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Who says classical music has to be performed in the grandiose atmosphere of the concert hall? Over the past year, new music lovers in D.C. have carved out their own spaces to present affordable and down-to-earth programs of their own. In Arlington, the Punk Not Rock series of salons attract performers, composers, and enthusiasts alike. Kensington, Md.,’s Banner Arts Center is a warehouse that hosts top-notch chamber music specializing in new works by contemporary composers in an intimate and raw environment. Tonight’s concert features a piano quartet performing John Harbison’s “November 19, 1828,” a meditation on the death of Franz Schubert. Harbison’s most recently touted work was an operatic The Great Gatsby, which was commissioned by and premiered at the Metropolitan Opera last year. Also on the program are David Wolfson’s “A Woman’s Life and Loves” for soprano (a feminist reinterpretation of Schumann’s “Frauen Lieben und Leben”), and a poetry performance by Barbara DeCesare. At 7:30 p.m. at the Banner Arts Center, 4233-C Howard Ave., Kensington. $10. (301) 435-1251. (Amy Domingues)