Critic’s Choice

Mon Apr 23, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Third Coast Percussion

For old music this week, do not miss the concert by Hespèrion XXI and the voices of La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Jordi Savall, legendary viola da gambist and conductor, directs music from the Llibre Vermeil, a 14th-century codex from the Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat in the mountains of Catalonia. This concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill happens to fall on the feast day of Our Lady of Montserrat, patroness of Catalonia, 8 p.m. Friday.


Chicago’s Third Coast Percussion offers an irresistible menu of new music to round out your weekend. Augusta Read Thomas’s Resounding Earth, a piece written for one hundred Asian bells, will be paired with Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet and Xingu River,  and Philip Glass’s Amazon River. This free concert begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the resonant open commons of the Smithsonian Castle, presented by Freer | Sackler.

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