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By Liz Atwood | October 12, 2008
Next Sunday afternoon, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra opens its 26th season under the baton of music director Markand Thakar with a concert at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. The program, in collaboration with the Handel Choir of Baltimore, includes favorites by Mozart, Vaughan Williams and Faure. Thakar, who also conducts the symphony orchestra and opera in Duluth, Minn., lives with his wife Victoria, professor of viola at the Peabody Conservatory, and son Oliver, in Owings Mills.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
Baltimore has experienced a bounty of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, among others, in recent days. My favorite experience came Sunday evening when Shriver Hall Concert Series presented the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, a chamber group comprising (mostly) of members of the famed Berlin Philharmonic. It's always uplifting to be in the presence of musicians who are at the top of their game. Brahms' Clarinet Quintet, a piece infused with twilight, received a performance of commendable sensitivity, where the spaces between phrases emerged as meaningfully as any of the notes.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
You're invited to observe sessions of the conducting course given by Baltimore Chamber Orchestra music director Markand Thakar this week. Ten budding conductors, who come from around this country as well as Germany and Taiwan, will work on Schubert's Symphony No. 5 and Beethoven's Seventh.  Thakar, co-director of graduate conducting at Peabody Conservatory, has a long track record of mentoring podium talent. This week's sessions provide a good opportunity for music lovers to get an inside look into what it takes to make music with an orchestra.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2013
Two more music organizations jumped into the 2013-14 season over the weekend, producing vibrant results in both cases. The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, marking its 31st year, took the stage Sunday afternoon at Goucher College with a cohesive mix of personnel; the strings, especially, sounded much firmer. There was a fresh and involving quality to the playing throughout the concert, culminating with a warmhearted account of Mozart's "Linz" Symphony, elegantly shaped by music director Markand Thakar.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2013
With something like 17,000 attractive concerts scheduled in and around Baltimore last Sunday, I decided on just one, figuring that I would not be able to concentrate on too much music anyway, what with all the anticipation building for the "Mad Men" season-opener that night . (If I had known what a let-down that would be -- am I the only one who felt that a lot of Sunday's episode was padded and even, gasp, kind of dull? -- maybe I would have crammed in a few more.) My choice for musical diversion, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra's program at Kraushaar Auditorium winding up the ensemble's 2012-13 season, turned out to be a good one, thanks to Soheil Nasseri's performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. The California-born pianist has enjoyed a plaudit-generating career for more than a decade.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
Baltimore has experienced a bounty of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, among others, in recent days. My favorite experience came Sunday evening when Shriver Hall Concert Series presented the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, a chamber group comprising (mostly) of members of the famed Berlin Philharmonic. It's always uplifting to be in the presence of musicians who are at the top of their game. Brahms' Clarinet Quintet, a piece infused with twilight, received a performance of commendable sensitivity, where the spaces between phrases emerged as meaningfully as any of the notes.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2013
Two more music organizations jumped into the 2013-14 season over the weekend, producing vibrant results in both cases. The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, marking its 31st year, took the stage Sunday afternoon at Goucher College with a cohesive mix of personnel; the strings, especially, sounded much firmer. There was a fresh and involving quality to the playing throughout the concert, culminating with a warmhearted account of Mozart's "Linz" Symphony, elegantly shaped by music director Markand Thakar.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
With all the usual fresh-look-forward talk prompted by the new year, it's a good time to consider broadening your musical horizons to include performances presented by groups that might have been off your radar. Baltimore is not just fortunate to have a major orchestra, but also several smaller organizations that provide a good deal of musical value. The area is also rich in academic campuses — Peabody Institute, Towson University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, etc. — where a lot of classical music activity takes place.
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By Tim Smith | December 22, 2009
Most of Baltimore's classical music ensembles will take a break during the holidays, but one of them is going full-throttle - half a world away. The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, about 40 members strong, heads to China on Saturday for a five-concert gig in Suzhou, a city of 5.9 million in the Yangtze River Delta. The trip is all the more remarkable, given the BCO's recent troubles. "Eleven months ago, things were dicey," says music director Markand Thakar. Back then, adds executive director Lockwood Hoehl, "We were waiting to see if the board was going to close up shop."
