The weekend in concert
Some noteworthy events this weekend:
Tonight (Friday), the Kennedy Center is hosting a special Haiti benefit at the Millennium Stage, before the National Symphony Orchestra's evening performance. Starting at 5:30, local and Haitian groups, including the band Tabou Combo and the singers Felina Backer and John Pierremont, will perform a special hour-and-a-half concert. Like all Millennium Stage performances, this one is free of charge, but there will be bins set out around the lobby where donations can be made to the Haiti Relief and Development Fund of the American Red Cross. Tonight's NSO performance is also a benefit for Haiti.
And on Sunday, the National Gallery of Art continues its clever series of music down the centuries, which began last week with a performance of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers and continued with a concert devoted to music of Bach from 1710. On Sunday, the series moves along to 1810 and Beethoven; the following Wednesday, it's up to 1910 and music by Berg and Webern; and next Sunday, the 31st, the Great Noise Ensemble will offer a couple of world premieres, one inspired by Monteverdi's Vespers and another by the paintings of Rothko. Each of the concerts also has some link to paintings in the museum.
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