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A trip through music history with the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig
A trip through music history with the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig

Reading music history can be rewarding. Hearing it is much more fun. Wednesday night's concert by the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, presented at the Kennedy Center by Washington Performing Arts, was a perfect case in point. The program offered Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, a work premiered in 1845 by the Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Bruckner's Symphony No. 7, which received its first performance 130 years ago by, yes, the Gewandhaus Orchestra.  So, OK, the players are a wee bit different now, but just think of the tradition, the legacy -- that remains unchanged. With roots going back to 1743 (a century before the Vienna Philharmonic was founded), making it the...

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