Recital to benefit Baltimore Chamber Orchestra
The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, one of the many organizations locally and nationally crippled by the Great Recession, suspended the rest of its concerts this season. But the music hasn't stopped yet.
On Feb. 22, when the BCO was to have performed an interesting mix of Mozart, Villa-Lobos, Vaughan Williams and Randall Thompson, there will be a recital featuring the ensemble's concertmaster, Madeline Adkins. The violinist, who was appointed to the BCO post last year and who is also the BSO's associate concertmaster, had been scheduled to play Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending on that program. Instead, she volunteered to play a benefit for the orchestra, and she found notable help from her sister, Elisabeth Adkins, the National Symphony's associate concertmaster, and Elisabeth's husband, prize-winning pianist Edward Newman.
The Adkins sisters play mean fiddles, so count on an afternoon of very stylish music-making. The colorful program includes the well-known Violin Sonata by Franck, along with less familiar works for two violins by great film composer Miklos Rozsa and Moritz Moszkowski. Folks holding tickets to the originally scheduled BCO concert on the 22nd can use them for this event. Otherwise, tickets are $25. All students are admitted free. The BCO is also scheduling a substitute event for what would have been the orchestra's season finale in May.
PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN COLBERG