Markus Stenz leaves a distinctive mark each time he leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. It's felt as much in the repertoire choices as in the myriad sounds he draws from the ensemble.
After Friday's performance of an extra-colorful program at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, I found myself hoping that BSO officials were busy finalizing a nice, long contract renewal for Stenz, whose tenure as principal guest conductor has one more season left.
Chemistry between an orchestra and the person on the podium is impossible to predict. But, as a rule, when things do click, you can't miss it.
Stenz and the BSO seemed to find a common wave length from...