Two delicious exhibitions of extraordinary quality are on view at the National Gallery of Art. "Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection" (installed in the West Building) and "The Passionate Eye: Impressionist and Other Master Paintings From the Collection of Emil G. Buehrle" (displayed in the East) work beautifully together. They combine to serve the viewer a most luxurious visual feast.
Yuri Temirkanov will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra again this week, with violinist Luigi Alberto Bianchi as guest soloist in a program of Liadov, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. Other orchestras active this week will include the Artists to End Hunger Orchestra, conducted by Joel Lazar and featuring pianist Brian Ganz and violinist Pavel Pekarsky, Friday night in the National Presbyterian Church; the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Spring Pops, Friday night at the McLean Hilton; and the D.C. Youth Orchestra, today at Coolidge High School.
Vocal highlights will be Handel's opera "Tamerlano," tonight at the Kennedy Center, and Haydn's vivid oratorio "The Creation," Saturday night in the Washington Cathedral. Other noteworthy vocal music this week will include concerts by the University of Maryland Chorus Chamber Singers, tonight at Strathmore Hall, and baritone/countertenor Peter Becker singing music of the 17th and 18th centuries with Hesperus, Saturday afternoon at the National Museum of American History.
Pianist of the week: Daria Telizyn, Thursday night at Strathmore Hall.
Notable chamber music will include: violinist George Marsh and pianist Margaret Otwell, today at the Phillips Collection; violinist Jennifer Gordon, cellist Rachel Young and pianist Brian Ganz, sponsored by Monday Night Musicales, tomorrow night at the West German Embassy; guitarists Julian Gray & Ronald Pearl Duo, Saturday night at Gaston Hall.
A second annual Tapathon and tap shoe drive -- to collect shoe and money donations to provide tap shoes for those who cannot afford them -- will be sponsored this afternoon by the D.C. Rhythm Ensemble at the Dance Place's new Hot Feet Studio; the event will include two hours of nonstop tapping. Alarmel Valli and Company, on a tour of this country and Canada, will perform classical dances of India this evening in a concert at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington. The vibrant Mexican modern dance troupe, Barro Rojo Contemporary Dance, appears at Dance Place tonight. The Washington Ballet concludes its 1989-90 season with a program of works by John Cranko, Nils Christe and Choo-San Goh; guest artist for the six performances at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, starting Tuesday evening, will be Washington-born and trained ballerina Virginia Johnson of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. The spirited D.C. Youth Ensemble celebrates its 10th anniversary with a program planned by artistic director Carol Foster, at the University of the District of Columbia Friday and Saturday nights. Kotobuki Kai presents the premiere of artistic director Yoko Harada King's full-length "Shiki" ("The Seasons") in its new program at the Publick Playhouse Friday and Saturday evenings. The venturesome Pooh Kaye and Eccentric Motions presents a program of Kaye's choreographic and film creations at Dance Place Saturday and Sunday nights.
Natalie Cole makes a rare club appearance at the Bayou on Sunday.
Mali's Salif Keita, one of the great voices in world music, makes his Washington debut Sunday at Kilimanjaro's. Another great African act, and an influential one in the sound of township jive, is Malathini and the Mahotolla Queens, who perform at a Folklore Society of Greater Washington benefit at Glen Echo on Thursday.
Tenor saxophonist David Murray and his quartet join the Wesley Boyd Gospel Choir in a program titled "Deep Rover: Praise Songs From My People," exploring intertwining roots of gospel and jazz. Sunday afternoon at the Hall of Musical Instruments in the National Museum of American History.
Guitarists of different notes: funk/rocker Ernie Isley at the Ritz on Sunday; jazzman John Scofield at Blues Alley on Monday.
Sean O'Casey's "Juno and the Paycock" (at Arena Stage) is given a tough, unflinching production by Irish director Joe Dowling. Denis Arndt, as the boastful Captain Boyle, and Jarlath Conroy, as his scurrilous partner in drink and pipe dreams, turn in grand performances, perfectly meshed.