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This Weekend in Washington: Highlights

In today's Washington Post: The NSO gives its last subscription concert of the season, by Anne Midgette.

(Edited to add: Philip Kennicott reviewed the same performance on his blog.)

Some local highlights this weekend:

The Wolf Trap Opera Company opens its summer season tonight with Cosi fan tutte. I was captivated by the opening production last summer and have been generally rooting for this small company, which gives young professional singers early stage experience, ever since.

When I first moved to Washington, one of the Post's regular critics told me that the orchestra of the National Orchestral Institute was one of the best in town. In the final public concert of its annual session, the orchestra - made up of student instrumentalists from around the country - is performing, tomorrow night, a program of Thomas Ades's "Asyla," Leos Janacek's "Sinfonietta," and the Tchaikovsky "Pathetique."

A few members of the National Symphony give a coda to the season: the Kennedy Center Chamber Players play Messaien's "Quartet for the End of Time" on Sunday.

By Anne Midgette  |  June 26, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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Agreed somewhat with your review of the last subscription series concert of the NSO. I was a little disappointed with two exceptions. The Four Last Songs moved me more than they had in previous hearings. This in spite of some of the shortcomings you noted. I was in a melancholy mood and maybe that did it. And in spite of myself, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up for the opening of Also Sprach Zarathustra. Over all, I thought the orchestra seemed a little weary.

Posted by: William Kirchhoff | June 27, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

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