A cross-section of America

Critic's Choice : Classical Music

February 03, 2002|By Tim Smith

The next program from the Concert Artists of Baltimore, planned long before the September tragedy unleashed a fresh wave of patriotism, seems doubly appropriate now. This "American Sampler," conducted by Edward Polochick, offers quite a cross-section of the country's rich reservoir of music.

Among the attractions will be Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto, with its exquisitely smooth, lyrical fusion of jazz and classical idioms; David Drosinos will be the soloist. And there will be a rare opportunity to hear Darker America, a 1924 symphonic poem by the great African-American composer William Grant Still, whose output has been absurdly neglected.

Also on tap will be choral works by a variety of composers, from the 18th century's William Billings to the 20th's Leonard Bernstein, and a piece by noted Shakespeare-based composer and Peabody Conservatory dean Robert Sirota called Songs and Spells for chorus and orchestra.

The performance will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at LeClerc Hall, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. Tickets are $5 (for students) to $23; admission is free to ages 8-18. Call 410-625-3525.

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