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July 7, 2010

Belated reminder of Maria Piccinini's concert with Brasil Duo at Peabody

Forgive the short notice -- I meant to post something about this ages ago -- but there's musical relief from the heat to be found this evening at Peabody.

The excellent flutist Marina Piccinini, who enjoys a busy international performance career when she isn't teaching at the conservatory, will kick off her International Flute Master Classes with a public concert also featuring the Brasil Guitar Duo (João Luiz and Douglas Lora).

The program, at 7:00 p.m. today (July 7), offers works by Bach, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla and Milhaud.

Several participants in the master classes -- about 20 flutists from all over are taking part in the five-day sessions -- will give a free recital at 7 p.m. Monday at Peabody.

Posted by Tim Smith at 3:49 PM | | Comments (1)


So sorry I missed this one -- and I was hardly in the mood for a drive into Baltimore in yesterday's extreme heat. Piccinini at the Peabody is a real treasure. I did make it to another most memorable chamber recital led by her a few years ago.

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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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