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February 5, 2010

Free dress rehearsal by Peabody Symphony Orchestra Friday

The Peabody Symphony Orchestra was scheduled to perform a program of Mahler, Schwantner and more Saturday night. That event, like so many others, has now been canceled in anticipation of the meteorological horror due any minute now. However, there's a silver lining in this case.

The orchestra will open its final rehearsal free to the public Friday afternoon (UPDATE: that's the 12th) at 2:30, when two of the works from the program will be played: Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and "...durch den Tod zu Gott gekommen..." by Joshua William Mills, the winning work in the Macht Orchestral Composition Competition. (Schwantner’s "Chasing Light..." will be moved to a Peabody Symphony concert on Feb. 27.)

If you have tickets to Saturday's canceled performance, refunds or exchanges can be made through the box office: 410-234-4800.

Posted by Tim Smith at 12:22 PM | | Comments (1)


This may be obvious, but the Friday afternoon when the free open dress rehearsal and performance will take place is next Friday, Feb. 12, at 2:30 pm. There is a ticketed performance by the Peabody Concert Orchestra that night at 8:00 for those who would like a double dose!

Thanks for clarifying my carelessly unclear prose. 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.

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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