June 16, 2011
The easiest part of forming a string quartet may be finding four good musicians. Much trickier is finding players who can get along with one another, on- and offstage. Michael Hollinger's absorbing and often funny 2006 play "Opus," which has been given a taut production at the Olney Theatre Center, examines a fictional ensemble from the inside out. The Lazara Quartet is in crisis mode as the work opens. The original violist, Dorian, has been fired by the other members, and there isn't much time to regroup before a televised concert at the White House.
October 15, 2010
Halloween Hootenanny When it comes to Halloween and rock and roll, two names come quickly to mind — and aren't we lucky they're playing together Sunday at Merriweather? Alice Cooper, of course, has been playing fright rock for years — with an album called "Welcome to My Nightmare," you know he'd be a welcome guest at any haunted house. And even though he's been concentrating on films more in recent years, Rob Zombie has been freaking out music fans since his days fronting White Zombie.
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.
April 25, 2008
When the Prague-based Pavel Haas Quartet performs Czech classical music in Howard County this weekend, it continues the mission begun by composers Dvorak and Janacek to bring their lyrical folk-inspired national music to a wider international audience. Sponsored by Candlelight Concerts, the quartet will present music by Smetana, Dvorak, and Janacek at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. The Pavel Haas Quartet (Veronika Jaruskova and Maria Fuxova, violins; Pavel Nikl, viola; and Peter Jarusek, cello)
January 25, 2008
In this primary season, politicians seeking to establish a broadly appealing, post-partisan identity might take their cue from ensembles such as the Enso String Quartet. Following a century in which the politics of musical style often dictated the aesthetic direction of composers and musicians, the Enso Quartet is among a growing number of chamber groups devoted not to any style or period, but simply to good music, superbly played. Co-founded in 1999 at Yale University by violinist Maureen Nelson and cellist Richard Belcher, the Enso Quartet has since been joined by violinist John Marcus and violist Melissa Reardon.
January 20, 2008
As part of the Candlelight Concert Series' outreach program, two free concerts by the Enso String Quartet will be offered at two Howard County senior centers Friday. A performance at the Glenwood Senior Center begins at 10:30 a.m, a performance at the Bain Center at 1 p.m. Information: 410-313-7213. Program on teen financial literacy "Sound Cents," a program on teen financial literacy, will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Glenwood branch library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.