Links: from Afghans to the Cultural Revolution

This weekend’s big music story in the Post was Katherine Boyle’s smart piece on the upcoming U.S. tour of the Afghan Youth Orchestra. There are a lot of non-musical interests riding on this tour — counterterrorism, cultural diplomacy. But the kids are focused on music, and pizza.


Laurie Anderson in a rehearsal with the Kronos Quartet for this weekend’s world premiere of “Landfall” at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland. (Susan Biddle)

Robert Battey was more or less approving of the China National Symphony at Strathmore. The evening’s young piano soloist, Peng Peng Gong, has been touted for a few years as one to watch; evidently he didn’t have much of a showcase here. The orchestra will be playing at the Hylton Center on February 9.

And two members of the Emerson Quartet played on the group’s Smithsonian series on Saturday; Joan Reinthaler enjoyed it.

Anne Midgette came to the Washington Post in 2008, when she consolidated her various cultural interests under the single title of chief classical music critic. She blogs at The Classical Beat.

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