Classical Music: Spring Arts 2012

Published on March 22, 2012, 1:00am | Comments

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1101 Wilson Blvd.

National Chamber Ensemble – Violinist Leonid Sushansky and pianist Carlos Rodriguez perform Brahms's sonatas for violin and piano (4/7)
UrbanArias: Positions 1956 – Conrad Cummings and Michael Korie's Positions 1956, a ''self-help'' opera, is the first commission by UrbanArias, the annual mini-festival supporting ''mini modern opera'' (4/13, 4/17, 4/19, 4/21, 4/22)
UrbanArias: Before Breakfast and The Filthy Habit – A double-bill performance of two operas about addiction, the first by Thomas Pasatieri and Frank Corsaro, the second by Peter Hilliard and Matt Boresi (4/14, 4/15, 4/18, 4/20, 4/22)


1333 H St. NE

Janus Trio – From Debussy to Toru Takemitsu, this Brooklyn new age classical trio combines ''something bowed, something blown and something plucked'' (4/5)
Great Noise Ensemble – One of the most important and adventurous ensembles in D.C.'s new music scene, tapped to be in residence at the Atlas next season (5/11)
Capital City Symphony – ''Brahms Meets Jazz'' program featuring Brahms's Symphony No. 3 and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with pianist Scott Beard (5/13)
International Contemporary Ensemble – A flexible roster of 33 leading instrumentalists ''advancing the music of our time'' (5/17)
Deviant Septet – Featuring some of America's foremost contemporary and avant-garde classical music interpreters and chamber musicians, focused on fulfilling the vision of Igor Stravinsky and his ''L'histoire du Soldat'' ensemble (6/2)
The In Series w/The Washington Ballet – Tom Mallan directs a production of Mozart's Idomeneo, with English adaptation and lyrics by Charlotte Stoudt (6/9-17)


Takoma Park/Silver Spring Performing Arts Center
Silver Spring, Md.

You Decide: Bach's Audition at Leipzig – In 1722, the Leipzig Town Council held auditions to fill the post of Cantor, which Johann Christoph Graupner actually won over Bach. The program explores the audition works heard by the people and Leipzig Town Council, concluding by tallying audience votes to see who should have received this coveted position (3/31)
The Bohemian Baroque: Zelenka – First hearing in North America of the complete cycle of works by Jan Dismas Zelenka, whose rich and colorful output equals his better known European contemporaries (5/5)



Tchaikovsky's Fifth – Marin Alsop conducts the BSO and percussionist Colin Currie in a program that culminates with Tchaikovksy but starts off with American fireworks: Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and Joan Tower's response, Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, plus Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto (3/22-24)
Russian Favorites – Lionel Bringuier conducts the BSO and violinist Jonathan Carney in a program of Mussorgsky, Khachaturian, Stravinsky and of course Tchaikovsky, with the Overture to his Romeo and Juliet (4/13-15)
Beethoven's Violin Concerto – Jun Märkl conducts the BSO and violinist Arabella Steinbacher in a program that includes Weber's Overture to Euryanthe and Schumann's Symphony No. 3, ''Rhenish'' (4/26-28)
Fleisher Plays Ravel – Celebrated pianist Leon Fleisher joins the BSO, conducted by Marin Alsop, in a performance of Ravel's Piano Concerto for Left Hand as well as Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7, ''Leningrad'' (5/3-6)
André Watts – Piano superstar joins Marin Alsop and the BSO for a performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Elgar's Symphony No. 1 (5/10-13)
Beethoven's Ninth – Peter Oundjian conducts the BSO along with soprano Joyce El-Khoury, mezzo-soprano Mary Phillips, tenor Gordon Gietz, bass Morris Robinson and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in a performance of Beethoven's triumphant, joyful symphony, along with Bruckner's hymn Te Deum (5/24-26)
Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto – Günther Herbig conducts the BSO and pianist Jonathan Biss in a program that also includes Mozart and Schubert (5/31-6/2)
Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and The Rite of Spring – BSO concludes its season with a performance of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky plus Kevin Puts's Symphony No. 4, joined by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (6/7-10)


