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By Abigail Green, For The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
It's never too early to introduce baby to classical music. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's monthly Music Box Series is for children age 6 months to 3 years. Each 30-minute concert is interactive and engaging, and focused on a certain theme - this month's is “Arctic Animals.” Tickets, $10; book online at bsomusic.org or call the box office at 410-783-8000. Sat. Nov. 9, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
What do you get when you post videos of your spot-on diva impressions? A boatload of page views. Singer and actress Christina Bianco has made a viral splash with a series of hilarious -- and uncanny -- videos where she honors everything from the dramatic rendering of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" to Adele and Idina Menzel. Bianco will be featured on the program when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents "Broadway Standing Ovations," which celebrates some of the best musicals on Broadway.
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By Jordan Bartel | May 29, 2012
"It was a compulsion. I had no other choice," Katherine Needleman said regarding what lead her down the path to a career in music. "I would've been a pianist except my technique was too limited. " Though she's experimented with many other instruments, Needleman, 34, who moved from Iowa to Ellicott City when she was 7 and now lives in Dickeyville, finally settled on the oboe while at college and has been the principal oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2003. Since that time, she was been a part of nearly all BSO performances and is especially looking forward to playing the Strauss Concerto next season.
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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 On July 29 came the news that actor/singer and star of Showtime's "Homeland" Mandy Patinkin had withdrawn from his BSO SuperPops program scheduled for January "due to a schedule conflict.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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September 8, 2011
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual Celebration Gala fundraiser Sat., Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m., at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The event will offer patrons an evening of entertainment and fine dining and a concert (at 8:30 p.m.) will feature conductor Marin Alsop and renowned violinist Hilary Hahn. Tickets run $50 and $75 for the concert. Call 410-783-8054. Ukraine festivities Baltimore City's Showcase of Nations annual Ukrainian Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept.
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By Tim Smith | tim.smith@baltsun.com | February 19, 2010
The last time Itzhak Perlman appeared with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, a decade ago, he brought only his violin. For his return this weekend, he's bringing along a baton, too. It's not uncommon for soloists to feel the lure of the podium, but Perlman, one of the most popular violinists in the world, landed there more by chance. "The conducting bug never bit me," Perlman, 64, says. "My wife [Toby] started the Perlman Music Program for talented young string players 15 years ago. She told me one day, 'They need a coach.
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By Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun Media Group | March 28, 2013
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is launching a Music Box Series, designed for the 6-month- to 3-year-old set. BSO vice president of education Carol Bogash calls the project “the final piece in the BSO's educational framework” and cites a McMaster University study indicating that “early musical training benefits children even before they can walk or talk.” The series will feature actress, dancer, storyteller and Baltimore School for...
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March 26, 2010
What's wrong with this picture? An organization that really does something gets a 16.6 percent reduction in pay, gets to go without any pay raises, and it's pay in 2012-2013, will be the same as it was in 2001 ("BSO salaries hit sour note once again," March 26). Beside this picture is the Maryland political landscape, from the governor down to the county councilmen. How is their pay doing? How many freezes, reductions, etc., have they seen? Oh, yes, I forgot about the delegates who make as much as the symphony members for a part time job, during which they accomplish nothing to justify this largess!
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2013
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra didn't think small when deciding to acknowledge the 2013 bicentennial of the birth of revolutionary composer, revolting human being Richard Wagner. Three separate programs were plugged into the season, starting in February with a sizzling sampling of Wagner's operas that included Act 1 of “Die Walkure,” the second part of Wagner's gargantuan cycle, “The Ring of the Nibelungen.” This week, we're getting a hefty sampling of the entire “Ring,” without words, via a seamless orchestral arrangement by Henk de Vlieger.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2013
On Friday night, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's gave, note for note, one of the most thoroughly absorbing and emotionally powerful performances of an all-Russian program since the glory days of all-Russian programs with former music director Yuri Temirkanov. Although non-Russians can certainly shine in music from that country, as we have witnessed locally in some hot BSO concerts led by Marin Alsop, Juanjo Mena and others, Russians do tend to touch some deeper nerve. Making his BSO debut, Moscow-born conductor Dima Slobodeniouk had the orchestra sounding all fired up at Meyerhoff Hall in some pretty tough repertoire that included the long, draining Symphony No. 11, “The Year 1905,” by Shostakovich.
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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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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 Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
A one-of-a-kind oboe belonging to a musician with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was reportedly stolen outside a Montreal hotel Tuesday morning. With the BSO season starting in less than a month, she's anxious to get it back. “We all are very wedded to these instruments,” said Katherine Needleman, principal oboist for the BSO. “It's very special to me. It's the only one like it.” Needleman said the oboe was a prototype, made by Yamaha while she was working with the company in developing a new model.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
The worlds of pop and classical music do not meet all that often — or all that well, as a rule — but certain artists have proved quite adept at bridging the gap. Ben Folds is one of them. The Winston-Salem, N.C.-born, Nashville-based songwriter and pianist has been on an international tour billed as the Ben Folds Orchestra Experience. The tour brings him to Charm City on Thursday for a concert with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which first joined Folds in a gig nine years ago. That 2005 program featured Folds songs enhanced with orchestral arrangements.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2011
OrchKids, the music education initiative developed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and given national exposure on the CBS show "60 Minutes," has expanded to a second school. Funded by a two-year grant of $50,000 from the Rouse Company Foundation, the program had a quiet introduction last month at the New Song Academy in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore; a media launch is being made Friday at the school. OrchKids, which combines during- and after-school classes and lessons, started three years ago with 30 first-graders at Harriet Tubman Elementary.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2010
The Ravens aren't Baltimore's only team worth talking about on a Monday morning. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra played an impressive away game (so to speak) Saturday night at Carnegie Hall, scoring extra points with some super-sized Beethoven, and then tackled a gospel version of Handel's "Messiah" Sunday afternoon. The BSO's previous two appearances at Carnegie guaranteed attention. In early 2008, the ensemble gave its first performance there since music director Marin Alsop made history as the first woman to lead a full-time, big-budgeted American orchestra.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has appointed Markus Stenz as principal guest conductor for a three-year term commencing with the 2015-2016 season. The German conductor, who is principal conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, made a sensational BSO debut in 2012 . In a statement released Wednesday, Stenz said that his "first encounter [with the BSO] in October 2012 is unforgettable to me. I loved the musicians' sophisticated and joyous approach to music making and look forward to experiencing a wide variety of repertoire with the orchestra.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
Storms brought damaging winds, large hail and flooding across the state Thursday afternoon, with more possible later in the evening as a cold front approaches. Wind damaged a building on Route 1 in College Park, and hail an inch in diameter was reported in the Hereford area of Baltimore County, according to early storm reports made to the National Weather Service. A flood warning was issued in the Jarrettsville area of Harford County. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect across the Baltimore region until 9 p.m., with risks of damaging wind gusts and downpours dumping rain at rates of 2 inches per hour or more.
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