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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 30, 2000
Conductor Mario Venzago had the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra digging so fiercely into the Overture from Mozart's "Idomeneo" Wednesday evening that he stopped the players after a few measures, turned around and assured the audience that this powerful music really was by Mozart. A cute idea. And a fitting touch of informality for the opening of the BSO's annual Summer MusicFest. A street-fair atmosphere was attempted outside Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, where brightly colored streamers, food and drink stands, and a Latin jazz band greeted patrons before and after the symphony performance.
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By Mike Giuliano | February 2, 2012
European composers still tend to dominate most classical music programs in the United States, but the Columbia Orchestra makes a case for our country in a program titled "American Inspirations. " Some of that American music is freshly minted, too, in its concert on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School. Although the concert-opening piece, N. Cameron Britt's "Inledning," bears a Swedish word meaning "Introduction" as its name, that merely reflects this contemporary American composer having spent time in Sweden.
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By Geoffrey Fielding | July 14, 1995
WJHU-FM radio station's recent decision to drastically reduce its classical music programming came as no surprise to those who have followed its fortunes. Frankly, it never fulfilled its early boastful promises.For many years it had been a student-run, 10-watt station on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. Then, in mid-1986, the university created enormous expectations when it entered the radio wars. It was a new kid on the block with more than $1 million invested in state-of-the-art equipment, a recording studio, 10,000-watt signal and "luxurious" new quarters on North Charles Street.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 30, 2000
Conductor Mario Venzago had the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra digging so fiercely into the Overture from Mozart's "Idomeneo" Wednesday evening that he stopped the players after a few measures, turned around and assured the audience that this powerful music really was by Mozart. A cute idea. And a fitting touch of informality for the opening of the BSO's annual Summer MusicFest. A street-fair atmosphere was attempted outside Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, where brightly colored streamers, food and drink stands, and a Latin jazz band greeted patrons before and after the symphony performance.
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By Mike Giuliano | February 2, 2012
European composers still tend to dominate most classical music programs in the United States, but the Columbia Orchestra makes a case for our country in a program titled "American Inspirations. " Some of that American music is freshly minted, too, in its concert on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School. Although the concert-opening piece, N. Cameron Britt's "Inledning," bears a Swedish word meaning "Introduction" as its name, that merely reflects this contemporary American composer having spent time in Sweden.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | April 18, 2009
Ideally, concertgoers in this country would know and love at least two big, hearty all-American symphonies - I'd vote for No. 2 by Charles Ives and No. 3 by Aaron Copland - as deeply as they embrace European classics. But that's not likely to happen if our orchestras don't make more room for them. Although the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra enjoys a solid reputation for its support of American music, it has programmed Copland's Third only four times in the past four decades and has never played Ives' Second.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer | November 5, 1993
Oh, to be a kid in Annapolis this weekend, where the cultural offerings are aimed at our young ones and their parents.This evening and tomorrow evening, it's time to "Ease On Down The Road" with Pamoja Inc., as Annapolis' prodigiously talented theater troupe presents a colorful, enthusiastic version of "The Wiz," the soulful sendup of "The Wizard of Oz" that has been delighting audiences for nearly two decades.Faith Luster, a Howard University sophomore, performs as Dorothy and will be accompanied to Oz by Scarecrow Karen Morgan, Tin-Man Langston Vauls and the hilarious Wayne York as the Lion.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | December 4, 1992
Last night in Meyerhoff Hall it was impossible to forget that Romania is a Latin, not a Slavic, country. The reasons were the performances by the Romanian-born Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Conductor Laureate Sergiu Comissiona with the BSO of two masterpieces of the "Spanish" repertory - Ravel's "Rapsodie espagnole" and Manuel de Falla's ballet music from "The Three-Cornered Hat."Comissiona has always had a flair for highly colored music of the French school and a special affection for that of the Spaniard Falla.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | October 12, 1991
One of the most interesting things about last night's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert was the opportunity to check on the progress of its associate conductor, Chosei Komatsu. This is the young man's fourth season with the orchestra, and his account of himself in works by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Chopin (the Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Hung-Kuan Chen) suggested real growth since the last time this listener heard him.Komatsu's most impressive work came in a suite arranged from Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet."
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | January 16, 1993
Joaquin Rodrigo's somewhat awkwardly named "Concierto de Aranjuez" for guitar and orchestra is one of the most graceful and attractive concert pieces of this century. It is hard to imagine it played better than it was last night in Meyerhoff Hall by guitarist Manuel Barrueco and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Zinman.Barrueco, who teaches at the Peabody Conservatory and who is much admired by connoisseurs of his instrument, played the piece with freedom and idiomatic mastery (the piece's flamenco associations were unmistakably underlined without being overdone)
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By Geoffrey Fielding | July 14, 1995
WJHU-FM radio station's recent decision to drastically reduce its classical music programming came as no surprise to those who have followed its fortunes. Frankly, it never fulfilled its early boastful promises.For many years it had been a student-run, 10-watt station on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. Then, in mid-1986, the university created enormous expectations when it entered the radio wars. It was a new kid on the block with more than $1 million invested in state-of-the-art equipment, a recording studio, 10,000-watt signal and "luxurious" new quarters on North Charles Street.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | March 1, 1995
The Peabody Conservatory's Friedberg Hall was filled for last night's concert by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. The reason was probably the presence of Jennifer Davison in six Richard Strauss songs for soprano and orchestra. The word on Davison, the winner last year of Peabody's Sylvia L. Green Vocal Competition, is that she is one of the most accomplished young singers to come through the school in years.She certainly lived up to her reputation on this occasion. She has a light, beautiful voice that is even in all parts of her range.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood | November 30, 1995
Brush up on your brogue and join the 25th annual Scottish Christmas Walk and a host of other events on Saturday in Alexandria, Va.The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. with bands, floats, antique cars and clansmen dressed in colorful tartans through the streets of Old Town historic district. It ends at noon with a massed band concert in front of Market Square.Also on Saturday there will be live entertainment such as the Bob Brown Puppet Show, the Alexandria Ballet, Christmas music, a holiday decorating workshop and Scottish country dancers at historic locations.
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