Thursday, November 15, 2007

Despite Harassment, Pan Cogito Continues To Find Cause To Celebrate Contemporary Classical Music And Culture; And The National Symphony Orchestra

As an alternative to the very expensive Berlin Philharmonic concert, in Boston, this Monday, under Sir Simon Rattle (see reference in previous post), I had wanted to point to the following free violin and piano recital at the (La) Maison Francaise of the French Embassy, in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, I see that the seats for the free recital are already completely reserved:

Nicolas Dautricourt, violin, and Dominique Plancade, pianist, perform rare masterworks of 20th and 21st century French music:

- Francis Poulenc : Sonata for violin and piano

- André Jolivet : "Incantation pour que l'image devienne symbole"

- Nicolas Bacri : "Récitativo, In mémoriam André Jolivet"

- Olivier Messiaen : Thème and variations

- Maurice Ohana : "Sonate Monodique"

- Karol Beffa : "La Suicidaire" and "Après une lecture de Bach..."

- François Sarhan : "Deluxe Coucou"

- Claude Debussy : Sonata no. 3 in G minor


In consolation, I share the following discount code to today through Saturday's evening performances, at 7 PM tonight and 8 PM Friday and Saturday, by the National Symphony Orchestra, under Roberto Minczuk, in an exceptionally fine and recommended program:

- Revueltas Homenaje a Federico Garcia Lorca

- Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major, Op. 107 with Heinrich Schiff [performed in memory of Mstislav Rostropovich]

- Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

"Thanksgiving Savings -- $20 Tickets! Good for all performances and most seating sections. Mention offer number "25686" by phone, in person, or online. Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. [A service charge of 9.5% applies to phone and online orders.]"

Source: Kennedy Center Advertisement in Washington Post Express Thursday November 15, 2007. Page E3.


Click on each of the composers' works above for Washington musicologist Richard Freed's superb program notes to these three outstanding late 19th and 20th century works. [And yes, "NSO staff", I have the written permission of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Office of General Counsel to include these links.]

Classical music conductor, Roberto Minczuk, is not afraid to share his love of 'American' classical music and 20th and 21st century classical music with audiences throughout the Americas and the world.

Photo credit: (c) [Government of San Paulo, Brazil]. All rights reserved. With thanks.



Another Currently 'Sold Out' Concert [1776 seat hall]:

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone
Academy of Choral Art
Moscow Chamber Orchestra

Constantin Orbelian, conductor
From Russia with Love

'Opera star Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s impressive range and charismatic performances have earned him distinction as “one of the great recitalists of our time” (The Guardian). His powerful baritone lends depth and radiance to turn-of-the-century Russian and Soviet romances.'

Program includes:

Arhkangel’sky: Symbol of Faith

Chesnokov: Let My Prayer Be Set Forth in Thy Sight

Pakhmutova: Tenderness / You are My Melody / How Young We Were

Tuesday, November 20, 8:00 pm
The Music Center at Strathmore/Washington Performing Arts Society


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