Links: Hamelin, “Pierrot,” and the KenCen Players.

Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin played a refreshingly eclectic recital at the Terrace Theater on Monday night. (Photo by Sim Canetty-Clarke) (Sim Canetty-Clarke)

And eighth blackbird brought their “Pierrot lunaire” to the Kennedy Center on Tuesday: a dark intense fully-staged cabaret reading of this seminal century-old work. Taken together, these reviews should briefly silence those readers who complain that I never seem to like anything.

Joan Reinthaler, meanwhile, heard the Kennedy Center Chamber Players in a strong performance of their own, playing a lively joke by Martinu, a long Romantic exegisis by Sinding, and Saint-Saens.

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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