Edna Best

Colorful performances from Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore

Colorful performances from Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore

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 Symphony," which received an absorbing performance conducted by Edward Polochick.

He paid great attention to subtle details, especially the woodwind voices, and he ensured that the most atmospheric elements in the score came through vividly (slicing string attacks in the finale evoked a brisk highland breeze). The Adagio, the symphony's eloquent heart, was nobly phrased.

The orchestra sounded cohesive and...

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