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Elvis Costello earns trust while tinkering with old hits at Wolf Trap

Elvis Costello earns trust while tinkering with old hits at Wolf Trap

One of the many good things about seeing Elvis Costello perform is that he has never treated his songs as static works, locked in the time and place he produced them.

Throughout his 40-year career, he has turned his consistently sophisticated and adventurous compositions into great-sounding records. But live, he has treated the songs as organic, dynamic vehicles, and shown himself unafraid to rearrange, reorchestrate and reimagine even his most popular hits.

Which is to say that in concert, he mixes it up some.

So appearing with his backing band the Imposters at the Wolf Trap National Park for Performing Arts in Vienna, Va., on Thursday, the 62-year-old singer-songwriter...

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