Hugs, toasts and, of course, much music


Yuri Temirkanov threw a dinner party for about 100 of his closest friends Tuesday night -- the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and some of its administrative staff, past and present.

It was Temirkanov's parting gift to an ensemble he has led with remarkable distinction since 2000.

BSO Yuri Temirkanov leads the orchestra for the last times as music director at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow and 3 p.m. Sunday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.; 8 p.m. Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets $25-$75. Call 410-783-8000.

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