BSO's sounds of summer


THE BALTIMORE Symphony Orchestra will play eight outdoor concerts of mixed classical music at Oregon Ridge from June 23 to August 3 and six Summerfest concerts of Beethoven and Barber music at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall July 11-27, leading off with Beethoven's majestic Symphony No. 9.

In one change this year, dancing to live bands outside the Meyerhoff will follow every Summerfest concert rather than just the Vienna night. And outside food and drink will be sold after, rather than before, the concerts when it is cooler.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children at Oregon Ridge and $12 for all Meyerhoff seats except $20 box seats.

Oregon Ridge artists include BSO principal flutist Emily Controulis, violinist Ramsey Husser, pianists Seung-Un Ha and David Buechner and conductors Chosei Komatsu, Robert Spano, Heiichiro Ohyama, David Loebel and Richard Hayman.

Summerfest artists playing at the Meyerhoff under music director David Zinman are violinist Joshua Bell and these pianists: Soviet emigre Vladimir Feltsman, the Brazilian Nelson Freire, Jeffrey Kahane and the father/daughter team of Claude and Pamela Frank playing separate pieces.

The 8 p.m. Oregon Ridge schedule highlights include the following:

June 23: Conductor Komatsu, Controulis playing Briccialdi's Carnival of Venice, Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 (New World).

June 28: Conductor Spano, violinist Husser playing Saint-Saens' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and excerpts from Copland's Rodeo.

June 29: Conductor Komatsu, excerpts from "My Fair Lady," "The Sound of Music," "Phantom of the Opera" and "Batman," soprano and baritone to be announced.

July 3 (July 5 rain date): Conductor Loebel, pieces by Copland, Barber, Schumann, Chadwick, Sousa, Gould and Tchaikovsky

PTC July 4 (July 5 rain date): Conductor Loebel with same program as July 3.

July 28: Conductor Ohyama, pianist Buechner in an all-Gershwin evening including Concerto in F, Rhapsody in Blue and American in Paris.

August 2: Conductor Komatsu, pianist Ha playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.

August 3 (Aug. 4 rain date): Conductor Hayman in a salute to show business, including selections from "Mary Poppins," "Annie" and "Oliver."

Other outside BSO concerts planned include the following:

July 7: James Galway playing Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 1 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.

July 25: Pianist Feltsman in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 at Wolf Trap Farm Park in Vienna, Va.

Summerfest tickets are sold to BSO subscribers and donors through June 2 and to the public after that. Oregon Ridge tickets are on sale now and on concert evenings. Call 783-8000.

The 7:30 p.m. summer Meyerhoff concert schedule:

July 11: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the BSO Chorus and soprano Dominique LaBelle, mezzo Victoria Livengood, tenor Jeffrey Thomas and baritone David Arnold; also pianist Kahane in Choral Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra.

July 13: Viennese Night with a soprano to be announced.

July 16: Pianist Pamela Frank playing Beethoven's Romance No. 1 and No. 2, and pianist Claude Frank playing Rondo in B-Flat Major.

July 18: Bell playing Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major; also Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 and Barber's Symphony No. 1.

July 24: Feltsman playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4; also Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 and Barber's Essay No. 1.

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