Posts Tagged ‘National Symphony Orchestra’

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 [...]

Arts Roundup: Save Our Music! Edition

The Library of Congress unveils its National Recording Preservation Plan, which outlines 32 recommendations for how public and private institutions can archive America's audio recordings—in a way other than merely posting them on YouTube [Library of Congress]
What's that? Musicians still don't want to play music in D.C.? Well, carry on then! I see the status [...]

Arts Roundup: Straight Up Go-Go Edition

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities announces a screening of the documentary Straight Up Go-Go, paired with a live performance by Rare Essence, at the Lincoln Theatre Feb. 22. [Art 202]
AFI Silver Theatre adds another showing of The Legend of Cool 'Disco' Dan. [Post]
Virginia Democrats want you to read Republican Attorney General Ken [...]

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 [...]

ToDo ToDay: NSO In Your Neighborhood, Energy Kitchen, Debo Band

As local performance venues go, there are a few reasons why the Kennedy Center can be a tough draw: It’s hard to get to, parking costs are exorbitant, Newt Gingrich hangs out there, etc. And for musicians, there’s an added gripe: “We don’t usually get to have drinks on stage,” remarked National Symphony violinist Joel [...]

The National Symphony Orchestra with Pianist Yuja Wang, Reviewed

A 25-year-old prodigy pianist finding inspiration in a masterpiece written by a 20-year-old prodigy composer? Sure, that makes sense. But the connection between Yuja Wang, the renowned Chinese pianist, and Frédéric Chopin, who needs no introduction, seemed to go much deeper than that at the National Symphony Orchestra's performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 [...]

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 [...]

Arts Roundup: You Got Preserved Edition

The D.C. Preservation League has filed to protect interior spaces in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, meaning that if the building were sold, its new owners would have to allow for a public review of any changes to its interior. [Washington Post]
National Children's Museum sets a Dec. 14 opening date for its new location at [...]

National Symphony Announces “NSO in Your Neighborhood,” Round 2

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will perform in U Street, Shaw, Logan Circle, and around Howard University as part of the NSO's free community engagement activities that will run Jan. 8-14, the symphony announced today.
At the request of 20 community organizations, musicians will perform in small chamber ensembles and lead educational activities around town. [...]

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