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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.

By Anne Midgette  |  April 1, 2009; 5:30 AM ET
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Thank you so much for this terrific concert listing, there's several I may attend that I otherwise wouldn't have known about.

One item you don't have (and I know you can't have them all), is one I am performing in as a chorus member - Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic's 2nd performance on Sunday, April 5, 3:00 pm, Bishop Ireton HS, Alexandria, of a program with the Durufle Requiem, Grace & Aurelius Gori, soloists, Mark Whitmire, conductor; the premiere of a percussion concerto by a local composer James Kazik with percussionist Joanna Dabrowska, and the WMPA concerto competition winner Carolyn Colton playing Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Admission free, donation (no set amount) requested.
More info at:

Posted by: c-clef | April 1, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

That's not a good April Fool - it reads like a relatively innocent typo rather than a fun whopper. A good April Fool would be something like:

* And local harpsichordist J. Reilly Lewis will present two recently discovered additional preludes and fugues from Bach's Well-Tempered Klavier, in C-double-sharp major and minor, in a concert of rarely heard Baroque music at the Arts and Industries Building of the Smithsonian on April 12. The concert also features a highly entertaining and aggressive work by Rameau called "Suite...pour tous les gens qui sucent" ("Suite...for all you suckers").

Posted by: Lindemann777 | April 1, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

When I lived in Germany the local paper, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, once ran an article on April 1 announcing the discovery of a previously unknown fifth opera in Wagner's Ring cycle (I believe it involved Siegfried and Bruennhilde's son and daughter).

Posted by: MidgetteA | April 1, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Seriously now, I just got my free-ish tickets to Quatour Mosaiques at the Library o' Congress (Ticketbastard imposes a $3.75 charge per ticket on the free free free base price). That's a concert worth checking out for the impecunious and everyone else too - I'm a total devotee of their recordings of Haydn and Mozart, and from what I hear their Beethoven is just as good. I'm really, really excited to hear them live in the best chamber hall in the city.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | April 1, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

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