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Selected Classical Music Events

Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 7, 1997

SEPTEMBER

2-City of Belfast Youth Orchestra, presenting Brahms's "Academic Festival" Overture; music by Bruch and Sibelius, Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater.

5, 7-Washington Concert Opera, Verdi's "Attila," with Mark S. Doss, bass-baritone in the title role, with soprano Martile Rowland, baritone William Stone and tenor Stephen O'Mara. Lisner Auditorium.

7-21-The National Symphony Orchestra Beethoven Festival, featuring the Symphony No. 9 and Barry Cooper's reconstruction of some fragments from a proposed "Beethoven's 10th," conducted by Leonard Slatkin (9/11, Eisenhower Theater); pianist David Buechner playing the "Eroica" Variations for Piano, followed by Slatkin and the NSO in the Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica") (9/10, 9/15, 9/17, Eisenhower Theater); a marathon concert of Beethoven's music with Slatkin, pianists Eugene Istomin and David Buechner and others (9/14, Eisenhower Theater).

9-Barbara Conrad, Florence Quivar, Faye Robinson and others in "Symphony With the Divas," a mixture of four musical genres-classical, pop, jazz and gospel. Warner Theatre.

11-Music of Zoltan Kodaly, with singers Viktoria Vizin and Ioan Tibrea, pianists Martin Berkofsky and Agnes Rado and the Columbus Children's Choir. Corcoran Gallery.

11-USA-Argentine Sante Fe Guitar Quartet, Inter-American Development Bank.

12, 13, 14-Cameron Silver in "From Berlin to Babylon: The Songs of Kurt Weill and Friedrich Hollaender." Hand Chapel, Mount Vernon College.

13-Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kim Allen Kluge, featuring Copland's "Three Latin-American Sketches," Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez," Virginia Luque's Guitar Concerto (world premiere), Ginastera's "Three Dances" from "Estancia." T.C. Williams High School.

14-Angeles String Quartet, presenting an all-Haydn program. Corcoran Gallery.

14-Choir of King's College, Cambridge, under Stephen Cleobury, presenting English cathedral music. Washington National Cathedral.

17-Smithsonian Chamber Music, with Stephanie Brown, piano, Scott St. John, violin, others. Music by Mozart, Hsueh-Yung Shen, Reger and Schumann. Freer Gallery.

18-Helen Donath, soprano, in recital with Klaus Donath, piano. La Maison Francaise, 202-265-8177.

20, 21-Fairfax Symphony, under William Hudson, featuring Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute, presenting Colgrass's "As Quiet AsÇ . .Ç", Kabalevsky's Overture to "Colas Breugnon," Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," Mozart's Flute Concerto in D. George Mason University Center for the Arts.

21-Guarneri String Quartet, presenting an all-Beethoven concert: Quartet in E-flat, Op. 127; Quartet in C, Op. 59, No. 3. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

21-Violins of Lafayette, 17th- and 18th-century music on period instruments, featuring the Four Nations Ensemble and Christine Brandes, soprano. Corcoran Gallery.

21-Deborah Buck Matthews, violin. Phillips Collection.

OCTOBER

2-Wu Man, presenting traditional and contemporary music for pipa, with Joseph Fung, composer and guitarist. Freer Gallery.

3, 5-Washington Concert Opera, presenting Bellini's "La Sonnambula." Lisner Auditorium.

3, 4-Washington Chamber Symphony, under Stephen Simon, playing music by Purcell, Elgar and Walton. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

3-HaeSun Paik, piano, music by Mozart, Liszt, and Mussorgsky. Strathmore Hall Arts Center.

4-Smithsonian Chamber Music Society with Pierre Hantai, harpsichord, presenting music by Rameau, with a lecture and demonstration by Albert Fuller on "Versailles: The Reign of Fame." Carmichael Auditorium.

5-Arlington Symphony, under Ruben Vartanyan, presenting Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D Minor. Bishop O'Connell High School Auditorium.

5-National Gallery Orchestra, under George Manos. National Gallery of Art West Building, West Garden Court. Opening concert of the season.

7-Pianist John Browning plays music by Haydn, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and others. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

13- Soprano Norah Amsellem in recital with pianist Dalton Baldwin. La Maison Francaise.

18-The Lark String Quartet plays works by Schubert, Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak. Dumbarton Church.

