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Rousing Baltimore Symphony concert with conductor Hans Graf, violinist Ray Chen
Rousing Baltimore Symphony concert with conductor Hans Graf, violinist Ray Chen

  If you like your romanticism with extra layers of hot fudge -- I say bring it on -- this week's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program is just the ticket. Two super-lyrical, extra-passionate Russian works, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2, make a sumptuous, satisfying pair. Both were served up in rousing fashion Thursday night at Meyerhoff Hall. Hans Graf, conductor laureate of the Houston Symphony, has a fine track record of inspiring guest appearances with the BSO; he added to that record on this occasion. And in his local debut, the fast-rising violinist Ray Chen gave notice of a distinctive musical personality. As he demonstrated...

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