Gil Shaham Plays Prokofiev with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center
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The Choral Arts Society of Washington brings the passionate music and dance of Argentina to the Kennedy Center. Tango! Soul and Heart begins with two spiritual pieces -- Lamentations of Jeremiah, a sacred a cappella motet by Argentina's most famous composer, Alberto Ginastera, and Luis Bacalov's Misa Tango, a stunning mass that features the iconic sounds of the accordion-like bandonéon. The second half of the program finds participants performing traditional and classic tango works by such composers as Astor Piazzolla, while talented guest artists showcase the dance of passion in a dazzling display. Learn More
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The seats bought through Goldstar were pretty good and we were excited but the performance felt distant and unconnected. The hall is far too large and the acoustics leave much to be desired. Shaham played into the orchestra not out to the audience and seemed not to even realise we were there. Despite an overly enthusiastic ovation he did not give an encore which added to the disengaged feeling of his performance. Xian Zhang is a tiny powerhouse but also did not connect with the audience throughout the difficult program. Altogether a really disappointing evening.
Debussy - Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No. 2
Stravinsky - Le Chant du rossignol
Bartok - The Miraculous Mandarin
Gil Shaham, whom the New York Times calls "a highly physical player," is the soloist in Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 conducted by Xian Zhang. Also on the program are works by Debussy, Stravinsky, and Bartók.
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