18, 19-Ying and St. Lawrence quartets, combined performance, presenting music by Beethoven, Schoenberg and Mendelssohn. Kreeger Museum.

19-Pianist Steven Osborne performing music by Liszt and Messiaen. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

19-Cathedral Choral Society, under J. Reilly Lewis, presenting Mozart's Requiem, K. 626; and works by Mendelssohn. Season opener, Washington National Cathedral.

21-Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, with music by Mozart and Arvo Part. Washington National Cathedral.

21-Shanghai Quartet, playing works by Mozart and Ravel as well as arrangements of Chinese folk songs. Freer Gallery.

23-Antonio Rincon, Dominican violinist. Inter-American Development Bank.

24, 26-Virginia Opera, presenting Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." George Mason University Center for the Arts.

24-Madredeus, a Portuguese acoustic sextet: guitar, cello, keyboard, accordion, vocals. Lisner Auditorium.

25, 26-Theater Chamber Players, music by Dina Koston, Debussy, Ravel and others; 10/25, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater; 10/26, Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church.

25-Scholars of London, a capella vocal ensemble presenting European sacred and secular music. Baird Auditorium.

26-Washington Bach Consort, presenting "Greatest Hits" of J.S. Bach. St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

28-Cuarteto Latinoamericano, playing music by Latin American composers. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

29-Itzhak Perlman and Mark Kaplan, violinists; Pinchas Zukerman and Cynthia Phelps, violists; David Finckel and Cynthia Phelps, cellists. An all-Brahms program. Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

30-The Juilliard Quartet at the newly reopened Coolidge Auditorium, a 500-seat hall at the Library of Congress considered one of the finest acoustic environments in the world. LOC residents the Juilliard Quartet will perform using the library's collection of Stradivari instruments.

31, 11/1-Washington Chamber Symphony, under Stephen Simon, presenting an all-Handel program. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

31, 11/1, 11/2-Folger Consort, with guests Lionheart, an all-male vocal sextet, presenting medieval through Renaissance works. Folger Shakespeare Library.

NOVEMBER

1-Washington Men's Camerata, presenting "Sacred Masterpieces: Renaissance to Contemporary," with Celia Amstutz, keyboards. Western Presbyterian Church.

2-Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under Daniele Gatti, with Alicia de Larrocha, piano, presenting Schumann's Piano Concerto and Mahler's Symphony No. 5. Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

2-National Musical Arts, presenting "Brain Food: Only Mozart," Horn Quintet in E-flat, Flute Quartet in D, Piano Quintet in E-flat. National Academy of Sciences.

3-Bass James Morris in recital. Presented by the Vocal Arts Society. La Maison Francaise.

4-Andras Schiff and Peter Serkin, playing works by Bach, Busoni, Reger and Mozart. Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

4-Embassy Series with pianist Jeffrey Chappell, baritone Jerome Barry and others presenting a musical history of the Mendelssohns. German Embassy.

5-B.J. Ward, singer, comedienne and voice-over artist, presenting "Stand-Up Opera," one-woman spoof of operatic singers, performances, plots and conventions. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

6, 7, 8-National Symphony Orchestra and the Oratorio Society of Washington, under Leonard Slatkin (11/6, 11/7) and Robert Shafer (11/8). John Alden Carpenter's "Adventures in a Perambulator" and Gabriel Pierne's "The Children's Crusade." Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

8-Washington Opera opening night, with Placido Domingo singing the role of Canio in Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci." Leonard Slatkin conducts the Kennnedy Center Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Repeated through 11/30. 202-467-4600.

8-Pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, George Mason University Center for the Arts.

8-Orlando Consort, a British early music quartet presenting medieval chants and polyphony. Dumbarton Church.

9-Paul Hill Chorale, under Donald McCullough, presenting Handel's "Coronation Anthems," a suite from Handel's "Water Music," Haydn's "Te Deum," Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass." Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

12-The Washington Opera's production of Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" with Marcello Giordani and Elizabeth Futral. Bertrand de Billy will conduct. Kennedy Center Opera House. Performances through 11/29.

12-Violinist Sarah Chang in a recital of works by Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, Chopin, Sarasate and Mozart. Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

12-Musicians from Marlboro, presenting works by Mozart, Brahms, Webern. Freer Gallery.

