Concert Artists of Baltimore


August 08, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To present diverse programs, from classical to pop, and to encourage and foster the love of music in children and their families. Founded in 1987 by artistic director Edward Polochick, the all-professional orchestral and vocal ensemble's philosophy is that music should be accessible and interesting to all ages. Each performance includes informal commentary by the artistic director.

Latest accomplishments: Concert Artists of Baltimore last year released its first CD, "A Royal Invitation," which highlights American composers Menotti, Argento and Copland. The ensemble also offered free concert tickets to those ages 8 to 18 and discounts for seniors and students. In addition to two subscription series in Baltimore, the artists last year also performed at the Lincoln Center in New York City and the National Holocaust Museum in Washington.

On the horizon: Recording of a second CD, a continuation of American music featuring Menotti's Violin Concerto with concertmaster Jose Miguel Cueto and the full orchestra; Diamond's "Rounds" for string orchestra; and Thompson's "Peaceable Kingdom" for a cappella chorus. A new seasonally themed music series, "Music at the Mansion," will be conducted on select Sunday afternoons at the historic Garrett-Jacobs Mansion in Mount Vernon, home of the Engineers Club. The 1999-2000 regular season includes "Beloved Beethoven," Oct. 9; "Baroque Beauties," Nov. 20; "Divine Romantics," Feb. 12; and "Orchestral Showcase," April 15. And the fourth annual Family Fun Concert takes place at 2:30 p.m. March 12 at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills.

About the Concert Artists of Baltimore. Attendance: 7,000 annually. Operating budget: $240,000.

Where and when: Office, 1114 St. Paul St., Baltimore. Regular season performances at 8 p.m. Saturdays, LeClerc Hall, College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Call 410-625-3525.

Marita Zuraitis, chair of the board of directors: "Concert Artists provides a unique combination of vocal ensemble and chamber orchestra music in Maryland. The organization is growing and expanding its influence on the music scene in Baltimore. Concert Artists is a relatively young organization that has just begun to make its musical mark in Baltimore."

Members of the board

Dallas R. Arthur

Margie A. Englert

Carmen del Guercio

Tim Hogan

Felice Homann

E. Scott Johnson

Richard Paget

Edward Polochick

Malinda Small

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