Classical Music: Spring Arts 2012

Published on March 22, 2012, 1:00am | Comments

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Together Again – Ensembles Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers join forces for an entertaining evening of songs (4/21, New York Avenue Presbyterian Church)
Heart Throbs – Showcase of adoring men in music, conjuring a ''Teenage Dream'' or twenty, from your first fantasy dream date to a boy band crush (6/2-3, Lisner)



Yoonie Han – pianist presented in concert by Friday Morning Music Club Foundation (3/28)
Eben Trio – this Fortas Chamber Music concert marks the debut of a Prague trio, formerly known as the Puella Trio, performing Dvorak and Smetana (3/29)
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players (4/1)
Pro Musica Hebraica w/Marc-André Hamelin The Enigma of Paris: Charles-Valentin Alkan, Frédéric Chopin and the French-Jewish Romance (4/2)
eighth blackbird – Grammy-winning group offers a staged cabaret-opera version of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, as a Fortas Chamber Music concert (4/3)
Anna Caterina Antonacci and Donald Sulzen – awarded France's highest national distinction, this soprano/mezzo-soprano crosses the Atlantic courtesy of Vocal Arts DC along with pianist Sulzen (4/11/12)
Opera Lafayette – Performing Paisiello's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (4/14-15)
The Choral Arts Society of Washington – Celebrated local choral group performs Brahms's German Requiem (4/22)
Louis Schwizgebel (5/1)
The Morgenstern Trio – Making its Kennedy Center debut as part of the Fortas Chamber Music series (5/3)
The Washington ChorusThe Essential Wagner (5/20)
National Memorial Day Choral Festival 2012 (5/27)
Gidon Saks & Roger Vignoles – Bass-baritone and pianist perform for a Vocal Arts DC concert (5/30)
The Kennedy Center Chamber Players (6/3)
Washington International Competition for Strings (6/10)
The Washington Chorus – Performing Paola Prestini's Oceanic Verses in a ''New Music for a New Age'' program (6/23)


Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
N. Bethesda, Md.

Victoria Gau – Assistant conductor makes her Philharmonic debut in an All Mozart program (3/24)
Sarah Chang – Considered one of the world's great violinists plays Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto (4/28-29)
Brian Ganz and Richard Stoltzman – Pianist and clarinetist perform Debussy, part of a festival celebrating the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth (5/5)
All Debussy (5/17)
Debussy's Martyrdom of St. Sebastian – Washington-area premiere of this rare, beautiful and long-neglected work (5/19)


Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Dvorak's Stabat Mater – Christoph Eschenbach conducts the NSO as part of the ''Music of Budapest, Prague and Vienna'' series (3/22-24)
Mendelssohn's Elijah – Helmuth Rilling makes his NSO debut conducting soprano Marlis Petersen, mezzo-soprano Anke Vondung, baritone Russell Braun, tenor James Taylor and the University of Maryland Concert Choir (4/5-7)
Andrew Litton, Stephen Hough – Litton conducts the NSO and pianist Hough in a performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1 (4/19-21)
Andreas Delfs, Nelson Freire – Delfts conducts pianist Freire, making his NSO debut playing Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 (5/17-19)
Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 – Christoph Eschenbach continues his season-long exploration of Beethoven's symphonies with one of the best, plus a new commissioned work (5/31-6/2)
Claudio Bohórquez – Cellist performs Lalo's Cello Concerto (6/7-9)


Shenandoah University
Winchester, Va.

Alexej Gorlatch – 23-year-old pianist performs works by Brahms, Chopin and Beethoven (3/25)
Ann Schein (4/15)


5301 Tuckerman Lane
N. Bethesda, Md.

Video Games Live – Strathmore offers a night of music and interactive entertainment from popular games (Pokemon, Final Fantasy VIII, World of Warcraft) performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale and soloists (4/7, Music Center)
Flutopia Wind Ensemble – Wide-ranging world classical music (4/10, Music center)
Turksoy Symphonic Orchestra – Celebrating Turkish music and culture (4/25, Music Center)
Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra – Yuri Bashmet conducts and plays viola with this Grammy-winning Russian orchestra, celebrating its 20th anniversary (4/27, Music Center)
Katie Mahan – American pianist offers an All Debussy program (5/10, Mansion)
Laura Strickling – Soprano performs Italian opera, from Verdi to Puccini, as part of the Art After Hours series (5/23, Mansion)
Michael Mizrahi – Acclaimed pianist dedicated to the cultivation of modern music (6/15, Mansion)


National Presbyterian Church
4101 Nebraska Ave. NW

Noontime Cantata Series – free, monthly concerts (4/3, 5/1, Church of the Epiphany)
The Art of the Fugue – Bach's Die Kunst der Fugue is considered his last will and testament, and one of the most beautiful pieces in all of music (3/25)
Heaven on Earth – Glorious afternoon of Bach music, both sacred and secular (4/29)



Mikhail Simonyan – Violinist perform Brahms, Prokofiev and Szymanowksi for a Kreeger String Series, accompanied by Alexei Podkorytov (3/31, Kennedy Center)
European Union Youth Orchestra – Vladimir Ashkenazy leads the orchestra and violinist Pinchas Zukerman in a program of Copland, Bruch and Strauss (4/15, Kennedy Center)
Choral Arts Society of Washington, National Symphony Orchestra – Norman Scribner takes the podium for his final bow as the 47-year conductor of the vaulted Choral Arts Society (4/22, Kennedy Center)
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow - Beethoven's Violin Concerto is next in the series, with the Peabody Chamber Orchestra and violinist Keng-Wyen Tseng (4/29, National Museum of Natural History)
Stefan Jackiw – violinist performs Stravinsky, Brahms and Strauss for a Kreeger String Series accompanied by Anna Polonsky (5/5, Kennedy Center)
The Philadelphia Orchestra (5/11, Strathmore)
Itzhak Perlman (5/14, Kennedy Center)
Jeremy Denk (5/19, Sixth & I)


Kennedy Center Opera House

Nabucco'– Verdi's powerful opera about the defeat, enslavement and exile of the ancient Babylonian Jews (4/28-5/21)
Werther – Considered one of of Massenet's finest works, a lush score about forbidden love that can only end tragically (5/12-27)
2012-2013 Season Preview Concert – Free Millennium Stage preview concert featuring Sonia Ganassi, Andrew Foster-Williams, members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the WNO Orchestra (5/23)


1645 Trap Road
Vienna, Va.

Yanni – New Age instrumentalist (6/8)
Trap: Beethoven's 9th Symphony – National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Chorus and soloists perform the German composer's most popular, most crowd-pleasing symphony, especially known for its fourth movement ''Ode to Joy'' (7/28)

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