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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2010
Musician Doug Byerly helped pay for college by performing the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, yet he always left room in his nightclub shows for Gilligan, the Professor and Mary Ann. "If I'm at a club and I start playing 'Gilligan's Island,' invariably it's like karaoke," said Anne Arundel Community College's music director and performing arts chair. In 10 years, Byerly has launched the school's opera and jazz programs, student ensembles and a gospel choir, but he also conveys his passion for the art by blending traditional songs with classic TV show themes.
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By Tim Smith and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
You might suspect some strange jinx, or wonder if the third time's the harm. But the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is taking a rash of high-profile artist cancellations in stride. On July 29 came the news that actor/singer and star of Showtime's "Homeland" Mandy Patinkin had withdrawn from his BSO SuperPops program scheduled for January "due to a schedule conflict. " He would be replaced by "Seinfeld" veteran Jason Alexander. On Sept. 15, three days before the opening night of the season, the orchestra announced that Baltimore's own Hilary Hahn would not be on hand to play Beethoven's Violin Concerto as planned because the popular artist needed "to recover fully from a muscle strain.
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June 4, 1991
Services for J. Marion Magill, former director of music in the Baltimore public school system, will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C.Dr. Magill, 69, died Sunday at his home in Greenville after a long illness.He was in charge of music education in the Baltimore schools in the late 1960s before heading the music department of the Columbia University Teachers College in New York. He retired in 1981.At his retirement, he moved back to Greenville, where he had taught and been the school music director before he came to Baltimore.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
Lorin Maazel, an unusually brilliant conductor with an extraordinary mind, uncanny technique and an ability to sculpt performances of remarkable expressive beauty, died Sunday at the age of 84 in Virginia. A statement released by the Castleton Festival, which he and his wife, Dietlinde Turban Maazel, founded at their expansive, idyllic country estate, attributed the cause of death to complications from pneumonia. Months ago, the brilliant conductor Lorin Maazel began canceling engagements around the world and relinquished his post as music director of the Munich Philharmonic.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | August 10, 2003
Morris Chester Queen, a retired organist and music director at Sharp Street Memorial Church who during his more than five-decade career there missed only one Sunday service, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 3 at Sinai Hospital. He was 81. Mr. Queen, who was born and raised in Northwest Baltimore, developed his lifelong interest in music before he left the baby carriage. "When he was a baby and in order to keep him quiet, his parents rolled his carriage over to the piano and let him bang on it," said his wife of 39 years, Ovella Dorsey, who retired from William H. Lemmel Junior High School as a guidance counselor in 1982.
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By New York Times News Service | September 23, 1990
Werner Janssen, the first American-born conductor to lead the New York Philharmonic and later the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, died Wednesday at the Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Hospital. He was 91.He had a distinguished career as a film composer and champion of contemporary music on the West Coast.Born in New York, he attended Dartmouth College and the New England Conservatory of Music. He studied conducting in Europe with Felix Weingartner and Hermann Scherchen and composition with Ottorino Respighi.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 11, 2002
Alderman George O. Kelley Sr. called on the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra yesterday to reconsider its decision not to renew the contract of music director Leslie B. Dunner. "I think the community at large feels Mr. Dunner's contract not being renewed is a real loss," Kelley said, noting that he had been contacted by several city residents who support Dunner, the symphony's first African-American conductor, who is now in his fifth season. "I think Mr. Dunner's talent, his ability to work with people and his artistic style speaks for itself."
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | October 2, 1995
Harry W. Schneitzinger Sr., music director and big-band pianist who played many of Baltimore's once-fashionable nightclubs, died Friday of a stroke. He was 76.During the 1950s and 1960s, Mr. Schneitzinger, whose stage name was Harry Grey, played piano at Mardi Gras and Club Venus with such entertainers as the Four Tops, the Ink Spots, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Stevie Wonder.He moved to Baltimore from his birthplace of Pennsylvania during World War II to serve in the Army Band at Fort Meade.During that time, he also played piano on "Major Bowe's Original Amateur Hour," a popular radio program in the 1930s through World War II.For more than 50 years while indulging his passion for playing piano, Mr. Schneitzinger held administrative day jobs at Young and Seldon stationers in Baltimore, Port City Press in Pikesville .. and Drydene Oil Co. in Baltimore.
