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This past Sunday I attended a most delightful presentation at Baird Auditorium, in which Rob Kapilow spent an hour analyzing Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition"*, with the help of pianist Yuliya Gorenman. After this and a brief intermission, she performed the entire work. The performance was followed by a question and answer session. The title pretty much says it all. If you've ever wondered why a particular piece of music is well-regarded, Kapilow explains it. If you have some music background you'll get more out of it, but even my musically illiterate** husband was able to follow, enjoy, and understand it. Lots more information here. Tickets on sale through Smithsonian Associates. --------- *in its original form, as a work for solo piano **I don't mean that as a slam, but he is literally musically illiterate, not knowing what a "measure" or "minor key" or "time signature" or "grace note" mean.
We have been enjoying the Young Concert Artists, a concert series held at the Kennedy Center (as well as in NYC) which features up-and-coming classical musicians. Artists are chosen via an international audition and are provided with recitals, educational, and management opportunities. The DC performances are held at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, usually on a Monday or Tuesday night (when much of the Center is quiet). The artists usually perform 4 or 5 pieces, some solo but often accompanied by piano or violin. Last night featured 19 year old French clarinetist Raphaí«l Sévère (yes, an evening of classical music devoted to the clarinet!). And he was wonderful. Last night he performed: Johannes Brahms - Sonata for clarinet in E-flat major, Op. 120, No. 2 Pierre Boulez - Domaines for solo clarinet Sylvain Picart - Fantasy on Themes by John Williams Igor Stravinsky - L'Histoire du Soldat for clarinet, violin, and piano Francis Poulenc - Sonata for clarinet and piano Next performance is Bulgarian-American violinist Bella Hristova on Tuesday April 28. It's a lovely way to spend an evening at the Kennedy Center.