| Feb 7, 2014
| 8:25 AM
Joseph Young, who left a most favorable mark locally as the first recipient of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra-Peabody Institute Conducting Fellowship, has been moving steadily up the ladder since his years with the BSO, 2007-09.
Effective June 1,...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 2:44 PM
In Peter Shaffer’s wildly fanciful play “Amadeus,” the mediocre and oh-so jealous composer Salieri describes the moment he realized the genius of his nemesis — hearing a phrase in Mozart’s Serenade for Winds that was “...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 9:30 AM
You will not be the least surprised that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has a hit on its hand with "Sci-Fi Spectacular," a pops program this weekend featuring the inimitable George Takei. If you don't have tickets for the remaining performances, beam...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 7:04 AM
George Takei, speaking by phone from his California home, cannot resist describing the un-wintry view from his window.
"There's a flawless blue sky, golden sunshine and a green garden outside," the Los Angeles-born Takei says in his burnished baritone,...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Jane W. Dickinson, a retired executive secretary and community activist, died Feb. 13 of complications from a stroke at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. She was 94.
"Jane was outgoing and friendly and was involved in everything in a very...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 9:51 AM
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be announcing its 2014-2015 season in a few weeks. As is the case every year, I am hoping for a whole bunch of surprises, a filling in of long-standing gaps in the BSO's repertoire. And, naturally, I am especially...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 5:50 AM
Gilbert Varga made a memorable debut as Baltimore Symphony Orchestra guest conductor four years ago and impressed again in a return engagement last season. He's three for three now.
The Hungarian conductor is back this weekend to lead a hearty...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 1:18 PM
The scary snow forecast was not enough to deter a decent-sized crowd from trekking to Strathmore Wednesday night for a concert by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra led by its longtime music director Yuri Temirkanov. I, for one, would have risked...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 4:24 PM
Kenneth W. DeFontes Jr. will retire as Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s president and CEO at the end of the month, after nearly a decade at the helm of Maryland's largest gas and electric utility.
His retirement, announced Wednesday, will be effective...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 1:11 PM
Willard Hackerman held no public office, but he was as much a city father to Baltimore as any mayor or City Council member, delegate or senator. Few, if any, have had a larger impact on this community than the 95-year-old man who died at Johns Hopkins...
| 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...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 11:43 AM
Ordinarily, I would never think of being out on Sunday nights during "Downton Abbey" season, but I made an exception last weekend in order to catch an appealing program on the Chamber Music by Candlelight series at Second Presbyterian Church. (Of course,...