) that will feature the Washington premiere of Jeremy Gill's Capriccio.

LAGNIAPPE
We are not able to review as much theater as we would like, but there are many performances I hope to see at the World Stages Festival next month at the Kennedy Center: Peter Brook's adaptation of The Suit (March 11 to 13) from the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord; Duras's Savannah Bay with the Théâtre de l'Atelier, starring Emmanuelle Riva (March 19 to 22); and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in a production by the Bristol Old Vic and Handspring Puppet Company (March 20 to 23).

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Classical Month in Washington is a monthly feature. 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!

March 1, 2014 (Sat)
7 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Off the Cuff: Mozart
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

March 1, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra
With Christian Tetzlaff, violin (Widmann concerto)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

March 1, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
University of Maryland Symphony and Concert Choir
Music by Ravel, Bruckner
Clarice Smith Center

March 2, 2014 (Sun)
2 pm
Heggie, Moby-Dick
Washington National Opera
Kennedy Center Opera House

March 2, 2014 (Sun)
2 pm
Julia Bullock (soprano) and Renate Rohlfing (piano)
WPAS
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

March 2, 2014 (Sun)
3 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Music by Mozart
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

March 2, 2014 (Sun)
4 pm
Anthony Newman, harpsichord
Phillips Collection

March 2, 2014 (Sun)
5 pm
Washington Chorus
Music of Verdi
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

March 2, 2014 (Sun)
6:30 pm
Peter Vinograde, pianist [FREE]
National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble
Music by J. S. Bach
National Gallery of Art

March 4, 2014 (Tue)
8 pm
Murray Perahia, piano
WPAS
Music Center at Strathmore

March 5, 2014 (Wed)
7:30 pm
Heggie, Moby-Dick
Washington National Opera
Kennedy Center Opera House

March 5, 2014 (Wed)
7:30 pm
Inbal Segev, cello [FREE]
National Museum of Women in the Arts

March 6, 2014 (Thu)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
With Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Music Center at Strathmore

March 6, 2014 (Thu)
8 pm
James Ehnes (violin) and Orion Weiss (piano)
Clarice Smith Center

March 7, 2014 (Fri)
7:30 pm
Minetti String Quartet
Embassy of Austria

March 7, 2014 (Fri)
8 pm
Elias String Quartet [FREE]
Library of Congress

March 7, 2014 (Fri)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
With Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

March 7, 2014 (Fri)
8 pm
Joffrey Ballet: American Legends
GMU Center for the Arts

March 7, 2014 (Fri)
8 pm
Schubert, Winterreise
Ryan McKinny (bass-baritone) and Kim Pensinger Witman (piano)
Barns at Wolf Trap

March 7, 2014 (Fri)
8 pm
District5 (woodwind quintet) [FREE]
Clarice Smith Center

March 8, 2014 (Sat)
11 am and 1:30 pm
NSO Teddy Bear Concert
Imagination Duo
Kennedy Center Family Theater

March 8, 2014 (Sat)
3 pm
Minetti String Quartet [FREE]
Hodson Hall Auditorium (Baltimore, Md.)

March 8, 2014 (Sat)
6 pm
Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier
National Symphony Orchestra
With Renée Fleming, Sarah Connolly, Franz Hawlata
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

March 8, 2014 (Sat)
7 pm
Heggie, Moby-Dick
Washington National Opera
Kennedy Center Opera House

March 8, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
With Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

March 8, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
Joffrey Ballet: Body and Soul
GMU Center for the Arts

March 8, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
National Philharmonic
With Brian Ganz, piano
Music Center at Strathmore

March 9, 2014 (Sun)
1:30 and 4 pm
NSO Teddy Bear Concert
Imagination Duo
Kennedy Center Family Theater

March 9, 2014 (Sun)
2 pm
Kennedy Center Chamber Players
Music by Glinka, Colgrass, Brahms
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

March 9, 2014 (Sun)
3 pm
National Philharmonic
With Brian Ganz, piano
Music Center at Strathmore

March 9, 2014 (Sun)
3 pm
Claremont Trio [FREE]
National Academy of Sciences

March 9, 2014 (Sun)
4 pm
Asiya Korepanova, piano
Phillips Collection

March 9, 2014 (Sun)
6 pm
Verdi, Il Corsaro
Washington Concert Opera
Lisner Auditorium

March 9, 2014 (Sun)
6:30 pm
Sara Davis Buechner, pianist [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

March 9, 2014 (Sun)
7 pm
Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, piano duo
Dumbarton Oaks

March 9, 2014 (Sun)
7:30 pm
Amit Peled (cello) and Alon Goldstein (piano)
JCCGW (Rockville, Md.)

March 10, 2014 (Mon)
8 pm
Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, piano duo
Dumbarton Oaks

March 11 to 13, 2014 (Tue to Thu)
7:30 pm
The Suit (adapted by Peter Brook)
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

March 13, 2014 (Thu)
7 pm
National Symphony Orchestra
With Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (conductor), Daniil Trifonov (piano), Kelley O'Connor (mezzo-soprano)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

March 13, 2014 (Thu)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Bach, Brandenburg Concertos
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

March 14, 2014 (Fri)
7:30 pm
Emanuel Salvador (violin) and Ronaldo Rolim (piano)
Residence of the Portuguese Ambassador

March 14, 2014 (Fri)
8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra
With Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (conductor), Daniil Trifonov (piano), Kelley O'Connor (mezzo-soprano)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

March 14, 2014 (Fri)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Bach, Brandenburg Concertos
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

March 15, 2014 (Sat)
2 pm
Scharoun Ensemble Berlin [FREE]
Music by Henze, Schubert
Library of Congress

March 15, 2014 (Sat)
7:30 pm
Mikael Torfason, Harmsaga
National Theater of Iceland
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

