Monday, February 20, 2006

The Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts Invites Students To Attend Wagner's Parsifal for $10 -- Tomorrow Only! ... And You Don't Have To Stand!

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is wondering whether there are any students in the Washington, D.C. area who are LOW ON FUNDS BUT HIGH ON CULTURE? It is offering special $10 tickets to the tomorrow night - only performance of the the Kirov Opera's [Russian National Opera - Petersburg's] performance of Wagner's great mystical/erotic, final masterpiece Parsifal.

The performance begins at 6:00 PM and ends at or about 11:30 PM (there are two intermissions). There will be English sub-titles of the singing, which will be in the original German. (Also, Kennedy Center performances are timed to allow its post-oil culture citizen-patrons time to take its Show Shuttle back to METRO before it closes for the night.)

Student's should hurry since these tickets are subject to availability and "Offers may be withdrawn at any time"; and tickets must be purchased in person with proper student credentialization required of everyone. Please read the following link very closely for full details:

With many thanks to Jens Laurson and Charles Downey at, who are doing their absolute bests to try to make classical musical culture audience-friendly in the Nation's Capital.


Now, for those students who prefer 21st century music to 19th century music, tomorrow evening the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C., will also be hosting a free hour-long performance, at 6 PM, at its Millennium stage, by oustanding young Italian classical composer Ludovico Einaudi, who is a pianist, and who will be performing with Malian, Africa kora player Ballake Sissoko in new cutting edge classical music, traditional Mali music, blues, Renaissance harmonies, and Caribbean beats -- as heard on the CD Diario Mali.

(If I didn't already have a ticket to tomorrow's Parsifal, I'd be there at this promising, free, world-class event.)

Bjarni Thor Kristinsson as the Ancient King Titurel in the Baden-Baden production, under Kent Nagano, of Wagner's Parsifal (as will be seen in San Francisco, Chicago, and London, but not in Washington, D.C.).

Image credit: DVD screenshot © 2005 Opus Arte via 2005/05/parsifal1.htm With thanks.


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