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March 8, 2010

Shriver Hall Concert Series announces 45th season lineup

The stars, both young and ever so slightly older, will be numerous during the 45th year of the Shriver Hall Concert Series.

The season opens Oct. 17 with the eminent Emerson String Quartet, which just took home another Grammy last month; the ensemble's program lists Mozart, Schubert and Shostakovich. Nov. 14 will see a recital by two hot-shot talents, cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Gabriela Montero, playing works by Mendelssohn, Grieg and Prokofiev. (I've attached a 2009 clip of Capuçon playing an exquisite Faure transcription.)

The Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio (pianist Yael Weiss, violinist Mark Kaplan and cellist Clancy Newman) will offer a program of Beethoven, Brahms and Bright Sheng on Dec. 5. Pianist Jonathan Biss has chosen music of Schumann, Janacek and Bernard Rands for his recital Jan. 23, 2011. (Let me say right here that I love seeing such names as Bright Sheng and Bernard Rands popping up on programs next season.)

Soprano Measha Brueggergosman, who made a memorable Baltimore debut on Shriver Hall's "Discovery Series" at the BMA a few years ago and recently sang at the Winter Olympics in her native Canada, will be part of the main series with a recital on Feb. 13, 2011. Her program will be pegged to

her recent album, "Night and Dreams," which features songs by Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Duparc and others.

Nelson Freire, one of the most elegant interpreters to be found at the keyboard in this or any era, gives a recital March 6, 2011, devoted to Mendelssohn, Brahms, Liszt and Prokofiev. (I've attached a clip of the pianist playing Chopin sublimely in the early 1980s.)

The annual early music concert on the Shriver series will be devoted to the iconic music for solo violin by Bach, performed by the ever-engaging Gil Shaham on March 20, 2011.

The season concludes May 1, 2011, with the Tokyo String Quartet and the just about legendary pianist Leon Fleisher performing the F minor Piano Quintet by Brahms.

The Discovery Series at the BMA offers free performances by the Jupiter String Quartet Oct. 9; the Escher String Quartet April 9, 2011; and clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich (winner of the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition at Peabody) on May 7, 2011.

Now for those videos to whet the appetite for the 2010-11 Shriver Hall season:


Posted by Tim Smith at 12:31 PM | | Comments (2)


Hi Tim!

Did the Baltimore Symphony set up the date in which it will announce the new season?

BTW, since there was a question here, I asked Neal Perle when WPAS will announce theirs and he said that *tentatively* in the last week of March or the first week of April.


I'm still waiting on word of the BSO announcement. I assume it has to be soon. TIM

I can hardly wait to see and hear Nelson Freire. He is phenomenal! Maybe he'll play Chopin as an encore if we're lucky.

Amen to that. 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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