Weekend Roundup: Notes from All Over
More Wilde than Strauss: Philip Kennicott reviews "Salome" at the Opera Theater of St. Louis. (On June 17, the company is mounting the premiere of the revised version of John Corigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles," which I would dearly love to see but won't be able to attend.)
Watch Wilson's "Freischütz" Live Tonight: The new Robert Wilson production of "Der Freischütz," conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock, opened at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden on Saturday. The second performance, on June 1, will be streamed live on Arte's website (it's in French, but it's pretty easy to figure out where you need to click). One reviewer found that Wilson simply delivered the visual effects one expects of him, and that Hengelbrock (named as successor to Christoph von Dohnanyi at the Norddeutsche Rundfunk) represented the musical high point; Steve Davislim and Juliana Banse were Max and Agathe.
June in the Wings: It's not the best-known or the glitziest music festival out there, but for 34 years the festival "June in Buffalo" has focused on contemporary music and living composers. This year's senior composers range from Bernard Rands to Martin Bresnick; special guests include Philippe Manoury and Christophe Desjardins, reprising the concert our Post reviewer liked so much last week; and one of the resident ensembles is Washington's own Verge Ensemble, which will play one concert of music by the festival's faculty and one of music by the student composers who are participating. (For more context, read the nice article NewMusicBox ran about the festival last year.)
June 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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