March 15, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra
With Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (conductor), Daniil Trifonov (piano), Kelley O'Connor (mezzo-soprano)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

March 15, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
Joan Kwoun (violin), Joel Smirnoff (viola), Sharon Robinson (cello), Sergei Babayan (piano) [FREE]
Library of Congress

March 15, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Bach, Brandenburg Concertos
Music Center at Strathmore

March 15, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
Linden String Quartet and Michael Brown, piano
Dumbarton Concerts

March 16, 2014 (Sun)
2 pm
Mikael Torfason, Harmsaga
National Theater of Iceland
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

March 16, 2014 (Sun)
3 pm
Escolania de Montserrat
Music Center at Strathmore

March 16, 2014 (Sun)
4 pm
Matthew Zalkind, cello
Phillips Collection

March 16, 2014 (Sun)
5:30 pm
Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
Shriver Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

March 16, 2014 (Sun)
6:30 pm
Vera Danchenko (piano) and friends [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

March 16, 2014 (Sun)
7 pm
National Festival Chorus
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

March 18, 2014 (Tue)
7:30 pm
Bertrand Chamayou, piano
Music by Schubert
Embassy of France

March 18, 2014 (Tue)
8 pm
Los Angeles Philharmonic
WPAS
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

March 19 to 22, 2014 (Wed to Sat)
7:30 pm
Duras, Savannah Bay
Théâtre de l'Atelier
With Emmanuelle Riva
Kennedy Center Family Theater

March 20, 2014 (Thu)
7 pm
National Symphony Orchestra
Music by Strauss
With Iréne Theorin (soprano) and John Relyea (bass-baritone)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

March 20, 2014 (Thu)
7:30 pm
Donizetti, The Elixir of Love
Washington National Opera
Kennedy Center Opera House

March 20 to 23, 2014 (Thu to Sun)
7:30 pm (Sun, 1:30 pm)
Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Bristol Old Vic & Handspring Puppet Company
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

March 21, 2014 (Fri)
8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra
Music by Strauss
With Iréne Theorin (soprano) and John Relyea (bass-baritone)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

March 21, 2014 (Fri)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
With Baiba Skride (violin) and John Storgårds (conductor)
Music by Mendelssohn, Sibelius
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

March 22, 2014 (Sat)
7 pm
Donizetti, The Elixir of Love
Washington National Opera
Kennedy Center Opera House

March 22, 2014 (Sat)
7:30 pm
Claudia Galli (soprano) and Gregory Moulin (piano)
Embassy of Luxembourg

March 22, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra
Music by Strauss
With Iréne Theorin (soprano) and John Relyea (bass-baritone)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

March 22, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
With Baiba Skride (violin) and John Storgårds (conductor)
Music by Mendelssohn, Sibelius
Music Center at Strathmore

March 22, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
GMU Center for the Arts

March 23, 2014 (Sun)
2 pm
Donizetti, The Elixir of Love
Washington National Opera
Kennedy Center Opera House

March 23, 2014 (Sun)
2 pm
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
GMU Center for the Arts

March 23, 2014 (Sun)
3 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
With Baiba Skride (violin) and John Storgårds (conductor)
Music by Mendelssohn, Sibelius
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

March 23, 2014 (Sun)
4 pm
Ian Rosenbaum (marimba) and Mivos Quartet
Phillips Collection

March 23, 2014 (Sun)
4 pm
Amadeus Concerts
South Lakes Auditorium (Reston, Va.)

March 23, 2014 (Sun)
5 pm
Jory Vinikour, harpsichord
Grace Episcopal Church (The Plains, Va.)

March 23, 2014 (Sun)
5 pm
Capital City Symphony
American MusicFest, Part I
Atlas Center

March 23, 2014 (Sun)
6:30 pm
Poulenc Trio [FREE]
Music by Laura Kaminsky
National Gallery of Art

March 24, 2014 (Mon)
7 pm
Donizetti, The Elixir of Love
Washington National Opera
Kennedy Center Opera House

March 25, 2014 (Tue)
7:30 pm
Donizetti, The Elixir of Love
Washington National Opera
Kennedy Center Opera House

March 26, 2014 (Wed)
7:30 pm
Donizetti, The Elixir of Love
Washington National Opera
Kennedy Center Opera House

March 28, 2014 (Fri)
7:30 pm
Donizetti, The Elixir of Love
Washington National Opera
Kennedy Center Opera House

March 28, 2014 (Fri)
7:30 pm
Adrian Daurov (cello) and Di Wu (piano)
Embassy of The Russian Federation

March 28, 2014 (Fri)
8 pm
Brentano String Quartet
Music by Beethoven
Barns at Wolf Trap

March 29, 2014 (Sat)
7 pm
Donizetti, The Elixir of Love
Washington National Opera
Kennedy Center Opera House

March 29, 2014 (Sat)
7:30 pm
Frank Wiens, piano
Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church (Adelphi, Md.)

March 30, 2014 (Sun)
3 pm
Peter Minkler (viola) and Jeremy Gill (piano)
Mansion at Strathmore

March 30, 2014 (Sun)
4 pm
Philip Higham, cello
Music by Bach, Britten
Phillips Collection

March 30, 2014 (Sun)
4 pm
Inscape Chamber Orchestra
Music by Spears, Argento, Walton (Façade)
Episcopal Church of the Redeemer (Bethesda, Md.)

March 30, 2014 (Sun)
6:30 pm
Naoko Takada, marimba [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

March 30, 2014 (Sun)
7 pm
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
With Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
WPAS
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

March 30, 2014 (Sun)
7 pm
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: The Romantic Music of Chopin
GMU Center for the Arts

March 31, 2014 (Mon)
7:30 pm
Parker String Quartet
Mansion at Strathmore

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