Thursday news and events
Events: Heroes of the "Ring" is the title of a lecture the Wagner Society is presenting tonight in which Desirée Mays, whose career is built on talking about opera, explores the ideas of heroes and heroism in Wagner's tetralogy. Tonight at 7:30.
Olli Kortekangas's last opera was called "Daddy's Girl." The Finnish composer, well-known in Europe, is the next focus in the Phillips Collection's new lecture-performance series on contemporary European composers. A group of young Finnish artists, along with the composer, will perform several works (including a piano piece written especially for the event). Tonight at 6.
The Choral Arts Society is presenting Rachmaninoff's Vespers at St. Matthew's Cathedral, where years ago the group made its recording of the same work under Mstislav Rostropovich. Tonight at 7:30.
Note: The Ibis Chamber Music Society's concert of 20th-century music (Ravel, Françaix, Dohnanyi) plus a world premiere, originally scheduled for tonight, has been moved to tomorrow. It still repeats on Sunday the 21st.
Local news: Washington Concert Opera music director Antony Walker, already music director of the Pittsburgh Opera, will make his debut next season at the Metropolitan Opera conducting "Orfeo ed Euridice" (April and May 2011).
Steven Honigberg, a cellist with the National Symphony Orchestra, has written Leonard Rose: America's Golden Age and its First Cellist, now available in bookstores.
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