September 30, 2013 |
Some orchestras may be struggling these days, but all is well with the National Symphony Orchestra, which opened its 83rd season on Sunday night. Its music director, Christoph Eschenbach, wore his heart on his sleeve, conducting solo lines with expressions of transfigured passion, sometimes turning partly to the audience as if, encouraged, it might play along, too. And play along the audience did: The gala raised some $1.2 million. Even the concert hall wore a fresh face: Newly painted for the...
September 17, 2013 |
The National Symphony Orchestra has extended the contract of pops conductor Steven Reineke through the 2017-18 season. Reineke, who joined the NSO Pops as principal conductor in 2011, also serves as music director of the New York Pops and pops conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto symphony orchestras in California. "Steven Reineke's broad musical interests have brought new ideas and new programming to the NSO," the orchestra's executive director, Rita Shapiro, said in a statement.
August 29, 2013 |
In a world of old-boy bastions, classical music's has been particularly entrenched. Even today, conductors are generally male, and female composers are chronically underrepresented on the orchestral stages of the world. The picture is brighter in administration, but even there the glass ceiling is not far behind us; the women who helped break it, like Deborah Borda, now the president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, are still active in the field. Catherine French, now a prominent...
July 28, 2013 |
Music under the stars is a long-standing summer tradition for orchestras. Different orchestras, of course, interpret it in different ways. At Tanglewood or Ravinia , you can hear the Boston and the Chicago symphony orchestras, respectively, play straight-ahead orchestral repertoire. At Wolf Trap, by contrast, the National Symphony Orchestra's summertime series, NSO @ Wolf Trap , has evolved into a heavily pops-oriented array of sing-along movies and video-game extravaganzas.
July 17, 2013 |
THU 18 Potomac Nationals The P-Nats host the Lynchburg Hillcats through Saturday and the Salem Red Sox from Sunday through Tuesday. Thursday, Friday and Monday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 6:35 p.m., Sunday at 6:05 p.m. and Tuesday at 12:05 p.m. G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, 7 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge. 703-590-2311. www.potomacnationals.com . $9-$15, seniors, youth and military with ID $8-$10. "I Do! I Do!" The musical by American Century Theater follows a couple over the course of their 50-year marriage.
July 15, 2013 |
Hands down, the award for best titular innuendo at this year's Capital Fringe Festival goes to National Symphony Orchestra cellist Yvonne Caruthers. "In Search of the Perfect G-String" is her revealing one-woman show that is not about shopping for lingerie, but playing the cello. Onstage with her instrument and century old-bow, Caruthers mixes excerpts of music with humorous impersonations and poignant vignettes. The 60-year-old Caruthers also pointedly acknowledges...