Posts Tagged ‘Christoph Eschenbach’

Eschenbach’s Not Going Anywhere

The Kennedy Center announced it will extend the contract of National Symphony Orchestra director Christoph Eschenbach through 2017, the Washington Post’s Anne Midgette reported Monday.
Is this a surprise? No. NSO directors tend to stick around for a while: Antal Doráti had the shortest tenure, of just seven years in the '70s; Mstislav Rostropovich, his successor, [...]

Arts Roundup: Workbook Edition

NSO conductor Christoph Eschenbach takes home a Grammy for "best classical compendium." [Post, New York Times]
Baltimore native Maysa on her Grammy nomination [Post]
Max Roach records go to Library of Congress. [AP]
Bob Mould will play Workbook in its entirety at 9:30 Club in March. [9:30 Club]
Mt. Pleasant library evacuated. [PoPville]
Weather delays The Best Man at Keegan Theatre. [Arts [...]

Martin Grubinger with the National Symphony Orchestra, Reviewed

We get it, orchestra programmers. You figure if you’re going to put on something contemporary, you’ve got to sweeten the pot with a pair of ear-candy symphonies by Mozart and Dvořák. Because if you say "Hey, check out this concerto written in 2007 by someone you don’t know, played by someone else you don’t know [...]

Finnish Him! Pekka Kuusisto and the NSO at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

You know the Kennedy Center is hosting its annual international festival when strange, overpriced new tchotchkes begin to appear in its gift shops. Right now the center is selling sleekly designed toys made of wood veneer and polyurethane—the kind that are too nice for kids to actually play with—so it would seem that this year's [...]

Dan Zhu with the National Symphony Orchestra, Reviewed

For a violin soloist, Dan Zhu is good at being unobtrusive. Chalk it up to shyness, or youth, but either way, it’s not the ideal rep to cultivate in a field that rewards showmanship.
So in his National Symphony Orchestra debut last night, Zhu didn’t take many risks with Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, a safe [...]

Lang Lang at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

Pianist Lang Lang has turned 30 and now he’s dressing like a grown-up. And that’s too bad. Much of the thrill of a Lang Lang concert is the anticipation of what shiny new affront to good taste he’s added to his wardrobe. Flair is what the boy wonder brings to a field crowded with several [...]

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

A lapsed Catholic, Beethoven was never that big on devotional music. His Missa solemnis (“solemn mass”) is one of the few exceptions to a musical output that was, up to that point late in his career, mostly secular. Weirdly, though, it is the work featured in what became the composer’s most famous portrait, by Joseph [...]

Fidelio at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

Fidelio is Beethoven’s only opera, so you’d think it would get performed more. But it doesn’t. The last time the National Symphony did it was 1970, though its rousing overtures periodically make it into Beethoven potpurri programs. So it’s a rare treat to see the whole thing at the Kennedy Center, if not fully staged, [...]

Bluebeard’s Castle at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

“This is my torture chamber,” says the namesake in Bluebeard’s Castle. “Your torture chamber is horrible!” exclaims Judith, his bride. Such is the libretto to Béla Bartók’s only opera. Its wooden dialogue and B-grade slasher plot would justifiably draw snickers were it actually staged. Thankfully, at the Kennedy Center this weekend, it isn’t: For an [...]

Far Out vs. Hot Dang, Vol. 39

In the not-so-distant future, people will express their D.C. pride not with a D.C. flag tattoo, but with a Far Out vs. Hot Dang tattoo. Maybe "FAR OUT" on one asscheek, and "HOT DANG" on the other? Yeah, that would be super nice.

Perhaps the biggest victims of hippies
Always entertaining to be reminded of dozens of [...]