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April 9, 2009

Washington National Opera may offer bus service to DC from Baltimore

Washington National Opera is conducting a survey to determine the extent of interest in having a bus service from the Baltimore area to the Kennedy Center for the company's productions next season. Given the schlep to DC and the $17 parking fee at the center, not to mention the loss of grand opera in Baltimore, it's easy to imagine lots of folks taking advantage of such a service. WNO is estimating the transportation fee would be between $14 and $30.
Posted by Tim Smith at 4:44 PM | | Comments (3)
        

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Halleluia! I would definitely take advantage of this. Until there's major opera in Baltimore again, I'm going to have to get my fix in Washington and oh my lord how I hate the beltway.

Thanks for the comment. I'm sure many others will feel the same way.TIM

I think this is a great idea for both Baltimore residents and WNO. The Kennedy Center isn't really the most accessible arts center in DC (walking a distance from the Metro, the parking fees, downtown traffic, etc). And driving in DC can be very challenging for those who aren't familiar with the changing traffic patterns and daily street closures. Hopefully the survey will find that there is an interest in running a bus (or two) from Baltimore. By the way, how does one voice support in the survey?

Click on the word 'survey' and that will take you to the questionnaire, which you can then submit to the opera.TIM

THE PROPOSED SERVICE FOR BALTIMORE PATRONS WANTING TO ATTEND WNO IS A GOOD ONE BUT MUCH TOO EXPENSIVE, ESPECIALLY IN THESE ECONOMIC TIMES. THE SO-CALLED CHINATOWN EXPRESS BUS COMPANIES SHOULD BE CHECKED OUT FOR CHARTERING TO/FROM THE KENNEDY CENTER.

I HAVE OFTEN TAKEN THIS BUS FROM/TO NEW YORK FOR $35 RT PLUS METRO FARES. I HAVE ALSO ATTENDED CONCERTS IN BALTIMORE USING THE SAME SERVICE. DESPITE COMPLAINTS TO THE CONTRARY, I HAVE TO DATE FOUND THE SERVICE PROMPT, TIDY AND OTHERWISE SATISFACTORY.

IF RESPONSE IS LARGE ENOUGH, YOU COULD PROBABLY OFFER A SHUTTLE SERVICE FROM/TO BALTIMORE FOR $5-$10 REGULARLY IF YOU INCLUDE NSO CONCERTS; VICE VERSA FOR DC PATRONS WISHING TO ATTEND BSO CONCERTS. THIS WOULD BE A REAL DRAW, SINCE THE BSO IS THE SUPERIOR ORCHESTRA AT THE MOMENT.

YOU DON'T ALSO NEED TO BE TOLD THAT SOME KIND OF STIMULUS INFUSION COULD MAKE THE COST EVEN MORE ATTRACTIVE.

Thanks for your, shall we say, capital suggestions.TS

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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.

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