Titles don't always tell the whole story.
Take "Abstractions," for example. There are actually lots of specifics behind this orchestral piece by Anna Clyne, which the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will premiere this weekend as part of a program celebrating women in music.
The London-born, New York-based Clyne was commissioned to compose a work for the BSO and music director Marin Alsop in honor of Baltimore philanthropists Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, major supporters of the orchestra and its OrchKids educational project. The commission came from their friend Bonnie McElveen-Hunter.
"It was unusual for me to be...