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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | March 8, 1996
Barbara Mayer Kirstel, manager of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, died Wednesday at Sinai Hospital after a four-year struggle with cancer. She was 57.The Baltimore resident was a homemaker when she landed a secretarial job with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 1980. She rose quickly, becoming administrative manager of the new Meyerhoff Hall in 1984 and manager of hall operations in 1990."Barbara was one of the most caring, dedicated and gracious people you will ever meet," said John Gidwitz, executive director of the BSO. "She added immeasurably to the quality of musical life in Baltimore and to the success of the BSO and the Joseph Meyerhoff Hall."
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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 Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | April 19, 2004
Felix Kestenberg carries an unmistakable sadness behind his light brown eyes. "A lot of times I wonder why I was selected to live and 6 million died," said Kestenberg, a Holocaust survivor, in a slight Polish accent. Kestenberg's three older siblings and his father perished at the hands of Nazis during World War II. As a man in his 20s, he was shuttled among seven death camps over five years, barely escaping with his life. Now a Baltimore resident, Kestenberg joined other Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall yesterday for the annual Yom Hashoah Holocaust remembrance ceremony.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Robbers wielding a "Rambo-style" knife stole a man's pants and shoes in an attack Friday night near the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, according to a police report.  The victim, identified only as a 20-year-old man, said he was walking through a park in the 100 block of W. Preston St. before 10:30 p.m. when two males ran up behind him. One of the males grabbed him by his neck and held the large knife against his throat while the other went through the...
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By Stephen Wigler | September 5, 1996
The unofficial beginning of this city's classical music season is the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's first subscription concerts in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.Things will start with a bang Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. when music director David Zinman conducts Mendelssohn's fantasy-drenched "A Midsummer Night's Dream" -- with actress Claire Bloom narrating the Shakespearean text -- and accompanies the celebrated Midori in Brahms' Violin Concerto.Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is at 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $19-$52.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun music critic | December 9, 2006
It's an idea that should have been nipped in the bud, and quickly - a new Thursday afternoon chamber orchestra series totally unprompted by public demand. Instead, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra bravely proceeded with introducing it anyway this week, drawing a paltry, downright embarrassing turnout - a few hundred, at most, in the 2,400-seat Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. What were they thinking over there? If You Go The BSO performs at 11 a.m. today at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $22-$49.
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By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | February 25, 2006
You don't have to wait for the start of Marin Alsop's tenure as music director to hear the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra tackle off-the-beaten-path repertoire. Thursday night at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall found the ensemble playing a good deal of adventuresome fare and, even more unusually, playing the tough stuff after intermission, not before. If you go The BSO continues its Casual Concert series at 11 a.m. today at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $20-$48.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | March 29, 2008
The stars were fortuitously aligned Thursday night at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, resulting in one of the season's most gratifying concerts. It wasn't just that Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra operated on a consistently high level of expressive commitment (occasional shortcomings in the playing didn't ultimately matter too much). If you go The BSO performs at 8 tonight at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, and at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets $40-$84.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun music critic | January 12, 2008
Marin Alsop's every performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in her inaugural season as music director reveals more about her style, priorities and potential impact. It's an intriguing process to witness. Thursday night at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Alsop addressed repertoire that her predecessor, Yuri Temirkanov, led with indelible results. That couldn't help but prompt a little comparing and contrasting for some of us. The BSO performs at 8 tonight at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda; 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $15-$84.
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May 25, 2006
Concert Temirkanov back on BSO podium At 8 tonight and tomorrow night, Yuri Temirkanov con ducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Julia Fischer will be soloist in Beethoven's Violin Concerto, and the program also includes Symphony No. 1 by Shostakovich. The perform ance is at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $25-$36. Call 410-783-8000.
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By Mike Giuliano | March 28, 2014
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plays in suitably large concert halls, but its individual members often pop up in smaller halls around the region. A favorite spot is the Sundays at Three chamber music series, for which five Baltimore Symphony Orchestra woodwind and string section leaders perform on Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia. Sundays at Three lists 33 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra members as being among its regular performers. That means around one-third of the BSO's total membership has played for this Columbia-based music series.
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Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
Gilbert Varga made a memorable debut as Baltimore Symphony Orchestra guest conductor four years ago and impressed again in a return engagement last season. He's three for three now. The Hungarian conductor is back this weekend to lead a hearty program that includes Tchaikovsky's searing "Pathetique" Symphony and a gem of a concerto by Saint-Saens, along with the "Roman Carnival" Overture by Berlioz. On Friday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, it was clear from the first notes of the overture that it was going to be a night of tightly focused, all-out music-making.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2013
If you ever doubted music's magnetic power, or how it can inspire a person to soar past many a boundary or impediment, consider the case of Nobuyuki Tsujii, the compelling guest pianist for this weekend's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program. Blind from birth, Tsujii was drawn to music at a tender age in his native Japan. From the toy piano that he started playing at 2, he quickly graduated to the real thing, learning by ear. That painstaking process didn't deter him. He made his public debut in a concerto when he was 10, his solo recital debut two years later.
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By Mike Giuliano | September 26, 2013
The Sundays at Three chamber music series is just a short drive away for Howard County residents, because its concerts are performed at Christ Episcopal Church, in Columbia. This can be as much of an advantage for the performers as for the audience. "It's nice to be living here," acknowledges clarinetist William Jenken, who is among the performers at the season-opening concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29. A member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 1998, Jenken moved to Columbia from Baltimore in 1999.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
Any number of things might happen in - or to - our world between now and 2021, a year that seems so sci-fi-distant. But one thing can be counted on: Marin Alsop will be music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra the whole time. Last week, the BSO announced an extension of Alsop's contract, adding six years to her most recent deal, which was to have expired in 2015. Assuming all goes as planned, the conductor will have enjoyed a 14-year tenure by the time this new contract expires, making her the second-longest-serving music director since the BSO was founded in 1916 - a year less than Sergiu Comissiona (1969-84)
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2013
Marin Alsop, who began her appointment as Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director in 2007, has signed a new contract extending her tenure through August 2021. Alsop's hiring made international headlines, both because she was the first woman to gain the top artistic post at a major American orchestra and because the BSO players initially objected, describing the search process as rushed. Since that bumpy start, Alsop and the musicians have developed a smooth working relationship and have enjoyed considerable successes locally and nationally (several visits to Carnegie Hall generated high praise)
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By Tim Smith | September 9, 2005
AFamily Concert from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra offers associate principal trombonist Christopher Dudley's entertaining, one-of-a-kind demonstration of the great things that can happen when people are exposed to music and instruments at a tender age. Feb. 18 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall; call 410-783-8000.
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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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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2013
Standup comedian and television auteur Louis C.K. announced on Twitter today that he will end his U.S. standup tour at Baltimore's Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on April 6. Tickets are on sale now through the comedian's website. C.K. does not use Ticketmaster, which has made him a bit of a folk hero to fans and opponents of the mega-company's surcharge fees. A ticket for his Meyerhoff show costs $40.45 + $4.55 in sales tax, making the total $45. There is no fee other than sales tax. C.K. was in Baltimore only months ago. He performed at the Meyerhoff on New Year's Eve 2012.
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