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February 27, 2009

Soulful Symphony latest to be hit by recession

The Soulful Symphony has canceled its next program, scheduled for April 3 at Strathmore and April 4 at the Meyerhoff, due to the economic slump. The season finale in May, a tribute to Motown, will proceed as scheduled.

In a statement just released, Soulful Symphony founder and artistic director said: "It's unfortunate that the current economic downturn has affected us in this way. We are anticipating an exciting evening as we close the season with The Sounds of Motown. Our patrons are resilient and we will do everything possible to keep alive the wonderful performances they have come to love."

Adds Baltimore Symphony Orchestra vice president and general manager, Kendra Whitlock Ingram: “We felt it best to focus all of our efforts on The Sounds of Motown, which, given current sales, is projected to sell out.” (Soulful Symphony is affiliated with the BSO.)

The orchestra is offering refunds or ticket exchanges. Call 410-783-8000.

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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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