1645 Trap Road
Vienna, Va.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet (3/30)
Rachel Barton Pine – Young violinist performs as part of the Wolf Trap's Discovery Series (4/13)
Joyce Yang – Pianist concludes Wolf Trap's Discovery Series with an intimate performance of Bach, Schumann and Brahms (4/27)
Wolf Trap Opera Company: Don Giovanni – Legendary Lothario sizzles on stage over Mozart's sublime score in a new Wolf Trap Opera Company production (6/29-7/7)
WTOC: Recital with Steven Blier – Recital of songs by Italians and Italian-Americans featuring a quartet of soloists from WTOC (7/15)
WTOC: The Rake's Progress – Dean Williamson conducts the Wolf Trap Opera Company's new production of Stravinsky's opera directed by Tara Faircloth (8/3-8/11)'


University of Maryland
College Park, Md.

Daniel Bernard Roumain with UMD Symphony Orchestra and UMD Wind Orchestra – Haitian violinist and composer offers a Clarice Smith Center-commissioned world premiere, while the orchestras perform Debussy and Mahler (3/29)
The Art of Argento Festival – Clarice Smith Center presents a series of events paying tribute to the music of American composer Dominick Argento in celebration of his 85th birthday. Among the highlights: a UMD School of Music faculty tribute, including soprano Linda Mabbs, tenor Gran Wilson and three pianists (3/30); a Maryland Opera Studio and UMD Symphony Orchestra general tribute (4/20, 4/22, 4/26); Maryland Opera Studio and UMD Symphony Orchestra's performs Argento's Miss Havisham's Fire (4/21, 4/25, 4/27, 4/29); Judith ''Miss Manners'' Martin and her husband Dr. Robert Martin join Argento to discuss creation of Miss Manners on Music (4/23); and an Open Masterclass with Frederica von Stade and UMD voice students (4/26)
Larissa Dedova – UMD professor offers ''The Complete Solo Piano Music of Debussy'' in four performances (4/1, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29)
U.S. Army Orchestra – A concert featuring the 7th annual Metro DC-area Young Artist Competition, high school junior cellist Jungwook Choo (4/15)
UMD Women's and Men's Choruses – ''All's Fair in Love and War,'' a wide-ranging performance of choral works about love and war (4/20)
UMD Repertoire Orchestra (4/25)
Alisa Weilerstein & Inon Barnatan (4/27)
UMD Koto Ensemble & Toho Koto Society (4/29)
Denyce Graves and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra – Orchestra offers a 50th anniversary concert featuring world-renowned mezzo-soprano (5/6)
Prince George's Philharmonic – Featuring pianist Awadagin Pratt (5/12)
National Orchestral Institute and Festival – Various events in June, kicking off with an open rehearsal of Brahms 4 by the National Festival Orchestra as conducted by the New York Philharmonic's Alan Gilbert (6/7)
2012 William Kapel International Piano Competition and Festival – Featuring recitals from various star pianists, including Gloria Cheng, Vijay Iyer and Jeremy Denk (7/7-21)


Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First St. SE

Modigliani Quartet – French group offers a program of Arriaga, Beethoven and Dohnányi (3/23)
Elias Quartet with Pianist Jonathan Biss – Young British quartet has formed an artistic partnership with the poetic pianist (3/28)
Arditti Quartet with Pianist Stephen Drury – Irvine Arditti and Stephen Drury mark the John Cage Centennial with a performance of a 1991 Cage violin and piano work (4/10)
Quatuor Diotima – ''Definitely the most serious hope for chamber music in France'' raves Le Figaro (4/13)
BachFest Event: Julliard Baroque – Nine sought-after period instrumentalists from the Juilliard School, familiar names for early music lovers worldwide (4/14)
BachFest: Tanya Tomkins – A master on the cello performs Bach's technically demanding six suites for cello (4/28)
Concerto Köln w/Jan Freiheit – Cellist Freiheit joins the German orchestra of beautiful period instruments, billed as being ''intriguingly close to hearing what might have been the true sound of the Baroque'' (4/20)
U.S. Army Band ''Pershing's Own'' – Family-friendly concert featuring music by American mavericks, from Ives to Hovhaness to Cowell (5/5)
Narak Hahknazaryan – Recital by 23-year-old Armenian cellist, pegged to a new special exhibit on the Armenian literary tradition (5/19)