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March 11, 2004
Jon Harry Heiden, a retired church music director and collector of art glass, died of abdominal cancer Sunday at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 68. Mr. Heiden was born and raised in Denison, Iowa. He was a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, where he earned a bachelor's degree in music. During the late 1950s, he served in the Army and was a member of the U.S. Army Chorus. He later moved to New York City, where he continued studying and sang in choruses of Broadway musicals. In 1965, Mr. Heiden moved to Falls Church, Va., where he was director of music for 30 years at Falls Church Presbyterian Church.
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By JACQUES KELLY and JACQUES KELLY,SUN REPORTER | April 11, 2006
William Anthony Yannuzzi, the Baltimore Opera Company's music director emeritus, who helped students develop their voices and talents for nearly 50 years, died of pneumonia complications yesterday at Maryland General Hospital. The Westview resident was 76. Colleagues said Mr. Yannuzzi, who had recently completed his work on a coming production of La Boheme, collapsed at his opera company office Wednesday in downtown Baltimore. "He was an extraordinary musician and teacher who was absolutely devoted to the opera company," said Michael Harrison, the company's director.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
Christoph Eschenbach has extended his contract as National Symphony Orchestra music director for two years, which keeps him on the podium through 2016-2017. That will be his seventh season.  This is his second contract extension since his tenure started in 2010. "I am very happy that management and the board agreed in a rather enthusiastic way to the extension, and same with the orchestra," Eschenbach said in a phone interview. "We are sailing the same ship, so to say, and that ship is called quality, great music-making and a passion for what we do. The orchestra has come to the point where every note they play and prepare -- and, by the way, they are always wondefully prepared -- is played for their lives and and the lives of the audience.
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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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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
Pamela Audrey Hall, a former radio station program director who was active nationally in jazz and contemporary gospel music circles, died of cancer Jan. 21 at St. Agnes Hospital. She was 57 and lived in Ellicott City. She was named Black Radio's Music Director of the Year in 1992. Billboard Magazine also nominated her as music director of the year. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Dr. William Martin Hall, a gynecologist at Sinai Hospital and the old Lutheran and Provident hospitals, who was a founder of the Garwyn Medical Center.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
Scrolling through the classical winners of the 2014 Grammys, I was struck by the tilt toward the contemporary, or at least off-the-well-worn-path repertoire. I have no penetrating insight into this. I don't even know if it's a trend in recent years, since I rarely remember who wins and I'm too lazy to go back and look at the archives. But this year's list of winners seems pretty cool. The most old-time, mainstream music to get the nod was in the Best Orchestral Performance category, won by the Minnesota Orchestra for its highly valued recordings on BIS Records of the First Symphony and the much less frequently encountered Fourth Symphony by Sibelius with conductor Osmo Vanska.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
John Weber, a tenor who sang in opera productions and was the music director of a Rodgers Forge church, died of an apparent heart attack Jan. 17. The Catonsville resident was 50. His brother, Thomas Proveaux, said Mr. Weber collapsed at the wheel of his car while driving on West Forest Park Avenue. He was taken to Sinai Hospital, where his death was confirmed. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of John Borst Weber, a Baltimore County police officer, and Eileen O'Sullivan Weber, a Western Electric worker and homemaker.
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By Mike Giuliano | October 11, 2013
The Columbia Orchestra starts its 36th season in a big way by performing Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School. This massive composition entails having the 80-member Columbia Orchestra joined by a 100-voice choir from Northern Virginia known as Choralis. Big numbers also add up for Columbia Orchestra Music Director Jason Love, who is in his 15th year in that position. His innovative and ambitious programs during that period have not gone unnoticed.
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By Lourdes Sullivan and Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 12, 2001
AFTER A long spell without a music director, United Methodist Church of Savage found the right musician in November. Aline Otten's journey to our town has been an eventful one. An Indiana native, Otten decided on her career while in high school. "From the time I was small, I wanted to play music," she said. "Most career musicians make that decision early. In high school, I was debating between music and medicine. I chose music." After graduating from Indiana University with an advanced degree in organ performance and sacred music, she held teaching positions with churches in Indiana and Louisiana.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF | January 15, 1997
Antonio Moore began playing and singing gospel music as a youngster, touching a piano keyboard at home while humming songs he heard in church. At 12, he was an accomplished musician and became the music director at his church, in charge of five choirs."
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
Jeth Mill has been named executive director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Mill, pictured above, most recently served five years as executive director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario. His resume also lists top administrative posts at the Des Moines Symphony, Lincoln (Neb.) Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony, and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. In a statement released by the Annapolis Symphony, Mill said he was "extremely happy to be returning to the United States and especially to Annapolis.
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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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