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April concerts: Wolff, Kolkay, and a great Great Noise.

A ragged ensemble: members of the Bolshoi’s young artist program joined singers from WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz program in a concert last week that only showed the programs are in need of some improvement. From left to right: Oleg Tsybulko, Javier Arrey, Nina Minasyan, Sergey Radchenko, Maria Antunez, and Soloman Howard. (Nikki Kahn/THE WASHINGTON POST)

On a brighter note, I very much enjoyed Hugh Wolff’s performance with the National Symphony Orchestra last week - especially Dvorak’s Fifth Symphony, which was often delightful.

After profiling the singer/songwriter/composer Gabriel Kahane last week, I was happy that I also liked his joint Library of Congress recital with Timothy Andres on Friday night.

Bassoon recitals are few and far between, but Joan Reinthaler was enthusiastic about Peter Kolkay’s at Wolf Trap.

Stephen Brookes heard the Great Noise Ensemble do an evening of new and 20th century work: pieces by Daniel Felsenfeld, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and the late Stephen Albert, who was also played by the NSO this week.

The long-time director of Dumbarton Concerts closed her season and her 35-year-tenure with a concert by the conductorless chamber orchestra A Far Cry; Charles T. Downey reviewed.

Anne Midgette came to the Washington Post in 2008, when she consolidated her various cultural interests under the single title of chief classical music critic. She blogs at The Classical Beat.



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