Links: iPod concert and other weekend highlights

I really wanted to like Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley’s “Shuffle.Play.Listen” at George Mason this weekend, and I heard a lot that I did like, but overall I wanted the presentation to be more, well, alternative.

Joan Reinthaler reviewed the Virginia Opera’s “Mikado,” and enjoyed it. This reminds me of something I neglected to mention in my above review: the fact that Haimovitz and O’Riley, whose concert happened on the night between the two “Mikado” performances, were obliged to perform on the ”Mikado” set. The Japanese scrolls and fans made an appropriately bizarre backdrop to an eclectic program.

Tom Huizenga attended the NSO’s smaller-ensemble offerings of Janacek and Dvorak, and confirmed that, for all that many of us made fun beforehand of the idea of a festival devoted to the music of Budapest, Prague and Vienna, it’s offered a lot to like.

Stephen Brookes attended the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (I always get grief from readers when I call it the BSO) and heard music by a couple of “uncommon women,” Joan Tower and Jennifer Higdon.

Robert Battey heard the young Modigliani Quartet at the Library of Congress.

What concerts did you hear this weekend? I would love to crowdsource a review of the Fairfax Choral Society’s 50th anniversary gala.

Above: You decide: Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O’Riley play their arrangement of Blonde Redhead’s “Misery is a Butterfly” in the studio in 2011. The song was part of the “Shuffle.Play.Listen” program they brought to George Mason University on Saturday night (review link above).

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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