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  • Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Pier Six features BSO, diverse lineup

    Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Pier Six features BSO, diverse lineup
    Far from the smoothest production imaginable, and a little too reminiscent of a typical, lightweight PBS fundraiser, the "Star-Spangled Spectacular" concert Saturday night at Pier Six nonetheless delivered a decent level of entertainment for a sizable, enthusiastic crowd.
  • PBS makes great television out of Baltimore's 'Star-Spangled' concert

    PBS makes great television out of Baltimore's  'Star-Spangled' concert
    "Great Performances," the PBS showcase of American performing arts, came to town for the "Star-Spangled Spectacular" concert at Pier Six Saturday night and showed how to make great, live television. On paper, the lineup of talent for the concert...

    Social sense: Guide to the fall party season

    Social sense: Guide to the fall party season
    The fall fundraising party season revs into high gear next weekend with a plethora of big shindigs that can cost big bucks to attend — all for a worthy cause, of course. From the Night of 100 Elvises to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Gala, tickets...

    Communing with the dead through song [Commentary]

    Communing with the dead through song [Commentary]
    That blue-sky September day 13 years ago was so sorrowful, so beyond the reach of words, we name it only with a number: 9/11. Some may recall that out of the grief-stunned silence of those first following days, someone suggested broadcasting Mozart's...

    'Banner' a hit song with staying power

    'Banner' a hit song with staying power
    The sight that stirred Francis Scott Key on the morning of Sept. 14, 1814, from the deck of a ship on the Patapsco River, not only gave proof of the country's ability to survive a war with Britain. It also generated the verses that, set to a song of...