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Under the radar: joyful sounds

Today's and tomorrow's concerts range from the classical restraint of Beethoven...

The Beethoven piano sonatas are often done as a cycle (Yuliya Gorenman and Till Fellner have ongoing cycles in DC); the pianist Carlos Cesar Rodriguez is, however, taking on the cello and violin sonatas as well in an 18-concert cycle performed in different venues around the city of Washington. The series launched this month; the second concert is tonight at 7:30 at the Levine School of Music, though it isn’t clear which sonatas Rodriguez will be playing (on-line RSVP required).

...and Bernstein...

Farther afield, the Virginia Arts Festival this weekend is presenting two performances of Bernstein’s Mass (Friday and Saturday, in Norfolk), with JoAnn Falletta leading the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and a host of community organizations. I’ve said before I think this work is always worth a hearing; it would be interesting to compare these first-ever Virginia performances with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony’s well-nigh definitive, and Grammy-nominated, performance.

And the Kennedy Center’s celebration of “Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America” continues tonight with the Fisk University Jubilee Singers, going strong since 1867; their touring activities starting in the 1870s became a major source of revenue for their then-struggling college. (Free; at the Millennium Stage.) the heart-on-the-sleeve emotion of gospel. (Historic image of the Fisk University Jubilee Singers from

Edited to add: An unpardonable oversight: the Kindler Society is inaugurating a new concert series called "Cellists of Washington" TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. at the Sumner School Museum and Archive, 1201 17th St NW, third floor. Admission is free.

By Anne Midgette  |  April 22, 2010; 6:11 AM ET
Categories:  Washington , festivals  
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