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February 8, 2011

Scott Tennant plays elegant recital for Baltimore Classical Guitar Society

Sorry to be late with this, but I did want to make note of the recital by Scott Tennant presented over the weekend by the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, one of the region's most productive cultural resources. It was nice to see a good turnout at the BMA for the event, even nicer to hear such elegant playing.

Tennant, a founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, offered a wide-ranging program. Highlights included a

gracefully articulated, subtly embellished Sylvius Leopold Weiss sonata, and colorful accounts of pieces by Moreno-Torroba and Leo Brouwer. Tennant also achieved considerable eloquence in the Lamento by Johan Jakob Froberger.

Throughout, the guitarist's lyrical, rhythmically nuanced style produced engaging results, nowhere more so than in his encore, which, thanks to good ol' reliable YouTube, I can give you a taste of here:

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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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