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Baltimore Symphony explores 'Planet Earth'; Wolf Trap Opera about to launch Rossini comedy

In case you missed this elsewhere in Friday's Sun, I have an interview with the excellent film composer George Fenton tied to his concert tonight with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra containing passages from his atmospheric score to the mega-hit TV series "Planet Earth." Awesome video from the show will accompany the performance (the one at left is courtesy of the BBC). Should be fun.

I had planned to catch Thursday night's presentation of the program at Strathmore so I could report on it this morning, but a combination of debilitating factors (computer glitches at the paper, lingering fatigue from my DC trip Wednesday for the opening of "Mary Poppins," anxiety over the US/Russia spy trade) kept me from making the trek.

If any of you were there and care to share your experience, please chime in.

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Likewise, if anyone attends the Friday concert at Meyerhoff Hall, please feel free to offer your opinions here afterward.

I'll miss the event, as I'm heading to Northern Virginia to celebrate my mother's birthday with the family and then take her to opening night of Wolf Trap Opera's new production of Rossini's comic gem "Il Turco in Italia." (Too much information, I know, but, since you're kind enough to read my drivel, I feel you're entitled to the fullest possible explanations.)

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Meanwhile, here's a delectable taste of "Turco," sung by Maria Callas, who had a lot to do with reviving appreciation of this opera during the 1950s:

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