Critic’s Choice

Tue Apr 04, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Photo: Stephane Gallois

Lise de la Salle gave an expressive solo recital at the Phillips Collection in January. LINK This week the French pianist joins the National Symphony Orchestra for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Esteemed conductor James Conlon returns to the podium to lead the Four Sea Interludes from Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes.

Conlon’s last appearance with the NSO, conducting Zemlinsky’s tone poem Die Seejungfrau, was exceptional. This program centers on what will likely be an equally memorable rendition of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, on the heels of the NSO’s Russia tour last week. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. kennedy-center.org; 202-467-4600.

From the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Orion String Quartet and soprano Tony Arnold pair Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2 and Brett Dean’s new String Quartet No. 2 (“And once I played Ophelia”). Dean also performs a new work he has composed for viola and piano with pianist Juho Pohjonen. Listen for free 8 p.m. Saturday at the Library of Congress. loc.gov


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