Yuri's got the baton

Critic's choice: Classical music

January 16, 2000|By Holly Selby

A new era at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra begins this week as internationally renowned conductor Yuri Temirkanov leads the orchestra for the first time as its new artistic director.

The new conductor's much-anticipated debut will be a program of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," featuring mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby, soprano Janice Chandler and the Baltimore Symphony Chorus. There will be three performances: Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday morning. The Saturday concert will be preceded by a discussion with performers.

Temirkanov, whose conducting is described as balletic, imaginative and expressive, is also principal conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He began studying music at the age of 9, studied viola at the Leningrad Conservatory and served as assistant conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic.

Performances are Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $22-$57 Thursday and Friday; $16-$32 Saturday. Call 410-783-8000.

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