Anne Akiko Meyers

Zukerman captures glory of 'Seasons'; Music review

Violinist-conductor Pinchas Zukerman's final season as artistic director of the Baltimore Symphony's Summer MusicFest got off to a splendid start last night in Meyerhoff Hall. After a pre-concert chamber music performance -- which I was not able to attend -- the orchestral program began with Zukerman leading Mozart's Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments in B-flat (K. 361) and concluded with Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," with Zukerman playing a double role as solo violinist and conductor.

Unknown a mere 50 years ago, the "Four Seasons" are now almost impossible to escape -- whether one is in an elevator, in an automobile or in a supermarket. It's little wonder that it's...