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November 16, 2010

Baltimore Symphony to offer second BSO Academy in June; free registration before Dec. 15

The first week-long BSO Academy -- the Baltimore Symphony's outreach to amateur musicians -- was a big hit with participants last June. Registration is now open for the second Academy, which will run June 12-18, 2011.

The schedule includes master classes, individual lessons and sectional and full orchestral rehearsals, culminating in a public concert at Meyerhoff Hall by Academy members and BSO musicians, conducted by Marin Alsop.

That concert will offer a hefty program: Bernstein’s "Candide" Overture; pieces by Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Hindemith; and nothing less than

the towering first movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.

Chamber ensembles, involving Academy participants and BSO musicians, will be formed; they'll give a concert at MICA.

The Academy is open to amateur players who are at least 25 years old. Applications are due by noon on Feb. 1. The $35 application fee will be waived before Dec. 15. Tuition is $1,650. More details can be found on the Academy's Web site

SUN STAFF PHOTO OF 2010 BSO ACADEMY (by Algerina Perna)

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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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