The 70th birthday of French composer Henri Dutilleux will be celebrated this week by the National Symphony with a program including his "Metaboles" for orchestra and his cello concerto titled "Tout un Monde Lointain." Mstislav Rostropovich will conduct the first work and solo in the second, with Hugh Wolff conducting. The composer will be present for the oc
As part of Interamerican Week, a series of evening vocal recitals will be given, beginning tomorrow, in the Hall of the Americas. Featured singers will include Venezuelan baritone Juan C. Morales Ferrer, Monday evening; Chilean soprano Marcela Holzapfel, Tuesday; Argentinian soprano Monica Maria Philibert, Wednesday.
Major visitors: from East Germany, the Chamber Orchestra of Berlin, Saturday night at George Mason University; from London, guitarist John Williams, Friday night at the Kennedy Center.
Pianist of the week: Murray Perahia, this afternoon at the Kennedy Center.
Former artists of the late D'Oyly Carte Opera Company will give a program of Gilbert and Sullivan selections this afternoon and again this evening in the Smithsonian's Baird Auditorium. The other notable operatic event of the week will be two performances, in English, of Ibert's "The Italian Straw Hat" by the Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, opening Friday evening.
Other notable events: "Lasers and Music," a lecture and concert including state-of-the-art holographic projections and electronic music, Saturday and next Sunday at the Maison de France. Soprano Carmen Balthrop in recital, Saturday night at the Barns of Wolf Trap. A program of music by composers who played Stradivarius cellos (including Sigmund Romberg), Tuesday and Wednesday at the Smithsonian. DANCE American Ballet Theatre continues its run at the Kennedy Center Opera House with afternoon and evening performances of Mikhail Baryshnikov's "Don Quixote" today, and resumes Tuesday evening with a gala program featuring the Washington premiere of Kenneth MacMillan's "Requiem," and Baryshnikov and Bonnie Moore in "Swan Lake, Act II"; the Washington premiere of John Taras' "Francesca da Rimini," the world premiere of Karole Armitage's new commissioned ballet and MacMillan's "Romeo and Juliet" also highlight the ABT week.
"Keeping the Beat With My Sole (Soul) Tapping Feet," this afternoon's free film and lecture program in the "Footroots" series, at the AFI Theater, traces tap dance from its African origins.
The Washington Ballet presents the world premiere of Judith Jamison's "Time Out," along with the Washington premiere of the balcony pas de deux from Choo-San Goh's "Romeo and Juliet," at Lisner Auditorium Thursday through Saturday;
New works by guest choreographers Daniel McCusker, Myrna Packer and Art Bridgman will be featured in the American University and George Washington University joint dance concert at the Marvin Theatre Thursday through Saturday.
"Researching Dance Through Film and Video" is a conference sponsored by the Congress on Research in Dance and the Smithsonian's Human Studies Film Archives, begins Thursday with an invitational evening with Katherine Dunham at the National Portrait Gallery and continues Friday and Saturday at the National Museum of Natural History.
Molissa Fenley and Dancers presents three Washington premieres Friday evening at the University of Maryland's Tawes Theatre.
Thursday at the Library of Congress' Mary Pickford Theater, the Washington premiere of John Cassavettes' "Love Streams," the latest from one of America's foremost auteurs.
The Baltimore International Film Festival continues with, among others, the Taviani brothers' "Allonsanfan." Call (301) 685-4170 for details.
The Academy Award series continues at the Biograph with, among others, Joseph Mankiewicz' "All About Eve" (Tuesday through Thursday).
Thursday at 7 p.m., the American Lives series continues at the National Archives with "All the Way Home," loosely based a James Agee novel. Friday at noon, "Agee," on the life of the American writer.
Wednesday at the National Museum of American History at noon, "Singin' in the Rain." Free.
Among current releases, Oliver Stone's exciting "Salvador."
Rock 'n' roll the hard way: The Bangles prove that they're more than distaff Beatles and Hoodoo Gurus prove that there's more to Down Under rock than Men at Work. At the Warner Tuesday.
Neil Diamond. His fans, apparently, are still legion. At the Capital Centre Friday and Saturday.
Cornucopia for oldies fans: the Turtles, at the 9:30 on Thursday; a mixed bag on Friday at the Warner with Little Anthony and the Imperials, Del Shannon, the Marcels and Shirelles; and on Saturday, classic R&B at Howard's Cramton Auditorium with the Chantels, Cardinals, Jewels, Rainbows and others.
And for perversity -- the concert that never was, with three of the better clone bands: the Back Doors (for the Doors), Fire (Jimi Hendrix) and the Revival (Creedence Clearwater). At the Warner on Saturday.
The Tannahill Weavers, one of Scotland's finest new traditional bands, perform at the Hoover Auditorium on Saturday.
"Hay Fever"(at the Eisenhower Theatre) is a 1925 Noel Coward romp about what happens when a family of delicious egotists invites a particularly dreary group of houseguests for a weekend in the country.