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January 27, 2010

Baltimore Symphony will play two Carnegie Hall gigs next season

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will return to Carnegie Hall next season with music director Marin Alsop for two programs in November.

The first will include Mahler's controversial reorchestration of Beethoven's "Eroica" (Mahler introduced his touched-up Beethoven scores to Carnegie Hall when he led the New York Philharmonic a century ago), as well as a performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Simon TrpĨeski.

The second concert will feature the BSO in

"Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah," a project Alsop helped to launch years ago and has brought to Baltimore for the past two seasons.

At Carnegie, this gospel version of the oratorio will feature a choir of New York City high school students -- a nice follow-up to the BSO's highly successful presentation of Bernstein's "Mass" in 2008 with hundreds of local kids at New York's Palace Theater in a collaboration with Carnegie Hall.

Posted by Tim Smith at 1:19 PM | | Comments (2)



Do you know when is the Baltimore Symphony going to announce the new season? How about the NSO and other local organizations?


NSO (and rest of Kennedy Center) wil be March 2. No word yet on BSO, but I imagine March will be the month as well. (Thanks to the Carnegie announcement, I got that little bit of what's in store.) TIM

The NSO played several Mahler reorchestrations, including the mighty Ninth.
Although they're seen as sacrilegious by some, they're no more egregious than, say, Mozart's reorchestration of Messiah.
What's you view?
Btw, did you catch "The Opera Show: Opera with an Attitude"?

Personally, I'm a big fan on the Mahler arrangements as an occasional experience, and I loved the NSO's series that featured them. I also caught the Opera Show and gave it a few words on the blog. In short, I would have enjoyed it more had the singing (especially by the tenor) been more accomplished, and had there not been quite so much schlock in that last act, but I thought the concept was OK and executed with a certain panache. TIM

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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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