For both of the past two weekends, mom and I have gone to Wolf Trap for some classical music. The first weekend, we went to the Barnes to watch the obscure 18th century comic opera L’Opera Seria, which was about a company trying to put on a serious opera that parodied much of the conventions of the genre. Then this last Saturday night, we went to the Filene Center to see the National Symphony Orchestra play a concert, which followed a symphony from Sergei Prokofiev and a suite by Maurice Ravel with the main event: Stravinsky’s The Firebird, accompanied by a show by the South African Handspring Puppet Company telling through puppetry and dance the history of their country over the last twenty years.
Went to the Anderson House near Dupont Circle this afternoon, a turn of the century historically registered house originally owned by an ambassador and his very rich wife and now in the hands of the Society of the Cincinnati, a society originally formed by veterans of the Revolutionary War probably to try to get their salaries actually paid to them, which now interests itself in the historical time period and famous historical members such as Ambassador Anderson, and operate his house as a museum. The Society also runs concert series in the Anderson’s small(but very fancy) ballroom, and today they had pianist Raj Bhimani performing on an expensive instrument that apparently had to be tuned just before the concert because it was so high maintenance.