Hege returns to BSO podium

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May 23, 2002|By Tim Smith

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra enjoyed a five-year association with Daniel Hege, who held the positions of assistant, associate and resident conductor successively through 2001. Hege, who is now in his third season as music director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, returns to the BSO as guest conductor this week to lead a program of chestnuts - two much-loved German works, plus one of the most popular American pieces.

The American item is Barber's Adagio for Strings, which packs a remarkable amount of poignancy into a rather short span of time. The German front opens with Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, the first of the great Romantic concertos. It will be played by German violinist Christian Tetzlaff, whose considerable talents were last heard by BSO audiences in 1996.

Closing the concert will be Schumann's Symphony No. 3, known as the Rhenish because it was written during the composer's stay in the Rhineland. It's his most pictorial symphony, especially the fourth of its five movements, inspired by a solemn religious ceremony he witnessed at the cathedral in Cologne.

Performances are at 8 tonight and tomorrow, and 11 a.m. Saturday (minus the Barber work), at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $26-$68 ($20-$42 Saturday). Call 410-783-8000.

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