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22.5.14

Classical Music Agenda: June 2014

Summer is upon us, meaning that the concert calendar is going to get pretty light around here. Here are a few things you will want to hear in the month of June.



SYMPHONY:
Happily, the schedules of both major local orchestras extend into the summer. Beethoven's ninth symphony is not something I would normally recommend, but Marin Alsop has put together a nice slate of soloists for her latest performances of the work with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (June 5 to 8): Angela Meade, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Dimitri Pittas, and James Morris. Somewhat oddly, the piece will be paired with On the Transmigration of Souls, the 9/11 memorial piece by John Adams.

Bruckner in the summer? Yes, please -- the National Symphony Orchestra will perform the Austrian composer's eighth symphony, plus four of his Latin motets (June 12 to 14), to be performed by the University of Maryland Chamber Singers.

Of course, June is the month for the National Orchestral Institute (May 29 to June 28), at the Clarice Smith Center, featuring a series of chamber and orchestra concerts performed by young musicians. The three big orchestra concerts will be conducted this summer by James Ross (including Edgard Varèse's Amériques), Christopher Seaman (Britten's Four Sea Interludes), and Leonard Slatkin (Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis). There will also be children's concerts (Peter and the Wolf) and a chamber orchestra concert, where the musicians perform without a conductor.


OPERA:
The Washington National Opera concludes its season with the latest performance from its American Opera Initiative, with the premiere of Huang Ruo's An American Soldier (June 13 and 14), in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

Opera Bel Cantanti will perform Ravel's delightful L'enfant et les sortilèges (June 27 to 29), at the Randolph Road Theater in Silver Spring.

The Wolf Trap Opera Company's season kicks off with Handel's Giulio Cesare (June 27 and 29, July 1) in the Barns at Wolf Trap.

When Lorin Maazel conducts Puccini, it is good, so the opening opera at the Castleton Festival, Madama Butterfly, gets a recommendation (June 28 to July 20). We hear that Maazel, who has had to cancel several recent engagements, is resting at Castleton. For the moment, he is still scheduled to conduct at the Festival.

OTHER:
Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, who had to cancel a recital earlier this season, will finally perform it this month (June 17), in the Music Center at Strathmore.

Finally, it has been quite a season of Midsummer Night's Dream, in various forms, which is going to end with the Pennsylvania Ballet performing George Balanchine's choreography of the story (June 6 to 8), with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra performing Mendelssohn's overture and incidental music.

See the complete calendar after the jump.



COMPLETE CALENDAR:
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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!

June 1, 2014 (Sun)
1 and 3 pm
NSO Family Concert
Mozart's Magnificent Voyage
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

June 1, 2014 (Sun)
3 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Midsummer Night's Dream
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

June 1, 2014 (Sun)
6:30 pm
Emmanuel Ceysson, harp [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

June 1, 2014 (Sun)
7:30 pm
Kennedy Center Chamber Players
Music by Bach (Goldberg Variations) and Rheinberger (Nonet)
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

June 3, 2014 (Tue)
12:10 pm
Magdalina Melkonyan, piano [FREE]
Church of the Epiphany

June 3, 2014 (Tue)
7:30 pm
Boston Ballet
Works by George Balanchine, Jirí Kylián, and Petr Zuska
Kennedy Center Opera House

June 3, 2014 (Tue)
7:30 pm
Evermay Chamber Music Festival
Evermay Estate

June 4, 2014 (Wed)
7:30 pm
Boston Ballet
Works by George Balanchine, Jirí Kylián, and Petr Zuska
Kennedy Center Opera House

June 5, 2014 (Thu)
12:10 pm
United States Army Chorus and St. Alban’s School Chorale [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

June 5, 2014 (Thu)
7 pm
National Symphony Orchestra
With Nicola Benedetti (violin) and Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

June 5, 2014 (Thu)
7:30 pm
Boston Ballet
Works by George Balanchine, Jirí Kylián, and Petr Zuska
Kennedy Center Opera House

June 5, 2014 (Thu)
8 pm
Evermay Chamber Concert
Music Center at Strathmore

June 5, 2014 (Thu)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven, ninth symphony
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

June 5, 2014 (Thu)
8 pm
Chamber Music Festival [FREE]
National Orchestral Institute
Clarice Smith Center

June 6, 2014 (Fri)
7:30 pm
Pennsylvania Ballet
Balanchine, Midsummer Night's Dream
Kennedy Center Opera House

June 6, 2014 (Fri)
7:30 pm
Bergthor Pálsson (baritone) and Edvinas Minkstimas (piano)
Embassy Series
Icelandic Ambassador's Residence

June 6, 2014 (Fri)
8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra
With Nicola Benedetti (violin) and Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

June 6, 2014 (Fri)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven, ninth symphony
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

June 7, 2014 (Sat)
1:30 and 7:30 pm
Pennsylvania Ballet
Balanchine, Midsummer Night's Dream
Kennedy Center Opera House

June 7, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra
With Nicola Benedetti (violin) and Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

June 7, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven, ninth symphony
Music Center at Strathmore

June 7, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
Festival Chamber Orchestra
National Orchestral Institute
Clarice Smith Center

June 8, 2014 (Sun)
1:30 pm
Pennsylvania Ballet
Balanchine, Midsummer Night's Dream
Kennedy Center Opera House

June 8, 2014 (Sun)
2 pm
Washington International Competition for Piano Finals [FREE]
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

June 8, 2014 (Sun)
2 and 5 pm
Chamber Music Marathons [FREE]
National Orchestral Institute
Clarice Smith Center

June 8, 2014 (Sun)
3 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven, ninth symphony
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

June 8, 2014 (Sun)
6:30 pm
NGA Vocal Ensemble [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

