Some totally non-Preakness musical activities to consider over the weekend
What with the rapture coming Saturday and Heaven knows what horrors afterward, there's not that much point in telling you about some cool musical events this weekend. But, on the off chance that everything proceeds normally, and if you'd like to have some totally Preakness-free experiences, consider these:
-- Baltimore Concerto Opera's presentation of "The Marriage of Figaro" Friday night and Sunday afternoon at the Engineer's Club. The company has some appealing artists lined up for this season finale, including Trevor Scheuneman as Almaviva and Jason Hardy as Figaro.
-- A recital Saturday night presented by Candlelight Concerts at Howard Community College by Christopher Shih, gastroenterologist by day and ...
amateur pianist by night (or other times of the day). He's not just any amateur, though. He has won several prizes at major competitions for amateurs, including the one given by the Van Cliburn Foundation.
-- A performance of Haydn's marvelous oratorio "The Creation" Sunday afternoon at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian. John Walker will conduct the church’s chancel choir and soloists; performing a reduction of the orchestral score will be David Enlow, organist at the Church of the Resurrection in New York.
-- And Sunday afternoon at An die Musik, a rare recital of songs by the unjustly neglected French composer Reynaldo Hahn. Mezzo-soprano Alexis Tantau, a member of the Maryland Opera Studio and with Young Victorian Theatre Company, will be joined by pianist Elizabeth Brown in this program, which includes Hahn's settings of poetry by the likes of Heine, Hugo and Verlaine.
To give you a taste of Hayn's exceedingly elegant music, here's Susan Graham singing one of the composer's most beautiful songs, "A Chloris":