Major pileup of worthy musical events through Sunday
Every time the Baltimore concert schedule gets over-crowded I become more convinced than ever that we need a master planning device to help organizations avoid the kind of pileup of events we're going to get Thursday through Sunday. Here are just a few of the things that ought to be worth a listen:
The BSO welcomes the ever-engaging Mario Venzago back to the podium for a program of Bruckner's Third and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 (with sublime pianist Nelson Friere). Two gifted BSO musicians, violinist Madeline Adkins and violist Karin Brown, perform works by Bach, Mozart, Hindemith, Martinu, and Handel-Halvorsen at An die Musik. Opera Vivente opens its production of Britten's comic gem Albert Herring, which director John Bowen describes neatly as a cross between The Vicar or Dibley and Keeping Up Appearances (we Brit com fans get a perfect image from that).
Speaking of Britten, his Missa Brevis will be featured in a program by the Concert Choir of the College of Notre Dame. Shriver Hall wraps up its season with a recital by two eminent musicians, flutist Emmanuel Pahud and harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock. The 200th anniversary of Haydn's death will be marked by two fine Baltimore ensembles, Pro Musica Rara and the Handel Choir, the latter performing the stirring Mass in Time of War. The Baltimore Classical Guitar Society presents the dynamic Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. The Bach Concert Series offers a performance of the profound B minor Mass. UMBC presents an updated staging of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. The Canticle Singers will perform music of Poulenc, Fauré, Duruflé and Chen Yi.
And that's just some of what's out there in the next few days. I may resort to a throw of the dice to figure out where I'm going.