BSO Summerfest early to accommodate renovation Music: Each program in the concert lineup spotlights a different composer.

June 16, 1998|By Judith Green | Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Seems like the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra season just ended, doesn't it? How can it be time for Summerfest already?

In truth, the BSO Summerfest is early this year because the orchestra needs to be out of Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for a full two months. The hall is in the throes of an acoustic renovation that began last summer and will be finished next year.

Summerfest has a slightly different format this year: an early curtain (7: 30 p.m.); five mixed programs of chamber music and orchestral music, each spotlighting a different composer; and dancing afterward on the plaza outside the hall.

Artistic director Pinchas Zukerman will conduct four of the concerts and play both violin and viola in the chamber ensembles. He is also bringing his daughter, Arianna, a recent graduate of the Juilliard School, as soprano soloist for Saturday's concert. She is fresh from an appearance in a New York Philharmonic concert in Central Park where she was accompanied by her mother, flutist Eugenia Zukerman.

The concert lineup:

"A Night in Old Vienna," Thursday. Daniel Hege will conduct waltzes, polkas and other pieces by Johann Strauss Jr. With Linda Mabbs, soprano.

Mozart, Saturday. Arianna Zukerman will sing the concert aria "Ch'io mi scordi di te/Non temer" and "L'amero, saro costante" from "Il Re Pastore." Her father will play in a string trio with Ariel Shamai, the Israeli violinist featured in the 1997 Summerfest, and Gary Hoffman, cello. Leon Fleisher will be soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 12, and the concert will end with the "Linz" Symphony No. 36.

Schubert, June 24. The strings are the same, with the addition of Robert Barney, double bass. Pianist Cecile Licad will join them for the "Trout" piano quintet, and soprano Janice Chandler will sing "Die Forelle" ("The Trout"), the song on which the quintet's theme-and-variations movement is based. A BSO string quartet will play the stormy little "Quartetsatz" (quartet movement) from a work that Schubert apparently never finished. The concert ends with the Symphony No. 9 ("The Great").

Beethoven, June 26. Zukerman will play the "Romanze" for violin and orchestra, then conduct the Piano Concerto No. 1 with 15-year-old pianist Helen Huang as soloist. A BSO string quartet will be featured in the Quartet No. 11, and the concert will end with the Symphony No. 5.

Tchaikovsky, July 1. French violinist Anne Estelle Medouze will perform the violin concerto. The concert includes the "Serenade for Strings" and Symphony No. 5.

Oregon Ridge parking

Baltimore County park officials are trying to minimize traffic at the BSO's Oregon Ridge concerts in July, so only limited on-site parking will be provided and assigned to permit holders at $5 per car for each concert. (Handicapped parking is included at the same rate.) Parking permits must be bought in advance at the BSO box office. All other cars will be routed to Hunt Valley Mall, where free shuttle service will be provided. City concertgoers also have the option of taking the light rail to the mall.

Daniel Hege will conduct the five concerts:

An all-American program in honor of Independence Day. July 3 and 4.

Interstellar music from "Star Wars," "Star Trek" and other space-travel classics. July 11.

Music for children from "The Little Mermaid," "Toy Story" and "Anastasia." July 18.

Romantic music, including Richard Strauss' "Don Juan," a suite from "Carmen" and Wienawski's Violin Concerto No. 2 with BSO violinist Qing Li as soloist. July 24.

A banjo jamboree with Buddy Wachter of the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble. Aug. 1.

All concerts are at 8 p.m. and are followed by fireworks. The park opens at 5 p.m. on Fridays and 4 p.m. on Saturdays for picnics and pre-concert relaxation.

Tickets to Summerfest are $15-$37 for single concerts. Concert packages are available for $64-$185 (five concerts), $54-$148 (four concerts) and $40.50-$111 (three concerts).

Oregon Ridge tickets are $13 in advance, $14 at the gate, $7 children.

Call: 410-783-8000.

Pub Date: 6/16/98

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