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Sunday, September 13, 2009

SEPTEMBER

12 -- Washington National Opera's "The Barber of Seville" At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through Sept. 20.

20 -- Virginia Chamber Orchestra The orchestra opens its season with new Music Director Emil de Cou. At Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College.

26 -- Cedric Tiberghien, piano Presented by Washington Performing Arts Society. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

26 -- Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio Eugene Drucker of the Emerson String Quartet with Diane Walsh and Roberta Cooper. Mozart, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn. At National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium.

26 -- National Symphony Orchestra Season Opening Ball Concert led by Iván Fischer with Evgeny Kissin, piano. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.

29 -- Australian Chamber Orchestra Handel, Bartók, Ravel, others. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater. Through Sept. 30.

OCTOBER

1 -- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Marin Alsop, conductor; James Ehnes, violin. Traditional Eastern European folk music, Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. At Music Center at Strathmore.

1 -- National Symphony Orchestra Led by Iván Fischer. Beethoven's "Pastoral" and Bartók's "The Wooden Prince." At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Oct. 3.

1 -- The Post-Classical Ensemble Angel Gil-Ordóñez conducts a string orchestra performance of "Death and the Maiden," works by Schubert and Stravinsky, and a D.C. premiere of two compositions by Daniel Schnyder. At Sidney Harman Hall.

2 -- Folger Consort "Music of Italy and China: A Harmony of Friends." At Folger Theatre. Through Oct. 4.

3 -- Mezzo Olga Borodina and Bass Ildar Abdrazakov led by Plácido Domingo. Italian, French and Russian opera arias. At Kennedy Center, Opera House.

3 -- National Philharmonic Season-opening concert led by Piotr Gajewski. All-Beethoven program: Symphony No. 1, Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Misha Dichter, and Choral Fantasy. At Music Center at Strathmore. Through Oct. 4.

3 -- Todd Reynolds Quartet and the Music from China Ensemble Todd Reynolds (of Bang on a Can, Steve Reich and Musicians, and Ethel), with his string quartet, joins the Music from China Ensemble in acoustic and digital music by Neil Rolnick. At Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium.

4 -- Washington Bach Consort Bach Mass in B Minor. At National Presbyterian Church.

8 -- National Symphony Orchestra Led by Ludovic Morlot with Nelson Freire, piano. Tchaikovsky, Francesca da Rimini; Martinu's Frescoes of Piero della Francesca; Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 1. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Oct. 10.

9 -- Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall.

10 -- Washington National Opera presents Verdi's "Falstaff" With Gordon Hawkins as Sir John Falstaff. At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through Oct. 30.

11 -- Left Bank Quartet and pianist Colette Valentine Presented by Left Bank Concert Society. Bartók, Dina Koston, Kurtág, Jelek and Ernst von Dohnányi. At Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium.

14 -- Chiara String Quartet Quartets by Debussy, Prokofiev and Webern. At National Gallery of Art, ground floor lecture hall.

14 -- Christopher Taylor, piano Bach's Goldberg Variations. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

15 -- National Symphony Orchestra Lorin Maazel conducts Barber's Violin Concerto with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Also: Franck's Symphony and Maazel's the Giving Tree. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Oct. 17.

16 -- Virginia Opera "La Bohème." At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Through Oct. 18.

17 -- Murray Perahia, piano Presented by Washington Performing Arts Society. Bach, Partita No. 6 in E Minor; Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 30 in E, Op. 109; Schumann, Kinderszenen. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.

17 -- National Philharmonic Conductor Piotr Gajewski and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, Copland's Clarinet Concerto and works by George Gershwin. At Music Center at Strathmore.

17 -- Pianist Christopher O'Riley Piano interpretations of Nirvana and Radiohead. Part of the Discovery Series. At the Barns at Wolf Trap.

18 -- Cathedral Choral Society Verdi's "Requiem" at Washington National Cathedral.

19 -- Eroica Quartet and Others A period-instrument performance with players from Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Spohr's Double String Quartet No. 3 in E Minor, Op. 87 and Mendelssohn's Octet. At Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium.

19 -- Opera Lafayette Presents "Les Arts Florissants." Music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier; Ryan Brown, conductor; Catherine Turocy, choreographer. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

22 -- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Louis Langrée, conductor; Simone Dinnerstein, piano. Haydn's "Funeral"; Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488; Beethoven, Symphony No. 4. At Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Music Center at Strathmore. Through Oct. 25.

