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In Friday’s Washington Post: Josefowicz, Lintu offer a thoughtful program with the NSO.

I’m not sure my pop-music reference is going to be clear in the context of this review: I meant that to write a piece “about” something is a more familiar trope in pop music than it is in classical music (program music notwithstanding). Do you agree?

The composer Steven Mackey talks about the real-life inspiration for another of his non-abstract concertos, “Stumble to Grace.” “Beautiful Passing,” which the NSO played last night, was about the death of his mother.

Edited to add: Charles T. Downeyoffers another view of the same concert on Ionarts.

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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