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February 26, 2010

Sunday's musical attractions include world premieres and choral favorites

Sunday's music calendar is packed, as usual. Extra noteworthy are two programs occurring -- naturally -- at the same 3 p.m. time slot.

Works by notable Baltimore-based composers will be featured on a concert at An die Musik that combines the talents of ANALOG arts ensemble and the Monument Piano Trio, including Jonathan Leshnoff's "Song Without Words" for cello and piano. There will be world premiere of "Scenes from Eternity's Edge" for flute, violin, cello and piano by James Lee, III, and Rudolf Kamper's Music for Five Players. Rounding out the contemporary program are pieces by Michael Sheppard and Stuart Saunders Smith.

The other 3 p.m. enticement is

a concert by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society featuring two richly lyrical works, Schubert's Mass in G major and, from our own time, Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna," which has become one of the most popular choral pieces in years. Here's a sampling of Lauridsen's score, performed by another group (of course, Choral Arts will do a much better job):

Posted by Tim Smith at 4:50 PM | | Comments (1)


The TV Show, Britain's Got Talent (otherwise known as Sarah Boyle's springboard) uses Lux Aeterna as its "secondary theme," according to Wikipedia..."to create tension. It is also used for the judges "walk-in" at the beginning of every live show."

Cool. I'd bet the US version would never get so artsy. 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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