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February 20, 2009

Temirkanov cancels again

As used to be said of certain unreliable opera stars years ago, conductor Yuri Temirkanov is apparently available for a limited number of cancellations each season.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s music director emeritus has canceled his scheduled appearances here March 26-29 -- "indisposed" is the reason I hear -- as he did in 2006 and several times before that when he was still music director. From what I gather, he's also bailing on concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra in March and April. (It's not the first time he canceled on Boston.) Last month, he dropped commitments with an orchestra in London.

In Baltimore, Temirkanov will be replaced, as he was in 2006, by Yan Pascal Tortelier.

(I'm heading to New York today for a weekend of opera and the opening concert at Lincoln Center's freshly and mightily renovated Alice Tully Hall, where the performers will include Baltimore's own living legend, pianist Leon Fleisher. I'll add more details on Temirkanov as I get them along the way.)  

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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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