The weekend ahead
Birthdays: We seem to be looking into ever narrower corners for anniversaries to celebrate in the classical music world -- though for my money, the quirkier, the better. This year we're seeing celebrations of the centenary of the Elgar Violin Concerto (which the NSO is offering through Saturday) and the 400th birthday of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers. The Folger Consort, which is devoting its whole season to music of 1610, is presenting the Vespers this weekend; Artek is doing it on January 17 at the National Gallery (the start of a mini-series of five anniversary concerts focusing on music of 1610, 1710, 1810, 1910, and 2010).
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Opera: There's little controversy (for once) around the Metropolitan Opera's HD offering this weekend. "Der Rosenkavalier" tends to be above reproach, though it's a shame that James Levine isn't conducting. If you want live opera, the National Philharmonic is offering a semi-staged "Carmen" Saturday evening, a week before the Met's HD broadcast of its new production of that opera.
Chamber: Ibis, a chamber music society, is offering a free concert of French music (particularly Fauré and Chausson) on Sunday. The Emerson Quartet concert at the Museum of Natural History is not free: Dvorak, Schubert, and the Shostakovich 9th are on the program. Both the Phillips Collection and the Corcoran have concerts on Sunday afternoon (the Corcoran is presenting one of the Verge Ensemble's usual intriguing, largely contemporary and 20th-century programs). And the Kennedy Center Chamber Players are playing Brahms.
Snow Day: And finally, the last of the Christmas concerts. The Washington Bach Consort's holiday program was postponed by the snowstorm before Christmas; the rain date, or rather snow date, is this Sunday at 3.
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