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In the Moment: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at Synetic Theater

Sleeping Beauty, Synetic Theater’s new dialogue-free production, is gorgeous, entertaining, and illuminating. This Sleeping Beauty is more than a fanciful, “white bread, white washed” Disney-like take on a classic fairy tale. The production has bite and unanticipated muscle to balance out its enchantment, good looks, and a lovely happy-ending. Under the sure hands of Paata […]

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Review: ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at Synetic Theater

Briar Rose. Brunhilde. Talia. Rosamond. Aurora. Over the centuries Sleeping Beauty has been known by many names, but the long abiding folk tale of good conquering evil and love conquering all, has captured audiences around the world, inspiring writers from Charles Perrault to the Brothers Grimm to Italian poet Giambattista Basile to the great composer Pyotr […]

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Pianist Brian Ganz and Mezzo-Soprano Magdalena Wór Team Up for Special Chopin Concert This Saturday Night at Strathmore

They say the show must go on, and a set of unusual circumstances is bringing together two of Washington’s most distinctive classical performers this Saturday evening for a special concert at The Music Center at Strathmore. The event is called “Bel Canto of the Piano” and represents one of the major touchpoints of local pianist […]

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The National Chamber Ensemble’s Holiday Concert by J.M. Greig

The National Chamber Ensemble never fails to delight, and the “Happy Holidays” concert on Saturday, December 12, 2015, provided a sparkling start to the holiday season, with works by Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Leroy Anderson, and others. The musicians of the National Chamber Ensemble were joined by guest artists and a group of talented young musicians. […]

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‘The Nutcracker’ at The Washington Ballet at The Warner Theatre

Resplendent visions of sugarplums danced both on the Warner Theatre stage and in the heads of hundreds of hardy multi-generational audience members Friday evening when the Washington Ballet inaugurated its annual Nutcracker performance. Marking its 11th anniversary, Artistic Director Septime Webre’s Washington-centric account of the holiday ballet fete opens in a well-appointed Georgetown mansion of 1882. Peter Horne’s opulently meticulous set […]

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‘ReWrapped’ at the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC

The annual Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) holiday concert entitled ReWrapped was a lively holiday treat that combined cutting-edge musical arrangements with a light, breezy, and jazz-flavored flair. This progressive, talented, and musically innovative organization is a jewel in the crown of the Washington, DC metro area‘s arts scene. Though there are still some fun […]

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The Russian Chamber Art Society Hosts Its 10th Anniversary Concert at the Austrian Embassy

Mainstream classical music commentary in Washington often complains about an over-reliance on the symphonies and concertos of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff for the programming at the area’s major orchestras. But the American ear loves the Russian sound. That’s one of the ironies of the frequent geopolitical struggles between the two nations. If it’s really a problem […]

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National Symphony Orchestra–‘Star Trek’ at Wolf Trap

On August 1st 2015, the National Symphony Orchestra presented Star Trek, the 2009 epic film drama by Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment at Wolf Trap. Conductor Emil de Cou lead a 96-piece ensemble, providing a Michael Giacchino’s thrilling live score to accompany the feature film in what was an exceptional and unforgettable night of entertainment. […]

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National Symphony Orchestra with Violinist Arabella Steinbacher at The Kennedy Center

It’s almost a cliché to sit smugly in a 21st century theater or concert hall enjoying a work that some original critic destroyed to his everlasting infamy. And audiences at this week’s National Symphony Orchestra concerts have every right to enjoy that sensation as they hear Tchaikovsky’s wildly virtuosic Violin Concerto in D Major. The work’s […]

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