Posts Tagged ‘Messiah’

Don’t Be Bored: Gainsbourgiana!

It’s been a great year for Gainsbourgiana. Serge Gainsbourg—that notoriously lecherous French singer/songwriter and prodigious violator of social mores—died in 1991, but 20 years later he’s re-entered the cultural conversation. The cartoonist Joann Sfar made a delirious, formally adventurous biopic, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, which diagnoses its subject with society-induced self-loathing. Gainsbourg’s son Lulu, a composer, [...]

Messiah Smackdown: National Philharmonic vs. National Symphony

Handel’s Messiah is one of those unfortunate holiday traditions you can’t escape, like ugly sweaters and fruitcake. Every year, choruses trot out the Christmas standard (actually, it was first performed in April) as their end-of-the-year moneymaker, which is to choral groups what The Nutcracker is to ballets.  Churches, too, love Handel’s oratorio, a sure way [...]

Freestylin’ D.C.: Friday Edition

Happy December everyone! It may be cold out there but hope these free events warm you up and inspire you to get out of the house this weekend! Enjoy these highlights from my site, Free in DC.
The Friday Morning Music Club hosts another free lunchtime concert at noon at the Sumner School Museum, located at [...]