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The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna

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he Kennedy Center is mounting a festival of Vienna, Budapest and Prague! It's like hosting a festival in Washington to celebrate the Mall: shining a spotlight on something that's central to, even ubiquitous in our daily lives. For classical music fans, this festival offers an excuse to hear Beethoven and Strauss - composers who are hardly underperformed in regular years. All right: there are a lot of concerts of a lot of repertory we love: Beethoven's "Fidelio," Schubert's "Winterreise" with Matthias Goerne, and a lot of the great Bartok repertory that is already well known to NSO audiences thanks to the Hungarian roots of the orchestra's last principal conductor, Ivan Fischer. And, of course, we get the Vienna Philharmonic. There will surely be some musical highlights, but as a festival, it might as well be titled "Business as Usual, Only More So."