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February 3, 2010

New concert series brings free programs to Hopkins Hospital

Sorry to be late with this (you've noticed by now that lateness is part of my DNA, so there's no use fighting it) -- a new concert series was launched last week a co-production of the Peabody Conservatory and the Office of Cultural Affairs at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The series of Wednesday-at-noon, free-to-the-public performances by recent or current Peabody students continues today (Feb. 3) at the hospital's Turner Auditorium, E. Monument St., between North Broadway and Rutland Avenue.

Today's artist is pianist Michael Sheppard, one of my favorite local musicians. He'll perform works by Bach, Chopin and more, as well as one of his own compositions. If you hurry, you'll just about make it.

The series continues Feb. 10th with

flutist Anastasia Petanova, violinist Netanel Draiblate and pianist Timothy Hoft;

March 3rd with singers from the Peabody Opera Department performing Brahms' "Liebslieder";

March 10th with the Brass Roots Quintet;

April 21st with Duo Transatlantique (classical guitarists Maud LaForest and Benjamin Beirs);

and May 12th, with Trio ELL (Luri Lee, violin, Laura Jekel, cello, Eunkyung Yoon, piano).

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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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