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October 2, 2009

Your weekend guide to musical attractions

I'm skipping town for a couple days so I can catch up on New York's musical life (hey, we all need a little perspective from time to time), but if I were around, there would certainly be plenty of music to catch in Baltimore.

In case you need a little guidance, here are some suggestions for your weekend musical pleasure (you're on you own for any other type):

The BSO has a most engaging program (reviewed elsewhere on the blog); performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Meyerhoff.

Other attractions:

Friday: Peabody Concert Orchestra performs Mozart, Dvorak and Barber.

Saturday: the Katona Twins, an excellent guitar duo, kicking off the season of the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society at Towson University

Sunday:

 

1) baritone Ryan de Ryke and pianist Eva Mengelkoch in a program of songs by Beethoven, Schubert, Ravel and Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy (a grandson of Felix Mendelssohn whose works were recently discovered). Free, but reservations recommended: email chamber.music@cylburnassociation.org.

2) Lyra, a vocal sextet from St. Petersburg, will give a free concert of Russian music at Central Presbyterian

3) Community Concerts at Second presents the husband-and-wife early music duo Asteria in a free program of 14th and 15th century works at Second Presbyterian

4) the Bach Concert Series opens its 21st season with a free performance of Bach's Cantata 140, directed by T. Herbert Dimmock, at Christ Lutheran. Soloists are soprano Jennifer Young and bass Phillip Collister.

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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).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
Note: Tim Smith now writes about the fine arts at baltimoresun.com/artsmash. This blog will be kept in place as an archive for an indefinite period. Please visit the new location to get the latest Mid-Atlantic arts coverage.
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