Don't Miss

DON'T MISS

July 13, 2006|By TIM SMITH

Taipei Philharmonic

The lowdown -- The Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra makes its local debut in a concert led by Yoel Levi, conductor emeritus of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Brain Ganz, a Peabody-trained pianist well-known and much-admired in this region, will be the guest artist in the world premiere of a concerto by Chien-Tai Chen called Far Horizon. Also on the program: Taiwanese folk songs, works by Mozart and Strauss, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9.

If you go -- 8 p.m. Sunday at Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Virginia and New Hampshire avenues, N.W. Tickets are $20 to $70. Call 202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324.

[TIM SMITH]

Rare Rossini at Wolf Trap

The lowdown -- A bunch of guys disguised as nuns, a rousing drinking song, raging libidos -- no, we're not talking about Fantasy Fest in Key West, but the latest production in Wolf Trap Opera's summer season. Rossini's rarely encountered comedy Le Comte Ory (Count Ory) is about a sneaky plan to woo a maiden while all her would-be protectors are off fighting a Crusade. Lots of gender-bending and vocal pyrotechnics are part of the appeal in Rossini's penultimate contribution to the opera stage.

If you go -- Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. Sunday (also 8 p.m. July 16, 2 p.m. July 23) at the Barns of Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. Tickets are $58. Call 877-965-3872 or visit wolftrap.org.

[TIM SMITH]

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