| 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,...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 8:28 AM
Orchestras these days like to put titles on programs, which usually means a dash of the cute, the trite or the hyperbolic. But the title given to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's SuperPops offering this weekend strikes just the right note —...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 4:37 AM
Even people who ordinarily find ballet a tough nut to crack can find themselves falling for the charms of "The Nutcracker." Set to an ear worm-filled score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet tells a Christmas Eve story of childhood and fantasy, toys and sweets,...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 6:23 AM
The year is not even a week old, and there's a contender for highlight of the 2014 music season in Baltimore.
OK, maybe that's too premature and silly a statement. But if, like me, you feel there are few things more perfectly fashioned than a waltz by...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 8:32 AM
The number of concertos for guitar and orchestra is not long; the list of those heard regularly in concert halls is shorter still. This week, a Baltimore-rooted guitar concerto will enter the repertoire and, given the considerable assets behind it, should...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 12:51 PM
With the new year underway, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is focusing on the New World. This weekend's program offers music by two Americans and a visitor to America, music from very different eras, but with a pulsing lyricism in common.
| Jan 14, 2014
| 6:26 AM
The din coming from the high-tech Fab Lab in the HTEC building on the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County was nearly deafening last week.
Under the watchful eyes of Jason Hughes protected by safety glasses, a silvery...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 10:44 AM
Since graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music with a degree in conducting, Andrew Grams, now 36, has built quite a career for himself in the world of classical music.
The Severn native and Baltimore School for the Arts alum has traveled the...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:55 AM
The front door had barely cracked open and already the lilt of harmonizing voices could be heard from the sanctuary at Central Presbyterian Church in Towson.
This was just choir practice — an important one to be sure, for the Christmas concert was...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 8:25 AM
Marin Alsop's tenure as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has been notable for several things, prominent among them the programming of compositions by Leonard Bernstein, her childhood idol and mentor when she was starting her conducting...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 12:44 PM
Alex Ross has posted a column that addresses, among other things, persistent and stupid attitudes about women on the podium. Very dispiriting.
What really shook me up was what Alex found in a year-old interview given by Yuri Temirkanov to a Russian...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 12:32 PM
Now you see him, now you don't.
At the start of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's season, its former assistant concertmaster, Igor Yuzefovich, one of the ensemble's most dynamic players, was back onstage after a stint as concertmaster of the Hong...