April Free: Five Things to do in D.C.
My April highlight list of Washington concerts might include Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra (sold out; they're selling tickets to the rehearsal now); WNO’s final performances of Peter Grimes; or Kurt Masur conducting the Brahms Requiem with the NSO.
But here are five noteworthy events taking place around the city for free.
April 1 (Today): Kim Kashkashian, the adventurous and internationally known violist, gives a free two-viola recital with Dimitri Murrath of works old (Antonio Vivaldi, Alessandro Rolla) and new (Tigran Mansurian, Isang Yun).
April 10: The Southwest Chamber Players, an enthusiastic amateur group, perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater as part of Good Friday services at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church.
April 17: Four cellists from the National Symphony Orchestra offer a prelude concert that includes a world premiere by one of the performers, James Lee.
April 17-19: The National Gallery of Art hosts a bevy of regional choruses singing music from before 1900 in a Choral Festival of Early American Song to mark the reopening of the American Galleries.
April 19: The celebrated French organist Olivier Latry, the organist of the Great Organ of Notre-Dame de Paris and a much-traveled soloist, offers a recital of French organ music, including a piece of his own. Although this concert is nominally free, a donation to the church would be appreciated.
Elsewhere in the country: Ian Bostridge gives an all-Schubert recital in Baltimore; Plácido Domingo essays Siegmund one more time in the second installment of Achim Freyer’s Los Angeles "Ring"; Jake Heggie’s opera “Moby-Dick” has its world premiere in Dallas; Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts his final concerts as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and the YouTube Symphony plays Carnegie Hall.
Edited to add: There's one April Fool on this list - "Moby-Dick" is in April 2010.
Edited again to add: And another free thing tonight: anyone who opts to stay in can hear the pianist Andras Schiff completing his cycle of the Beethoven sonatas at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, a concert that NPR is streaming live.
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