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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | October 24, 1992
Two months ago after surgery I was tied to an I-V filled with morphine. The sound of that stuff as it filtered out of the bottle and into my blood stream was not monotony; it was as sweet as any music I had ever heard, and I began to understand nirvana not as a goal achieved or a final resting place but as a process of plunk-plunk-plunk . . . .That came to mind last night in Meyerhoff Hall when David Zinman conducted Baltimore Symphony players in Arvo Part's...
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Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
Last weekend found two of the area's orchestral ensembles in fine form. Concert Artists of Baltimore offered an imaginative mix of standard and far-from-standard fare Saturday night at the Gordon Center. The familiar work was Mendelssohn's "Scottish Symphony," which received an absorbing performance conducted by Edward Polochick. He paid great attention to subtle details, especially the woodwind voices, and he ensured that the most atmospheric elements in the score came through vividly (slicing string attacks in the finale evoked a brisk highland breeze)
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | March 10, 1995
It's sometimes said that composers are the best conductors of their own music. It's much less often the case that composers make superb conductors of other people's music.Nevertheless, that was exactly the case last night in Temple Oheb Shalom when Krzysztof Penderecki conducted the Warsaw Sinfonia in a concert presented by the Gordon Charitable Trust.Penderecki, one of the world's best-known living composers, took a fresh approach to Mendelssohn's "Italian Symphony." In the first and fourth movements, Penderecki led his splendid young orchestra at an exhilarating pace, but there also was an affecting lightness of touch, close observation of details and consistent expressiveness.
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By Steve Jones | January 24, 2012
Elizabeth Amrhein and Connelly Doan studied music for four years at Dulaney High School, and probably figured that their time at the Timonium school was over. But they were back on the stage of the Dulaney auditorium last week, this time as members of the Gettysburg College Symphony Orchestra. "I enjoyed playing music here for four years, and coming back on the same stage was exciting and made me remember some of the things that I got to experience while I was here," said Doan, a percussionist and resident of Baldwin.
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June 6, 2003
Youth group's bake sale to raise funds for retreat The youth group of Brooklyn United Methodist Church will hold a pancake brunch and bake sale beginning at 11:30 a.m. June 15 at the church, 3701 Fourth St., Brooklyn. The group is raising money for a youth retreat in Ocean City, scheduled for January. Calvary United Methodist offers `Undersea' program Calvary United Methodist Church invites children age 3 through the fifth grade to participate in "Super Cool Undersea Bible Adventure" or SCUBA at the church, 301 Rowe Blvd.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer | October 29, 1993
It's true for the New York Philharmonic and it's true for the young players of the Chesapeake Youth String Orchestra, who gather weekly to rehearse at the Phoenix Center in Annapolis: meaningful musicianship is painstaking work.Listen, for example, to last week's rehearsal of the youth orchestra."It must sound like a march," insists conductor David Gibson as he marks time like a soldier in an attempt to inject a martial flair into the Bach melody his musicians are playing."Let me hear that C sharp.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 4, 1998
I'm so sick of self-absorbed, camera and cell phone-toting yuppies, I can't see straight.Just the other week, a gaggle of parents nearly ruined Peabody Prep's excellent production of "The Boyfriend" by bathing Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in the light of countless flashbulbs even as the performers were doing their best to proceed with the show.Saturday, another set of misguided baby boomers mistook a concert of Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Mascagni and Mozart for their own personal photo op and proceeded to disrupt a perfectly lovely concert by the three Chesapeake Youth Orchestras.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 18, 2000
The Chesapeake Youth Symphony began with one orchestra, one gifted conductor and a master plan fashioned by community leaders intent on giving talented young musicians the opportunity to play demanding symphonic repertoire in the most supportive artistic environment possible. Ten years later, the CYSO, with no fewer than four ensembles under its organizational aegis, will celebrate the decade with a season-ending concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.
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By Bonita Formwalt and Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 10, 1998
CHRIS GOSPER OFTEN heard fellow musicians complain that there were no opportunities to perfect and perform their music during the summer, when many local orchestras take a break.The principal violist with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra figured either she could join in complaining or do something about it. She did something about it. She started a summer string orchestra in Glen Burnie."I told them, 'You're griping, so here, I'll give you something to do,' " Gosper recalled.Other musicians must have heard her message because rehearsals for the fourth annual Summer Strings Orchestra begin at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 308 Oak Manor Drive in Glen Burnie.
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By Tim Smith | June 24, 2001
The Haifa Festival Orchestra, a 15-member string ensemble from Israel led by Ada Pelleg, is a featured attraction of the Columbia Festival of the Arts today and tomorrow. Both programs feature Jin Ta, winner of the Haifa International Flute Festival. He will perform a flute concerto from the 18th century by Johann Joachim Quantz and "Improvisation of the Herdsman" for flute and string orchestra by contemporary Syrian composer Nuri El-Ruheibany during this evening's concert; also on the bill are a divertimento by Mozart and Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings."
