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BSO offers more than "compositions of dead white guys"

Yuri Temirkanov returns to conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the first time in 10 years as part of the BSO's 100th anniversary celebration. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun video)

I have not completed an in-depth analysis of "most works scheduled by American orchestras" (“BSO and the music of 'dead white males,’” Mar. 4). But, if one studies the upcoming program schedule for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, they will find it offers much more than "compositions of dead white males."

The symphony will perform traditional as well as contemporary works (some commissioned by the BSO). Musicians, conductors and composers will be female and male, American and foreign, seasoned and newcomers. Several films are being shown, with live musical accompaniment provided by the orchestra. Concert goers with children can select Saturday morning family events. Those not wanting a two-hour concert can select shorter “off the cuff” events focusing on one composition and providing a question and answer opportunity with the conductor. Patrons can choose a gospel Christmas, Handel's Messiah or dancing Santas.

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This wide range of diversity in programming and performance will appeal to a diverse audience and will indeed help ensure the survival of classical music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. I hope that everyone takes the opportunity to attend at least a few of next season's concerts (there are excellent concerts remaining this season, as well), and then marvels at the wondrous diversity offered right here in Baltimore by our own vibrant orchestra.

K. Shannahan

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The writer is a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra subscriber.

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