BSO Casual Concert series goes national


April 16, 1993|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer

For seven years on selected Saturday mornings, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra director David Zinman has presided over the Casual Concert series, an audience-participation exploration of music that is less formal than the usual black-tie symphony affair.

Now radio listeners across the country can hear various editions of the concerts, courtesy of the American Public Radio network.

A four-show packaging of the concerts for national distribution premiered earlier this month, co-produced by the BSO, Baltimore's WJHU-FM (88.1) and Washington's WETA-FM (90.9).

The programs can be heard in this area at 9 p.m. Fridays on WETA and 11 a.m. Sundays on WJHU.

"A unique way of presenting classical music" is how Mr. Zinman introduced the Casual Concerts in the first edition, which featured flutist James Galway not only playing his instrument but quipping with audience members and Mr. Zinman.

"I think you'll always come away from our programs knowing more about the composers and their music and the musicians who make the music," the director said.

This weekend's show features cellist Yo-Yo Ma, playing concertos by Bartok and Bloch; next weekend offers a concert devoted to the music of Brahms.

Almost 100 APR stations have picked up the concert series, according to the BSO.


A variety of Maryland non-profit organizations took part yesterday in the second annual "Volunteer Radiothon" on WEAA-FM (88.9), the Morgan State University station that calls itself "Jazz 88."

Listeners were being asked to volunteer time, not money, and planners hoped 500 people would respond, said coordinator Lynda Reamer.

Co-sponsors included the Maryland Council of Volunteer Services, the Maryland Volunteer Network, the Governor's Office Volunteerism, the Corporate Volunteer Council and United Way of Central Maryland.


Come this fall, area fans of Larry King -- many of whom have been frustrated that his daytime interview show is not carried by any Baltimore station -- will be able to buy audio cassette editions of selected programs from his 15-year nighttime show.

His Westwood One syndicate has signed a deal with Simon & Shuster publishers to produce a series of "best-of-King" interview audio books, with a September target date, according to the trade publication Inside Radio.

The first edition, "Laughs," is a collection of interviews with comedians.


"The Message Behind the Media," a documentary by Chris Brookes heard last April on the Baltimore-based radio documentary series "Soundprint," recently won first place in the education category of the 1992 national awards from the Education Writers Association.

The program highlighted a course taught in Canadian high schools that seeks to make students more literate about the ways mass media present the world around them.

"Soundprint" originates at WJHU and can be heard at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 7:30 a.m. Sundays.


To celebrate its debut Monday on a new frequency, "The Station the Stars" big band format that is moving from WITH-AM (1230) to WHLP-AM (1360) plans a cute stunt.

At 6 a.m., with DJ Alan Field presiding, listeners are scheduled to hear some cuts from a surviving recording of the first 35 minutes of broadcasting on WITH, when the station debuted on March 1, 1941.

And the first song will be Glenn Miller's version of "A Nightingale Sang in Barkley Square."

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