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By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,tim.smith@baltsun.com | April 2, 2009
Jonathan Leshnoff's Violin Concerto struck me as a major addition to the repertoire when I first heard it in 2006. I'm even more convinced of that quality, having revisited the work on an all-Leshnoff CD from the Naxos label that features violinist Charles Wetherbee and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Markand Thakar. Leshnoff, a Towson University faculty member whose international career has been developing rapidly, found inspiration for the concerto in a chilling tale he heard from a Holocaust survivor - how inmates, forced by SS guards to sing Nazi propaganda songs, subtly wove prayers into the music.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 15, 2005
As if to underscore the recent thaw in Franco-American relations, two ensembles of French musicians visited Baltimore on Sunday afternoon and performed with considerable elan. First up was the Orchestre Chambre de Francais, in a collaboration with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. The society's director, Tom Hall, has conducted this all-string chamber orchestra in New York and Paris in recent years and did so again here. Instrumental works formed the first half of the program, including a nimble, sensitively sculpted account of a string symphony by Mendelssohn.
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June 6, 2003
Youth group's bake sale to raise funds for retreat The youth group of Brooklyn United Methodist Church will hold a pancake brunch and bake sale beginning at 11:30 a.m. June 15 at the church, 3701 Fourth St., Brooklyn. The group is raising money for a youth retreat in Ocean City, scheduled for January. Calvary United Methodist offers `Undersea' program Calvary United Methodist Church invites children age 3 through the fifth grade to participate in "Super Cool Undersea Bible Adventure" or SCUBA at the church, 301 Rowe Blvd.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 22, 2003
No, it really wasn't a case of fiddling while Baghdad burned. Still, it did feel a little strange coming out of an all-string program Wednesday night to discover that the first strike in the war against Iraq had been made as the music flowed. At least while the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra's concert lasted, dark thoughts were easily kept at bay. The main item on the program at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium was the quartet of concertos for violin and strings by Vivaldi known collectively as The Four Seasons, featuring Jonathan Carney.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 1, 2002
Is it worth a 45-minute drive to Rock Creek Park to attend a free outdoor concert? The answer is a resounding yes if the outdoor location is Washington's natural acoustic wonder, the Carter Barron Amphitheater, and the performance is by the National Symphony Orchestra led by Anne Arundel County's own J. Ernest Green in his debut with the orchestra. Saturday marked a triumph for Green and a history-making musical event for Annapolis Chorale members and loyal Green fans who shared the evening.
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 31, 2002
THE MUSICIANS OF Encore Community Music Association are young and old, playing side by side to share their passion for interpreting classical music. Created in 1995 to enrich the musical experience of string players, the organization has expanded to be a string orchestra, symphony orchestra and - starting last fall - a symphonic band. Auditions to join the association will be held Sept. 9. "We saw how the number of wind players in the orchestra were almost overbalancing the strings, and so we decided we could have a band.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,Sun Staff Writer | June 9, 1994
Summer camp . . . boy, has it changed. If you're a parent in the right income bracket these days, you can send the little monsters off to computer camp, bicycling camp, drama camp, even environmental-awareness camp, where they can pal around with legions of other insufferable tree huggers.I don't know how it was when you were a kid, but there was a vapid, cookie-cutter sameness to summer camps when I was a boy in the '60s.Every camp had a goofy faux-Indian name like Camp Little Feather. And every camp was run by some old, grumpy guy named Gus and his wife, Betty, who supervised a platoon of counselors with the same sense of fun once held by the Hitler Youth Corps.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 15, 2005
As if to underscore the recent thaw in Franco-American relations, two ensembles of French musicians visited Baltimore on Sunday afternoon and performed with considerable elan. First up was the Orchestre Chambre de Francais, in a collaboration with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. The society's director, Tom Hall, has conducted this all-string chamber orchestra in New York and Paris in recent years and did so again here. Instrumental works formed the first half of the program, including a nimble, sensitively sculpted account of a string symphony by Mendelssohn.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | January 12, 2002
The string's the thing this weekend at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Not that other instruments don't get a chance to work out, but the latest program is very much a showcase for basses, cellos, violas and, especially, violins. In addition to the full string section, which continues to be one of the BSO's greatest assets, remarkable soloists are on hand. When music director Yuri Temirkanov is on the podium, the emphasis tends to be on a deep, plush sound. Last night at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, assistant conductor Lara Webber sought a somewhat lighter, more transparent touch from the players and got it in works by Mozart, Schubert and Vaughan Williams.
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By Tim Smith | June 24, 2001
The Haifa Festival Orchestra, a 15-member string ensemble from Israel led by Ada Pelleg, is a featured attraction of the Columbia Festival of the Arts today and tomorrow. Both programs feature Jin Ta, winner of the Haifa International Flute Festival. He will perform a flute concerto from the 18th century by Johann Joachim Quantz and "Improvisation of the Herdsman" for flute and string orchestra by contemporary Syrian composer Nuri El-Ruheibany during this evening's concert; also on the bill are a divertimento by Mozart and Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings."
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