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February 5, 2009

Recital to benefit Baltimore Chamber Orchestra

Madeline AdkinsThe 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.


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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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