June 10, 2008 |
PEREDELKINO, Russia -- The sound of the piano -- Franz Liszt's "Consolation" -- floated gently through the open window and settled among the tall pines just as it did when Boris Pasternak lay in the drawing room in an open coffin surrounded by heaped flowers -- tulips and lilac, cherry and apple blossoms. "Something in their hearts calls people," said Natalia Pasternaka, 71, the poet's daughter-in-law and custodian of his country home, which is now a museum. "We never advertise, but people always remember the date.
August 10, 2011 |
In 1886, a group of Washington ladies who loved music got together to present concerts and talks in their drawing rooms. One hundred twenty-five years later, the Friday Morning Music Club is still presenting regular concerts by amateur musicians, has its own orchestra, holds the annual Washington International Competitions and is preparing to start its anniversary season with a gala concert on Sept. 24. For a few weeks, however, the ladies of the FMMC — for the leadership is still nearly all women — thought they were...
February 4, 2009 |
How does one attempt to do justice to the songbook of Irving Berlin? Volume, volume, volume. Nearly 60 melodies by the star-spangled tunesmith are crammed into "Irving Berlin's I Love a Piano," the cheerfully undistinguished revue stopping until the middle of the month at Lincoln Theatre, under the auspices of Arena Stage. To give you a sense of the breadth of Berlin's productivity, this rollout of titles -- from "Blue Skies" to "Puttin' on the Ritz" to "There's No Business Like Show Business" -- encompasses less...
January 25, 2012 |
A piano whose melodies are said to have accompanied famous musicians in New York's acclaimed Cotton Club in the 1930s will again be making a statement — this time, in a Montgomery Village home. James Hunt said the piano, which he picked up Jan. 7 from Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Gaithersburg , will be his inspiration as he remodels his basement in 1930s and 1940s decor. He paid $100 for the piece. Sherman Harris of Potomac, the piano's previous owner, donated the piece to Habitat,...
November 5, 2012 |
On Sunday, award-winning pianist Alessio Bax took on a program of Brahms and Rachmaninoff in the elegant concert room of Georgetown's Dumbarton Oaks. Most of the evening featured perilous romantic cliffhangers, staples of keyboard greats of yesteryear. No one could doubt Bax's virtuosity. From his opening set of Brahms's Ballades, Op. 10, the pianist captured a full measure of their storytelling character, inherited from the earlier narrative ballads of romantic poets. Defining the...
May 9, 2013
One recent evening on the cusp of spring, the engines thrummed below decks, and the Sequoia , one of the most famous yachts in America, made a stately turn from her home at the Gangplank Marina in Southwest D.C. and into the Washington Channel. ★ Now in her dowager years, the 88-year-old boat was setting out on a private cruise, lights ablaze, as if turning back time, Gatsby-like, to that half-century when she was at the beck and call of U.S. presidents. ★ It's a lovely image, and...