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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 4, 2004
A program of opera favorites being performed on the Maryland Hall stage is hardly news. What is out of the ordinary is that the accompanying ensemble will be the talented young musicians of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra. For the first time, the CYSO will be an opera orchestra, says Julien Benichou, the French-born, Baltimore-based conductor in his first year as music director of one of Maryland's premiere youth orchestras. "I think it's very nice for kids to accompany singers," Benichou says.
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NEWS
By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 4, 2004
A program of opera favorites being performed on the Maryland Hall stage is hardly news. What is out of the ordinary is that the accompanying ensemble will be the talented young musicians of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra. For the first time, the CYSO will be an opera orchestra, says Julien Benichou, the French-born, Baltimore-based conductor in his first year as music director of one of Maryland's premiere youth orchestras. "I think it's very nice for kids to accompany singers," Benichou says.
NEWS
By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | December 18, 2003
Instead of picket signs, they cradled violins. Instead of chanting, they played "Song of the Wind." Dressed in ties and patent leather shoes, 15 children sat in the rotunda of City Hall yesterday - as officials and businessfolk bustled about - and staged a gentle protest, showing off their talents on behalf of the Baltimore Talent Education Center, an after-school music training program that serves 180 children from 30 schools across the city. "The BTEC is closing because we're running out of money," said 6-year-old Lamont Dozier III, a first-grader at Federal Hill Preparatory School.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Cheryl Johnston and Cheryl Johnston,SUN STAFF | June 19, 2003
The worlds of punk rockers, folk musicians and ukulele players converge this Saturday night at the Patterson Center for the Arts in Rock That Uke, a documentary on the personality of the ukulele. Four live acts will follow the film, showing at 7 p.m. ($10, $8 members). For Rock That Uke, William Preston Robertson, with the help of co-director Sean Anderson, set out to find out why young musicians continue to be attracted to the ukulele and what possesses some of them to electrify it. Ukulele playing is "both sort of absurd and comic, yet touched with a certain vulnerability and sadness," Robertson says.
FEATURES
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 18, 2003
The symphonic business couldn't be much more laden with distressing news these days - deficit battles almost everywhere, bankruptcy proceedings for some ensembles, out-of-business postings for others. But you might never suspect any of that gloom if you hung out at the National Orchestral Institute, sponsored by the University of Maryland's School of Music on the College Park campus. That's where 115 musicians from around the country, ages 18 to 28, are in the final stretch of an action-packed, three-week training program aimed at preparing them for entry into the professional world.
NEWS
By Heather Tepe and Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 24, 2002
While many young musicians packed away their instruments along with their textbooks at the end of the school year, hundreds of Howard County's youth have found that summer is a perfect time to strike up the band. Summer band camp programs are increasing in popularity and offer numerous benefits to participants. Music teachers say the summer programs help students refine the skills they learn in school music programs, enhance techniques such as breath control and intonation and, most important, keep the kids practicing their instruments over the summer months.
NEWS
By Lorraine Gingerich and Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 11, 2002
THE GLENELG High School Choir and Orchestra traveled to Orlando, Fla., to perform in the All-Star Music Festival during spring break. Nearly 200 students, chaperons and parents made the 17-hour bus ride. Choral director Nancy Buckel called it their "big trip of the year." "The bus trip was really, really long, but it was still fun," sophomore Jaimie Fleming said. This was Jaimie's second spring trip with the choral group. Previous destinations have been the Bahamas, Virginia Beach, Va., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. The group left Howard County on a Thursday and was able to catch some sleep during the ride.
NEWS
By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 7, 2002
Judging from the results of Friday evening's Spring Gala Concert presented by the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra, conductor David Choo is presiding over a flexible and expressive ensemble. Taking center stage at this Maryland Hall program of works by Saint-Saens, Grieg, Mussorgsky, and Tchaikovsky was the string section, which delivered eloquent, emotionally engaged playing in challenging repertoire. The flutes, oboes, clarinets and trumpets among the players, ages 8 to 18, acquitted themselves well in music notable for its diversity.
NEWS
February 21, 2002
Candlelight Concerts will present Musicians from Marlboro at 8 p.m. Saturday at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre. In its 37th season, the group is a touring extension of the Marlboro Music Festival in Marlboro, Vt. Young musicians from the summer festival perform with seasoned artists in chamber music programs of rare works and masterpieces. Each year, more than 25 artists take time from their regular activities to bring Musicians from Marlboro concerts to cities across the nation.
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