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May 27, 2010

Clef Notes ticket contest: Baltimore Symphony with Marin Alsop, Andre Watts

 UPDATE: Contest over; we have our winners.

Once more, the folks at the Baltimore Sun Media Group have passed along two pairs of tickets for me to give away.

These are for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's concert at 8 pm Thursday June 3rd at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Marin Alsop will conduct the program, which features Barber's beloved Adagio for Strings, Bartok's brilliant Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, and Beethoven's evergreen Piano Concerto No. 5 (nicknamed "Emperor"). Taking the solo role in the concerto will be Andre Watts, one of America's finest pianists.

The first two blog readers who provide correct responses to a few questions about Andre Watts will receive a pair of tickets. I'll contact the winners by email to make the arrangements for sending the tickets, so be sure to include your email address when posting your answers.

Ready? Set? Google your way to the answers of these oh-so-tricky questions:

1) What city and country was Andre Watts born in?

2) How old was he when he made his much-acclaimed New York Philharmonic debut?

3) Who was the conductor for that Philharmonic debut?

4) At what conservatory did Andre Watts finish up his musical studies and what pianist did he study with there?


Posted by Tim Smith at 10:08 AM | | Comments (2)


1. Nuremburg, Germany
2. 16
3. Bernstein
4. Our very own Peabody Institute, with Leon Fleisher!

Congrats. Tickets are yours. TIM

Thanks for giving away the tickets, Mr. Smith!

1) Nuremberg, Germany
3) Leonard Bernstein
4) Peabody Institute under Leon Fleisher

~Sheng-Yuan Kuan

Congrats. You're the seond lucky winner. TIM

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About Tim Smith
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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