22 -- National Symphony Orchestra Ben Heppner, tenor, in an all-German program conducted by Edo de Waart. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.

24 -- 21st Century Consort A tribute to the works of the late composer Nicholas Maw, a longtime Washington resident. At Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium.

24 -- Washington National Opera presents Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos" Iréne Theorin sings Ariadne. At Kennedy Center, Opera House. Through Nov. 13.

25 -- Emma Kirkby, soprano and Jakob Lindberg, lutenist Music by Dowland and Purcell. At National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court.

29 -- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Robert Spano, conductor; Leila Josefowicz, violin. Rimsky-Korsakov, "Scheherazade"; Adams, Violin Concerto; Stravinsky, the Firebird Suite. At Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall through Oct. 30.

NOVEMBER

1 -- Till Fellner, pianist Fourth of seven concerts in his Beethoven sonata cycle: Sonatas No. 4, 15, 24, 25 and 27. At National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court.

5 -- National Symphony Orchestra Alexander Vedernikov, conductor, and violin soloist Vadim Repin perform Brahms's violin concerto and Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Nov. 7.

5 -- Pro Musica Hebraica presents the Apollo Ensemble Jewish music from the Italian and Flemish Baroque. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

6 -- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Marin Alsop, conductor; Susanna Phillips, soprano. Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Mahler's Symphony No. 4. At Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Through Nov. 8.

7 -- Washington National Opera presents Wagner's "Götterdämmerung" Conducted by Philippe Auguin. At Kennedy Center Opera House through Nov. 15.

8 -- Eclipse Chamber Orchestra Season opener at George Washington Masonic Memorial.

12 -- Baltimore Symphony Orchestra An all-Gershwin program. Marin Alsop, conductor; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano. At Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Through Nov. 15.

12 -- Musicians From Marlboro With violinist Soovin Kim, violist Beth Guterman, cellist Michael Korman, pianist Renana Gutman and flutist Joshua Smith. Mozart and Brahms. At Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium.

13 -- François-Frédéric Guy performs the complete Beethoven piano sonatas. At Embassy of France through Nov. 22.

13 -- National Symphony Orchestra Andrew Litton conducts the pianist Lang Lang in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.

13 -- The New York Festival of Song Steven Blier and Michael Barrett lead a program of the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and other American songwriting teams. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

14 -- Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano, and Brian Zeger, piano Presented by Washington Performing Arts Society at Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.

14 -- Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh (spike fiddle) player performs with the Brooklyn Rider quartet. At Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium.

14 -- Shanghai Symphony Orchestra With conductor Long Yu and pianist Peng Peng. Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Chen Qigang's "Iris Dévoilée." At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

15 -- The Kennedy Center Chamber Players Fauré, Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 15; Tchaikovsky, Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

15 -- Symphony of the Potomac Season Opener with pianist Alon Goldstein. Wagner, Mendelssohn, Brahms. Venue to be determined.

15 -- Choral Arts Society of Washington Joined by Washington Symphonic Brass, the Choral Arts Society presents a "surround sound" program that positions members of the chorus throughout the concert hall. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.

17 -- Zukerman Chamber Players Pinchas Zukerman, violin; Jethro Marks, viola; Amanda Forsyth, cello; guest Angela Cheng, piano. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

19 -- National Symphony Orchestra Conductor Hugh Wolff and violinist Joshua Bell present Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy" and Mendelssohn's Third Symphony. At Kennedy Center Concert Hall through Nov. 22.

19 -- Vogler String Quartet The Berlin-based quartet offers Russian music on Jewish themes. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

20 -- Bang on a Can All-Stars With Trio Mediaeval Julia Wolf's "Steel Hammer." At Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall.

20 -- Leif Ove Andsnes, piano Presented by WPAS. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

21 -- New York Philharmonic with Riccardo Muti, conductor Presented by WPAS. Liszt's Preludes, Elgar's "In the South" and Prokofiev's suite from "Romeo and Juliet." At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall.

22 -- Vienna Chamber Orchestra with Philippe Entremont, conductor and piano Presented by WPAS. Mozart and Haydn. At Music Center at Strathmore.

