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.
As for music, Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet premiered a new work, Landfall, at the Clarice Smith Center. Stephen Brookes loved it. [There was a technical error in online posting of this review; I will link as soon as I can.]
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.