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By Chris Kaltenbach | August 23, 1997
MPT works through the final weekend of its August pledge drive with an evening of programs chosen by you, the viewers (picked according to the number of calls received when the shows aired earlier during the pledge drive). And it looks as if you're a pretty musically inclined bunch.First up is violinist Andre Rieu (5 p.m.-8 p.m.), leading the Strauss Orchestra in a performance that includes "Persian March" by Johann Strauss Jr. and "Radetzky's March" by Johann Strauss Sr. Then comes "Great Moments in Opera" (8 p.m.-9: 30 p.m.)
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2014
The year is not even a week old, and there's a contender for highlight of the 2014 music season in Baltimore. OK, maybe that's too premature and silly a statement. But if, like me, you feel there are few things more perfectly fashioned than a waltz by Johann Strauss and few things more satisfying than a stylish performance of same, then you'll find this weekend's Strauss-filled program by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's a very satisfying experience. Thanks to the popularity of the Vienna Philharmonic's globally broadcast New Year's Day Concert, lots of orchestras have tried cashing in on the idea of packaging music of the Waltz King and his peers at this time of year.
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By Karen ToussaintAegis correspondent | October 5, 2012
The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra opens its 36th season with "A Night in Old Vienna," a performance planned for Saturday, Oct. 6, at Bel Air High School As Sheldon Bair, music director and founder of the orchestra, explained, Vienna in the 19th Century was the world capital of music, and even German composers like Beethoven and Brahms were drawn to the homeland of Johann Strauss Sr. and Jr. Today, Strauss Jr., Beethoven and Brahms rest in the...
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By Pat Montley | May 23, 2013
There were giants in those days. And some of them were only five feet tall. With her wide serge sleeves rolled brazenly beyond her elbows and a shiny baton in each hand, she stood at the edge of the St. Bernardine's School stage in West Baltimore in the spring of 1950, and - indifferent to our rehearsal fatigue - narrowed her eyes under the starched white headband and challenged us for the umpteenth time: "Again!" Once more we twirled our batons in sync three times, then threw them in the air and … up, up … down, down … thump, thump, thump, thump.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 29, 2001
To paraphrase Noel Coward, it's strange how potent light music can be. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall was awash with this powerful stuff Wednesday for the annual Summer MusicFest presentation "A Night in Old Vienna." In its own way, a waltz by Johann Strauss Jr. is as perfect as a fugue by Bach, a minuet by Mozart. It's no wonder that Brahms, asked for an autograph, once jotted down the opening notes of "On the Beautiful Blue Danube," then wrote underneath: "Unfortunately, not by Johannes Brahms."
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By Mike Giuliano | January 12, 2012
Most of us have packed away the holiday decorations, but there's at least one more excuse to celebrate the season. Howard County's first all-professional chamber orchestra, the Orchestra of St. John's, is performing a Viennese New Year's Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City. "This is the sort of concert that was always done around New Year's in Vienna," said the orchestra's founding artistic director, Ronald Mutchnik. "It's cold and so people want reminders of springtime in order to lift their spirits.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | July 10, 2000
"Oh, give me the free 'n' easy waltz that is Viennesey," goes the Ira Gershwin lyric. "When I want a melody lilting through the house, then I want a melody by Strauss." That, more or less, was the attitude Friday evening as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra continued its Summer MusicFest with "A Night in Old Vienna." Melodies by Strauss - mostly Johann Jr. - lilted through Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, along with a few equally memorable tunes by other composers, not all "Viennesey." Pulling everything together into one neat, entertaining package was MusicFest conductor Mario Venzago.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2014
The year is not even a week old, and there's a contender for highlight of the 2014 music season in Baltimore. OK, maybe that's too premature and silly a statement. But if, like me, you feel there are few things more perfectly fashioned than a waltz by Johann Strauss and few things more satisfying than a stylish performance of same, then you'll find this weekend's Strauss-filled program by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's a very satisfying experience. Thanks to the popularity of the Vienna Philharmonic's globally broadcast New Year's Day Concert, lots of orchestras have tried cashing in on the idea of packaging music of the Waltz King and his peers at this time of year.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 15, 2002
Last weekend, Annapolis Opera celebrated the opening of its 30th season with an operetta that is an on-stage party celebrating life and toasting the joys of champagne - Johann Strauss Jr.'s Die Fledermaus. Since premiering in 1874, Die Fledermaus (The Bat) with Strauss' melodic score has continuously celebrated 19th century Viennese life throughout the world. The story revolves around a party where Dr. Falke has his revenge on Gabriel von Eisenstein for leaving him after an evening of drunken revelry asleep on a park bench dressed as a bat to be seen by several members of Viennese society.
