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Backstage: Classical concerts, events for kids

Friday - 1/25/2013, 1:36am  ET

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Friday and Saturday, the National Symphony Orchestra welcomes violinist Dan Zhu, performing works by Mozart, Bartók and Beethoven. (The Kennedy Center)

Classical music to fit any style

WTOP's Tim Bracken reports.

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Tim Bracken, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - This weekend brings several classical music events, including kid's concerts.

Scheduled for Friday at the Barns at Wolf Trap, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Kirill Gerstein perform their interpretations of pieces from Brahms, Bartok and Liszt.

Isserlis has performed all over the world with the likes of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Washington National Symphony and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Gerstein has become a top name as a classical pianist, and is known for imaginative interpretations that take cues from his early interest in jazz.

Over the past two years, Gerstein has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony and nearly a dozen other symphonies across the U.S.

Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, the Music Center at Strathmore is presenting The National Philharmonic performing Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.

There will also be a pre-concert lecture before each performance.

The Kennedy Center is offering several classical programs over the weekend.

Friday and Saturday, the National Symphony Orchestra welcomes violinist Dan Zhu, performing works by Mozart, Bartók and Beethoven.

The Kennedy Center also has two kids concerts scheduled for this weekend.

On Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., the "Teddy Bear Concert" features members of the National Symphony Orchestra and storyteller Lynn-Jane Foreman in a bear-themed musical journey that is sure to entertain young children ages 3 to 5.

Scheduled for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., the Kennedy Center aims to entertain kids ages 9 and up with "Connections: Science and Music."

The multimedia concert examines connections between musicians and scientists by experiments with household objects, educational talks and fast-paced performances.

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