My Favorite Things: Spring Concert – The LGBT organization's Capital Pride Symphonic Band and Capital Pride Wind Ensemble perform (3/31, Columbia Heights' CHEC Auditorium)
DC Swing Concert (4/19, L2 Lounge)


Georgetown University
3700 O St. NW

Thomas Pandolfi – Virtuosic pianist performs an all-Liszt program as part of the Friday Music Series (3/23)
Vasily Popov & Ralitza Patcheva – Husband-and-wife duo, a cellist and a pianist, performs a program of music by Schubert as part of the Friday Music Series (3/30)
PostClassical Ensemble's ''Schubert Uncorked'' – Unclassifiable bass trombonist David Taylor joins to perform two world premiere arrangements of works by Franz Schubert (3/31)
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek – A member of the world-renowned vocal quartet Anonymous 4, this mezzo-soprano performs as part of the Friday Music Series (4/27)
World Percussion Ensemble – Performing works by some of America's prominent percussion ensemble composers (4/28)
GU Chamber Singers – Choral concert of chamber music celebrating spring, from Claude Le Jeune and Claudio Monteverdi (4/29)



Adam Golka – FSO ends its season with a concert featuring this pianist and celebrating the richness of French and English music (5/12)


201 East Capitol St. SE

City of Ladies: The Musical World of 15th-century Burgundy – Countertenor Drew Minter and multi-instrumentalist Tom Zajac join the Consort to toast the French courts of the early 15th-Century, which fostered a culture that treasured its musicians, artists and writers and the revelatory idea of beauty for its own sake (4/13-15)



Together Again – Ensembles Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers join forces for an entertaining evening of songs (4/21, New York Avenue Presbyterian Church)
Heart Throbs – Showcase of adoring men in music, conjuring a ''Teenage Dream'' or twenty, from your first fantasy dream date to a boy band crush (6/2-3, Lisner)



Yoonie Han – pianist presented in concert by Friday Morning Music Club Foundation (3/28)
Eben Trio – this Fortas Chamber Music concert marks the debut of a Prague trio, formerly known as the Puella Trio, performing Dvorak and Smetana (3/29)
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players (4/1)
Pro Musica Hebraica w/Marc-André Hamelin The Enigma of Paris: Charles-Valentin Alkan, Frédéric Chopin and the French-Jewish Romance (4/2)
eighth blackbird – Grammy-winning group offers a staged cabaret-opera version of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, as a Fortas Chamber Music concert (4/3)
Anna Caterina Antonacci and Donald Sulzen – awarded France's highest national distinction, this soprano/mezzo-soprano crosses the Atlantic courtesy of Vocal Arts DC along with pianist Sulzen (4/11/12)
Opera Lafayette – Performing Paisiello's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (4/14-15)
The Choral Arts Society of Washington – Celebrated local choral group performs Brahms's German Requiem (4/22)
Louis Schwizgebel (5/1)
The Morgenstern Trio – Making its Kennedy Center debut as part of the Fortas Chamber Music series (5/3)
The Washington ChorusThe Essential Wagner (5/20)
National Memorial Day Choral Festival 2012 (5/27)
Gidon Saks & Roger Vignoles – Bass-baritone and pianist perform for a Vocal Arts DC concert (5/30)
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players (6/3)
Washington International Competition for Strings (6/10)
The Washington Chorus – Performing Paola Prestini's Oceanic Verses in a ''New Music for a New Age'' program (6/23)


Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
N. Bethesda, Md.

