D.C.’s spring classical concert season can barely contain itself

This spring promises to be both unseasonably warm and unreasonably busy — especially with the classical music world in such full bloom.

If I had the space, I would tell you about the packed lineup of free concerts at the Library of Congress, or the Philips Collection’s mostly sold-out but still live-streamable season of Sunday concerts, or Washington Concert Opera’s one-off performance of Puccini’s rarely heard “La Rondine” (April 7), or Opera Lafayette’s modern premiere of Jean-Joseph Mouret’s 1714 opera-ballet “Les Fêtes de Thalie” (May 3 and 4). But I simply do not!

I do, however, have room to remind you to check out or revisit my Black History Month preview to fill up February’s remaining weeks. And below are a mere 10 highlights of the forthcoming season. Click through, dig deep and explore — there’s so much to be heard.

Fortas Chamber Concerts

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Violinist Jennifer Koh is already making an impact as the new artistic director of the Fortas Chamber Music Concerts. This forthcoming season welcomes a powerhouse lineup of artists to the Kennedy Center, including Abeo Quartet (March 6), Hub New Music and special guests performing Carlos Simon’s “Requiem for the Enslaved” (March 14), Catalyst Quartet (March 21), Imani Winds (April 3) and Dover Quartet with Leif Ove Andsnes (April 23). But before all of these, Koh herself takes the stage with composer Missy Mazzoli on piano for an evening-length exploration of Mazzoli’s music in the intimate setting of the Kennedy Center’s Studio K. March 1-April 23, www.kennedy-center.org


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