ART Greg Hannan and Sabina Ott paint pictures that feel both new and Victorian. A strange funereal perfume -- of beeswax and mahogany, of forest glades and mists and withering floral wreaths -- scents "Memory, Time, and Recognition," their "Gallery One" exhibit at Corcoran Gallery of Art.
A solemn antique music -- of stirring ivy leaves and church bells damped by mist, the slap of waves on wooden hulls and the rustling of lace -- rises from their pictures. Their exhibition sighs. The sleekness of postmodern art -- with its wan appropriations, its disputations upon commerce, its chic reflections of the media -- is missing from this show. These artists paint laments. CLASSICAL MUSIC The National Symphony Orchestra will conclude and climax its subscription season this week with a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera "Zolotoy Pyetushok" ("The Golden Cockerel"), which combines elements of fairy tale and political satire with some of the Russian master's most charming music.
Other orchestral activity this week will include the Choral Arts Society 25th Anniversary Gala, featuring conductor and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and pianist Eugene Istomin, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Northern Virginia Youth Symphony, Fairfax Choral Society and Reston Chorale, today at Fairfax High School and the "Triple Brass Spectacular," featuring the Canadian Brass and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, Wednesday night at Wolf Trap. The Danish Kontra Quartet will make its Washington debut at Natural History Museum's Baird Auditorium on Tuesday night and Empire Brass Quintet will play Saturday night in the University of Maryland's Tawes Recital Hall.
Samuel Barber's short opera "A Hand of Bridge" will be presented in its entirety, along with music of Monteverdi and Mozart, in an "Opera Gala" Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at Mount Vernon College. Other vocal events will include a program of Renaissance music by the Arlington Metropolitan Chorus, today at the National Presbyterian Church, and a concert by the Arlington Unitarian Choir, Youth Choir and Orchestra, tonight at the Unitarian Church of Arlington.
The most curious chamber music event of the week will be a concert by violinist Norbert Brainin and pianist Guenther Ludwig, Wednesday night in the Lisner Auditorium, sponsored by Lyndon Larouche's Schiller Institute and featuring a lowered pitch. Also worth noting: Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton, today at St. Columba's Church; cellist Bonnie Mangold with pianist Marilyn Garst, Thursday night at the Sumner School.
Pianists of the week: Gary Steigerwalt, piano, today in the Baird Auditorium; Duncan Stearns, today at the National Gallery. DANCE The superb Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater concludes its week-long engagement at the Kennedy Center Opera House today with matinee and evening programs. The African troupe Magic Dances of Zaire brings the two-week Dance Africa festival at Dance Place to a close tonight with its repertory of traditional dance and music.