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Too harsh toward local musicians

Friday, March 11, 2011; 6:37 PM

The National Symphony Orchestra's March 3 performance of the premiere of "Concerto for Four Soloists" by Indian composer Zakir Hussain was an exciting delight; we who attended applauded until our palms hurt to show our appreciation.

But the March 4 Style review by Anne Midgette ["NSO's 'Maximum' convergence"] dismissed audience reaction with a few words ("they ate it up") as she went on with paragraph after paragraph that missed the magic that occurred.

JoAnne Growney, Silver Spring

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The extremely negative Feb. 21 Style critique of the Virginia Opera by music critic Joe Banno ["Virginia Opera's Wagnerian shortcoming"] certainly could lead unfamiliar readers to assume that this is some third-rate opera company.

The Virginia Opera has consistently offered for years first-class vocal and orchestral productions in the Washington area.

Patricia Flaherty, Rockville

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