Friday, June 17, 2005

Hindemith on the Potomac

I notice that the National Symphony Orchestra, under
Leonard Slatkin, is performing Paul Hindemith's Symphony -
Mathis der Maler this evening, Friday, and tomorrow evening,
Saturday, at 8 PM. This is a part of a full-length subscription,
ticketed concert.

I also notice, however, that on Sunday evening, at 6 PM, at the
Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center Opera
House Orchestra, under Heinz Fricke, will be performing a
FREE hour-long program consisting of two beautiful works --
Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in Eb Major for Violin and Viola,
K. 364 (320d), and Hindemith’s Nobilissima Visione.

What a wonderful opportunity for people new to
classical music -- as well as many younger people,
elderly people, and less affluent people! Maybe some of the
people who caught American conductor David Robertson
conducting the New York Philharmonic on PBS on Wednesday
evening, would like to experience a live classical music concert
in one of America's most beautiful concert halls, which is situated
on the banks of a beautiful American river. And people and
families don't have to worry about getting dressed up for this
special Sunday evening concert in the Concert Hall.


Speaking of Paul Hindemith, I look forward to
either a staged, or a concert, performance of Hindemith's
Mathis der Maler or his Die Harmonie der Welt
(Hindemith wrote the librettos to both works)
someday on the banks of the Potomac River.
Wouldn't such a performance be a wonderful use
of the talents of Washington conductor
Heinz Fricke, the German born conductor who
spent many many years conducting operas in a
then-divided Europe? Possibly German cultural
foundations could help with some of the costs of
such a performance.


Richard Freed's superb, as always, program note to
the Hindemith Symphony - Mathis der Maler is available here
(I expect that notes to the Mozart and
Hindemith works Sunday night will also be available
for use by families and other attendees):


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