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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | September 29, 2000
The latest example of the ever-marketable phenomenon known as "crossover music" hit Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Wednesday evening in the form of Mark O'Connor's Double Concerto for Two Violins. It's a busy, sometimes raucous, piece that attempts to fuse jazz, blues and O'Connor's specialty, country fiddling, into something like a grand, classical concerto. It almost succeeds. The three-movement, roughly half-hour work had a lot going for it in terms of performance. The soloists were the composer himself, who can play rings around many a traditional violinist, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, no slouch herself when it comes to musical showmanship.
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By Cal Thomas | September 12, 2013
"One does not sharpen the axes after the right time; after the time they are needed. " - Russian Proverb The late Ukrainian violinist Mischa Elman is considered one of the greatest of all time, but he has nothing on Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has played the Obama administration better than any musician. Washington is astounded at what happened over two days this week on the Syria front. First, there was a supposed faux pas on Monday in London by Secretary of State John Kerry, who said the only way Syria could avoid a military strike was to give up its chemical weapons.
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | June 6, 2002
WILMINGTON, Del. - Having not laid eyes on David Bromberg in more than 25 years - and even then it was from the cheap seats and through a haze of cigarette and marijuana smoke - I didn't have much to go on. As I looked around the churchly quiet coffee shop, what I had in mind were the words from one of the songs he sang, "I know I ain't good-looking, but I swear I'm some sweet woman's angel child." Like I said, not much to go on. He was skinny, gawky and 30-ish back then, with rimless glasses, thick, curly hair and a sparse beard and wispy mustache that you'd only excuse on a 14-year-old.
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By Robert O. Freedman | August 12, 2013
One can only applaud the restarting of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank. Yet, given the other problems the United States currently faces in the Middle East - crises in Egypt, Syria and Iraq, to mention only the most obvious ones - it is an open question as to whether Secretary of State John Kerry should have spent so much time on Israel-Palestinian peace talks, having visited the area no fewer than...
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March 14, 2004
On March 12, 2004, DAVID BRENNER, loving husband of the late Helen Brenner (nee Miller), beloved father of Joan Fiddle of Baltimore, devoted father-in-law of Morris Fiddle. Loving grandfather of Nancy Seff, Joel and Carol Fiddle, loving great-grandfather of Melinda and Rachel Seff, Andrea, Jason and Hanna Fiddle Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road at Mt. Wilson La., on Sunday, March 14 at 9 A.M. Interment Arlington Cemetery-Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 4300 N. Rogers Ave. Please omit flowers.
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September 3, 2005
On September 1, 2005, Nathanial "NED" LEVY; loving husband of Marian Levy (nee Leventhal); cherished father of Carol Fiddle of Reisterstown MD, Joanne Cooper of Reisterstown, MD and Craig Levy of Reisterstown, MD; father-in-law of Joel Fiddle, Joey Cooper and Sandy Levy; devoted brother of Sylvia Quittman of California; brother-in-law of Linda Hark and Ben Hackerman, Ellen Wolff, the late Harold Wolff and Steven Quittman; loving "Pop-Pop" of Andrea, Jason,...
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June 1, 2003
The twang of fiddles, banjos, mandolins and other old-time instruments will fill the air at the Carroll County Farm Museum's annual Fiddlers' Convention from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 8. The competition will feature 10 hours of old-time and bluegrass styles of American folk music as musicians and vocalists compete for cash prizes totaling more than $3,000. Contestants can register for the competition at the Farm Museum beginning at 8:30 a.m. when gates open. Performers will play for prizes in these categories: Bluegrass Band, Old Time Band, Bluegrass Fiddle, Old Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Banjo, Old Time Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocalist (solo)
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By Roch Kubatko | May 31, 1997
On the field: Cal Ripken was there, as usual. Last night was the 15-year anniversary of the start of his consecutive-games streak, which reached 2,366. He received a standing ovation in the second inning after the playing of a video tribute, twice tipping his cap to the crowd.In the dugout: Manager Davey Johnson had to change designated hitters, but not by choice. Pete Incaviglia was hit on the left elbow by a pitch from Indians starter Charles Nagy in the fifth inning. Incaviglia, whose X-rays were negative, had to leave the game, and Jeffrey Hammonds took his place.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | March 10, 1999
From the very beginning, it was clear that Eileen Ivers was an unusually talented young fiddle player. By the time she was 19, she'd won the prestigious All Ireland music competition seven years in a row, a feat that marked her as a real prodigy in Irish music circles.Eventually, she parlayed that skill into a featured spot in the step-dance extravaganza "Riverdance," making her one of the most recognized Irish instrumentalists around. Tonight, she'll be at the Meyerhoff with the Chieftains, perhaps the best-known Irish traditional group in the world.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | May 2, 1998
Some people see Mark O'Connor standing in front of a symphony orchestra, bow in hand and his instrument tucked under his chin, and consider him a violinist. Others know him for the solos he has added to dozens upon dozens of country singles and call him a fiddler.There are even those who pay less attention to the type of music he plays than to his extraordinary proficiency on his instrument and dub him a genius, pure and simple.But for the 35-year-old musician, it's all pretty much one and the same.
