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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Sun | January 16, 2008
A school guidance counselor recently asked Alvin Roda, owner of the Laurel School of Music, whether he could lend a child a string instrument. The girl wanted to learn to play in the school orchestra, but her mother could not afford an instrument, the guidance counselor said. Roda provided a violin for the child. "She loved the violin, and she loved getting music lessons," said Roda, 44, of Laurel. "The guidance counselor told me that she sleeps with her violin." The child's response inspired Roda to start a program to help children get musical instruments.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | December 29, 1992
Stephen Albert, 51, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who was one of the founders of what has been called the "New Romanticism," was killed Sunday afternoon in a three-car collision on Cape Cod, Mass.The accident left eight other people injured, including the composer's wife, Marilyn, 49, and their children, Joshua, 23, and Katie, 21. Mr. Albert's daughter was released from Cape Cod hospital with minor injuries. His wife and son are listed in stable condition at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
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January 29, 2003
Alison Matuskey, vocal music teacher at Bryant Woods Elementary School, is running as fast as she can. Named Music Educator of the Year for 2002-2003 by Howard County Parents for School Music, she has generated a cascade of musical activities. Matuskey, who is trained as a concert pianist and sings opera, organized a song-writing project with songwriter Sue Trainor for children in grades one through five. Her students sang their compositions in the school's winter concert Jan. 15 to help raise money for Spenser's Hope, a nonprofit founded by Gretchen Miller, a parent at Bryant Woods, to help families experiencing pre-term labor or premature birth.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2002
Some studies have suggested that music exposure might improve intellectual development. And just in case they're right, 18-month-old Mason Buswell has been getting the saturation treatment since before he was born. His dad used to put headphones on his mom's belly when Mason was in utero - playing everything from New Age jazz to Led Zeppelin - and now the toddler is enrolled in a weekly music class in Clarksville. Scott Buswell, Mason's father, says that while he doesn't know if it's having any effect, it sure is fun. "He's been dancing since he was able to stand," Buswell said, "and he loves these classes."
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | December 3, 1990
Twentieth century music is filled with works for narrator. Why this should be the case is not exactly a mystery. Ours has been a century of ironic detachment -- how else to distance ourselves from some of its horrors? -- and few things create irony like the contrast between spoken words and music.Saturday night in Friedberg Hall at the Peabody Conservatory in the Baltimore Symphony "Discovery Series," conductor David Zinman, members of the orchestra and two narrators performed two of these works: Sir William Walton's "Facade" and Igor Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale."
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | June 5, 2001
Services were held yesterday for Reginald E. Clem, whose tenor voice graced many productions of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Mr. Clem, a longtime Towson resident, took his own life Wednesday. He was 49. In recent years, family members said, he had been treated for depression. For almost 30 years, Mr. Clem was a familiar figure on the Baltimore music scene. He also sang with the Lovely Lane United Methodist Church Choir and the Handel Choir.
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By Stephanie Choy and Stephanie Choy,SUN STAFF | January 30, 2003
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will present the second concert of its 2002-2003 chamber music series, "Wolfie and the Gang," performed by the Kegelstatt Trio, on Feb. 8. The trio consists of pianist Elizabeth Azcona-Hartmark, clarinetist Tom Benjamin and violinist Rebecca Henry. Guest cellist is Dan Levitov. The four are colleagues at Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Azcona-Hartmark began playing piano at age 4. She received degrees from Eastman School of Music, Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College of Music in London.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Staff Writer | March 22, 1992
Cellist Troy Kenneth Stuart loves the instrument's soundHow would you like to play Carnegie Hall, meet Yo-Yo Ma and win a music scholarship -- all before turning 25?How, in other words, would you like to be Troy Kenneth Stuart?The cellist from West Baltimore likes it just fine, thank you very much.In fact, he says, "I love what I do so much sometimes I feel selfish."Today at 5 p.m. he'll share his passion for classical music during a free concert at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center.A self-described late bloomer, he grew up listening to everything from pop to gospel but didn't take up the cello until he was 13. "I loved the size of it and the sound of it. It fit my personality," says the outgoing 24-year-old.
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By Glenn McNatt | June 4, 1991
WHERE will the next generation of performing artists like Jascha Heifitz, Leontyne Price and Andres Segovia come from? If the talent on display at last week's Baltimore School for the Arts' senior recital is any guide, a lot of them may hail from right here.In a city in which the quality of the public schools in general is a persistent cause for worry, the achievements of the Baltimore School for the Arts, a public school, are little short of astonishing.The school sends 90 percent of its graduates to college or directly into professional performing careers.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | December 2, 2004
During the holiday season, Christmas music is everywhere, but it seems as if a good Hanukkah song is hard to find. That's how pianist Jon Simon felt about 16 years ago. "After hearing all these fun, interesting ways of taking familiar [Christmas] songs and re- interpreting them ... I went home and started noodling around the keyboard," he said. He decided that Jewish music -- including Hanukkah songs, music from other holidays and folk music -- could be revamped and revitalized, as well.
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