September 6, 2013 |
Most musicians plan for months for major solo recital debuts. But for his first solo recital at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 16, Cameron Carpenter isn't sure what he's going to play. This is not out of line with his reputation. Carpenter, 32, has become known as the bad boy of the organ world. His concert garb is studded with Swarovski crystals, his repertory is unorthodox, and he's lionized by some and reviled by others for his old-school blend of virtuosity and showmanship. His goal is to...
August 29, 2013 |
The Lincoln Theatre , Washington's newest music venue, is also one of its oldest, a 1922 classicist temple with a gold-accented lobby, seats covered in dusky velveteen and wallpaper that blooms with bold white flowers and exotic birds. Grand box seats overlook the stage, giving the place the chic feeling of a Parisian concert hall. CBGB, it's not. But the historic theater that for decades sat largely dark on a prime stretch of U Street could become a symbol of a new gilded age for...
January 17, 2013 |
Diffidence is not a characteristic often associated with concert pianists. But Brian Ganz exudes a kind of thoughtful gentleness. He is at once tall, good-looking and unobtrusive, as if wanting not to impose too much on the attentions of others. These qualities make him a good teacher, a sensitive performer, and a perhaps indifferent careerist. "I've always felt that if I was actually making music; teaching, which I adore; and able to support myself, that was enough success for me," he says.
September 25, 2013 |
DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is the proper thing to say to a co-worker who has just had breast augmentation done by choice? It will be obvious that she had this done. Some of us who work in the office with her don't know what to say once she comes back to work. GENTLE READER: Usually, those who claim that they "don't know what to say" mean that they are reluctant to use conventional phrases, not realizing that those are the time-proven best. However, in such cases as yours, it may be that they...
March 1, 2012 |
The festival is called Women of the World, and it covers just about every imaginable aspect of its subject. There are panels on technology; domestic violence; witches and goddesses. Women can find a mentor or act as one. Ticket-holders can take workshops on everything from identity theft to finding the right makeup. And, of course, there's Zumba. There are a couple of notable things about this event. One: Four decades after the sexual revolution, women are still in need of this kind of extra...
December 19, 2009
A sampling of choral events taking place in the area: Choral Arts Society , "Joyeux Noel," Dec. 19-20, 24, Kennedy Center Concert Hall Cantate Chamber Singers and Folger Consort , "In Dulci Jubilo," Dec. 19-20, Folger Library Washington Chorus , Handel's "Messiah" with the NSO, Dec. 19-20, Kennedy Center Concert Hall Gay Men's Chorus of Washington , "Snow White and 175 Fairies," Dec. 19-20, Lisner Auditorium ...