22 -- Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist, with Yehudi Wyner, pianist Music by Carter, Reich and Wyner. First concert in the 64th American Music Festival. At National Gallery of Art, East Building.

22 -- Washington Concert Opera Gounod's "Faust" with Charles Castronovo as Faust and John Relyea as Mephistopheles. Antony Walker conducts. At George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium.

24 -- Viviane Hagner, violin, and Shai Wosner, piano Presented by WPAS. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

29 -- National Gallery Orchestra Music by Aikman, Corigliano and Lerdahl. Third concert in the 64th American Music Festival. At National Gallery of Art, East Building.

DECEMBER

2 -- Joel Fan, pianist Music by Carter, Bolcom, Gandolfi and Kirchner. Final concert of the 64th American Music Festival. At National Gallery of Art, East Building.

3 -- Angela Hewitt, piano Presented by WPAS. Bach's "Goldberg Variations." At Music Center at Strathmore.

3 -- National Symphony Orchestra Pianist Yuja Wang performs Jennifer Higdon's Piano Concerto with conductor Andrew Litton. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Dec. 5.

3 -- Trio Solisti Mendelssohn, Trio No. 2 in C Minor; Piazzolla, "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires"; Moravec, "Passacaglia" (world premiere); Mussorgsky (arr. Trio Solisti), "Pictures at an Exhibition." At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

4 -- St. Lawrence String Quartet Haydn, String Quartet in C , Op. 54, No. 2; John Adams, String Quartet (Washington premiere); Ezequiel Viñao, String Quartet (world premiere). At Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium.

4 -- Virginia Opera "The Daughter of the Regiment." At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Through Dec. 6.

5 -- 21st Century Consort Sebastian Currier and Charles Ives. At Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium.

12 -- Cathedral Choral Society A Christmas program with the world premiere of a Christmas carol by composer Lee Hoiby. At Washington National Cathedral. Through Dec. 13.

16 -- The Waverly Consort "The Christmas Story." At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

17 -- National Symphony Orchestra Handel's "Messiah." At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Dec. 20.

18 -- Parker String Quartet Haydn, Quartet in C, Op. 33, No. 3; Dutilleux, "Ainsi la nuit"; Dvorák's "Cypresses"; Piazzolla, "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires." At Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium.

JANUARY

6 -- Steven Isserlis, cello, and Kirill Gerstein, piano Britten, Cello Sonata; Schumann (arr. Isserlis), Violin Sonata No. 3; Rachmaninoff, Cello Sonata. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

7 -- National Symphony Orchestra Conductor Leonard Slatkin leads the orchestra and violinist Nikolaj Znaider in Elgar's Violin Concerto and others. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Jan. 9.

9 -- Emerson String Quartet Schubert, Dvorak, Shostakovich. At National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium.

9 -- National Philharmonic Piotr Gajewski leads a stripped-down staging of Bizet's "Carmen." At Music Center at Strathmore.

10 -- Kennedy Center Chamber Players Brahms sonatas for cello, viola and violin. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

21 -- National Symphony Orchestra Iván Fischer conducts Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" featuring tenor Stig Andersen and mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Jan. 23.

21 -- Pianist Menahem Pressler, violist Roberto Diaz, and others. Mozart, Hoiby and Dvorák. At Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium.

23 -- Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Featuring violinist Augustin Hadelich in the Barber Violin Concerto. Christopher Zimmerman conducts. At George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

23 -- Jeremy Denk, piano Presented by WPAS. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

27 -- Radu Lupu, piano Presented by WPAS. Program: Janácek, "In the Mist"; Schubert, Sonata in B-flat, D960; Beethoven. At Music Center at Strathmore.

28 -- Ensemble Sequentia "The Rhinegold Curse," a re-creation of the Nordic tale "Edda" with musical interpretation by Benjamin Bagby. At Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium.

28 -- National Symphony Orchestra Iván Fischer leads the orchestra and cellist Mischa Maisky in Tchaikovsky's "Rococo Variations" and other works. At Kennedy Center, Concert Hall. Through Jan. 30.

30 -- National Philharmonic With pianist Leon Fleisher. Piotr Gajewski conducts Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain," Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 4 and Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique." At Music Center at Strathmore. Through Jan. 31.

30 -- Soprano Anne Schwanewilms and pianist Malcolm Martineau Presented by the Vocal Arts Society. At Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater.

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