A couple DC-related things

Ionarts, easily the best DC-area classical music blog out there, has a fantastic preview of the fall 2007 concert season. Among the concerts of interest for folks like me are Kronos Quartet (this Friday; sadly I’ll be out of town), Alarm Will Sound, and The Rite of Spring arranged for two pianos. Of course, none of this excites me nearly as much as the concert that Iva Bittová will be playing next year with the Takács Quartet at the Library of Congress

The second thing is a neat little retrospective at Black Plastic Bag about Melody Records, a long-running independent CD store here in the District. Melody Records has always been my local store of choice, even though there’s a smaller, more hipster-friendly place that opened a year or two ago (Crooked Beat). They have a phenomenal world music section that doesn’t especially interest me, but also a good rock section and a small but excellent jazz section — my initial adventures into the worlds of Cryptogramophone Records, Tim Berne and Cecil Taylor all happened thanks to this record store.

I buy most of my music online, and download a fair share as well from eMusic, so I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t been to Melody Records for a while (many months now). But this little retrospective has inspired me to go back sooner than later. I should probably avoid bringing my credit card though.

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