Posts Tagged ‘National Symphony Orchestra’

Nas at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Illmatic, the debut album by Nas that set the gold standard for East Coast hip hop, came out. Actually no, when you see Nas rapping in a tuxedo backed by the National Symphony Orchestra, it’s not that hard to believe. For rock bands like Metallica, doing [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Arts Roundup: Poor Acoustics Edition

Ford's Theatre raises $77,000 for Covenant House. [AP]
Danny Glover endorses Andy Shallal for mayor. [AP]
NSO in Your Neighborhood concerts begin today. [DCist]
Bye bye, emo band Monument. [DCist]
Watch this new House of Cards trailer. [DCist]
Photos from the Modern Moves Festival [BYT]
My God, poor acoustics at the symphony! [Post]
Sigh: U.S. Royalty on World Cafe [NPR]

Arts Roundup: Crank & Groove Edition

New contemporary art gallery, Catalyst Projects, coming to Brookland's Monroe Street Market. [Post]
Thursday evening, a Falls Church auction house will auction off a rare batch of archival D.C. photos taken by Theodor Horydczak, whose images of 1920s-1950s D.C. are also housed at the Library of Congress. [Post]
National Symphony Orchestra extends the contract of NSO Pops Conductor [...]

Arts Roundup: Bad Molly Edition

Medical examiner says the 9:30 Club's Josh Burdette died of suicide. [Post]
The young woman who died after partying at Echostage last weekend may have taken some bad Molly. [Post]
Kennedy Center formally begins the search for a company to take on pre-construction work in preparation for its planned major expansion. [WBJ]
Honor the dead and buy some Sockets Records [...]

John Adams With the National Symphony Orchestra, Reviewed

John Adams’ City Noir, which he describes as the score for an imaginary Hollywood film, is an odd work for a composer who famously refuses to write scores for Hollywood films. By his own account, he’s been approached by directors including Francis Ford Coppola, even expressed interest, but ultimately decided studios’ turnaround demands would leave [...]

Composer John Adams Talks Hollywood, Social Media, and His Sensitivity to Coughing

America’s most celebrated living composer is in town for a two-week festival spanning multiple venues. This week, the Library of Congress hosts Adams in residency. Various chamber groups and soloists will perform his work beginning tonight, including the premiere of a newly commissioned piece on Friday with the International Contemporary Ensemble. The following week, Adams [...]

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 [...]

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