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Midweek Madness looks at '1812 Overture' from a percussive vantage point

After a brief hiatus that had people feeling downcast all over the globe, Midweek Madness returns with a nod to the opening of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2013-14 subscription series.

The big news of the concert is the US premiere of John Adams' Saxophone Concerto, but there's something else a little newsy about it. An old war horse,Tchaikovsky '1812 Overture,' mostly confined these days to pops concerts or outdoor patriotic events, will be trotted out to keep company with the Adams score and the rest of the program.

And that's a good excuse to offer a look at '1812' from the perspective of a vintage performance featuring a percussion section manned (and womanned) by the great Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.

(Thanks to my Florida buddy Sebastian for pointing me to this great clip.)  

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