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June 30, 2009

Summer Chamber Music in Roland Park to open with Mozart, Ravel

Music is inevitably a little less plentiful around here once the hot months arrive, but you can always find something to hear.

A fresh batch of off-season fare for 2009 arrives via the free Summer Chamber Music in Roland Park, which starts at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, June 30) at Roland Park Presbyterian, 4801 Roland Ave. The program lists the exquisite Clarinet Quintet by Mozart and Ravel's Introduction and Allegro for flute, clarinet, harp and strings. A piece for flute and harp by contemporary composer Bernard Andres is also scheduled.

Performers include fine local talent: harpist Julia Martin, flutist David Lavorgna, clarinetist David Drosinos, violinists Melina Gajger and Tamara Seymour, violist Jackie Capecci, and cellist Kirsten Walsh.

The series will ...

continue on subsequent Tuesday evenings. The Lyric Brass Quintet play Bach and more on July 7. Music by Schubert, including his Octet and some lieder, will be the focus on July 14; soprano Fatima Petersen will be featured. The series wraps up July 21 with the enticing pairing of the Piano Quintet by Vaughan Williams and the original chamber version of Copland's Appalachian Spring.  
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About Tim Smith
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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