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Open mic, post-weekend edition


I enjoyed reading this review from New York in the Comments section last week, and would be delighted to hear about other concerts, both in and out of Washington. So I'm opening a thread for your weekend concert reviews: what did you see that you want to talk about?

By Anne Midgette  |  October 26, 2009; 6:06 AM ET
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My own musical weekend experience was at a violin/piano recital at Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church (WMPC) on Sunday afternoon by violinist Amy Beth Horman and pianist Frank Conlon. Amy grew up in this church and the autumn recital has been a regular concert since she returned from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris on the order of a decade ago.

I am neither a music critique nor an impartial listener. Watching Amy mature as a musician from her first Suzuki class to a mature performer has been a delight and I was not disappointed at all at yesterday's concert. I don't get to hear much chamber music and so this is always a novel experience. The concert began with Sonantina I by Telemann which is a rather light and pretty piece, satisfying but somewhat forgettable. It was followed by the Romance in F minor, Opus 11 by Antonin Dvorak which for me was the highlight of the afternoon. Dvorak seems to pack more melody into his pieces of music than anybody and this was no exception with a repeating melodic line that one longed to hear again and again. Horman played with great command and assurance and the balance with the piano was perfect. After the intermission, we were treated to the scherzo movement of Sonatensatz. Sonatensatz is a peculiar piece in that it was written by Brahms, Dietrich and Schumann. The scherzo movement was by Brahms and was played to perfection by Horman and Conlon. This was followed by the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Aaron Copland. Even with just the violin and piano, one could easily hear similarities to Copland's more familiar ballet and film scores. I had expected something more akin to Copland's more astringent "Statements for Orchestra" if only because I was expecting something written for his circle than for a more general audience. I like Copland and I liked this sonata but I still preferred the Brahms and the Dvorak. The program ended with a brief piece called "Remembrances" written by Amy's father, John Horman, who is also organist for WMPC. Though brief, it is a beautiful piece and a perfect ending to a fine concert on a beautiful autumn afternoon.

Posted by: William Kirchhoff | October 26, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Another Dvorak enthusiast! My day is made.

Here's what I was up to this weekend: the debut of the Bach Sinfonia at the Montgomery College Performing Arts Center.

http://dmvclassical.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/a-gross-or-so-of-concerti-bach-sinfonia-at-montgomery-college-performing-arts-center-october-24-2009/

Posted by: Lindemann777 | October 26, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Here's another Dvorak fan, especially of his operas - even the weaker ones contain delightful music.

I attended the BSO Strathmore concert and I posted my impressions elsewhere on this blog.

Posted by: cicciofrancolando | October 27, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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