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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | May 12, 1994
Two things concerning Sergiu Comissiona about which there is no doubt: the Romanian-born conductor (along with his patron, Joseph Meyerhoff) created a fine orchestra during his 15-year tenure as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; and, he conducts French repertory -- such as "La Mer," which is featured on his BSO program tonight -- with a subtle flexibility of rhythm and sense of color few conductors can match."
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
Isidor Saslav, a former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concertmaster and Peabody Institute violin teacher, died of complications from cancer Jan. 26 at a hospital in Tyler, Texas. The former Mount Washington resident was 74. Born in Jerusalem, he moved with his family to Detroit as a young boy and studied violin under Detroit Symphony concertmaster Mischa Mischakoff. Family members said at 17 he became one of the youngest members of the Detroit Symphony. He earned a bachelor's degree in music at Wayne State University and a doctorate from Indiana University, where he wrote his thesis on the string quartets of Franz Josef Haydn.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff | January 9, 1991
Sergiu Comissiona, the 62-year-old former conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, remembers his successes and acknowledges a mistake in his 16-year tenure here, but passionately maintains, "my music love story is Baltimore."The numerous successes included, in an informal count, hiring 56 of the 92 current BSO members. His error was not playing enough music from the classical period.Pronounced fit this week by his doctor, graying and working like Rimsky-Korsakov's flying bumblebee, Comissiona is in Baltimore for three concerts starting tomorrow featuring the Shostakovich "Symphony No. 10 in E. Minor."
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March 13, 2005
Sarbanes to leave the Senate Maryland's Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes said Friday that he will not seek re-election in 2006, ending three decades in the Senate and opening a scramble for his seat that could restructure state and federal races next year. Mustard agent neutralized The last of the mustard agent stockpiled at the Aberdeen Proving Ground has been dissolved, the Army said. A surplus of more than 1,600 tons of mustard agent best known for its lethal effects in the trench warfare of World War I had been stored at the military proving ground in Harford County for more than 60 years.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 12, 2005
After a few weeks of OK-to-good playing, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has climbed back up to higher ground this week with the help of some notable guests. You couldn't miss the difference Thursday night at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Instead of the often tentative guidance from guest conductor Eri Klas last week, or the rather bland sound and somewhat constipated interpretative ideas from Marin Alsop last month, the ensemble was operating at maximum capacity and breathing real life into the music with Yan Pascal Tortelier at the helm.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,SUN STAFF | March 6, 2005
Sergiu Comissiona, the elegant Romanian-born conductor who transformed the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from a little-known ensemble into a nationally respected orchestra, taking it to Carnegie Hall and Europe and winning for it the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, was found dead yesterday in his Oklahoma City hotel room. Maestro Comissiona apparently died of a heart attack, hours before he was to serve as guest conductor for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. The New York resident was 76. Known for the spontaneity and flair that he brought to the orchestra's playing, Maestro Comissiona led the BSO from 1969 to 1984.
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By Stephen Wigler | March 27, 1997
Yesterday's edition of Live gave incorrect dates for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's performances of "Carmina Burana" under conductor Sergiu Comissiona. Besides a dress rehearsal Wednesday, the performances are April 3, 4 and 5. Call for information.The Sun regrets the errors.Concerts by the Baltimore Symphony's laureate conductor, Sergiu Comissiona, tend to be events. Comissiona's concerts with the BSO in Meyerhoff Hall this week should be no exception. With soloists Zheng Zhou, baritone, and soprano Janice Chandler, and the Boys of St. David's Choir, Comissiona will conduct two great and contrasting choral works: Poulenc's gloriously sweet and joyous "Gloria" and Orff's barbaric and energetic "Carmina Burana."
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By Ann LoLordo | March 12, 2005
HIS NAME appears nowhere in or on the symphony hall with the soaring sound, and yet the idea of a permanent home for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was his. From Sergiu Comissiona's arrival in Baltimore in 1969, the BSO musical director pressed the case with his patron and symphony benefactor, Joseph A. Meyerhoff. The self-made millionaire builder and philanthropist recognized the need. But he also understood, perhaps better than his Romanian-born friend did, the impact such a hall and a world-class orchestra would have on the cultural and civic life of Baltimore - and its Crab Town image.
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March 13, 2005
Sarbanes to leave the Senate Maryland's Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes said Friday that he will not seek re-election in 2006, ending three decades in the Senate and opening a scramble for his seat that could restructure state and federal races next year. Mustard agent neutralized The last of the mustard agent stockpiled at the Aberdeen Proving Ground has been dissolved, the Army said. A surplus of more than 1,600 tons of mustard agent best known for its lethal effects in the trench warfare of World War I had been stored at the military proving ground in Harford County for more than 60 years.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | September 17, 1995
Sergei Rachmaninoff, "Caprice Bohemien," "Symphonic Dances," Preludes in C sharp minor and G minor (orchestrated by Lucien Caillet), performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Sergiu Comissiona conducting (CBC Records SMCD5143)Because Sergiu Comissiona conducted Rachmaninoff's "Symphonic Dances" so frequently during his years as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, it's fascinating to compare this Vancouver-Comissiona account with last year's Baltimore-Zinman version. The BSO version is slightly more brilliant because Baltimore's orchestra is slightly more virtuosic than the excellent Vancouver ensemble.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 12, 2005
After a few weeks of OK-to-good playing, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has climbed back up to higher ground this week with the help of some notable guests. You couldn't miss the difference Thursday night at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Instead of the often tentative guidance from guest conductor Eri Klas last week, or the rather bland sound and somewhat constipated interpretative ideas from Marin Alsop last month, the ensemble was operating at maximum capacity and breathing real life into the music with Yan Pascal Tortelier at the helm.
