Another quick post, on the heels of hearing Korean violinist Chee-Yun tonight play "Louange à l'Immortalité de Jésus" from Messiaen's transcendent Quartet for the End of Time. (Adding to that, her encore of Rachmaninov's Vocalise was one of those rare opportunities to witness a deeply affective performance -- she was visibly moved, in mind of her announced dedication to a loved one recently lost). The recital was the formal beginning of the Kennedy Center's Fortas Chamber Music season, which stands as Washington's centrally prominent series for chamber music.
Were I not in Chicago at the time, hearing Thomas Hampson in Macbeth (and meaning to hear Ricardo Muti's CSO debut until he fell ill), this is where I'd be. IBIS sent out notice last night that tickets are nearly sold out; you can call The Belmont Mansion at (202) 667-4737, or email email@example.com to see what's available.