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With Alsop, a different tune


The last whiff of Yuri Temirkanov's Christian Dior aftershave had barely faded in the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall when the Russian conductor's successor as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, arrived this week to get the official last word of the 2005-2006 season.

Technically, Alsop doesn't assume full duties until September 2007, but in practical terms, she's at the artistic helm now. And, in case you missed the point somehow, she's going to be very different from Temirkanov. This season-ending program, which gets an abbreviated performance this morning, underscores that.

If you go The BSO performs at 11 a.m. today at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $20 to $48. Call 410-783-8000.

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