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September 23, 2009

Baltimore Chamber Orchestra to ring in New Year in China

The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, which, as far as I know, hasn't devoted a lot of attention to light Viennese music before, will bring a batch of Johann Strauss waltzes and other gems to China for a series of concerts in Suzhou, a large city 65 miles west of Shanghai.

The programs, in the style of the famed New Year's concerts Vienna, will be conducted by Markand Thakar.

There will be two guest artists. Soprano Rachel Inselman will sing operetta arias by Strauss, Franz Lehar and Victor Herbert.

And violinist Jonathan Carney, concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony, will be featured in popular pieces by Fritz Kreisler, among other things. The BCO was invited by the Suzhou Science and Cultural Arts Centre.

The ensemble opens its Baltimore concert series on Oct. 18 at Goucher College with a program featuring the Handel Choir of Baltimore.

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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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