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Classical (Music Genre)

Symphony Number One opens season promisingly with Mahler, new sax concerto

Baltimore has a new orchestral ensemble. Judging by the concert Sunday afternoon, it's a worthwhile addition to the scene. The chamber-sized Symphony Number One, founded last year and led by Jordan Randall Smith, has been steadily building up resources to support its dual mission -- presenting masterworks alongside substantial pieces of new music. Instead of the five-minute splash of modernity that satisfies the conscience of some groups, this one promises full-length freshness on each program. Recordings are also part of the plan. The season-opener at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (I caught the second of two performances given there) offered Mahler's sublime Symphony No....