| Mar 5, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Since becoming music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2007, Marin Alsop has typically devised a theme of some kind to unify each season. For 2014-2015, the theme is "spirituality and transcendence."
"I started talking about a few pieces,...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 8:11 AM
Russian repertoire was so prevalent and played so passionately during Yuri Temirkanov's tenure at the helm of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra that it seemed to some people that there was no point in touching such music again. I confess I entertained that...
| Mar 14, 2014
Last Saturday evening Sheldon Bair conducted the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra and the choruses from the Deer Creek Chorale, the Harford Choral Society, the Towson University Choral Society, the Towson High School Chamber Choir, the Frederick...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 5:58 AM
The sacred triumvirate of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven accounts for a crucial portion of what we call classical music, so there are plenty of reasons to program works by all three men on the same evening. There is also a risk of taking such material for...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 5:03 AM
The news overnight that Claudio Abbado has died is deeply affecting. The Italian conductor was responsible for some of the most sublime music-making of our time. We are fortunate that so much of it was recorded and filmed, a treasury of inspiration that...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 8:44 AM
Scrolling through the classical winners of the 2014 Grammys, I was struck by the tilt toward the contemporary, or at least off-the-well-worn-path repertoire. I have no penetrating insight into this. I don't even know if it's a trend in recent years, since...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 1:25 PM
The music of Paul Hindemith gets little attention in our time. This despite the fact that the German-born composer, who spent many years in the U.S. after the rise of the Third Reich, once was widely recognized as an important and influential figure....
| Jan 25, 2014
| 11:43 AM
John Weber, a tenor who sang in opera productions and was the music director of a Rodgers Forge church, died of an apparent heart attack Jan. 17. The Catonsville resident was 50.
His brother, Thomas Proveaux, said Mr. Weber collapsed at the wheel of his...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 8:45 AM
The Columbia Orchestra loves to play new music. That means it's primed to perform the winning composition in its sixth American Composer Competition on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 11:29 AM
The Kennedy Center Concert Hall was packed Saturday night for the National Symphony Orchestra's first performance of a 1946 masterwork by Paul Hindemith, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd."
OK, the place was packed because the first half of...
| Feb 8, 2014
The past few weeks have been rough on Marin Alsop.
Late last month, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's music director gathered with family and friends in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at the bedside of her mother. Ruth Alsop, whose career included playing...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 12:10 PM
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...