No fooling: here’s a survey of the first week of classical concerts in Washington in April. And the joint concert of the WNO/Bolshoi young artist programs indeed didn’t offer much to smile about, as I said in a piece in Sunday’s paper. (Back in 2009, I wrote a piece on young artist programs in general; I’m not sure how much the picture has changed, though the WNO program is now undergoing a hopeful-sounding overhaul.)
On a brighter note, I very much enjoyed Hugh Wolff’s performance with the National Symphony Orchestra last week - especially Dvorak’s Fifth Symphony, which was often delightful.
After profiling the singer/songwriter/composer Gabriel Kahane last week, I was happy that I also liked his joint Library of Congress recital with Timothy Andres on Friday night.
Bassoon recitals are few and far between, but Joan Reinthaler was enthusiastic about Peter Kolkay’s at Wolf Trap.
Stephen Brookes heard the Great Noise Ensemble do an evening of new and 20th century work: pieces by Daniel Felsenfeld, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and the late Stephen Albert, who was also played by the NSO this week.
The long-time director of Dumbarton Concerts closed her season and her 35-year-tenure with a concert by the conductorless chamber orchestra A Far Cry; Charles T. Downey reviewed.