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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 10/04/2011

Of conductors, youth, and performance

Taking the measure of young conductors at the Besancon Festival and in the professional world: is it, indeed, all about the music?

By Anne Midgette  |  12:00 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Links: NSO’s “Carmina;” Degas at the Phillips

The art and music critics switch stools in today’s Washington Post: Philip Kennicott reviews the NSO; Anne Midgette reviews Degas.

By Anne Midgette  |  10:57 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Netrebko fails to carry Met “Anna Bolena”

Opening night at the Metropolitan Opera looked good on paper; but Anna Netrebko only partly delivered, and the rest of the cast had a long and difficult night.

By Anne Midgette  |  04:12 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 AM ET, 09/26/2011

Links: NSO season opener, Weilerstein at BSO, FMMC gala

Links to reviews of Eschenbach, the NSO, Thomas Hampson, and Joshua Bell; the “two-genius” concert at the BSO; and the Friday Morning Music Club’s celebration of its 125th anniversary.

By Anne Midgette and Joe Banno  |  12:40 AM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 PM ET, 09/25/2011

Organ Donation at the Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center and National Symphony Orchestra tonight announced that Kennedy Center chair David M. Rubenstein is donating a new Cassavant Freres organ to the center. Plus: Christoph Eschenbach extends his contract through the 2014-15 season.

By Anne Midgette  |  09:56 PM ET, 09/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 09/25/2011

Links: This was the week that was, in review

Links to the past week of reviews and articles in the Washington Post.

By Anne Midgette  |  01:17 PM ET, 09/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 09/25/2011

Review: a beguiling night of Dvorak

After his one-hour program, the pianist Radoslav Kvapil seemed to be just getting warmed up, and the large audience certainly wanted more.Robert Battey reviews.

By Robert Battey  |  12:01 PM ET, 09/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 09/25/2011

Review: Post-Classical Ensemble breaks out of the concert hall with Gershwin

Stephen Brookes reviews the Post-Classical Ensemble’s newest attempt to defy boundaries — by presenting a classically trained pianist playing Gershwin in a jazz club.

By Stephen Brookes  |  11:44 AM ET, 09/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 09/25/2011

Review: Chamber Music goes Baroque at the Freer

The Four Nations Ensemble offers little-known works from distant courts in an intriguing but disjointed program, reviewed by Cecelia Porter.

By Cecelia Porter  |  11:31 AM ET, 09/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 09/19/2011

Links: the weekend in review

Links to Washington Post reviews of the Baltimore Symphony, the Fairfax Symphony, the Kronos Quartet with David Kraukauer, and the Sonic Circuits Festival.

By  |  01:27 PM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 AM ET, 09/19/2011

Young quartet shows 20th-century greatness

Baltimore’s estimable Mobtown Modern series opens with the JACK Quartet playing the complete quartets of Xenakis: difficult but great music. Stephen Brookes reviews.

By Stephen Brookes  |  06:10 AM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 PM ET, 09/11/2011

9/11, in memoriam

Links to coverage of some of the many commemorations surrounding the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, including the first reviews of Christopher Theofanidis’s opera “Heart of a Soldier,” which had its world premiere in San Francisco on September 10.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:59 PM ET, 09/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 PM ET, 09/11/2011

Links: weekend review roundup

Links to reviews of classical music events in Washington this weekend: Tosca at the Washington National Opera; Attila at the Washington Concert Opera; the Brahms Requiem; and the Great Noise Ensemble playing Steve Reich.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:56 PM ET, 09/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 PM ET, 09/11/2011

Link: Fall highlights in DC

A link to my look ahead at the fall season: curated concerts, living composers from Derek Bermel to Gabe Kahane, and Ivan Fischer’s belated visit to the Kennedy Center with his own Budapest Festival Orchestra.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:03 PM ET, 09/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 09/08/2011

Racette talks about Tosca

A link to my profile of the soprano Patricia Racette in Thursday’s Washington Post, plus some additional quotes from our interview about her experience with the Luc Bondy production of the same work at the Metropolitan Opera.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:31 AM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 09/08/2011

Link: Heidelberg Youth Orchestra, reviewed

A link to Robert Battey’s review of the Heidelberg Youth Orchestra in Thursday’s Washington Post.

By Robert Battey  |  11:22 AM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 09/07/2011

Yo-Yo Ma will finally get KenCen Honor

The ubiquitous star cellist takes his place among the Kennedy Center Honorees, something he’s long deserved. Indeed, many people think he was honored years ago.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:16 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 09/06/2011

James Levine pulls out of fall season at Met Opera

After a summer’s convalescence, the conductor undergoes yet another emergency back surgery on Thursday; Fabio Luisi named Principal Conductor, effective immediately, and takes over his fall performances.

By Anne Midgette  |  03:08 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 09/05/2011

Tenor Licitra dies at 43

The internationally renowned tenor Salvatore Licitra dies of injuries sustained in a Vespa accident.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:53 PM ET, 09/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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