David Zinman has role on possible new show


February 15, 1991|By Eric Siegel

Tomorrow's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Casual Concert -- which includes a specially scripted skit about composer -- is being recorded as a pilot for a possible new nationally broadcast radio series of BSO concerts.

Producer Judith Schonbach said yesterday the pilot is being made as part of a new program by American Public Radio designed to "present classical music in fresh new ways."

A writer for "Garrison Keillor's American Radio Company," and its earlier incarnation, "Prairie Home Companion," wrote the skit, which stars BSO music director David Zinman. It deals with a meeting between Brahms, who took more than 20 years to write his first symphony, and his psychiatrist.

Ms. Schonbach didn't say whether Mr. Zinman plays the composer or the shrink, but noted that Mr. Zinman's role was reversed during rehearsals this week.

The BSO will play Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C Minor as well as Kamran Ince's "Before Infrared."

JTC If the pilot is well-received by public radio stations, it could lead to a series of from four to six similar Casual Concert broadcasts, said BSO executive director John Gidwitz.

APR currently distributes 13 broadcasts drawn from the BSO Celebrity concert series to more than 100 stations nationwide.

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Johns Hopkins University, had aired the Casual Concerts live until this season, but budget cutbacks forced it to cancel the broadcasts.

Tomorrow's recording is being done by WETA-FM in Washington, which has assumed production of the 13-week BSO broadcast series from WJHU.

Tickets to tomorrow's concert are $16 and $11. For information, call 783-8100.

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