January 21, 2010
The Jan. 27 birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart might not be a national holiday (yet!), but it's a great excuse to see a live performance of works by the Austrian composer, who was born in 1756. Celebrating the occasion is the Arlington-based National Chamber Ensemble, performing the Piano Trio in C, Duo for Violin and Viola, and the Piano Quartet in G Minor. The group will be joined by special guest Andrew Lu, a 10-year-old violinist and pianist. Jay Fisette, chairman of the Arlington County Board, will be on hand as the...
February 24, 2013 |
Saturday's sold-out matinee at the Atlas Intersections Festival featured a classical piano trio, an a cappella ensemble and an indie pop band. The show was called "Voice(s)," and it was, ostensibly, not a local music variety show but a dance performance. "This is our biggest collaboration yet," Tiffany Haughn, artistic director of DancEthos, told the full house in the Lang Theatre. There were 42 performers in total, and the collaborations, it must be said, were more impressive than the choreography.
November 4, 2011 |
While Schoenberg and his like-minded musical thinkers were deconstructing tonality in the 1920s and '30s, other composers (Kodaly and Bartok, to name just two) were rediscovering and reveling in the folk music of their respective homelands — and Bartok had feet in both worlds. On Thursday — under the sponsorship of Charles Krauthammer's organization, the Pro Musica Hebraica — pianist Jascha Nemtsov, joined by cellist Julian Arp, violinist Frank Reinecke and clarinetist Alexander...
February 10, 2013 |
Sequestration, furloughs and other horrors: Washington's specific fears and the nation's general unease took shape in a dance by Mark Morris called "The Office. " Of course, that's just one way to look at the piece, performed this weekend by the Mark Morris Dance Group at George Mason University Center for the Arts. Its power was in its ambiguity. Dressed in small-town ordinariness, its dancers circled and snaked through spare, open folk-dance steps, answering the bittersweet but irresistible call of...
February 5, 2008
It's an age-old question: Why spend an evening listening to Schubert string quartets when you could be at a bar, screaming at the television? But for the thin crowd who skipped the Super Bowl on Sunday night and made it down to the Hugo Wolf Quartet's recital at the National Gallery of Art, the rewards were every bit as dramatic as the Giants' win. This relatively young, Vienna-based quartet has been generating a lot of buzz lately for its intensely...
January 21, 2009
Sunday afternoon's "Mendelssohn on the Mall" concert at the National Academy of Sciences may not have had the same cachet as that other bigger and louder Sunday Mall event scheduled at roughly the same time, but the several hundred members of its audience got the chance to walk the same exhilarating walk to get there with the many thousands who were headed a block farther south. This was another celebration -- of the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn's birth. A number of Mall institutions are sponsoring concerts of his music this...