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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Hilary Hahn has canceled her scheduled season-opening performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and music director Marin Alsop this weekend due to muscle strain. In mid-July, Hahn announced that she would cancel all engagements for six weeks due to an inflamed muscle. Her recovery is taking longer than expected; she is now set to resume concertizing in October. Playing the Beethoven concerto in Hahn's stead will be Pinchas Zukerman, his first BSO engagement in 14 years.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 99th season -- Marin Alsop's eighth as music director -- promises to be eventful. That's the take-away from Friday night's performance at Meyerhoff Hall, where the concert will be repeated Sunday afternoon. Longtime BSO listeners cannot fail to notice the tightness of the ensemble these days, the disciplined articulation, the cohesive sound. Budget constraints have kept the orchestra from maximum strength for years (100-plus full-time players would be ideal; 80-something has been the norm)
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | July 10, 1997
The most important change Pinchas Zukerman has made in the format of the Baltimore Symphony's Summer MusicFest, which begins tonight in Meyerhoff Hall, can be heard before each concert begins.In the past season or two, the orchestra has experimented with pre-concert chamber music performances. But Zukerman -- who was appointed last year as the festival's artistic director -- has replaced the appetizers of the past with a veritable chamber-music feast."I've been playing this stuff since I was 9 or 10," says Zukerman, the world famous violinist-violist-conductor, who will perform in most of the chamber music performances as well as conduct the orchestra.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Hilary Hahn has canceled her scheduled season-opening performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and music director Marin Alsop this weekend due to muscle strain. In mid-July, Hahn announced that she would cancel all engagements for six weeks due to an inflamed muscle. Her recovery is taking longer than expected; she is now set to resume concertizing in October. Playing the Beethoven concerto in Hahn's stead will be Pinchas Zukerman, his first BSO engagement in 14 years.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | January 23, 1996
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra gave itself a double-barreled shot in the arm yesterday with the appointments of conductor-composer Marvin Hamlisch and violinist-conductor Pinchas Zukerman to head up two of the orchestra's faltering series.Hamlisch, 51, was named BSO principal pops conductor, while Zukerman was named Summer MusicFest artistic director.The orchestra hopes Hamlisch's appointment will revive its floundering Super Pops Series. Zukerman's appointment is expected to help the BSO's summer season, which has lost its sense of purpose and suffered stagnant ticket sales ever since BSO music director David Zinman became director of the Minnesota Orchestra's summer series two seasons ago. While the cost of putting on each series has dramatically increased in the last few years, ticket sales have remained at the same levels, resulting in net losses for the BSO."
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January 13, 1995
Josef Gingold, 85, a violinist who trained such virtuosos as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Joshua Bell, died Wednesday night in Bloomington, Ind., after a heart attack.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | January 9, 1997
Daniel Hege should be nervous.He's only just begun his first season as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's assistant conductor, he's only 31 and he's about to lead his first week of classical subscription concerts. Moreover, he will be conducting for one of the most celebrated soloists alive -- violinist-violist Pinchas Zukerman -- in a series of concerts that begins tonight in Meyerhoff Hall and concludes Sunday afternoon in a high-profile appearance at the Kennedy Center."I don't get that nervous -- unless something isn't prepared well," the conductor says calmly.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | April 23, 1995
Prokofiev, Violin and Piano Sonatas, "Five Hebrew Melodies," performed by violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Olli Mustonen (London. 440926)Joshua Bell has been less fortunate in recording his solo repertory than his concerto repertory. His problem seems to be that London couples him with pianists in their stable who share the violinist's youthful, photogenic good looks but not his musical sensibilities.Such was the case in Bell's recording of sonatas by Franck, Faure and Debussy with the handsome -- but musically bland -- young Frenchman Jean-Yves Thibaudet; it's also the case in this all-Prokofiev disc with an equally cute -- but musically quirky -- young Finn, Mustonen.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 16, 1999
Catch him while you can.Pinchas Zukerman's four concerts in the next two weeks as artistic director of the Baltimore Symphony's Summer MusicFest, which begins tonight in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, will be his last.After three years of conducting and performing in the orchestra's summer series, the celebrated violinist-violist-conductor has decided to shift his hot-weather activities northward. On Monday, Zukerman will conduct his first concert as the new music director of the Orchestra of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, one of Canada's most important orchestras.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 18, 1997
The Baltimore Symphony's summer season begins outdoors June 27 at 8 p.m. with an Oregon Ridge concert that features music from the "Star Wars" trilogy, "2001: A Space Odyssey," Holst's "The Planets" and an after-concert fireworks display.But some of the season's most impressive musical fireworks will come indoors in Meyerhoff Hall in the programs designed by violinist-violist-conductor Pinchas Zukerman, who was appointed last year as artistic director of the orchestra's annual Summer MusicFest.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | April 10, 2005
To celebrate its 40th anniversary of presenting stellar solo artists and ensembles, the Shriver Hall Concert Series will do a logical thing - present even more of them than usual. In addition to the regular eight subscription concerts, an extraordinary piano festival is on the 2005-2006 schedule, along with the inauguration of a second series at a new venue. "Forty years is a long time for an organization to stay in business, so we wanted to celebrate past achievement, and also look to the future," says Sel Kardan, executive director of the concert series.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | September 28, 2004
I have some really nice friends," Leonard Slatkin said. Pretty talented, too. Fifteen of them - from Emanuel Ax to Pinchas Zukerman - joined the National Symphony Orchestra to celebrate Slatkin's 60th birthday in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall Sunday night. A lively party, at the very least. Entering his ninth season as NSO music director, Slatkin is worth celebrating for several reasons beyond the age milestone (actually reached on Sept. 1). He has steadily upgraded the orchestra and boldly expanded its repertoire, while building a strong bond with the public.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 16, 1999
Catch him while you can.Pinchas Zukerman's four concerts in the next two weeks as artistic director of the Baltimore Symphony's Summer MusicFest, which begins tonight in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, will be his last.After three years of conducting and performing in the orchestra's summer series, the celebrated violinist-violist-conductor has decided to shift his hot-weather activities northward. On Monday, Zukerman will conduct his first concert as the new music director of the Orchestra of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, one of Canada's most important orchestras.
