A clarinet legend
Joining one of our area's premiere chamber ensembles Chiarina this week on Front Row Washington is clarinetist (and living legend!) Charles Neidich. Founded in 2015 by pianist Efi Hackmey and cellist Carrie Bean Stute, Chiarina brings distinctive chamber music performances and innovative programming to an intimate neighborhood setting in Capitol Hill, DC. Clarinetist and conductor Charles Neidich has gained worldwide recognition as one of the most mesmerizing virtuosos on his instrument. His musical intelligence in scores as diverse as Mozart and Elliott Carter that have earned for Mr. Neidich a unique place among clarinetists. Monday at 9PM ET.
Guest Conductors on NSO Showcase
This month’s NSO Showcase premiering this week is a tribute to guest conductors who travel from near and far to share their unique take on music. They are internationally acclaimed, and each season we look forward to their contributions to Washington’s musical life. Nicholas Hersh not only guest-conducted but subbed for an ailing Yan Pascal Tortelier, driving to DC from Baltimore at the very last minute to conduct Ravel’s Noble and Sentimental Waltzes. London Philharmonic Principal Conductor Edward Gardner led the NSO in Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with another emergency substitution—guest violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian. And the Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, Finnish conductor John Storgårds, flew in to lead the NSO in a critically acclaimed performance of Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony. Airs Wednesday at 9PM ET.
A history of vocal music
An exciting program of vocal music throughout the centuries awaits on Center Stage from Wolf Trap with the 2023 Grammy-nominated British vocal ensemble VOCES8. The program begins with mesmerizing Renaissance vocal works, ending with music of today. Don't miss this enchanting program representing the history of vocal music with the critically acclaimed vocal ensemble. Saturday at 9PM ET.
Choral Showcase kicks off Women's History Month with the tale of the historic heroine, Esther. Handel's oratorio Esther tells the dramatic tale of the Hebrew woman who became Queen of Persia and saved her people from genocide. We'll hear the original 1718 version sung by The Sixteen under Harry Christophers. Sunday at 9PM ET.
Opera Matinee presents the popular “Listener’s Choice” program -- a favorite Met production from its vast archives, as voted by listeners. This year's listener's choice is the 1978 production of Donizetti's La Favorita starring Shirley Verrett, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, and Bonaldo Giaiotti. Saturday at 1PM ET.
A sister duo from Hawaii
On this week's From the Top, two sisters from Hawaii kick off the program with the virtuosic music of Sarasate. We also enjoy an expressive performance of Villa-Lobos by a young cellist, a stunning harp-piano duo, and the world premiere of a teenage composer’s work for string quartet! Sunday at 6PM ET.
Music for your sunrise
Join us on Classical Sunrise each weekday morning for the perfect musical pairing for the sunrise! This week's offerings:
- Monday 6:44AM JCF Bach - Sinfonia in E-flat Major: III. Allegro assai
- Tuesday 6:43AM Telemann - Oboe Concerto in D Minor: II. Allegro
- Wednesday 6:41AM Chopin - Etude in C Major, Op. 10 No. 1
- Thursday 6:40AM Mozart- - Symphony No. 26 "Linz": IV. Finale. Presto
- Friday 6:39AM Beethoven - Symphony No. 8: IV. Allegro vivace
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