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Stanley Myles
37 events
31 reviews
63 stars
attended National Philharmonic: Handel’s Messiah on Dec 12 2009

I've enjoyed The Messiah numerous times over the years in many venues. I rate this performance about in the middle of the pack. The soloists were fine -- the soprano was particularly delightful and the bass very strong and compelling -- and the...continued

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Stanley Myles
37 events
31 reviews
63 stars
attended National Philharmonic: Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony on Jan 19 2020

The Strathmore is a great place to enjoy music. It has superb acoustics and every seat has a direct sight line to the stage. The crowds are smaller and the traffic lighter than at the Kennedy Center, and the bar prices are lower too. The artists...continued

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Richard Waugaman
151 events
30 reviews
45 stars
attended National Philharmonic Presents Cellist Carter Brey on Apr 05 2008

The orchestra, soloist, and acoustics were all terrific. We highly recommend both the National Philharmonic and Strathmore Hall.

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Eddie Purcell
239 events
28 reviews
44 stars
attended National Philharmonic: Debussy’s Martyrdom of St. Sebastian on May 19 2012

What an amazing experience - this is such a rarely performed piece. I was so happy to have heard it!

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Susan Forbush
156 events
28 reviews
90 stars
attended National Philharmonic: The Melodies of Brahms on May 04 2013

Wonderful evening - just wished we had more of Ms. Graves' singing. Orchestra sounded wonderful!

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attended National Phil: Bernstein Choral Celebration on Nov 17 2018

Strathmore is a lovely place the show was a little flat. The tenor was under miked and though the show was pleasant it was not exciting

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jloewen
42 events
25 reviews
2 stars
attended National Philharmonic: Brahms’ German Requiem, Bernstein, Makris on Mar 27 2010

Great choir. Acoustics basically good, but choir was hard to understand (perhaps owing to the hall). Imaginative programming. Brahms Requiem was not intense enough, however. It is about life and death, after all....

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Alberti
73 events
24 reviews
32 stars
attended National Philharmonic: Bach & Mozart on May 14 2011

Wonderful soloists and orchestra sounded great.

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Alberti
73 events
24 reviews
32 stars
Alberti
73 events
24 reviews
32 stars
Alberti
73 events
24 reviews
32 stars
attended National Philharmonic: Bach’s Brandenburgs on Jan 24 2015

Great concert and wonderful seats in a beautiful hall!

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Jeff
69 events
22 reviews
2 stars
attended National Philharmonic: Handel’s Messiah on Dec 08 2012

Seats in the back of the balcony meant it was hot and stuffy and the acoustics there aren't great. Still a wonderful venue in which to see a show.

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Leahg
114 events
19 reviews
22 stars
Zara Karabekian
26 events
18 reviews
0 stars
attended National Philharmonic Choral Masterworks: Mozart’s Requiem on Mar 14 2009

Of course the music was wonderful! As for performance, I have to say that this was the first time I sat at the Orchestra tier, and may be that is the part of the problem, but neither the orchestra nor the soloists could be heard from there. Only...continued

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Kathleen Phelan
Kathleen Phelan
74 events
17 reviews
15 stars
attended National Philharmonic: Debussy’s Martyrdom of St. Sebastian on May 19 2012

This was one of the dullest concerts I've ever been to. Amazing vocalists who hardly got to sing at all, and uninspired orchestra. If there had been an intermission I would have left then.

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Kathleen Phelan
Kathleen Phelan
74 events
17 reviews
15 stars
attended National Phil: Season Opener on Oct 15 2017

It was a sublime concert - Sarah Chang was amazing and all three pieces were beautifully done and wonderful.

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Mary Elkind
Mary Elkind
35 events
16 reviews
4 stars
attended National Philharmonic: Corigliano’s Red Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 on Oct 01 2011

The first half, "The Red Violin" was a little modern and abstact for my tast but very well performed technically. Beethoven's 9th was superb.

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Mary Elkind
Mary Elkind
35 events
16 reviews
4 stars
attended National Philharmonic: Handel’s Messiah on Dec 23 2012

I sat further towards the back this year than previously. The music was wonderful, and all the singers were excellent. But the sound seemed to get swallowed up in the hall this year, somehow seemed a little muffled.

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Mary Elkind
Mary Elkind
35 events
16 reviews
4 stars
attended Carmina Burana on Jun 09 2013

I always love Carmina Burana. In this case, the soprano was the weakest of the soloists. Her voice just didn't project above the orchestra. The tenor made up for this with his comical performance of the satirical Abbott song. The timpani also was...continued

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