The news last week that Edward Polochick had decided to resign as director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Chorus took most of Baltimore's music community -- including myself -- by surprise.
The departure of Polochick, who has been associated with the BSO since the early 1980s and who will remain music director of the Concert Artists of Baltimore, represents a big loss to music in Baltimore.
I wish I had a dollar for every time I woke up in the morning and realized that I had forgotten in my review to mention Polochick's contribution to the excellence of the previous evening's performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Prokofiev's "Alexander Nevsky" or Beethoven's Ninth. If I did, I could take Ed out for dinner every night for a week at one of Baltimore's better eateries. Ed certainly deserves no less and I wish him luck as the new music director of the Lincoln (Neb.) Symphony.
Another fond farewell
David Zinman has always been a big favorite at National Public Radio, particularly of the folks who produce "Performance Today." That's why "Performance Today" is broadcasting live tonight's "Farewell Gala" for David Zinman (8.p.m. on WETA-FM [90.9]) and then tomorrow night at 7 is rebroadcasting segments of the concert along with commentary.
Pub Date: 6/02/98