Critic’s Choice

Wed Apr 04, 2018 at 1:55 pm

Markus Stenz. Photo: Kaupo Kikkas

The first of Markus Stenz’s two remaining season programs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will bring together Beethoven’s First Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances this week. In addition to principal guest conductor Stenz– whose concerts are often season highlights– violinist Arabella Steinbacher joins the ensemble as soloist in Korngold’s Violin Concerto. Concerts are 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and 8 p.m. Saturday at Strathmore. bsomusic.org

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Next week is the second installment of the SHIFT Festival, a co-presentation of the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts. The event celebrates American orchestras by bringing several of them to the nation’s capital to present concerts, education opportunities, and other events at venues around the city.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra kicks off the festivities 8 p.m. April 10 with a concert in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts a suite from Bel Canto, Jimmy López’s 2015 opera, and Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade, featuring the impeccable violinist Augustin Hadelich as soloist. For RIFT, a symphonic ballet by Anna Clyne, six dancers from Texas Ballet Theater will share the stage. kennedy-center.org; 202-467-4600.


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