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April 7, 2009

Shriver Hall Concert Series offers another starry lineup for 2009-2010

MidoriThe 2009-2010 season of the Shriver Hall Concert Series matches the quality subscribers have come to expect.

Midori (left), the insightful violinist, will give a recital with pianist Robert McDonald. Speaking of pianists, the eminent Emanuel Ax will also be in recital, and the equally celebrated Yefim Bronfman will collaborate in a concert with dynamic mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena.

The venerable Juilliard String Quartet is on the roster; so are the fine Hagen and Belcea quartets. Rounding out the subscription series will be a recital by the excellent cellist Alisa Weilerstein and a performance by Piffaro, the Renaissance Band. T

The Shriver Hall Concert Series will also once again present a free, separate series at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and, once again, that lineup is strong, too: pianist Christopher Taylor; the Pavel Haas Quartet; the duo of cellist Jean-Guihen Queryas and pianist Alexandre Tharaud; and the 2009 winner of the Yale Gordon Competition, cellist Hans Kristian Goldstein.


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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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