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Review: ‘Tender Tears and Love and Life: Songs by Anton Rubinstein, Anton Arensky, Alexander Glazunov, and Mark Minkov’ at the Russian Chamber Art Society

In a concert that rang the rafters and tugged at the heartstrings, the Russian Chamber Art Society bade a thrilling farewell to its longtime home at the Austrian embassy, which, after hosting more than 440 events over the last four years, will henceforth devote its hall exclusively to the Austrian Cultural Forum series.  The three […]

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Review: Pianist Steven Osborne Plays Rachmaninoff at the Phillips Collection

Given a choice between the intellectual and the emotional, most concert-goers, in their heart of hearts, will want to hear something that moves them. They got their wish on Sunday afternoon at the Phillips Collection when Scottish pianist Steven Osborne drenched them in a boatload of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s most powerfully emotional and almost over-the-top solo […]

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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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Pianist Olga Kern and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore

Russian pianist Olga Kern is something of a cult figure because of her landmark victory in the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, captured in one of the greatest documentaries ever made about classical music, The Cliburn: Playing on the Edge. After seeing Olga perform Thursday evening with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra […]

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An Interview With Washington, DC Piano Sensation Thomas Pandolfi About Classical and Popular Music and the Artist’s Life

If Thomas Pandolfi hasn’t done all that a pianist can do to present an exceptionally broad range of music to an engaged public, he certainly seems determined to. The D.C. native, one of the area’s leading up-and-coming classical pianists on the national and world stage, is happy to test boundaries to find out what works […]

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Andrea Rost, Soprano: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Independent Hungary Gala Concert at The Warner Theatre

Soprano Andrea Rost, whose career began in European opera houses, must have felt at home in the Warner’s lavishly appointed, gilded and crystal-chandeliered  art deco interior, the stage’s ornate gold-leaf proscenium arch enclosing cranberry drapes valanced in Austrian folds. As must much of the glittering audience, who, I suspected, would be greeting Ms. Rost and […]

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Hungarian Opera Star Andrea Rost Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Iron Curtain Tomorrow at 5:30 PM at the Warner

Andrea Rost performs Tomorrow Night, May 29th at 5:30 PM at the Warner for the Hungarian American Coalition gala celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain and of a free and democratic Hungary. Purchase tickets here. The Budapest-born singer will perform a repertoire of Hungarian folk music alongside songs that represent […]

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The National Chamber Ensemble at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage by Jane Coyne

The National Chamber Ensemble made its debut at the Kennedy Center on Thursday, September 26, 2013 with a wonderful and well-performed concert that delighted a clearly appreciative audience. Members of the National Chamber Ensemble performing in this concert included NCE Artistic Director and violinist Leo Sushansky, pianist Carlos Rodriguez, and guitarist Andrew Pal. The Kennedy Center’s […]

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‘Inside the Music’: An Interview with National Chamber Ensemble Artistic Director Leo Sushansky by Jane Coyne

One of the things I love the most about living in the Washington, D.C. area is that the music never ends, nor does the opportunity to meet the wonderful musical artists who perform here. Among them is National Chamber Ensemble’s talented and innovative Artistic Director Leo Sushansky. I attended my first National Chamber Orchestra performance […]

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