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By Beverly Quinones | July 5, 2011
As I write, the sun is shining and it's a beautiful day in Guilford. Schools are recessed, the summer solstice has passed, and vacations are on the horizon. We look forward to the delights that the season provides. Held on a Sunday afternoon in June, the Baltimore Symphony Associates "Wine Event" at the home of Ellen and Geoff Lord was well-attended by about 50 partygoers - music lovers all - assembled to benefit Baltimore's acclaimed symphony orchestra. Ellen and Geoff prepared a beautiful setting , with floral arrangements and a beautiful centerpiece on the dining room table.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
The last weekend of September could not have been much more caloric, musically speaking, without actually clogging arteries. While the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was reveling in the high romanticism of Rachmaninoff and Korngold ( my review was posted earlier ), the Peabody Symphony Orchestra gorged on hefty emotional outpouring by Brahms and Tchaikovsky. I rather enjoyed both lyrical feasts. On Saturday night, Hajime Teri Murai, director of orchestral activities at Peabody for more than two decades, got the conservatory's 2014-2015 concert series rocking with a crisp, jazzy little curtain raiser, Shafer Mahoney's "Sparkle.
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By Tim Smith and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
NEW YORK -- Carnegie Hall put out the purple Monday night to welcome the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the opening of Spring For Music, a week-long festival showcasing American orchestras playing adventurous programs. Ravens-colored cloths adorned the seat backs of the musicians' chairs and the conductor's podium; more cloths were handed out to audience members to wave on cue in a salute to Baltimore. That cue came before the music started when an announcer from local radio stationĀ  WQXR interviewed the BSO's high-profile booster, Gov. Martin O'Malley, onstage.
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By Tim Smith and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
You might suspect some strange jinx, or wonder if the third time's the harm. But the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is taking a rash of high-profile artist cancellations in stride. On July 29 came the news that actor/singer and star of Showtime's "Homeland" Mandy Patinkin had withdrawn from his BSO SuperPops program scheduled for January "due to a schedule conflict. " He would be replaced by "Seinfeld" veteran Jason Alexander. On Sept. 15, three days before the opening night of the season, the orchestra announced that Baltimore's own Hilary Hahn would not be on hand to play Beethoven's Violin Concerto as planned because the popular artist needed "to recover fully from a muscle strain.
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By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2009
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's annual gala has retained its status as the kickoff event to Baltimore's social season - and the party to see and be seen at. Hundreds of formally dressed folks swirled under a tent just outside Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to enjoy cocktails, a vast dinner buffet and lots of catching up before heading into the hall for a concert by the BSO featuring pianist Lang Lang. "It's fabulous as always. This is always my favorite event," said Susie Schapiro, Ed-Psych Solutions director, at the gala with her fiance, David Nevins, Nevins & Associates president.
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By Mike Giuliano and Mike Giuliano,Special to The Sun | December 7, 1994
No stranger when it comes to new music, soprano Dawn Upshaw should be in her element as soloist for the world premiere of Robert Beaser's "The Heavenly Feast" in three performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra beginning Thursday.Known for her ability to slide with ease from new pieces to the established repertory, Ms. Upshaw will do more than perform this BSO-commissioned piece. She'll also sing three concert arias by Mozart, and selections from Wagner's "Die Meistersinger." On its own, the orchestra will perform Schubert's Symphony No. 5.For "The Heavenly Feast," the American composer Beaser uses a text from a 1984 poetry collection, "The Lamp-Lit Answer," by his friend, poet Gjertrud Schnackenberg.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2013
Libby H. Younglove, a homemaker and longtime Baltimore Symphony Orchestra volunteer, died Monday from osteogenic sarcoma at her summer home in Ocean City . She was 66. The former Libby Jean Hale was born and raised in Cockeysville. After graduating from Dulaney High School in 1965, she attended the University of Maryland, College Park for two years. She was married in 1967 to Robert A. Younglove, who owns a performance coaching consulting firm. The couple have lived for many years at Ruxton Crossing in Towson.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,[Sun Music Critic] | January 7, 2007
Marin Alsop stood in front of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra a couple of weeks before 2006 slipped into 2007, dressed as denim-casual as the students before her. BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA / / Performs Thursday through Jan. 14 / / 410-783-8000 [Please see BSO, 2E]
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2012
Dennis C. Kain, longtime Baltimore Symphony Orchestra principal timpanist, whose career spanned more than four decades, died Saturday of colon cancer at his Hamilton home. He was 73. "Dennis was not only a wonderful musician and timpanist, but also a beloved member of the BSO family," said Marin Alsop, the orchestra's music director. "His love of music and his fellow musicians always shone through, and he tackled life and music with a positive, open and inspiring attitude," said Ms. Alsop.
