Long-Winded? Cheers to Stanley Drucker, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic for 62 years, 7 months, and 1 day, who celebrated his retirement last night by receiving an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Local Group Goes to Carnegie: The Shawnee Press, a publisher of choral and instrumental music, is celebrating its 70th anniversary at Carnegie Hall on Saturday night. And since the Greater Washington area is rife with fine choruses, it's no surprise that one of them was selected to take part. Though it may come as a surprise to some that the chorus in question is the Manassas Community Chorale. Go Manassas.
Musical Activism: The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington is examining social problems through music this weekend with "Through a Glass, Darkly," a dramatic oratorio by Michael Shaieb that deals with crystal meth addiction. The piece was commissioned by the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus and first performed in March, 2008; GMCW has chosen it for their annual Pride Week concert, and will perform it at Lisner Auditiorium Saturday and Sunday.
And the National Symphony Orchestra leaves for China.
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