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Coming out of Haydn

Department of Rediscoveries: Tonight, Fredericksburg, Virginia is hearing a rare performance of an unpublished symphony by Haydn. The University of Mary Washington Community Orchestra, an ensemble of students and music-lovers, is playing a work that Stephen Fisher, a violist and Haydn scholar who plays with the group, discovered in the archives of the Library of Congress in 1976 when he was working on his dissertation. This is not, however, a world premiere; the symphony (written in 1773) was played at least once before, at the University of Pennsylvania in 1987.

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Other events this weekend: The City Choir of Washington is performing a double-Requiem bill, pairing Mozart's Requiem with Tavener's "Little Requiem for Father Malachy Lynch" at the National Presbyterian Church on Sunday... There's buzz around Gerardo Perez Capdevila, a Cuban guitarist whose program tonight includes music by Albéniz, Rodrigo, De Falla, Lecuona, and himself; the Embassy Series is presenting him at the Romanian Ambassador's residence... Emely Phelps, a pianist and Juilliard student from Frederick, MD who won the NSO's Young Soloists' Competition in 2002, is playing at the Mansion at Strathmore tonight... Tenor Plácido Domingo, the general director of the Washington National Opera, won't be putting in an appearance at the opening of the company's new "Ariadne auf Naxos" on Saturday, since he's making his debut in the baritone role of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra at the Berlin Staatsoper (under Daniel Barenboim) that night.

By Anne Midgette  |  October 23, 2009; 7:01 AM ET
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Tomorrow I am rolling up on the Bach Sinfornia in the first classical performance at the new Takoma Park Montgomery College performing arts center. It will likely be cool.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | October 23, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

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