Critic’s Choice

Wed Feb 07, 2018 at 8:42 am

Brian Ganz

Two piano recitals should be highlights of the week to come. The first is by a local pianist, Brian Ganz, a prizewinner at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, among others, who happens to teach in the Washington-Baltimore area. In 2011, Ganz set out on a plan to perform all of the music of Frédéric Chopin in recital. The latest installment of this fascinating and rewarding series will include two Polonaises (op. 53 and 40/1), the Fantaisie-Impromptu, and the “Minute” Waltz, as well as an assortment of obscurities like the Bolero, Two Bourrées, Fugue in A Minor, and the Souvenir de Paganini, 8 p.m. Saturday in the Music Center at Strathmore. strathmore.org; 301-581-5100

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French pianist Alexandre Tharaud returns to Washington, presented by Washington Performing Arts. In his first visit to the area since 2015, Tharaud will play all of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which he recorded in typically brilliant fashion for Erato, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. kennedy-center.org; 202-467-4600


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