Orchestras conquer forces of nature

Music Review

January 13, 2007|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,Sun music critic

Two of the most naturalistic works in the orchestral repertoire are the focus of an arresting program that draws on the combined talents of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, nearly 60 members of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop, the BSO's music director designate.

Fuse an issue of Travel and Leisure magazine and a special on the Weather Channel, and you pretty much have Richard Strauss' An Alpine Symphony -- page after page of gorgeous, wish-you-were-there scenery, interrupted partway through by a demonstration of the dangers of a fierce, unexpected thunderstorm.

If you go The BSO performs at 8 tonight and 3 p.m. tomorrow at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets are $25-$78. 410-783-8000 or baltimoresymphony.org.

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