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By Gary Soulsman and Gary Soulsman,The News Journal | January 20, 1993
WILMINGTON, Del. -- It's an old but inspiring story to Stella Frankel.She plays "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on her violin for a 3-year-old. And, God willing, the youngster plays it back -- though often with sounds akin to a cat being strangled.You might think this happy ditty would be the most dreaded song in history to Ms. Frankel.But when a pupil imitates the melody for the first time, Ms. Frankel can't help feeling excited, even after 70 years as a teacher.That's because she's tried to make herself the best friend a violin could have.
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By Karin Remesch and Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | June 16, 1996
The University of Maryland at College Park has received a $2 million gift from Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn for the construction of the Maryland Center for the Performing Arts.In recognition of the couple's generosity, the new center's recital hall will be named the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall.Gildenhorn, a lawyer, real-estate developer and former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, graduated from the University of Maryland in 1951. His wife, one of the nation's leading volunteers for the advancement of the performing arts, graduated from the university in 1953.
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By BONITA FORMWALT | August 18, 1993
Driving down Ritchie Highway -- or more accurately puttering down Ritchie Highway -- I casually reached over and inserted a cassette into the tape player."
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By Kathy Curtis and Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 11, 1998
WEST COLUMBIA residents Sarah Thompson and Mark Dubac will be soloists during the spring concert of the Columbia Orchestra on March 21.The musicians were finalists in the orchestra's 1997-1998 Young Artist Competition.Sarah, a cellist, will perform Boccherini's Concerto in B Flat Major, G. 482.Mark, a clarinetist, will be featured in Weber's Concertino for Clarinet, Op. 26.An eighth-grader at Harper's Choice Middle School, Sarah has studied with Evelyn Elsing for the past year through the Levine School of Music in Washington.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,Sun reporter | May 6, 2007
Fresh-faced composer Jacob Bancks is one of four finalists in the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra's competition to write a piece reflecting the spirit of the city. A fine challenge, he thought. Except the Midwesterner had never seen Annapolis. That changed last week, when Bancks, 25, flew into town in search of inspiration. He just may have found it by the water. "The voyages across the water people have taken from all over the world," he said pensively, "to see this beautiful city at the end of the voyage."
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December 12, 2004
Frederick Fennell, 90, a classical music conductor and teacher acclaimed for creating an innovative wind ensemble at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., died Tuesday at his home in Siesta Key, Fla. While bedridden with hepatitis for six weeks in 1952, Mr. Fennell dreamed up the notion of redefining the typical wind-and-brass band by whittling down its numbers and emphasizing its musical dexterity and virtuosity. His Eastman Wind Ensemble, signed by Mercury Records in the 1950s, went on to record 22 albums.
FEATURES
By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | April 17, 2004
Anti-Semitism, never far from the surface of human relations, seems to be on the rise once more in many parts of the world. Add in the kind of unfortunate thinking expressed recently by Mel Gibson - "The Second World War killed tens of millions of people; some of them were Jews in concentration camps" - and there is abundant need for Holocaust Remembrance Day, officially observed tomorrow in this country. Two remarkable music programs in Baltimore and Washington will help intensify that remembrance this weekend; another pair of programs in Washington will continue the process next month.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | May 19, 1991
Bernard Booker, 16 years old, is going through change of life. The throwing of rocks at cars is behind him. So is the running from cops, which was considered sporting activity in his old crowd. On weekends, when he sees his buddies from the neighborhood, they talk across a communications gap."They consider me a white boy," Booker says, "or a nerd.""A nerd, of course," laughs Sharonda Alston, sitting next to him. The two of them nod knowingly at each other. Sharonda is 16 and says she's heard accusations of nerdiness all of her young life.
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By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,Sun Staff Writer | May 12, 1995
Robert Sirota, chairman of the music department at New York University, is to become director of the Peabody Institute, Baltimore's nationally renowned music conservatory.A composer, conductor and educator, Dr. Sirota promised yesterday to honor the 137-year-old school's traditions while embracing the changes in society and technology that will arrive with the 21st century."I don't think people need to fear that change will somehow diminish the great things that already exist," Dr. Sirota said.
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By Sarah Hoover and Sarah Hoover,Special to the Sun | March 7, 2008
When internationally acclaimed pianist Eun Joo Chung steps onstage at 3 p.m. Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia to perform a program of devilishly difficult music, she might not strike you as the girl next door. But she is; Chung has been a resident of Howard County for six years. "It's different here than in Vienna," she says, where she had studied in Austria at the Hochschule f?r Musik and performed at the Musikverein. "There everyone was a musician. Music was so much a part of everyday life."
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