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Towson's Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra gives old music new life

Towson's Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra gives old music new life

In 1875, a Baltimore railroad businessman commissioned a waltz from a Russian composer to honor his dying sister. She died before hearing it, and the song was never performed publicly — until Sunday at Loch Raven High School.

Paul Belz, 71, of Lutherville, who wrote a self-published novel about the railroad man, Thomas Winans, said he discovered the waltz while doing research for his book in the Library of Congress.

He passed on the song to the Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra, a volunteer orchestra based in Towson. At its concert Sunday night, pianist Lorraine Min performed the song’s world premiere, its first performance since it was written more than 100 years...

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