AN DIE MUSIK, Towson's elegant new "European" style record store, was jammed with people last Saturday. The attraction -- David Zinman, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's talented music director, who was there with WJHU-FM (88.1)host Lisa Simeone for an autograph party to launch the BSO's newest release of music by Stravinsky on the Telarc label.
I'm told the maestro purchased a few compact discs before he left the store. The "Mighty Lemon Drops," "Siouxsie and the Banshees," and the "Gang of Four" to name a few. Is our director trading Bach for rock? Nope, the CDs were a present for Zinman's 14-year-old son, Raphael, who loves the hard stuff as well as the classical. Young Zinman was one of 38 boys who sang in the choir for the Mahler "Symphony of a Thousand" which closed the orchestra's 75th anniversary season in June.
Mickey Light, who loves to be called Baltimore's own blue eyes, says he's never been happier in his life. It was only 16 months ago that he began doing Sinatra impressions at the Hyatt Regency, where you can still find him on Friday and Saturday nights. But the word is getting around, and now he's a Monday night regular at Jilly's on Reisterstown Road and has dates at several country clubs and VFWs. He says he'll be in the audience at Merriweather on July 22 when his hero Frank Sinatra performs, but whether he'll get to meet him is still up in the air.
Our fair city will get lots of national exposure on the "CBS This Morning" show all next week. WBAL-TV's meteorologist Tom Tasselmyer will be forecasting the nation's weather for the vacationing Mark McEwen. He'll be on the air from 7-9 a.m. with hosts Harry Smith and Paula Zahn. According to the show's senior producer, John Goodman, they had a nationwide search before picking Tasselmyer. What a coincidence -- McEwen was once a Baltimore weatherman! Perhaps the powers that be figure if a person can predict Baltimore's crazy weather, he'll have no problem with the whole nation. And Tom is not worried about it. "I was shocked when they called me, but now it's beginning to sound like fun. Just imagine working two hours in the morning and have the rest of the day off. My mom is really excited. She's notified relatives all over the nation."
I chatted with an excited Claudenia Burgemeister who told me that she and her husband, Wayne, are flying to Helsinki on Sunday, then boarding a train to Leningrad to meet the Pride of Baltimore. Claudenia, who taught school for 28 years before becoming the PR director for the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, was asked to escort Danny Dudis, the Worcester County youth who won the trip as his prize for winning the state geography bee.
She will tutor Dudis about an hour a day during their 11 days on board and upon her return, will work with 15 state schools to introduce a "Students with Pride" geography program which will be added to their curriculum. All of this volunteer work she is doing is in conjunction with the state Board of Education and the Pride of Baltimore. Also on board the Pride will be WBAL-TV reporter Tom Ritchie, who'll be working a Pride special to be aired at a later date.
The Burgemeisters are avid sailors and have raced boats for years.
Someone called and suggested I tell the world about Charlyene Grimes, whom they consider a special "unsung hero" at the Baltimore Convention and Visitors Association. Grimes is an assistant housing manager with the association who goes pleasantly about her computerized data entry job. Keep up the good work, Charlyene!