Sounds to refresh the spirit

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July 14, 2002|By Tim Smith

Classical MusicSummer MusicFest, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's annual alternative to heat and humidity, wraps up with two programs that look refreshing.

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, festival artistic director Mario Venzago conducts Darius Milhaud's jazzy ballet score La creation du monde; Franz Doppler's Fantasy on Hungarian Themes with BSO flutists Emily Skala and Elizabeth Rowe; and Beethoven's Violin Concerto with 20-year-old Karen Gomyo.

For the finale at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Venzago has chosen an all-Mozart bill, including two symphonies (Nos. 34 and 41) and one piano concerto (No. 24).

The soloist in the latter is Robert Levin, whose flair for historical performance practice extends to improvising his own cadenzas on the spot, a la Mozart himself. Should be fun.

Each program will be preceded by chamber music (free to festival ticket-holders) - Mozart's G minor Piano Quartet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

All performances are at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.

Refreshments and live band music start at 5:30 each night and continue after the orchestral concerts.

Tickets are $18 to $30 per concert. Call 410-783-8000.

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