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By Lori Sears | June 10, 1999
Fiddling aroundSit back and toe-tap all day long Sunday at the Fiddlers' Convention at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St. in Westminster. From 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., musicians and vocalists will perform old-time and bluegrass styles of American folk music while competing for prizes totaling more than $3,000. Admission is $8; $2 ages 7 to 18; free for ages 6 and under with a paying adult. Call 410-848-7775.Waterfront Arts FestivalDive right in to the Annapolis Waterfront Arts Festival this weekend on the banks of College Creek at the St. John's College campus, off Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | January 7, 1999
You don't normally expect someone who once recorded the soundtrack for a porno flick to turn up playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.But that's the situation when Elmar Oliveira performs the most spiritually lofty of all violin concertos tonight, tomorrow and Saturday with the Baltimore Symphony and guest conductor George Pehlivanian."I never actually saw the picture," Oliveira says about his experience recording that particular X-rated soundtrack. "But I and the other guys playing began to suspect the truth because the music was so monotonous."
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 2, 1998
Imagine having to recite "To be or not to be" as Laurence Olivier stands there on stage beside you. That's more or less what French violinist Ann-Estelle Medouze did yesterday, playing the Tchaikovsky violin concerto while Pinchas Zukerman -- one of the world's great violinists -- led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the last of its Summer MusicFest concerts.However one feels about Zukerman as a conductor, he has been exceptionally generous as a discoverer and mentor of young musicians.
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By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,SUN STAFF | June 28, 1998
A chip off the old block. Fruit does not fall far from the tree. And of course, like father, like son.Except in this case, it's daughter Arianna Zukerman and her famous dad, Pinchas Zukerman, who teamed up last Saturday for an evening of music-making with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.Violinist Pinchas Zukerman, who directs the BSO's Summer MusicFest series, led the orchestra as it accompanied Arianna in a couple of lovely concert arias for soprano in an all-Mozart program. It was a scene that would have warmed the hearts of the young Wolfgang Amadeus and his violinist dad, Leopold.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 2, 1998
Imagine having to recite "To be or not to be" as Laurence Olivier stands there on stage beside you. That's more or less what French violinist Ann-Estelle Medouze did yesterday, playing the Tchaikovsky violin concerto while Pinchas Zukerman -- one of the world's great violinists -- led the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the last of its Summer MusicFest concerts.However one feels about Zukerman as a conductor, he has been exceptionally generous as a discoverer and mentor of young musicians.
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By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,SUN STAFF | June 28, 1998
A chip off the old block. Fruit does not fall far from the tree. And of course, like father, like son.Except in this case, it's daughter Arianna Zukerman and her famous dad, Pinchas Zukerman, who teamed up last Saturday for an evening of music-making with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.Violinist Pinchas Zukerman, who directs the BSO's Summer MusicFest series, led the orchestra as it accompanied Arianna in a couple of lovely concert arias for soprano in an all-Mozart program. It was a scene that would have warmed the hearts of the young Wolfgang Amadeus and his violinist dad, Leopold.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | July 10, 1997
The most important change Pinchas Zukerman has made in the format of the Baltimore Symphony's Summer MusicFest, which begins tonight in Meyerhoff Hall, can be heard before each concert begins.In the past season or two, the orchestra has experimented with pre-concert chamber music performances. But Zukerman -- who was appointed last year as the festival's artistic director -- has replaced the appetizers of the past with a veritable chamber-music feast."I've been playing this stuff since I was 9 or 10," says Zukerman, the world famous violinist-violist-conductor, who will perform in most of the chamber music performances as well as conduct the orchestra.
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