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Another effective 'symphonic play' from Didi Balle, BSO
Another effective 'symphonic play' from Didi Balle, BSO

Orchestras everywhere have been trying various projects aimed at putting a fresh spin on the classical concert experience. One of the most persuasive, to my eyes and ears, is the "symphonic play" developed by Didi Balle and championed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which appointed her playwright-in-residence in 2013. What I admire most about these products is that they are not -- to borrow Anna Russell's wonderful line -- "written by great experts for the edification of other great experts." Balle can cover a lot of historical ground and reveal a good amount of valuable personal detail about the the subjects, all the while avoiding any whiff of the...