Making music wherever they go


Symphony members regroup in new venues

Critic's Corner//Music


The approaching season offers more opportunities than usual to hear members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra step out of their regular environment and make chamber music together.

Besides the long-running BSO Chamber Music by Candlelight events at Second Presbyterian Church, the inaugural BSO Musicians Series will take up residence in the new, intimate concert hall at the University of Baltimore's Student Center.

The repertoire for the UB series offers some of the melodically richest works in the repertoire by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms and Dvorak. Fascinating pieces by Debussy, Britten and Takemitsu also are scheduled.

An excellent roster of BSO players will be involved in the UB series, among them violinists Jonathan Carney and Madeline Adkins; violists Peter Minkler and Karin Brown; and cellists Ilya Finkelshteyn and Bo Li.

Performances are on Saturday nights -- Oct. 7 and 28, March 24, May 5 -- at UB's Student Center, 21 W. Mount Royal Ave. Information: 410-837-4200 or visit

BSO Chamber Music by Candlelight returns to Second Presbyterian, starting Oct. 15 with an all-Mozart program. Seven more concerts are in the series, running through April 15.

Participants include oboist Katherine Needleman, violinists Ivan Stefanovic and Kenneth Goldstein, and horn player Philip Munds, along with many of the musicians in the UB series. Repertoire ranges imaginatively from Mendelssohn to Messiaen, Handel to Harbison, Paganini to Prechtl.

Sunday afternoon concerts, all free, will be at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Information: 410-744-4034.

An die Musik series

The intimate concert room upstairs at An die Musik, the compact-disc retail shop on North Charles Street, gets busier each year. The 2006-2007 season will see the introduction of the first subscription series there.

There will be three programs in the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, organized by composer-in-residence Judah Adashi; four in the Harmonious Blacksmith series of baroque music; and five in a series featuring the venue's ensemble-in-residence, the Monument Piano Trio.

That's just for starters. All sorts of recitalists will be heard from, among them guitarist Ana Vidovic, cellist Wendy Warner, pianist Jenny Lin and tenor Nathan Granner. Chamber ensembles in various sizes also are scheduled to perform throughout the season, which begins Sept. 9 with pianist John Einhaus.

An Die Musik is at 409 N. Charles St. Information: 410-385-2638 or visit

Music at Cylburn

Last September, the historic Cylburn Mansion on the grounds of the Cylburn Arboretum proved to be a popular and inviting spot for a chamber music concert. That novel venture is being followed up with two appealing events early in the new season.

Baritone Ryan de Ryke and pianist Eva Mengelkoch will offer Schubert's great song cycle Der Schone Mullerin on Sept. 10. On Oct. 8, the Dobner-Piitz Piano-Duo will play Schubert and Grieg, and the newly formed Cylburn Trio -- Mengelkoch and BSO members Kenneth Goldstein (violin) and Ilya Finkelshteyn (cello) -- will play Schubert and Brahms.

There will be lectures before both concerts. Cylburn Mansion is at 4915 Greenspring Ave. Information: 410-367-2217.

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