Artsmash

Artsmash Critic Tim Smith covers classical music, theater and visual arts in Baltimore and beyond
BSO to make debut at Proms festival in London this summer

The second stop in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s European tour this summer with music director Marin Alsop will find the ensemble making its debut Aug. 27 at the Proms, an extraordinary eight-week festival of daily concerts in London’s 5,200-seat Royal Albert Hall.

It will not be a first for Alsop.

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BSO and principal guest conductor Markus Stenz still hitting it off

When German conductor Markus Stenz made his debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2012, there was no mistaking the chemistry. BSO management soon signed him up as principal guest conductor for a three-year stint starting in 2015.

“The contract has just been extended by a year, which I think is absolutely great,” says Stenz, who wraps up his third year with the BSO this weekend.

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Baltimore debuts, multiple venues for Shriver Hall's 2018-2019 season

For its 2018-2019 season, Shriver Hall Concert Series will present another starry assortment of soloists and ensembles performing a broad range of repertoire.

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Baltimore Choral Arts' 2018-2019 season to focus on 'story and song'

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society will highlight storytelling through music and launch artistic collaborations with other area organizations during the 2018-2019 season.

Highlights include David Lang’s “The Little Match Girl Passion,” based on a tragic story by Hans Christian Andersen; and the U.S.

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Baltimore Symphony in colorful form with Stenz, Steinbacher

The tight chemistry between the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor Markus Stenz has been easy to hear since he took up the post in 2015 with a three-year contract. This week, that contract was extended until June 2019. Do I hear 2020?

On Friday night at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Stenz got things started engagingly with a robust account of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1.

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Everyman Theatre serves a filling story of love, family and loss in 'Aubergine'

The ingredients in “Aubergine,” Julia Cho’s play receiving an effective staging at Everyman Theatre, are not all that unusual — cups of relationship issues and family tensions, dashes of heart and head, a smidgen of old-fashioned wit and wisdom. But by making food the thread that connects everything in her story about facing mortality, the playwright creates something fresh and rather touching.

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