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The weekend ahead

The musical palette in Washington is getting richer all the time. This weekend has a particularly interesting range of musical offerings -- and the NSO and WPAS seasons haven’t even gotten underway yet.
(read more after the jump)

Today at 1:15, a group called the Kemper Road String Quartet is presenting a narrated program entitled “The Chamber Works of William Grant Still,” featuring music of the pioneering composer who wrote 8 operas and whose Afro-American Symphony was the first symphony by a black composer to be played by a white orchestra when the Rochester Philharmonic premiered it in 1931. Georgetown University, McNeir Hall; admission is free.

Tomorrow night, the InSeries is opening its series with a run of a double bill of American operas: William Bolcom’s “Casino Paradise,” a flawed but sparkling piece about a real-estate developer with a marked resemblance to Donald Trump, and Leonard Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti,” which became the point of departure for his subsequent full-length opera, “A Quiet Place” (coming to New York this fall). Runs through October 2 at Source, 1835 14th St NW. Tickets: $39

Sunday has something for everyone. The Verge Ensemble, arguably Washington’s leading contemporary music group, is starting an ambitious season with a program that includes the world premiere of Wesley Fuller’s “phases/cycles 2009 for viola and computer,” the video work “Sabinium” by Ken Ueno and Harvey Goldman, and a new piece by David Felder, as well as works by local composers David Smooke (who teaches at Peabody) and Eric Slegowski (an instructor at American University). 4 p.m. at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Tickets: $20.

At the same time, the local early-music string ensemble called The Vivaldi Project, founded in 2006, is offering a treat: all six of the string sinfoniettas of C. P. E. Bach, who in the 18th century was widely considered the greatest composer and theorist of his time, largely eclipsing his father Johann Sebastian. 4 p.m., National Presbyterian Church. Tickets: $25.

And for anyone who wants a Verdi fix, WNO is offering a live simulcast of “Ballo in Maschera” at Nationals Park on Sunday afternoon in what has rapidly become a popular tradition, the annual “Opera in the Outfield.” Peanuts and Cracker Jack are a great accompaniment to some of the oom-pah-pahs of what may be one of Verdi’s loveliest, sunniest operas. 2 p.m. at Nationals Park; admission is free.

By Anne Midgette  |  September 17, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Washington  
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There are definitely way more quality concerts in D.C. than any one person can attend. It's a blessing and a source of constant disappointment not to be able to bilocate myself.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | September 17, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

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