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Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Weekend reviews: from Bach to Midori

This weekend, Paul Mathews wrote a nice piece for the Washington Post on Schoenberg’s “Pierrot lunaire,” which eighth blackbird will be performing at the Kennedy Center Tuesday night.

The Bach Sinfonia recreated Bach’s 1723 audition for the post of cantor of Leipzig on Saturday night, and asked the audience to vote.
On Saturday night, the Bach Sinfonia's artistic director and conductor Daniel Abraham led a recreation — more or less — of Bach’s 1723 audition for Leipzig. (Photo by David Stuck) (Courtesy of The Bach Sinfonia.) (David Stuck - David Stuck)
In a shocking upset, Kauffmann edged Bach. Thank goodness the Leipzig city council didn’t have real-time voting technology.

Joan Reinthaler took in the prelude concert for the University of Maryland’s upcoming festival of Dominick Argento’s music in April. Her verdict: music great, performance so-so.

Reinthaler also reviewed Midori’s performance with the Alexandria Symphony at the end of her week-long residency with the orchestra.

Robert Battey was generally impressed by the violinist Mikhail Simonyan, whom WPAS presented at the Terrace Theater.

What other concerts did you hear this weekend? I’m particularly interested in hearing about the world premiere of a trio by the composer Lembit Beecher, given by the Southwest Chamber Players on Saturday night.

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Tags:  Joan Reinthaler, Robert Battey, Bach Sinfonia

 
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