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March 29, 2011

Music in the Great Hall announces 2011-2012 season

Music in the Great Hall has been around since 1974, which says a lot about the concert series. It says a lot, too, that, one of the co-founders, pianist Virginia Reinecke, who served as artistic director of the series for three decades, will perform in a chamber music program on April 10 celebrating her 90th birthday.

The current artistic director, pianist Lura Johnson, has been providing fresh energy to Music in the Great Hall, which has announced its 2011-2012 season.

That season opens in September with the Stern/Andrist Duo -- violinist James Stern, pianist Audrey Andrist -- in a program exploring Schubert, as well as the influences on him and his influence on other composers.

In October, violist Peter Minkler, with Johnson at the piano, will perform the ...

moving Viola Sonata by Shostakovich (the two musicians recently made an excellent recording of it) and a piece by remarkable Baltimore composer Jonathan Leshnoff. With cellist Seth Low and violinist Victor Costanzi joining in, the concert also will offer a piano quartet by Brahms.

November brings the winner of the 2011 Yale Gordon Competition, pianist Yury Shadrin, a student of Leon Fleisher. I've attached a clip of Shadrin performing some Chopin Etudes to give you an idea of what's in store. 

In March 2012, adventurous percussionist Svet Stoyanov and flutist Claire Chase will be heard in a program of Reich, Xenakis and others.

In April 2012, the Apollo Trio, whose members include Peabody Institute’s director of chamber music, cellist Michael Kannen, will offer works by Beethoven, Dvorak and Kirchner’s powerful.

And now for those Chopin Etudes:


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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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