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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 4, 2003
With all the gifted string players our conservatories are turning out these days, it is no wonder our musical cup is brimming with prodigious young string quartets ready to grapple with the great masterworks of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Threesomes such as the Beaux Arts Trio and Eroica Trio have also approached superstardom, while any string or wind soloist tethered to a capable pianist can have a go at the many great sonata duets that dot the chamber repertoire. But what about the quintets, sextets, septets and octets bestowed on us by our greatest composers - works that require larger forces but are chamber works?
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
It took Michael Fitzpatrick, the 42-year-old lead singer of Fitz and the Tantrums, many years of toiling as a self-taught studio engineer and aspiring musician in Los Angeles to find the success he craved. When it finally came, courtesy of his sextet's breakthrough 2010 debut album "Pickin' Up the Pieces," Fitzpatrick knew it could be his only shot, so he and his band refused to turn down any opportunity to gain new fans. Whether it was a late-night talk show performance or a festival gig, Fitz and the Tantrums were there, playing its soulful, guitar-less take on indie-pop.
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By ROSALIE M. FALTER | March 22, 1993
Swing, Latin, be-bop, fusion and avant-garde music. The Barry Dove Jazz Sextet will play them all at a Performing Arts Association of Linthicum concert set for 8 p.m. Saturday at North County High School.The sextet will perform the music of such jazz greats as Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, Cole Porter, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker.Barry Dove, a native Baltimorean, received his bachelor's degree in music education and his performer's certificate and master's degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he received the Ruth Blaustein Rosenborg Scholarship for three years.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
Typically, a singer is excited to discuss the ins and outs of her band's debut album, especially a well-received, highly anticipated one like Secret Mountains' "Rainer. " But today, singer Kelly Laughlin announced she left the Baltimore sextet earlier this year, right before "Rainer" was released in late February. The 21-year-old Laughlin, who graduates from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a degree in printmaking next month, says there were many factors that led to her decision (including the possibility of enrolling in graduate school and the fact that two band members live in New York)
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | September 15, 2005
When was the last time you saw members of a chamber music ensemble wander around the stage while they performed? Or play from memory? Or mix up the order of a composition's separate movements at will? Unless you've already attended a concert by the uniquely named sextet eighth blackbird, you've probably never had such experiences. But, as Baltimore will learn in the weeks ahead, one thing you can take for granted when this group appears is that both the music and music-making will be way out of the ordinary.
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By SARAH YURGEALITIS | December 22, 2005
Eclectic jazz/soul sextet Fertile Ground will play a Hurricane Katrina benefit tomorrow at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at tickets.com or by calling 800-955-5566. All proceeds will directly benefit Habitat for Humanity.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber | July 26, 2007
Melbourne, Australia, soul-funk sextet Cat Empire performs at 9:15 p.m. tomorrow at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Northern State is also slated to perform. Tickets are $20 for the all-ages show and are available at ramsheadlive.com or by calling 410-244-1131.
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February 20, 2006
Playing Rams Head Live The jam band Umphrey's McGee is known for its original songs as well as its crazy covers. The sextet heads to Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, for an all-ages show today. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 410-244-1131 or visit ramsheadlive.com.
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By ANNA EISENBERG | February 16, 2006
Umphrey's McGee The jam band Umphrey's McGee is known for its original songs, as well as its crazy covers. The sextet heads to Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, for an all-ages show Monday. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 410-244-1131 or visit ramsheadlive.com.
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March 7, 2008
Members of the Columbia Orchestra will present a free chamber music concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, in Columbia. The program will feature a Beethoven sextet for horns and strings, string quartets by William Grant Still and Hugo Cole, and more. The Classical Encounters String Quartet - Columbia Orchestra violinists Robin Strempek and Marlene Browne, violist Chris Gosper and cellist Carolyn Ginnever - will perform two rarely heard string quartets by Cole, a British composer and music critic.
