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Cello challenge


When most cellists name their favorite cello-and-orchestra work, they usually don't mention the demonstrative, audience-pleasing concerto by Antonin Dvorak, but the inward-looking one of Robert Schumann. This piece requires an interpreter who can draw from a deep well of fantasy and who is fearless emotionally.

To those familiar with her playing, Gita Roche seems like a good bet to match Schumann's challenges. The popular young cellist will perform the work with conductor Ann Harrigan and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra on Wednesday.

The rest of the program features pieces by Schubert and Dvorak, as well as a new work, "November," by Peabody

Conservatory composer Ray Sprenkle.

The concert is Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College. Tickets are $20; $15 for students and seniors. For tickets and further information, call (410) 998-1022.

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