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'03! Oh My! The Big Apple's Sweetest Bites
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Author: Teachout, Terry
Date: Jan 4, 2004
Start Page: N.07
Section: SHOW

Best classical music event: The Elements Quartet's "Snapshots," a multimedia extravaganza in which an up-and-coming chamber-music ensemble premiered 16 short pieces for string quartet, offered a provocative and promising glimpse of the future of classical concertizing. (Runner-up: Luciana Souza's performance of Falla's "El Amor Brujo" with the New York Philharmonic in Central Park.)

Best jazz performance: Maria Schneider's flamenco-flavored "Bulerias, Soleas y Rumbas," as tightly woven and emotionally compelling as a symphony, was premiered by her big band in January at Alice Tully Hall. I hope the Pulitzer Prize people were paying attention -- it was that good, and then some. (Runner-up: Bud Shank at the Jazz Standard.)

Best new dance: In "Promethean Fire," Paul Taylor used three of Leopold Stokowski's jumbo orchestral transcriptions of the organ music of Bach as the soundtrack for an apocalyptic vision that more than a few viewers with still-fresh memories found jarringly reminiscent of 9/11. Last-minute bulletin: "Promethean Fire" will be televised on PBS's "Dance in America" on Jan. 28. Don't even think about missing it. (Runner-up: Mark Morris's "All Fours.")

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