15-WPAS Children of the Gospel Mass Choir, a choir of 300 voices. Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

16-Choral Arts Society, under Norman Scribner, with soprano Amanda Halgrimson, tenor Karl Dent and baritone Hakan Hagegard presenting Britten's "War Requiem." Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

20, 21, 22 National Symphony Orchestra, under Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, with Pamela Frank, violin, presenting Mozart's Violin Concerto in A and Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 in E-flat, Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

20-Andrian Chamorro, Colombian violinist, with Blanca Uribe, piano. Inter-American Development Bank.

21, 22-Philip Glass & Susan Marshall, presenting "Les Enfants Terribles": A Dance Opera Spectacle. George Mason University Center for the Arts.

22-Emerson String Quartet, presenting Beethoven's Quartet in G, Op. 18, No. 2, Beethoven's Quartet in E-flat, Op. 127, Berg's Lyric Suite (1926). Baird Auditorium.

22-Ondekoza, Japanese "Taiko" drumming ensemble. Lisner Auditorium.

23-Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, under Vladimir Ashkenazy, with Christian Tetzlaff, violin, presenting works by Kodaly, Mendelssohn and Brahms. Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

30-Kirsten Johnson, Washington International String Competition winner, viola. Phillips Collection.

30-Epic Brass, presenting dances and refrains transcribed from baroque suites and chorales. Strathmore Hall Arts Center.

DECEMBER

3-I Musici, presenting Corelli's Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 8, Tartini's Cello Concerto in A, Rolla's Divertimento in F, Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons." Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

3-NSO Family Concert, under Elizabeth Schulze. Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

5-Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano. Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

6-Ronan O'Hora, pianist, presenting works by Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schubert. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

6, 7, 11, 12, 13-Barnes and Hampton Consort, presenting "A Celtic Christmas." Dumbarton Church.

6, 7-Theater Chamber Players, under Joel Lazar, with Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano, presenting Del Tredici's "Four Songs on Poems of James Joyce," Bach's "Wedding" Cantata, the premiere of Toensings's "Choralebook," Schubert's "Quartlettsatz" in C Minor, D. 703, and Schoenberg's "Songs of a Wayfarer." Saturday, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater; Sunday, Holton Arms School.

7-Jennifer Frautschi, Washington International winner, violin. Phillips Collection.

7-Arlington Symphony, under Ruben Vartanyan, with Arlington Metropolitan Chorus, presenting Handel's Messiah. Bishop O'Connell High School Auditorium.

7-Washington Bach Consort, presenting "Christmas Oratorio." National City Christian Church.

9-20th Century Consort, presenting "Like the Dickens," Argento's "Miss Havisham's Wedding Night," Jon Deak's "A Christmas Carol." Hirshhorn Ring Auditorium.

10-Yo-Yo Ma and Guests, presenting "Tango Apasionado," a celebration of Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

11-Opus III Trio, Inter-American Development Bank.

13-Boston Symphony Orchestra, under Seiji Ozawa, with violinist Joshua Bell. Music by Schubert, Corigliano and Ravel. Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

13, 14-Washington Men's Camerata, presenting "Christmas With the Camerata"; 12/13, Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church; 12/14, Western Presbyterian Church.

14-Dunsmuir Piano Quartet, National Gallery of Art West Building, West Garden Court.

14-Fairfax Symphony, under William Hudson, holiday concert. George Mason Center for the Arts.

14, 20, 21-Oratorio Society of Washington, under Robert Shafer, presenting "Music for Christmas"; medieval procession, guest choirs and audience participation. Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

14-Waverly Consort, presenting the Christmas story, with medieval and Renaissance music. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

14-Violins of Lafayette, 17th- and 18th-century music on period instruments. Corcoran Gallery.

18-23-Folger Consort, presenting "A Canterbury Christmas," English yuletide music. Folger Shakespeare Library.

20-Kiev Chamber Choir, presenting music of the Ukrainian baroque period. George Mason Center for the Arts.

27-29-Washington Opera, conducted by John Keenan, presenting Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore," with tenors John Osborn and Raul Melo alternating as Nemorino, and sopranos Paula Almerares and Svetla Vassileva alternating as Adina. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater.

28-Gottlieb Wallisch, piano. National Gallery of Art West Building, West Garden Court.

© Copyright 1997 The Washington Post Company

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