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By Pat Montley | May 23, 2013
There were giants in those days. And some of them were only five feet tall. With her wide serge sleeves rolled brazenly beyond her elbows and a shiny baton in each hand, she stood at the edge of the St. Bernardine's School stage in West Baltimore in the spring of 1950, and - indifferent to our rehearsal fatigue - narrowed her eyes under the starched white headband and challenged us for the umpteenth time: "Again!" Once more we twirled our batons in sync three times, then threw them in the air and … up, up … down, down … thump, thump, thump, thump.
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By Karen ToussaintAegis correspondent | October 5, 2012
The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra opens its 36th season with "A Night in Old Vienna," a performance planned for Saturday, Oct. 6, at Bel Air High School As Sheldon Bair, music director and founder of the orchestra, explained, Vienna in the 19th Century was the world capital of music, and even German composers like Beethoven and Brahms were drawn to the homeland of Johann Strauss Sr. and Jr. Today, Strauss Jr., Beethoven and Brahms rest in the...
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By Mike Giuliano | January 12, 2012
Most of us have packed away the holiday decorations, but there's at least one more excuse to celebrate the season. Howard County's first all-professional chamber orchestra, the Orchestra of St. John's, is performing a Viennese New Year's Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City. "This is the sort of concert that was always done around New Year's in Vienna," said the orchestra's founding artistic director, Ronald Mutchnik. "It's cold and so people want reminders of springtime in order to lift their spirits.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 15, 2002
Last weekend, Annapolis Opera celebrated the opening of its 30th season with an operetta that is an on-stage party celebrating life and toasting the joys of champagne - Johann Strauss Jr.'s Die Fledermaus. Since premiering in 1874, Die Fledermaus (The Bat) with Strauss' melodic score has continuously celebrated 19th century Viennese life throughout the world. The story revolves around a party where Dr. Falke has his revenge on Gabriel von Eisenstein for leaving him after an evening of drunken revelry asleep on a park bench dressed as a bat to be seen by several members of Viennese society.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 29, 2001
To paraphrase Noel Coward, it's strange how potent light music can be. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall was awash with this powerful stuff Wednesday for the annual Summer MusicFest presentation "A Night in Old Vienna." In its own way, a waltz by Johann Strauss Jr. is as perfect as a fugue by Bach, a minuet by Mozart. It's no wonder that Brahms, asked for an autograph, once jotted down the opening notes of "On the Beautiful Blue Danube," then wrote underneath: "Unfortunately, not by Johannes Brahms."
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | July 10, 2000
"Oh, give me the free 'n' easy waltz that is Viennesey," goes the Ira Gershwin lyric. "When I want a melody lilting through the house, then I want a melody by Strauss." That, more or less, was the attitude Friday evening as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra continued its Summer MusicFest with "A Night in Old Vienna." Melodies by Strauss - mostly Johann Jr. - lilted through Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, along with a few equally memorable tunes by other composers, not all "Viennesey." Pulling everything together into one neat, entertaining package was MusicFest conductor Mario Venzago.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | August 23, 1997
MPT works through the final weekend of its August pledge drive with an evening of programs chosen by you, the viewers (picked according to the number of calls received when the shows aired earlier during the pledge drive). And it looks as if you're a pretty musically inclined bunch.First up is violinist Andre Rieu (5 p.m.-8 p.m.), leading the Strauss Orchestra in a performance that includes "Persian March" by Johann Strauss Jr. and "Radetzky's March" by Johann Strauss Sr. Then comes "Great Moments in Opera" (8 p.m.-9: 30 p.m.)
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May 27, 2008
Violinist Rieu performs Dutch violinist and conductor Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra perform at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50-$75. Call 410-547-7428 or go to ticketmaster.com. FYI Susan Reimer is on vacation. Her column does not appear today.
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August 22, 2002
Sept. 28 "Opera on the Half Shell" Centreville 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 3 p.m. Nov. 10 Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 8 Candlelight Concert, "Mozart, Beethoven and Friends" Radisson Hotel, Annapolis Feb. 2 Vocal Competition Finals Concert Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts 7 p.m. Feb. 21 and Feb. 23 "Pasta, Puccini, Verdi and Friends" dinner concert Radisson Hotel, Annapolis 8 p.m. March 21...
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