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By Ann LoLordo | March 12, 2005
HIS NAME appears nowhere in or on the symphony hall with the soaring sound, and yet the idea of a permanent home for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was his. From Sergiu Comissiona's arrival in Baltimore in 1969, the BSO musical director pressed the case with his patron and symphony benefactor, Joseph A. Meyerhoff. The self-made millionaire builder and philanthropist recognized the need. But he also understood, perhaps better than his Romanian-born friend did, the impact such a hall and a world-class orchestra would have on the cultural and civic life of Baltimore - and its Crab Town image.
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March 6, 2005
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,SUN STAFF | March 6, 2005
Sergiu Comissiona, the elegant Romanian-born conductor who transformed the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from a little-known ensemble into a nationally respected orchestra, taking it to Carnegie Hall and Europe and winning for it the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, was found dead yesterday in his Oklahoma City hotel room. Maestro Comissiona apparently died of a heart attack, hours before he was to serve as guest conductor for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. The New York resident was 76. Known for the spontaneity and flair that he brought to the orchestra's playing, Maestro Comissiona led the BSO from 1969 to 1984.
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By John Woestendiek and John Woestendiek,SUN STAFF | October 25, 2003
Ray Getzov is no Warren Buffett. Getzov, a man of moderate wealth, is the retired president of Gebco, a small Maryland-based insurance agency; Buffett, the second-richest man in America, owns, among many other things, GEICO, the nation's sixth-largest auto insurer. Rumors about Buffett's health can make the stock market rise and fall; Getzov's medical condition, as he sees it, is neither big news nor a secret - he has multiple myeloma, an incurable form of cancer. And while Buffett, 73, is notoriously nonphilanthropic, Getzov, at 70, has been known to share his far tinier fortune.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | October 4, 2000
"As a concertmaster, my role is to be like a reed bending in the wind," says Herbert Greenberg. "Whether my opinions are the same or different from the conductor's, I do what he wants. And I try to be 10 steps ahead of him." Happily for him, Greenberg has found little to disagree with during his long tenure in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's hot seat - the first violinist's chair, just to the music director's left. The person in that chair is expected to handle such technical duties as determining the best bowings for all the violins and to play any violin solos called for in a score.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 2, 1996
In the 12 years since he left the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Sergiu Comissiona seems to have attained something like sainthood.So far as this listener knows, Comissiona, the BSO's music director from 1968 to 1984, did not enjoy such status during his years here. But the Romanian-born conductor's annual guest engagements with the fine orchestra he created are events -- concerts in which his music-making appears effortless, in which his performances seem wafted along on waves of love.Comissiona's concert Thursday evening -- the program was also performed yesterday -- was no exception.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
Isidor Saslav, a former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concertmaster and Peabody Institute violin teacher, died of complications from cancer Jan. 26 at a hospital in Tyler, Texas. The former Mount Washington resident was 74. Born in Jerusalem, he moved with his family to Detroit as a young boy and studied violin under Detroit Symphony concertmaster Mischa Mischakoff. Family members said at 17 he became one of the youngest members of the Detroit Symphony. He earned a bachelor's degree in music at Wayne State University and a doctorate from Indiana University, where he wrote his thesis on the string quartets of Franz Josef Haydn.
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By Stephen Wigler | March 27, 1997
Yesterday's edition of Live gave incorrect dates for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's performances of "Carmina Burana" under conductor Sergiu Comissiona. Besides a dress rehearsal Wednesday, the performances are April 3, 4 and 5. Call for information.The Sun regrets the errors.Concerts by the Baltimore Symphony's laureate conductor, Sergiu Comissiona, tend to be events. Comissiona's concerts with the BSO in Meyerhoff Hall this week should be no exception. With soloists Zheng Zhou, baritone, and soprano Janice Chandler, and the Boys of St. David's Choir, Comissiona will conduct two great and contrasting choral works: Poulenc's gloriously sweet and joyous "Gloria" and Orff's barbaric and energetic "Carmina Burana."
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 2, 1996
In the 12 years since he left the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Sergiu Comissiona seems to have attained something like sainthood.So far as this listener knows, Comissiona, the BSO's music director from 1968 to 1984, did not enjoy such status during his years here. But the Romanian-born conductor's annual guest engagements with the fine orchestra he created are events -- concerts in which his music-making appears effortless, in which his performances seem wafted along on waves of love.Comissiona's concert Thursday evening -- the program was also performed yesterday -- was no exception.
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