In keeping w/ today’s music theme, here’s DCist’s Classical Music Agenda:
If you are most interested in music by living composers, you should become a regular at the series of concerts played by the VERGE Ensemble at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, which gets under way this afternoon (September 13, 4 p.m.). The program includes Somei Satoh’s Birds in Warped Time II for violin and piano and the Washington premiere of Paul Moravec’s Passacaglia.
>> If you live in the Montgomery County suburbs, the concert series at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville is a good option. It opens its season tonight with a recital by the fine pianist Joyce Yang, who won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition’s silver medal when she was 19. She will play music by Chopin, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff (September 13, 7:30 p.m.).
>> For chamber music, it is hard to beat the program on offer from the Calder String Quartet next Sunday (September 20, 3 p.m.) at College Park’s Clarice Smith Center. Leoš Janáček’s second string quartet, known as “Intimate Letters,” will be paired with pieces by Stravinsky and Schubert. Hang around after the performance for an informal “talk back” session with the Calder Quartet and ask the question you have always wanted to have classical music’s hippest string quartet answer. They will be back in the area later in the month, as part of their genre-bending tour with bloody-mouthed rocker Andrew W. K., at the Sixth and I Synagogue (September 30, 8 p.m.).