Critic’s Choice

Wed Mar 28, 2018 at 11:57 am

Spektral Quartet. Photo: Dan Kullman

In addition to Easter and Passover celebrations this week, Washington offers a feast of contemporary music.

PostClassical Ensemble, under conductor Angel Gil-Ordóńez, will present a live performance of Shostakovich’s first film score, The New Babylon. The music will accompany a screening of Soviet directors Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg’s 1929 avant-garde silent film 8:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the AFI Silver Theatre.

The Library of Congress presents two daring programs by the Chicago-based Spektral Quartet and pianist Winston Choi. These free concerts feature John Zorn’s Le Mômo, Wadada Leo Smith’s Quartet No. 9, and George Lewis’s String Quartet 1.5: “Experiments in Living” 9 p.m. Friday; and Milton Babbitt’s The Joy of More Sextets and An Encore for Violin and Piano alongside String Quartet No. 3 and String Quartet No. 1 of Arnold Schoenberg 2 p.m. Saturday.

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