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City's new orchestra to give first concert Sunday Music: The Baltimore Philharmonic Orchestra will perform works by Vivaldi, Verdi and Schubert.


The newly formed Baltimore Philharmonic Orchestra will give its premiere concert this Sunday at 3 p.m. in the auditorium at Loch Raven High School.

The orchestra, which is made up of Baltimore-area amateurs and professionals, will be conducted by Raphael Faraco, a former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra violinist. Faraco will perform as his own soloist in one of Vivaldi's violin concertos, in addition to conducting Verdi's overture to "La Forza Del Destino," Schubert's Symphony No. 8 ("Unfinished") and several light favorites by Franz von Suppe and Leroy Anderson.

Tickets for the concert and parking are free, but the orchestra is accepting donations for its music library fund. Call 420-472-1037.

Van Cliburn contest

The Van Cliburn Foundation will launch its first ever International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs June 9-13 in Fort Worth, Texas. The foundation already sponsors the Van Cliburn International Competition, which is perhaps the world's most prestigious musical contest and is held every four years in Fort Worth.

The foundation describes its new contest as open to "anyone for whom making music is more than an avocation but less than an occupation." The only requirements are that applicants do not earn a living as a professional musician or piano teacher and that they be at least 30 years old as of June 1, 1999. The first-prize winner will be awarded $2,000, with other prizes awarded at the discretion of the jury.

Competitors will be responsible for their own travel and housing arrangements. In conjunction with the competition, the foundation will sponsor an Amateurs' Program, June 1-9 and June 14-22. This program will offer piano enthusiasts opportunities to perform in master classes with celebrated artists and well-known teachers. Several participants will also be selected to perform with a professional chamber orchestra.

Applications for the competition and the amateurs' institute must be received by March 1, 1999; applicants will be notified of acceptance by April 15, 1999. For a brochure and application information, write to Texas Christian University/Cliburn Piano Institute, TCU Box 298026, Fort Worth, Texas 76129, or call 817-257-7456.

Pub Date: 12/08/98

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