Posts Tagged ‘National Symphony Orchestra’

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 [...]

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 [...]