Victoria Gau – Assistant conductor makes her Philharmonic debut in an All Mozart program (3/24)
Sarah Chang – Considered one of the world's great violinists plays Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto (4/28-29)
Brian Ganz and Richard Stoltzman – Pianist and clarinetist perform Debussy, part of a festival celebrating the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth (5/5)
All Debussy (5/17)
Debussy's Martyrdom of St. Sebastian – Washington-area premiere of this rare, beautiful and long-neglected work (5/19)


Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Dvorak's Stabat Mater – Christoph Eschenbach conducts the NSO as part of the ''Music of Budapest, Prague and Vienna'' series (3/22-24)
Mendelssohn's Elijah – Helmuth Rilling makes his NSO debut conducting soprano Marlis Petersen, mezzo-soprano Anke Vondung, baritone Russell Braun, tenor James Taylor and the University of Maryland Concert Choir (4/5-7)
Andrew Litton, Stephen Hough – Litton conducts the NSO and pianist Hough in a performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1 (4/19-21)
Andreas Delfs, Nelson Freire – Delfts conducts pianist Freire, making his NSO debut playing Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 (5/17-19)
Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 – Christoph Eschenbach continues his season-long exploration of Beethoven's symphonies with one of the best, plus a new commissioned work (5/31-6/2)
Claudio Bohórquez – Cellist performs Lalo's Cello Concerto (6/7-9)


Shenandoah University
Winchester, Va.

Alexej Gorlatch – 23-year-old pianist performs works by Brahms, Chopin and Beethoven (3/25)
Ann Schein (4/15)


5301 Tuckerman Lane
N. Bethesda, Md.

Video Games Live – Strathmore offers a night of music and interactive entertainment from popular games (Pokemon, Final Fantasy VIII, World of Warcraft) performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale and soloists (4/7, Music Center)
Flutopia Wind Ensemble – Wide-ranging world classical music (4/10, Music center)
Turksoy Symphonic Orchestra – Celebrating Turkish music and culture (4/25, Music Center)
Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra – Yuri Bashmet conducts and plays viola with this Grammy-winning Russian orchestra, celebrating its 20th anniversary (4/27, Music Center)
Katie Mahan – American pianist offers an All Debussy program (5/10, Mansion)
Laura Strickling – Soprano performs Italian opera, from Verdi to Puccini, as part of the Art After Hours series (5/23, Mansion)
Michael Mizrahi – Acclaimed pianist dedicated to the cultivation of modern music (6/15, Mansion)


National Presbyterian Church
4101 Nebraska Ave. NW

Noontime Cantata Series – free, monthly concerts (4/3, 5/1, Church of the Epiphany)
The Art of the Fugue – Bach's Die Kunst der Fugue is considered his last will and testament, and one of the most beautiful pieces in all of music (3/25)
Heaven on Earth – Glorious afternoon of Bach music, both sacred and secular (4/29)



Mikhail Simonyan – Violinist perform Brahms, Prokofiev and Szymanowksi for a Kreeger String Series, accompanied by Alexei Podkorytov (3/31, Kennedy Center)
European Union Youth Orchestra – Vladimir Ashkenazy leads the orchestra and violinist Pinchas Zukerman in a program of Copland, Bruch and Strauss (4/15, Kennedy Center)
Choral Arts Society of Washington, National Symphony Orchestra – Norman Scribner takes the podium for his final bow as the 47-year conductor of the vaulted Choral Arts Society (4/22, Kennedy Center)
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow - Beethoven's Violin Concerto is next in the series, with the Peabody Chamber Orchestra and violinist Keng-Wyen Tseng (4/29, National Museum of Natural History)
Stefan Jackiw – violinist performs Stravinsky, Brahms and Strauss for a Kreeger String Series accompanied by Anna Polonsky (5/5, Kennedy Center)
The Philadelphia Orchestra (5/11, Strathmore)
Itzhak Perlman (5/14, Kennedy Center)
Jeremy Denk (5/19, Sixth & I)


Kennedy Center Opera House

Nabucco'– Verdi's powerful opera about the defeat, enslavement and exile of the ancient Babylonian Jews (4/28-5/21)
Werther – Considered one of of Massenet's finest works, a lush score about forbidden love that can only end tragically (5/12-27)
2012-2013 Season Preview Concert – Free Millennium Stage preview concert featuring Sonia Ganassi, Andrew Foster-Williams, members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the WNO Orchestra (5/23)


1645 Trap Road
Vienna, Va.

Yanni – New Age instrumentalist (6/8)
Trap: Beethoven's 9th Symphony – National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Chorus and soloists perform the German composer's most popular, most crowd-pleasing symphony, especially known for its fourth movement ''Ode to Joy'' (7/28)

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