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,SUN STAFF | January 22, 2000
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. How do you get to Meyerhoff Hall? Campaign, campaign, campaign. Mayor Martin O'Malley, who has played venues ranging from the Lauraville Fair to Mick O'Shea's, will perform with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in April, accompanied by his band, O'Malley's March. The deal was struck last month, when Calman J. Zamoiski, president of the symphony board, approached the mayor after his inauguration. "I went up to congratulate him, and I said, `Your first duty as mayor is to agree to perform with the orchestra.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
An extra spark in the playing at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's first program of the 2014-2015 subscription series a week ago made me think this would turn out to be an exceptional season. Something about the second program this weekend made me even more convinced. I know you are tired of hearing me say this, but I just want to make sure it's sinking in - the BSO is operating at a technical peak these days and demonstrating a tighter rapport than ever with music director Marin Alsop.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has been showing a lot of love for the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore and the poem Francis Scott Key was inspired to write after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry. The BSO celebrated that anniversary on Sept. 13 during the nationally televised Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Pier Six, then kept the theme going for its annual gala, an all-American concert held Saturday night at Meyerhoff Hall. There was a good deal of novelty on the short program (in between dinner and dessert offered for premium gala-goers in a tent set up outside)
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 99th season -- Marin Alsop's eighth as music director -- promises to be eventful. That's the take-away from Friday night's performance at Meyerhoff Hall, where the concert will be repeated Sunday afternoon. Longtime BSO listeners cannot fail to notice the tightness of the ensemble these days, the disciplined articulation, the cohesive sound. Budget constraints have kept the orchestra from maximum strength for years (100-plus full-time players would be ideal; 80-something has been the norm)
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September 17, 2014
Our words weren't exactly, "Let's put on a show," but they could have been. Maryland Public Television is forever grateful to PBS, the "Great Performances" series and our colleagues at WNET in New York for responding to our 2012 invitation to join us in putting on a show to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner in Baltimore in 2014. For two hours last Saturday night and with the tremendous support of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Dick Clark Productions, Pier Six , Star-Spangled 200, Inc., The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Fort McHenry, the National Park Service and others, we were pleased to present "Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem" as a national MPT production for the PBS system.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Hilary Hahn has canceled her scheduled season-opening performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and music director Marin Alsop this weekend due to muscle strain. In mid-July, Hahn announced that she would cancel all engagements for six weeks due to an inflamed muscle. Her recovery is taking longer than expected; she is now set to resume concertizing in October. Playing the Beethoven concerto in Hahn's stead will be Pinchas Zukerman, his first BSO engagement in 14 years.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Far from the smoothest production imaginable, and a little too reminiscent of a typical, lightweight PBS fundraiser, the "Star-Spangled Spectacular" concert Saturday night at Pier Six nonetheless delivered a decent level of entertainment for a sizable, enthusiastic crowd. In his opening remarks, the host, actor John Lithgow, called the program "a tribute to a great national treasure, American music. " That meant mostly the pop side of the musical spectrum, of course, since this event was nationally broadcast and nothing too classical would likely have been approved.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
"Great Performances," the PBS showcase of American performing arts, came to town for the Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Pier Six Saturday night and showed how to make great, live television. On paper, the lineup of talent for the concert celebrating the bicentennial of the national anthem was a very mixed bag: Melissa Etheridge, Denyce Graves-Montgomery, Little Big Town, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Kristin Chenoweth, Jordin Sparks, Pentatonix, Paulo Szot, Train, The Navy Band Sea Chanters and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marin Alsop.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden will be in town this weekend, to help Baltimore celebrate its "Star-Spangled Banner" bicentennial. The vice president, who hails from neighboring Delaware, will be at Fort McHenry Saturday night to deliver remarks during a concert that will be broadcast live on PBS, beginning at 8 p.m. His remarks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Following Biden's remarks, singer Jordin Sparks will lead a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner,"...
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