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December 15, 2008

Chamber Orchestra says concert will go on

Haven't had too much good news lately among local arts groups, so it's niceRichard Stoltzman to report something upbeat. Just a few weeks ago, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra revealed that tight finances forced the postponement of a recording session planned in January and threatened to necessitate the cancelation of two concerts that month. Now comes word that only one of those performances, meaning that there will be no interruption in the BCO's 2008-2009 season (the canceled event was not part of the main subscription series).

The program, conducted by Markand Thakar, will be at 3 p.m. Jan. 25 at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium and will feature Mozart's sublime Clarinet Concerto with eminent clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. Beethoven's Eighth and the brilliant Symphony No. 3 by Charles Ives are also on the bill. Tickets to the canceled concert, Jan. 24 at Beth El Congregation, will be honored at Goucher.


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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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