Adams conducts, invigorates


October 06, 2007|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,sun music critic

Every now and then you'll find composers in a concert hall, ready to bound up to the stage for a bow after someone else leads a performance of their work. That happened just last week, when John Adams was on hand to hear Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director Marin Alsop conduct his kinetic Fearful Symmetries. But Adams is back this week, and he's not confined to a listening role.

Alsop had the welcome idea of inviting several prominent composers to conduct programs that combined their own music with something from older repertoire, chiefly by Beethoven, whose nine symphonies are scattered throughout the season. Adams was an inspired choice to be the first of these composer/conductor guests.

If you go The BSO performs at 11 a.m. today at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets: $15-$57. Call 410-783-8000 or go to

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