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Critic's Choice: Classical Music

May 27, 2001|By Tim Smith

It's easy to worry about the prospects for classical music, but when an organization such as the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra comes into view, things look quite promising. This ensemble, made up of top high school and college students from all over the region, has been going strong since 1977.

The GBYO, which is heading to Kanagawa, Japan, in June for performances, will give a concert this afternoon conducted by Jason Love. Also participating will be its subsidiary group for intermediate students, the Greater Baltimore Youth Concert Strings, conducted by Mary Poling.

The colorful sampling of repertoire includes works by Bach, Dvorak, Duke Ellington and Chaminade, plus a piece by dynamic contemporary American composer Michael Daugherty called "Route 66." Featured soloists will be the winners of the 2001 Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Association Concerto Competition, flutist Jonathan Sherman and harpist Stephen Belcher.

The concert is at 4 p.m. today at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral Street. Tickets cost $12; $5 for students and seniors. Call 410-780-6914.

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