June 8, 2014 (Sun)
6:30 pm
Evermay Chamber Music Festival
Evermay

June 10, 2014 (Tue)
12:10 pm
Douglas Rogers, guitar [FREE]
Church of the Epiphany

June 10, 2014 (Tue)
7:30 pm
Tomas Breton, La Verbena de la Paloma
Teatro Lirico D.C.
GALA Hispanic Theater

June 11, 2014 (Wed)
7:30 pm
Washington Chorus and Choral Arts Society of Washington
Bernstein, Mass
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

June 12, 2014 (Thu)
12:10 pm
Carmina [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

June 12, 2014 (Thu)
7 pm
National Symphony Orchestra
Music by Bruckner
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

June 12, 2014 (Thu)
7:30 pm
Avguste Antonov, piano
Embassy Series
Bulgarian Ambassador's Residence

June 12, 2014 (Thu)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Hall
Screening of Casablanca
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

June 13, 2014 (Fri)
7:30 pm
Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative
Huang Ruo, An American Soldier
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

June 13, 2014 (Fri)
7:30 pm
June Chamber Festival I
Kreeger Museum

June 13, 2014 (Fri)
8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra
Music by Bruckner
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

June 13, 2014 (Fri)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Hall
Screening of Casablanca
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, Md.)

June 14, 2014 (Sat)
2 pm
Washington National Opera: American Opera Initiative
Huang Ruo, An American Soldier
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

June 14, 2014 (Sat)
7 pm
Opera Bel Cantanti
Arias and duets from Russian operas
The Church (Bethesda, Md.)

June 14, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra
Music by Bruckner
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

June 14, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Screening of Casablanca
Music Center at Strathmore

June 14, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
National Festival Orchestra
Beethoven, fifth symphony
National Orchestral Institute
Clarice Smith Center

June 15, 2014 (Sun)
6:30 pm
Caceres/Ramos Santana Duo [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

June 16, 2014 (Mon)
4 pm
Festival Choral Evensong [FREE]
Association of Anglican Musicians Annual Conference
St. John's Episcopal, Georgetown Parish

June 17, 2014 (Tue)
12:10 pm
Barbara Hollinshead (mezzo-soprano) and Howard Bass (lute) [FREE]
Church of the Epiphany

June 17, 2014 (Tue)
7:30 pm
June Chamber Festival II
Kreeger Museum

June 17, 2014 (Tue)
8 pm
Denis Matsuev, piano
Music Center at Strathmore

June 19, 2014 (Thu)
12:10 pm
Cathedra [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

June 20, 2014 (Fri)
7:30 pm
June Chamber Festival III
Kreeger Museum

June 20, 2014 (Fri)
8 pm
Modern Musick and Kleine Kammermusik
Music by C.P.E. Bach, Boyce, others
Church of the Epiphany

June 21, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
Ensemble Gaudior and The Friends of Fasch
Works by J. C. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, others
Church of the Epiphany

June 21, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
National Festival Orchestra
Holst, The Planets
National Orchestral Institute
Clarice Smith Center

June 22, 2014 (Sun)
3 and 5 pm
Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf [FREE]
National Orchestral Institute
Clarice Smith Center

June 22, 2014 (Sun)
4 pm
Arco Voce and Sarabande
Music by Croft, Handel, others
Church of the Epiphany

June 22, 2014 (Sun)
6:30 pm
Philippe Entremont [FREE]
National Gallery of Art

June 24, 2014 (Tue)
12:10 pm
Magnificat (Philip Cave, director) [FREE]
Church of the Epiphany

June 26, 2014 (Thu)
7:30 pm
Chamber Dance Project
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

June 27, 2014 (Fri)
7 pm
Ravel, L'enfant et les sortilèges
Opera Bel Cantanti
Randolph Road Theater (Silver Spring, Md.)

June 27, 2014 (Fri)
7:30 pm
Handel, Giulio Cesare
Barns at Wolf Trap

June 27, 2014 (Fri)
7:30 pm
Chamber Dance Project
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

June 28, 2014 (Sat)
3 pm
Castleton Chamber Players
Castleton Festival

June 28, 2014 (Sat)
7 pm
Ravel, L'enfant et les sortilèges
Opera Bel Cantanti
Randolph Road Theater (Silver Spring, Md.)

June 28, 2014 (Sat)
7 pm
Puccini, Madama Butterfly
Castleton Festival

June 28, 2014 (Sat)
7:30 pm
Chamber Dance Project
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

June 28, 2014 (Sat)
8 pm
National Festival Orchestra
Shostakovich, fifth symphony (Leonard Slatkin, conductor)
National Orchestral Institute
Clarice Smith Center

June 28, 2014 (Sat)
8:15 pm
Philadelphia Orchestra and Choral Arts Society of Washington
Beethoven, 9th symphony
Filene Center, Wolf Trap

June 29, 2014 (Sun)
2 pm
Castleton Festival Orchestra
Music of Mozart
Castleton Festival

June 29, 2014 (Sun)
3 pm
Handel, Giulio Cesare
Barns at Wolf Trap

June 29, 2014 (Sun)
3 pm
Ravel, L'enfant et les sortilèges
Opera Bel Cantanti
Randolph Road Theater (Silver Spring, Md.)

June 29, 2014 (Sun)
4 pm
Serenade! Choral Festival [FREE]
Music Center at Strathmore

2 comments:

Nigel Boon / NSO said...

Hello Charles
Thanks for listing Christoph Eschenbach's Bruckner 8 with the NSO - and on the very page you link to, if you scroll further down, you will see listed the University of Maryland Chamber Singers who will be singing the motets.
Nigel Boon/NSO

Charles T. Downey said...

Thanks for that -- correction made.