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NSO: Noseda’s homecoming mints the ‘NSO sound’ in spectacular Mahler’s Fifth...

Even though being a classical music reviewer often feels like a gig too good to be true, I don’t recall ever forgetting my purpose...

West-Eastern Divan Ensemble’s first American tour features Kennedy Center performance

The world is so full of intractable political and cultural issues, with deep chasms making understanding, let alone peace, seem so far away. But...

‘Cinderella’ (La Cenerentola): Well-sung Rossini at Virginia Opera

Spoiler alert: Cinderella and the Prince live happily ever after. Of course, since Virginia Opera, like all opera companies of any size, prints a...

The New Orchestra of Washington presents a love so powerful it...

While much of the city is abuzz with romantic romping this Valentine’s Day weekend, the New Orchestra of Washington will concern itself with the...

Beethoven in its bones: Faust-Queyras-Melnikov Trio at UVA’s Tuesday Evening Concert...

When an elite chamber music trio has Beethoven in its bones, the ensemble apparently doesn’t need to spend most of their time together or...

A holy night: Folger Consort performs ‘Palestrina’s Perfect Art’ at the...

What would it have felt like, I’ve sometimes wondered, to listen, in sublime surroundings, to sounds conveying the deepest devotions of Christian belief, long...

Songs of love and war in UrbanArias’ brilliant ‘Glory Denied’

If your parents taught you that opera is the ultimate blend of words and music, where both elements are dependent on the other and...

Pianist Yefim Bronfman dazzles, while NSO disengages under guest conductor Gemma...

Nature, nuance, or its lack thereof, were central themes when the National Symphony Orchestra welcomed conductor Gemma New, pianist Yefim Bronfman, and the young...

Old dogs and new tricks: the Hermès Quartet and guests in...

Here’s a thought: Older virtuosi are boring. That’s not original to me, but to an audience member who offered his views during a concert intermission...

Tchaikovsky’s vocal compositions attract audiences in DC and New York

It is often hard to determine what fills the seats in many performing arts genres, with counterintuitive surprises on both the negative and positive...

IN Series’ ‘Le Cabaret de Carmen’ is opera for those unafraid...

“I want us to be in contention for a Helen Hayes Award,” IN Series artistic director Timothy Nelson told me last fall over coffee...

A Powerhouse Performance of Handel’s Messiah by NSO at The Kennedy...

At the outset, I will confess a bias: I much prefer listening to baroque pieces played in the style, and on the scale, of...

The Claremont Trio triumphs with concert of female composers at the...

Concerts in private salons rather than formal concert halls dot the history of music-making. But they can give the impression of being secondary events...

The ‘Long View’ glimpses inner life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth...

There has been plenty of backlash during this administration against what some critics have called “the cult” of RBG, aka, Supreme Court Justice Ruth...

Choral Arts Society Holiday Concert: sing along and hear expert musicians...

If singing along to the Hallelujah Chorus or Hark, the Herald Angels Sing are requisite to bolstering your holiday spirit, then Songs of the...

BSO’s latest Lera Auerbach commission worthy of attention

A frustration of many classical and contemporary music critics is that we hear a new work that seems to have great promise for being...

Spektral Quartet lets audiences explore the space ‘in-between’

There was a time when I needed the cash, so I substitute taught high school. Turns out I had a knack for helping resistant...

An Afternoon With Clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera and the Harlem Quartet at...

For decades, the Sunday afternoon concert series at the Phillips Collection has maintained primacy of place in Washington’s classical musical firmament. But like leaders...

A musical job unlike any other: A talk with Angel Gil-Ordóñez...

Correctly predicting what kind of serious art music would and would not be presented on American concert stages in 2019 would have fooled –...

A New Home For Soulful Symphony at Merriweather Post Pavilion

Top-rated Columbia amphitheater Merriweather Post Pavilion has forged a new partnership with Maryland's Soulful Symphony, a visionary orchestra that celebrates, elevates, and reimagines American...

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