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May 5, 2010

Baltimore's Ace of Cakes unveils confection for Boston Pops' 125th anniversary

Duff Goldman, the Baltimore pastry king known as the Ace of Cakes, created a little something for the 125th anniversary of the Boston Pops.

The cake, unveiled Tuesday night onstage at Symphony Hall for the opening of the Pops season, featured Boston iconography -- mascots of the Red Sox (Wally the Green Monster) and Celtics (Lucky the Leprechaun), and the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, where the Pops plays its Fourth of July concerts. (Photo courtesy of Boston Symphony.)

Here's a video of the occasion (courtesy of After a thankfully brief snippet of Doc Severinsen playing the big tune from Beethoven's Ninth, you'll see the Food Network star wheel out the cake. Then, Pops conductor Keith Lockhart turns the podium over to Goldman, who can be seen moving his arms up and down a lot, even occasionally aligned with the beat, as the orchestra plays "Stars and Stripes Forever":

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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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