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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
You might think of Michael Lisicky's obsession with department stores as an orchestral tone poem for a single oboe: at turns plaintive and raucous, eloquent and funny, with unpredictable little swerves. Lisicky is second oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and also plays the English horn. Two of his main obsessions - and he has many - are music and his dedication to tracing the history of the elegant emporiums of the past. His love for these grand old stores has become a kind of shorthand for his love of his fun and gregarious late mother, Anne.
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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 | 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 | 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 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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Jacques Kelly | August 27, 2010
Nearly 40 years ago, I learned that Baltimoreans never tire of tales about the stores where they shopped. At that time, I made a small career out of writing about the Bernheimer-Leader retailing empire at Howard and Fayette streets. The building is now an apartment house called the Atrium. About a year ago, I was contacted by Michael Lisicky, whose book on Hutzler's came out last year and whose John Wanamaker ( Philadelphia) opus is due for publication in a few months. A Fells Point resident and member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Lisicky is writing a history for the Fells Point newsletter about a place called Hecht's Reliable, on the east side of Broadway between Eastern and Fleet streets.
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By Donna M. Owens, Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2010
Michael Lisicky is accustomed to taking the stage as a second oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and performing for audiences worldwide. But writing a book? The very idea intimidated the lifelong musician. So it's with some measure of awestruck glee that Lisicky, 46, has witnessed the success of his first book, "Hutzler's: Where Baltimore Shops" (History Press, 160 pages, October 2009, $19.99). It chronicles the rise and fall of the family-run department store, once an anchor of Baltimore's downtown shopping district on Lexington and Howard streets.
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By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | October 29, 2005
PARMA, ITALY -- Fog followed the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra through northern Italy. It created a shroud (so to speak) over Turin Thursday morning as the ensemble, fresh from a particularly well-received concert the night before, started a three-hour bus ride to Parma. There, a mist enveloped, quite beguilingly, the neo-rustic concert hall where the BSO opened that city's concert season before a capacity audience that included the wife of the Italian president and other government dignitaries.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
If you missed Thursday night's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert at Meyerhoff Hall -- and, based on a glance around the room, a whole heckuva lot of you missed it -- there's another chance Friday (Strathmore gets the program Saturday). It's time well spent, I'd say. Carlos Kalmar, music director of the Oregon Symphony, is back for another podium visit and, as usual, leads the BSO with a calm authority that yields a fully committed response. In the big-ticket item on the bill, a 10-movement suite from Prokofiev's brilliant and riveting ballet "Romeo and Juliet," Kalmar did not burrow as deeply as some into the score's emotional turbulence.
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May 14, 2010
Sunday, May 16 Choral concert The Alleluias, an interdenominational Christian choir, presents a "Sacred Choral Concert" at 4 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 5787 Elkridge Heights Road, Elkridge. Information: 410-796-2387 or thealleluias.org. 'Wine in the Woods' Visitors can sample wines from a souvenir glass, enjoy food, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and more from noon to 6 p.m. at 5950 Symphony Woods Road in Columbia. Admission is $25, $20 for designated drivers and $5 for ages 4-20.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
You might think of Michael Lisicky's obsession with department stores as an orchestral tone poem for a single oboe: at turns plaintive and raucous, eloquent and funny, with unpredictable little swerves. Lisicky is second oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and also plays the English horn. Two of his main obsessions - and he has many - are music and his dedication to tracing the history of the elegant emporiums of the past. His love for these grand old stores has become a kind of shorthand for his love of his fun and gregarious late mother, Anne.
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By Donna M. Owens, Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2010
Michael Lisicky is accustomed to taking the stage as a second oboist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and performing for audiences worldwide. But writing a book? The very idea intimidated the lifelong musician. So it's with some measure of awestruck glee that Lisicky, 46, has witnessed the success of his first book, "Hutzler's: Where Baltimore Shops" (History Press, 160 pages, October 2009, $19.99). It chronicles the rise and fall of the family-run department store, once an anchor of Baltimore's downtown shopping district on Lexington and Howard streets.
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Jacques Kelly | August 27, 2010
Nearly 40 years ago, I learned that Baltimoreans never tire of tales about the stores where they shopped. At that time, I made a small career out of writing about the Bernheimer-Leader retailing empire at Howard and Fayette streets. The building is now an apartment house called the Atrium. About a year ago, I was contacted by Michael Lisicky, whose book on Hutzler's came out last year and whose John Wanamaker ( Philadelphia) opus is due for publication in a few months. A Fells Point resident and member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Lisicky is writing a history for the Fells Point newsletter about a place called Hecht's Reliable, on the east side of Broadway between Eastern and Fleet streets.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 14, 2005
The continuing struggle to reinvigorate the classical-music scene has led to some interesting and rewarding new vehicles for the art form. A notable example in Baltimore is the Soulful Symphony, founded in 2000. This orchestra of African-American musicians plays an imaginative mix of repertoire, much of it freshly written to the strong beat of the contemporary world. In the Washington area, the Post-Classical Ensemble, formed in 2001, has been livening things up with an embrace of a broad cultural spectrum, including film, dance, folk music and poetry.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,[Sun Reporter] | September 8, 2007
SMITH ISLAND --Michael Lisicky had the kids of the Ewell School right where he wanted them yesterday - in their classroom soaking up every note, every passage, even a few honks and squawks thrown in for laughs by his Trio La Milpa. Unlike other music education programs that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra oboist has conducted, this one couldn't have been any cozier. The entire school - 14 students from pre-K through seventh grade - took part. The children listened to the oboe trio while sitting at their desks in their one-room schoolhouse here in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. None has ever heard a symphony orchestra.
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