An expressive debut with BSO

Sergey Khachatryan's sound is warmer than his demeanor

Music Review

March 04, 2006|By TIM SMITH | TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC

With the oh-so-cool saunter and almost sulky visage of a brat-packer entering a terminally hip nightspot, Sergey Khachatryan appeared on the stage of the Music Center at Strathmore Thursday night to make his Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debut.

The Armenian-born violinist, barely into his 20s, looked so detached that the unsuspecting listener might have anticipated expressionless music-making, but his playing of the Sibelius Violin Concerto couldn't have been much more involved or involving.

IF YOU GO The BSO performs at 8 tonight and 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $25-$75. Call 410-783-8000 or visit baltimoresymphony.org.

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