Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Contemporary Classical Music Continues Slow March On Nation's Capital's Now Crumbling Conservative Classical Music Monoliths

eighth blackbird: The Only Moving Thing
May 13, 2008 at 7:30 PM
Terrace Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Steve Reich Double Sextet
David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe [and choreographer Susan Marshall] singing in the dead of night

Tim Munro, flutes
Michael Maccaferri, clarinets
Matt Albert, violin & viola
Nicholas Photinos, cello
Lisa Kaplan, piano
Matthew Duvall, percussion



Friday, May 16, 2008 at 8:00 pm
Library of Congress

The Parker String Quartet opens the program with György Kurtág’s Six Moments Musicaux, op. 44, commissioned for the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition which it won in 2005. The Borromeo Quartet will perform Bela Bartok's String Quartet No. 6 (1939).


Choral Arts Society of Washington Sunday, May 18, 2008 | 7:30pm
Concert Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

John Adams
El Niño

Norman Scribner, conductor
Children's Chorus of Washington
Joan Gregoryk, Artistic Director

Sharla Nafziger, soprano
Leslie Mutchler, mezzo-soprano
Christópheren Nomura, bass

Brian Cummings, countertenor
Paul Flight, countertenor
Steven Rickards, countertenor


The Great Noise Ensemble: Learning to See
May 18, 2008 at 6:30PM
West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art

Armando Bayolo, conductor
Music by Bayolo, Chambers, Goins, Rudin, and White


Sharon Rockefeller's Classical WETA-FM, in the Nation's Capital, celebrates the North Carolina and Indiana presidential primary elections with American Classical composer Arthur Foote's Piano Trio #1 (to be broadcast in its entirety at 11:17 PM).

Oleg Kudryashov "Vsek Muchenikov (All Sufferers)," 1996, drypoint, watercolor and gouache, 42 x 67 in. (106.7 x 170.2 cm). Private Collection.


..."Another Pushkin-related production is called "He who Believes, is Blessed…" based on the novel in verse "Eugene Onegin". The composition, created by graduates of the Russian Academy of Theater Art under the direction of Oleg Kudryashov, combines various things ranging from poetry reading - solo and in chorus - to eccentric, nearly circus numbers with changing clothes and different tricks. The production is filled with music: arias, romances, folk tunes. "School study often makes fresh perception of Pushkin impossible," says producer and teacher Oleg Kudryashov. "At first the students took the novel as something dead. Then, in my opinion, a real interest in Pushkin was awakened. Pushkin is a whole universe, an endless world. Finally the students realized that one could enjoy reading and listening to Pushkin in any epoch, that he is always wonderful. Our today's graduates, who live 170 years after the novel was written, seem to trust Onegin. They look upon the story of Onegin's dramatic life and belated love as if it all happened to them. They take the novel as a contemporary story about unfulfilled dreams and frustrated plans." ...

Source: Russian Culture Navigator

Image credit: (c) Oleg Kudryashov. All rights reserved. Image reproduction credit: Gene Shapiro Auctions, LLC. 2007. All rights reserved. With thanks.


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