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July 8, 2013
Regular visitors to Ocean City in the summer months may be familiar with the music of William F. Hassay Jr. The 61-year-old substitute teacher has been supplementing his income since 1995 by playing his violin on the boardwalk from 3 p.m. until midnight for audience tips - until June of last year, that is. That's when Ocean City Police decided he was in violation of the town's noise ordinance, specifically a provision that applies only...
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | September 30, 2012
Political consultants often use the term "optics" to describe how consequential events are perceived by the general public. With regard to the present Middle East crisis, the president's optics are way off course. There was the Las Vegas fundraiser following the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. This was followed by a "Letterman" appearance while violent anti-American demonstrations were breaking out in Europe, Africa and Asia. Then, instead of a defense of U.S. values, pandering messages to the Muslim world in response to an amateurish anti-Muslim video that almost nobody (including the protesters)
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By Matt Vensel | November 29, 2011
Fellow owners of Hakeem Nicks, I feel your pain. I can also relate to what you're going through if you own Greg Jennings, Reggie Wayne or even Anquan Boldin. Those fantasy maestros have been outscored by second fiddles this season with Victor Cruz leading the way. When Cruz burst onto the scene earlier in the season, I was worried the Giants receiver would cut into the targets for Nicks, whom I ranked as a top-five wideout before in the preseason. I never thought for a second that Cruz would actually out-produce Nicks, but he has. Cruz ranks fourth among wideouts with 131 fantasy points (based on ESPN standard scoring)
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July 27, 2011
Once again, the loyal fans of a major sport (professional football) get played like a cheap fiddle. ("NFL lockout ends "July 26.) To exacerbate the situation, both sides talk about how they owe it to their fans to get back on the field. (What they really mean to say is that their greedy desires have been satiated by a contract that lines the pockets of both owners and players.) We have already been robbed of a tradition - preseason training at McDaniel College in Westminster.
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June 21, 2011
OK, this isn't a Howard County thing, per se, but it's close. If you take Route 108 west into Montgomery County, you'll soon encounter the Olney Theatre Center, where my wife and daughters and several family members enjoyed a production of Michael Hollinger's "Opus" on Saturday. I have to give you another disclaimer here, though: The ensemble cast includes Benjamin Evett, a professional actor (all the players are in Actors Equity) who also happens to be my wife's cousin. He and some of the other cast members came down from Boston, where they also performed the play, a fascinating study of the interpersonal dynamics in a fictional string quartet.
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By Dave van Dyck, Tribune reporter | October 18, 2010
NEW YORK — He has won more postseason games than any pitcher in baseball history, and he works in the media capital of the world for the most famous team in American sports. Yet the Yankees' Andy Pettitte is being overshadowed for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday by a pitcher who has been traded three times within a calendar year. Maybe it's because Pettitte, a low-key 38-year-old, is old news. But more likely it's because of the New York media's fascination with Cliff Lee, who almost became a Yankee but instead wound up with the Rangers on July 9. There is still time for Lee to become a Yankee — he's an impending free agent, and the Yankees could be looking to replace Pettitte with another lefty — but for now Lee's goal is for the Rangers to steal an ALCS game on the road.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 3, 2000
John Schmidt is a physics teacher by training and a government worker by profession. But ask him what's really at the core of his creative soul these days, and you might find yourself in the middle of an impassioned discussion on the integration of line, curve and shape, or the acoustics of sound or even the chemistry of varnish. For like Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri before him, Schmidt is entranced by the process of crafting a violin. "It's something that's embedded within me," says the 53-year-old resident of Columbia's Town Center.
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By CINDY PARR | July 24, 1995
The annual Reese Fireman's Carnival begins tonight on the grounds beside the company's fire station on Route 140.There will be games and rides for the entire family to enjoy. And, of course, an entire menu of carnival food will be available.Each night the carnival will feature a live entertainment act beginning at approximately 8 p.m. The musical line-up for the week is: Monday, Roll The Dice; Tuesday, Big Cam and The Lifters; Wednesday, Branded; Thursday, The Roadsters; Friday, Neon Moon; and Saturday, Bobby Plunkert and Real Country.
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By Kevin Cowherd | July 29, 2010
Here's the first reaction any thinking Orioles fan should have to the news that Buck Showalter is the team's new manager: It's about time. What was all this ridiculous foot-dragging in the Warehouse all about? C'mon, Showalter should have taken over this team right after the All-Star break. That way the Orioles would have sent a clear, strong message to both their players and their fans: "That horrible start is behind us. We're moving in a new direction. "Sure, we might not come out of this tailspin right away.
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By Teddy Greenstein and Teddy Greenstein,Tribune Newspapers | June 23, 2009
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- After he stroked his final putt, Lucas Glover could barely muster a fist pump. "I don't know if I could have thought up a good celebration," he said. "Mentally, I was done." But his brain wasn't scrambled to where he forgot about a bet, actually more of a promise, that caddie Don Cooper had made: If Glover won the U.S. Open, Cooper would buy himself a Corvette. After the men hugged Monday afternoon on the 72nd green at Bethpage Black, Glover told him he had to live up to the deal.
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