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Friday, March 6, 2020

Piano duo from Portugal work outward from their country’s folk melodies in Embassy Series visit to Washington by David Rohde

Taking music from a performer’s own culture and pulling it together with more familiar-sounding music into a coherent program for an American audience is often tricky business. If it comes…

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Pianist Aaron Diehl cross-cuts jazz styles with a dive into their baroque and classical roots by David Rohde

The easiest thing for many highly qualified, especially classically trained, musicians to try to do is to cross genres in an effort to be relevant to the cultural world of 2020. Demonstrably…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Beethoven in its bones: Faust-Queyras-Melnikov Trio at UVA’s Tuesday Evening Concert Series by David Rohde

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 even come up with a coherent name for the group. A…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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

It is often hard to determine what fills the seats in many performing arts genres, with counterintuitive surprises on both the negative and positive side. Count this one as a positive: While…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Claremont Trio triumphs with concert of female composers at the Phillips Collection by David Rohde

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 where no real music history took place…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

An Afternoon With Clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera and the Harlem Quartet at the Phillips Collection by David Rohde

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 in all fields who …

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A musical job unlike any other: A talk with Angel Gil-Ordóñez of the PostClassical Ensemble by David Rohde

Correctly predicting what kind of serious art music would and would not be presented on American concert stages in 2019 would have fooled – even baffled – the most prescient of musical o…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Preview and Commentary: ‘Eugene Onegin’ at Washington National Opera by David Rohde

Opening night in any form of theater is a big deal, but this Saturday’s opening of Eugene Onegin at Washington National Opera carries extra meaning at several levels. It’s the first appe…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Preview: Piano Legend Leon Fleisher’s 90th Birthday Celebration by David Rohde

Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor has long been a feeder line for pilgrimages by aspiring performing artists to Juilliard and other New York institutions. Not everyone realizes, though, that the…

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Interview: A Conversation with Gianandrea Noseda, Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra by David Rohde

The orchestra that makes its home in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall has only had one American music director in the last two generations. So it’s easy to forget that the 100-strong band i…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra Prepare to Dazzle Washington DC by David Rohde

The words “Chicago” and “Philadelphia” conjure up immediate images across all the human senses. In theater and movies, the musical Chicago and the movie The Philadelphia Story (or ma…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Interview: Anderson and Roe Piano Duo with Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater by David Rohde

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are both world-class pianists and they love to play together. And that’s all you can say about them that fits any model. Their artistry is not patterned…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Report: Violinist Tessa Lark in the Phillips Collection’s Sunday Music Concert Series by David Rohde

Nothing is quite as draining as endless discussions in the classical music world about how concerts “should” work to recapture their prominence in the cultural fabric. So nothing is quit…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Preview and Appreciation: The Russian Chamber Art Society on Founder Vera Danchenko-Stern’s Festive Birthday Concert by David Rohde

There’s an addictive quality to the events of the Russian Chamber Art Society, sort of like discovering a pastime or sport that you just have to follow once you learn about it. Maybe that…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Interview: Violinist Tessa Lark Discusses Her Career and Her Upcoming Performance at the Phillips Collection by David Rohde

Don’t just call Tessa Lark a crossover artist. The fast-rising classical violinist may also be known for playing at jazz clubs in New York and elsewhere, and for her country fiddling at bl…

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Interview: David Rohde Interviews Mezzo-Soprano Isabel Leonard by David Rohde

When Washington National Opera presents one of opera’s top examples of musical comedy next spring, it’s only fitting that the production will star a singer whose background sounds as rea…

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Interview: David Rohde Interviews Cellist Amit Peled by David Rohde

Amit Peled is a story-teller. He happens to do it with a cello. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a genius audience member to find the entire story for yourself in the music. The charis…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Interview: David Rohde Interviews Violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt by David Rohde

Is “star viola player” an oxymoron? Not if the viola player – a “violist” as opposed to a violinist – casts her net as wide as Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt. Milena, who last appear…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: ‘Quatuor Danel’ at the Phillips Collection by David Rohde

Complex 20th century “classical music,” or more properly serious art music as opposed to various forms of popular music, seems to be a gamble. It’s never just as interesting to an audi…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Review: ‘Russians in Paris’ at the Russian Chamber Art Society by David Rohde

The French and the Russians evoke very different images in the American mind, but they have one thing in common: an affinity for each other’s culture. Many Russian writers and composers li…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Preview: Bach’s St. John Passion with Ted Sperling and MasterVoices at Carnegie Hall by David Rohde

From Tevye the Milkman’s Anatevka of 1905 to the St. Nicholas Lutheran Church in Leipzig in 1724, Broadway conductor Ted Sperling is making quite a transition in settings this week. But it…

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Review: Soprano Ailyn Pérez at The Barns at Wolf Trap by David Rohde

There’s no business like show business, but does that include opera? If in a few years people finally agree that opera is genuinely another form of musical theater, it may be because of th…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Review and Article: The Dover Quartet at the Kennedy Center Family Theater by David Rohde

Lord knows there are a lot of young string quartets out there trying to make an impact on both classical music and the cultural scene generally. They even have their own competitions to try …

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: Pianist Lise de la Salle at the Phillips Collection by David Rohde

Picking through bombastic music to extract the musical message and leave a lingering impression of something other than bombast is a skill to be cherished among pianists on the international…

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Prokofiev’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with the National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center by David Rohde

Something of a high-stakes atmosphere pervades this week’s concerts by the National Symphony Orchestra. It’s performing an all-Russian program, always a touchstone harking back to the re…

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

An Embarrassment of Riches at the Tuesday Evening Concert Series at UVA in Charlottesville by David Rohde

A huge profusion of classical trios, quartets and quintets is now hunting for audiences around the country. I’ll bet all of them would kill to get on one concert series in particular, and …

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: ‘Opera Magic: Highlights from Eugene Onegin’ at the Russian Chamber Art Society by David Rohde

Weaving together the strands of a full opera in a concert setting has to be one of the biggest challenges around for presenters and audiences. Over the past year the Washington area has seen…

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Review: Pianist Veronika Böhmová at the Czech Embassy in the Embassy Series by David Rohde

The Czech Republic is a small country with a big impact on music. It’s a good thing they don’t just churn out mere virtuosos, of whom the world has plenty. Instead the best of the lot ha…

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Midyear CD Review: ‘Evocative Oboe, Witty Haydn, and a New Take on Duke Ellington’ by David Rohde

Serendipity counts in music as in anything else. A year and a half ago I recommended two outstanding debut albums by artists with local connections. Soprano Danielle Talamantes, a Northern V…

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Review: Bach’s ‘Mass in B Minor’ with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Choral Arts Society by David Rohde

Here’s an idea: Let’s change the name of Bach’s Mass in B Minor to the Mass in D Major. Just because convention calls for a piece to be named after its beginning key doesn’t mean tha…

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Review: Clarinetist Valentin Uryupin at the Phillips Collection by David Rohde

The Music Room at the Phillips Collection is such a distinctive and up-close venue to hear performers that you can forget how momentous the events there can turn out to be. That may well hav…

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