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March 7, 2008
Members of the Columbia Orchestra will present a free chamber music concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, in Columbia. The program will feature a Beethoven sextet for horns and strings, string quartets by William Grant Still and Hugo Cole, and more. The Classical Encounters String Quartet - Columbia Orchestra violinists Robin Strempek and Marlene Browne, violist Chris Gosper and cellist Carolyn Ginnever - will perform two rarely heard string quartets by Cole, a British composer and music critic.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | February 17, 2008
It was time for the guys of Linkin Park to grow up. In the early part of the decade, they sold millions of albums scorching with angst-ridden songs of tormented love and alienation. It was music -- a fusion of buzzing metal and swaggering hip-hop -- that appealed mostly to teens and college freshmen. But on Minutes to Midnight, Linkin Park's latest album and first release in four years, the Los Angeles sextet largely trades fury for melody. If you go Linkin Park performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $38.50-$54.
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November 10, 2007
Today Noon IRISH FESTIVAL -- Celebrate the Emerald Isle with live performances from nationally recognized Celtic musical groups and local Irish dancers and get a taste of Ireland with traditional Irish foods. The festival is noon-11 p.m. today and 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. Admission is $10, $7 for ages 65 and older, $5 for ages 12-17 and free for children 12 and younger. Information: go to irishfestival.com. 8:15 p.m.
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By Aaron Chester and Aaron Chester,Sun reporter | November 8, 2007
Winard Harper's natural gift for percussion became evident at an age when most children can't yet read. At 4 years old, as his older brother listened to records in their Baltimore home, Harper would drum on whatever was in sight. His family saw musical potential in him that ended up spawning a 25-plus-year jazz career. From playing drums with his brother's band in clubs at age 5 to performing with the likes of Ray Bryant and Jimmy Heath, Harper has experienced a lifelong passion for jazz, especially jazz percussion.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun pop music critic | August 11, 2007
Outside on the plaza at Power Plant Live on Thursday night, the Paetec Jazz Festival got off to a blah start. Kicking off the inaugural night of free concerts at the Market Street complex, the Repeatos, an eccentric sextet of long-haired, middle-age musicians from Europe, Canada and upstate New York, earnestly performed a curious musical mix of ambient acoustic folk sounds, blues and rambling poetry. With coronet, accordion, violin and an array of percussive instruments, the band improvised the bizarre music -- hence the Repeatos inclusion in the jazz festival.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber | July 26, 2007
Melbourne, Australia, soul-funk sextet Cat Empire performs at 9:15 p.m. tomorrow at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Northern State is also slated to perform. Tickets are $20 for the all-ages show and are available at ramsheadlive.com or by calling 410-244-1131.
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By Aaron Chester and Aaron Chester,Sun reporter | November 8, 2007
Winard Harper's natural gift for percussion became evident at an age when most children can't yet read. At 4 years old, as his older brother listened to records in their Baltimore home, Harper would drum on whatever was in sight. His family saw musical potential in him that ended up spawning a 25-plus-year jazz career. From playing drums with his brother's band in clubs at age 5 to performing with the likes of Ray Bryant and Jimmy Heath, Harper has experienced a lifelong passion for jazz, especially jazz percussion.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | February 17, 2008
It was time for the guys of Linkin Park to grow up. In the early part of the decade, they sold millions of albums scorching with angst-ridden songs of tormented love and alienation. It was music -- a fusion of buzzing metal and swaggering hip-hop -- that appealed mostly to teens and college freshmen. But on Minutes to Midnight, Linkin Park's latest album and first release in four years, the Los Angeles sextet largely trades fury for melody. If you go Linkin Park performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $38.50-$54.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Sun Reporter | November 12, 2006
When tenor saxophone player Walt Weiskopf appears today at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the 10-part jazz suite he'll perform will match perfectly with his surroundings. He and his band will begin with Sight to Sound, a suite Weiskopf wrote in 2003 that includes movements named for Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Salvador Dali, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent Van Gogh. (The opening is titled "Sight" and the finale "Sound," thus Sight to Sound.) THE WALT WEISKOPF SIGHT TO SOUND SEXTET / / Performs at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive -- 5 p.m. today -- $10-$27 -- www.baltimorechamberjazz.
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February 20, 2006
Playing Rams Head Live The jam band Umphrey's McGee is known for its original songs as well as its crazy covers. The sextet heads to Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, for an all-ages show today. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 410-244-1131 or visit ramsheadlive.com.
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