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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Blossom on the Millennium Stage

By the Queen of Free

Looks like one, doesn't it?

Have you ever attended one of the free performances at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. and been disappointed? Nor have I.

The music, the dancing, the sounds are always incredibly outstanding and entertaining. It's easy to drift into "la la" land.

Last Friday night was no different when members of the National Symphony Orchestra played Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A Major for violin and piano and Maurice Ravel’s Quartet in F Major. All the step seats were taken, and it was another SRO crowd.

The only trouble spot were the sounds made by the technician talking into his headset almost nonstop, audible to those of us seated in the back rows.

And I wish the program had included a brief biographical sketch on the performers who were Carole Tafoya Evans, violin; Susan Midkiff, violin; Nancy Thomas, viola; Mark Evans, cello; and Cecilia Cho, piano.

Did I mention the Kennedy Center’s happy hour? Imported beer and pretzels: $4 (before 6 p.m.)

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