A suggestion or two for making this a classical music weekend
Lots of promising fare on the classical music scene this weekend. Here are a few things worth considering:
Opera Vivente offers what is billed as the American stage debut of the 1731 version of Handel's "Rinaldo" (the work dates from 1711). In whatever version, the opera is a feast of melodic invention; the plot about Crusaders, an enchantress and a whole lot more may not be the easiest to follow, but it's certainly engaging. I've attached a clip of one of the hits from the score, "Lascia ch'io pianga" (I resisted the temptation to post Streisand's version, since I know I'm just about the only person in the world who actually likes her classical album).
Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony are back in a Russian mode this weekend. In addition to Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," there will be two Prokofiev symphonies, No. 1 and and the less often performed No. 6.
The Ravel Trio salutes Women's History Month with a program of works by women composers at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
Organist Donald Sutherland will be joined by his wife, noted soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson (here as narrator), the C Street Brass Quintet and other artists in a program that includes works by Liszt, Ned Rorem, Samuel Adler, et al.
Pianist Andre Watts makes an overdue recital debut for the Shriver Hall Concert Series, playing an all-Liszt program.
The monthly Bach Concert Series features Cantata No. 170 and more.
And in Washington, Evgeny Kissin plays a recital (also all-Liszt) for Washington Performing Arts Society and the Post-Classical Ensemble explores the world of fascinating American composer Lou Harrison.
There's more, of course, but that should keep you busy enough. And now here's a gorgeous performance of that wonderful aria from Handel's "Rinaldo":