June 12, 2007
The National Symphony Orchestra wrapped up its 2006-2007 season with a concert that found both the ensemble and its music director, Leonard Slatkin, at the top of their game. As usual, Slatkin came up with a deft mix of repertoire - symphonies by Haydn (we could never get too much Haydn around here) and Mahler surrounded a premiere by American composer Mark Adamo. The latter's Four Angels, a concerto for harp and orchestra, was commissioned by the NSO for its longtime harpist, Dotian Levalier.
May 7, 2001
There may be a time when Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" will seem unconnected with reality, a strange reflection on a strange activity. Judging by even a cursory glance at global news today, that time is still ages hence. Although filled with specific imagery from the First World War, the "War Requiem" stands as a lament for - and a rebuke to - all forms of human self-destruction in the name of God or flag, in times past, present and to come. Its provocative power was reaffirmed Saturday night at the Kennedy Center in a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra, two choirs and three eloquent soloists, led by Leonard Slatkin.
May 22, 2002
The student: Alexis Lanz, 15 School: Oakland Mills High Special achievement: Alexis was chosen to participate in the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship. The program pays for the clarinet player to take weekly lessons from a National Symphony musician and enroll in college-level music theory classes. He also attends NSO rehearsals, where he has the opportunity to talk with and learn from professional musicians. Why he loves the clarinet: "The clarinet is a very versatile instrument," Alexis said.
April 19, 1993
Alexander Peskanov, an internationally known pianist and founder of the Piano Olympics, will conduct an all-day master class for piano Saturday in Western Maryland College's Levine Recital Hall.The class, open to the public, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be limited to the first 80 participants. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for students. It was originally scheduled for last month, but was postponed due to the blizzard.Mr. Peskanov has performed with orchestras in several U.S. cities and appeared on the PBS special, "Odessa on the Savannah -- The Music of Alexander Peskanov."
March 18, 2004
The intrigue will continue apace at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on March 26 and 27 when the Annapolis Symphony reconvenes its search for a conductor to replace Leslie B. Dunner. This time around, the visiting maestro will be Emil de Cou, the associate conductor of Leonard Slatkin's National Symphony Orchestra, who will conduct a varied program of Samuel Barber's Second Essay for Orchestra, Robert Schumann Piano Concerto and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony. A Los Angeles native, de Cou began his professional career on the other side of the baton, as principal French horn of Germany's Baden State Theatre and of Austria's Mozart Opera of Salzburg.
May 25, 1995
Ulysses Kay, 78, a prolific classical composer whose works often focused on fellow blacks, such as Frederick Douglass, and were performed by top orchestras throughout the United States, died Saturday at his Teaneck, N.J., home. He produced more than 135 pieces, including five operas, 20 large orchestral works and more than 30 choral compositions. Among the orchestras that played his music were the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony and the Dallas Symphony.Peter van de Kamp, 93, the Dutch astronomer and Swarthmore College professor who searched for planets in other solar systems, died May 18 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.