Edward Polochick leaves to well-deserved applause Music notes

THE BALTIMORE SUN

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

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