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It's rare for an orchestra to feature three position players in a concerto. But it's rare for an orchestra to have been such a pronounced mecca for cellists as the NSO was under Mstislav Rostropovich -- who hired all three of the soloists in this week's performance of Penderecki's Concerto Grosso, 30-plus years ago.
Three NSO position players get a solo turn — and a chance to assert different, strong personalities.
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The story of the Toronto Symphony and the pianist Valentina Lisitsa is not the black-and-white, freedom-of-speech issue people are trying to make of it.
Free speech or hate speech? The Toronto Symphony lets the pianist Valentina Lisitsa go due to her controversial Twitter feed -- and now the classical music world is debating the distinction.
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Review: Elaine De Kooning at the National Portrait Gallery.
The National Portrait Gallery shows how Elaine De Kooning struggled to to reconcile representation and art.
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Why I still like Lang Lang -- and many people don't. Review of Saturday's DC concert.
The NSO presents a brilliant pianist who is underappreciated despite his popularity.
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A cross-section of new and 20th-century American music played by outstanding performers is yours for the listening in 10 free events during the National Gallery of Art's 66th annual festival of American music, March 8-22
National Gallery of Art’s 66th American Music Festival offers first-rate performers, composers.
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Charles T. Downey on the Folger Consort's "Merchant of Venice."
English and Italian compositions lend the play a historically accurate context.
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Wednesday at Strathmore, Evgeny Kissin in what for most would be a brilliant recital, but for him seemed like a slightly off night.
Evgeny Kissin's latest Washington Performing Arts recital is sometimes, but not uniformly brilliant.
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On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Orchestra comes to Washington under the dynamic young music director who may or may not be able to save it.
Nézet-Séguin, 40, is the hip young music director everyone wants. Is that enough to fix the field’s problems?
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Eric Owens delivers the goods in his first Dutchman at Washington National Opera.
Eric Owens delivers the goods in his role debut as Wagner’s cursed captain; Libor makes notable Senta
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The world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's viola concerto, for and by Roberto Diaz: Joan Reinthaler reviews.
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Greg Sandow reviews the NSO in a disappointing Spanish-themed program.
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Review: The IBERIAN SUITE festival at the Kennedy Center opens with an 80-minute infomercial and a few real artistic highlights, including Angel Corella's swan song, pictured here.
Kennedy Center’s “Iberian Suite” festival comes off as an infomercial but with a few memorable moments.
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The classical music critic of the Washington Post.
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In 2008, I consolidated my various cultural interests under the single title of classical music critic of the Washington Post. I blog at The Classical Beat, which you really should be reading.
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