Tag Archives | Johann Sebastian Bach

Hilary Hahn. Photo by Michael Patrick O'Leary.

Review: Hilary Hahn Plays Bernstein with The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Leonard Bernstein Centenary continues with concerts by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Last weekend’s performances featured one of Bernstein’s most interesting (and relatively obscure) compositions — his Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium), for solo violin, strings, harp and percussion. That Plato Symposium, allow me to remind you, was a series of dissertations in ancient […]

Continue Reading
Maeve Höglund. Photo by Dominic M. Mercier.

Review: World Premiere of ‘The Wake World’ by Opera Philadelphia

Inside a museum dedicated to art from the past, the O17 Festival has brought a new opera which celebrates musical and literary styles from the past. Composer/librettist David Hertzberg built upon musical forms from the same time period, a century ago, when Albert Barnes was acquiring his unique collection. This is a clever, site-specific staging […]

Continue Reading
Elizabeth Zharoff. Photo by Peter Konerko.

Review: LiveConnections Presents Elizabeth Zharoff + Xavier Foley at World Cafe Live

LiveConnections Presents ended its sixth season with soprano Elizabeth Zharoff and double bassist Xavier Foley. This season was devoted to pairing musicians in order to stretch musical boundaries, and has resulted in some memorable programs, such as SYBARITE5 and Jakub Ciupinski, or Nicholas Photinos and Florent Ghys. Although both Zharoff and Foley are extraordinarily talented, […]

Continue Reading
Michael Tilson Thomas. Photo by Kristen Loken.

Review: The Philadelphia Orchestra Performs Seeger, Berg & Beethoven with Guest Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas

Contrast was stark in the concert which Michael Tilson Thomas led with The Philadelphia Orchestra. The first half displayed two radically dissonant pieces from the 1930s — Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Andante for Strings and Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, while the second half was devoted to Beethoven’s classic Symphony No. 3 (the Eroica). You could make […]

Continue Reading
The viola section, featuring Rachel Ku,. Photo by Jessica Griffin.

Review: The Philadelphia Orchestra Performs Brahms’ Eleven Chorale Preludes, Bach’s Cantata No. 150, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4

The Philadelphia Orchestra set of concerts during the last weekend of February was one of the most imaginatively conceived in recent memory. The program consisted of selections from Brahms’ Eleven Chorale Preludes, Bach’s Cantata No. 150, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. Johannes Brahms is the favorite composer of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Most musicians will avoid picking a favorite, […]

Continue Reading
images (8)

Review: ‘Red Bull Flying Bach’ at The Warner Theatre

Not a soft drink, not a circus, Red Bull Flying Bach, with music composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, and conducted by Christoph Hagel, and choreographed by Yui Kawaguchi (contemporary dance) and Vartan Bassil (breakdance) is a Hip Hop\Classical de jour playing at Washington, DC’s historic Warner Theatre. This spell-binding show is Bach in tennis-shoes. You’ll […]

Continue Reading

Review: The Choral Arts Society of Washington Presents ‘Berlioz: Requiem, Op. 5’ at The Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall

It was a chilly night, fitting for a change of pace, when the Choral Arts Society of Washington performed Hector Berlioz: Requiem, Op. 5 Grande Messe des Morts to a buoyant crowd at The Kennedy Center Concert Hall. First, the company opened to Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Wir setzen uns mit Tranen nieder,” which was a […]

Continue Reading

Review: ‘Black Violin’ at Strathmore

‘Black Violin’ serves up a musical potpourri at Strathmore “This is a party!” said Wil B (Wilner Baptiste) one half of the group Black Violin, which performed a genre-mashing amalgam of hip hop and classical in an unforgettable concert last night at The Music Center at Strathmore. Black Violin consists of Kev Marcus (aka Kevin […]

Continue Reading
images (24)

Spine: JOY and Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour

Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour came to the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theatre last night. Four pieces: two short “Fanfares,” a Preludes and Fugues, and a Yowzie. And the stage was aflutter with bodies in a state of grace. Twyla Tharp is, of course, a legend. She has won too many awards to mention, including a […]

Continue Reading

The National Chamber Ensemble Presents ‘Bach, Beethoven and Brahms’ on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm at Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre

The National Chamber Ensemble, celebrates the great works of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm at Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre. Praised by the Washington Post for being “Delightful…abundant in jovial wit,” National Chamber Ensemble’s society of internationally acclaimed musicians are is redefining the meaning of “chamber music.” The performance presents exciting music of the three masters for combinations of […]

Continue Reading
Bach Mass in B Minor - 200 x 200

The Choral Arts Society of Washington Performs ‘Bach’s Mass in B Minor’ at The Kennedy Center

The Choral Arts Society of Washington brought forth a momentous occasion to The Kennedy Center Concert Hall on yesterday afternoon with their undertaking of Johann Sebastian Bach’s legacy masterpiece, his Mass in B Minor. In its fiftieth anniversary season, the Choral Arts have decided to celebrate in fanfare with this choice of repertoire for their […]

Continue Reading
16 - Theme and Variations - Maki Onuki - Photo by Paul Wegner PRESS MUST USE PHOTOG AND DANCER NAMES

The Washington Ballet: Tour-de-Force: Balanchine!’ at The Kennedy Center

The Washington Ballet: Tour-de-Force: Balanchine is a truly spectacular evening at the ballet, with something for everyone. This program has, in my opinion, a balance of classical and contemporary ballet works that will keep any audience member engaged and excited throughout the performance. The first act of the performance consisted of classical and contemporary pas […]

Continue Reading

‘GOLD’ by Cas Public of Canada at The Kennedy Center Family Theater by Yvonne French

I knew this was going to be a good performance when I saw the on the Web that it was choreographed by Hélène Blackburn and Pierre Lecours, “with the invaluable collaboration of dancers.” Blackburn and Lecours have captured in movement what it means to be young. Dancers Merryn Kritzinger, Alexandre Carlos, Roxanne Duchesne-Roy, Daphnée Laurendeau and […]

Continue Reading

‘The Bobs’ at The Barns of Wolf Trap by Kim Moeller

There are three things that make me very happy: 1) good tight harmonies, 2) smart comedy, and 3) The Bobs, a vocal group that combines the first two. The a cappella quartet played Saturday, October 12, 2013 to a warm reception at The Barns of Wolf Trap. They have been described as Manhattan Transfer meets Monty […]

Continue Reading