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Amid controversy, BSO, Alsop and Ohlsson deliver in forceful season-opener

Amid controversy, BSO, Alsop and Ohlsson deliver in forceful season-opener

Well, that was a relief.

After what surely ranks among the darkest, tensest weeks in Baltimore Symphony Orchestra history, the ensemble managed to deliver a forceful, engaging opener to the 2018-2019 subscription concert season.

On Friday night at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the BSO gave its first performance since principal oboist Katherine Needleman made public her charge of discrimination filed with the EEOC against the orchestra and outlining complaints about concertmaster Jonathan Carney.

When Carney came onstage for the customary solo bow just before the concert’s start, I thought I heard a couple of faint, unfriendly sounds in the house. But what registered was...

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