Links: this was the week that was on Washington’s classical scene

While I was out of town, there were some excellent concerts in Washington. Here’s a survey of them to replace the blog post I wrote yesterday that somehow didn’t manage to get published.

Edited to add: Robert Battey took a thoughtful look at the NSO’s somewhat muddled program under James Gaffigan on Thursday.

Opera Lafayette presented “Le Roi et le Fermier,” an opera it’s taking to New York and then to Versailles (yes, France). Joe Banno reported.

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players spotlighted Bruch and the bassoon.; and the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio played Higdon, Beethoven and others; Banno reviewed both of those too.

The Bel Cantanti Opera delighted Robert Battey with its double bill of Mozart’s “Der Schauspieldirektor” and Offenbach’s “Monsieur Choufleuri.”

NSO cellist Stephen Honigberg gave a heartfelt solo recital, reviewed by Stephen Brookes. And Cecelia Porter covered the American Youth Philharmonic’s evidently stellar concert at GMU.

Porter also covered a festival of new vocal music at Catholic University with the Great Noise Ensemble.

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