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Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes Returns to Washington DC with Haydn, Bartók, Debussy and Chopin

Leif Ove Andsnes

Washington, D.C.­, Dec 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Internationally-acclaimed Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes returns to the Washington area to perform a program of works by Haydn, Bartók, Debussy and Chopin at The Music Center at Strathmore on February 12.

Opera star Susan Graham performs at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Susan Graham

Washington, D.C., Dec 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Dubbed “America's favorite mezzo” by Gramophone magazine, Grammy Award-winning singer Susan Graham captivates audiences with her expressive voice, unusually tall and graceful stature, and engaging acting ability. One of the world’s foremost stars of opera and recital, “it is impossible to take eyes or ears off of Susan Graham whenever she is onstage…once Graham opens her mouth, a listener can only submit to a lustrous voice that abounds in expressive colors,” said The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Graham performs an afternoon recital of works ranging from Purcell to Sondheim presented by WPAS at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Saturday, February 4, 2012.

Choral Arts Society Founder Norman Scribner to Receive Humanitarian Award at His Final MLK Tribute Concert

Norman Scribner, Conductor

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Choral Arts Society of Washington and the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) M

en, Women, and Children of the Gospel Choirs will again join together to present the 24th annual “Living the Dream…Singing the Dream” choral tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on January 22, 2012, at 7 p.m. This rich musical collaboration will commemorate the legacy of the great civil rights leader through music conducted by Norman Scribner and Stanley J. Thurston. The program includes a diverse selection of works, including classical music, gospel hymns and moving spirituals.

Jonathan Biss performs Beethoven, Janáček and Chopin at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Jonathan Biss

Washington, D.C., Dec 16, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Read Jonathan Biss’s bio on and you’re bowled over by his wry and self-depreciative sense of humor. Read reviews of his performances and you’ll find him described as one of “the most exciting young artists of a new generation carrying the grand tradition of classical music into the 21st century ablaze with passion, rigorous musicianship and inspired interpretive flair” (Houston Chronicle). Biss first performed for WPAS in a 2001 recital with Isaac Stern, then debuted on the Hayes Piano Series the following year. He performs on WPAS's Encore Series at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on February 4.

Award-winning cellist Sol Gabetta performs Schumann, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Servais with pianist Alessio Bax

Sol Gabetta

Washington, D.C., Dec 15, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The charismatic young Argentina-born cellist Sol Gabetta, who soloed with the National Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto in 2008, has forged an impressive career. Said The Strad in a review of her recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto, “Sol Gabetta shines at every turn. Her technical command is absolute…the legacy of Rostropovich seems firmly in place. More importantly, her nuance on shaping phrases is tasteful and expressive.” Said Allgemeine Zeitung, “Sol Gabetta…can sing with four strings, tell lively stories, crow dramatically, shine with playful technicality and turn a cello line into her own question-and-answer game in just a few measures.” Gabetta’s recently released CD, "Il progetto Vivaldi 2" hit the top of the German classical charts. Gabetta makes her WPAS debut performing works by Schumann, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Servais at the Terrace Theater on February 11.