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March 22, 2006
Concert Celebrating Mozart The Baltimore Chamber Or chestra will join in the world wide chorus of "Happy Birth day, Dear Wolfgang" - Mozart was born 250 years ago - with a performance of his Symphony No. 41. BCO music director Markand Thakar conducts the program, which includes the Pi ano Concerto No. 1 by Shosta kovich with Moscow-born Boris Slutsky as soloist. There's also room for a string orchestra piece by contemporary com poser Aaron Jay Kernis. The concert is at 7:30 tonight at Goucher College, 1021 Dula ney Valley Road, Towson.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
You're invited to observe sessions of the conducting course given by Baltimore Chamber Orchestra music director Markand Thakar this week. Ten budding conductors, who come from around this country as well as Germany and Taiwan, will work on Schubert's Symphony No. 5 and Beethoven's Seventh.  Thakar, co-director of graduate conducting at Peabody Conservatory, has a long track record of mentoring podium talent. This week's sessions provide a good opportunity for music lovers to get an inside look into what it takes to make music with an orchestra.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2013
With something like 17,000 attractive concerts scheduled in and around Baltimore last Sunday, I decided on just one, figuring that I would not be able to concentrate on too much music anyway, what with all the anticipation building for the "Mad Men" season-opener that night . (If I had known what a let-down that would be -- am I the only one who felt that a lot of Sunday's episode was padded and even, gasp, kind of dull? -- maybe I would have crammed in a few more.) My choice for musical diversion, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra's program at Kraushaar Auditorium winding up the ensemble's 2012-13 season, turned out to be a good one, thanks to Soheil Nasseri's performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. The California-born pianist has enjoyed a plaudit-generating career for more than a decade.
NEWS
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2013
With all the usual fresh-look-forward talk prompted by the new year, it's a good time to consider broadening your musical horizons to include performances presented by groups that might have been off your radar. Baltimore is not just fortunate to have a major orchestra, but also several smaller organizations that provide a good deal of musical value. The area is also rich in academic campuses — Peabody Institute, Towson University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, etc. — where a lot of classical music activity takes place.
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By Tim Smith | December 22, 2009
Most of Baltimore's classical music ensembles will take a break during the holidays, but one of them is going full-throttle - half a world away. The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, about 40 members strong, heads to China on Saturday for a five-concert gig in Suzhou, a city of 5.9 million in the Yangtze River Delta. The trip is all the more remarkable, given the BCO's recent troubles. "Eleven months ago, things were dicey," says music director Markand Thakar. Back then, adds executive director Lockwood Hoehl, "We were waiting to see if the board was going to close up shop."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Liz Atwood | October 12, 2008
Next Sunday afternoon, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra opens its 26th season under the baton of music director Markand Thakar with a concert at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. The program, in collaboration with the Handel Choir of Baltimore, includes favorites by Mozart, Vaughan Williams and Faure. Thakar, who also conducts the symphony orchestra and opera in Duluth, Minn., lives with his wife Victoria, professor of viola at the Peabody Conservatory, and son Oliver, in Owings Mills.
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By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | February 6, 2006
Jonathan Leshnoff's office at Towson University couldn't be much more colorless -- unadorned white walls; dark, standard furnishings; a portable keyboard against one wall reinforcing the stark dominance of black and white in the room. But it's here that the composer creates the colorful, emotionally active music that is bringing him more and more national attention. A case in point is Leshnoff's new Violin Concerto, a meaty mix of drama and poetry, energy and repose, that vividly exploits the coloristic possibilities of the solo instrument and the orchestra.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
Joseph Young, who left a most favorable mark locally as the first recipient of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra-Peabody Institute Conducting Fellowship, has been moving steadily up the ladder since his years with the BSO, 2007-09. Effective June 1, Young will be the new assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, one of the country's finest. In addition, he will become music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. It's a one-year contract to start. In addition to his BSO work, which impressed musicians, staffers and audiences alike, Young has served as resident conductor of the Phoenix Symphony and assistant conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic.
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