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March 16, 2011

Shriver Hall Concert Series announces 2011-2012 season

With a typically starry flourish, the 46th Shriver Hall Concert Series will do its part to light up Baltimore's classical music scene.

Recitalists on the 2011-2012 lineup include eminent pianist Richard Goode performing Chopin and Schumann; top-notch violinist Christian Tetzlaff with the equally incisive pianist Lars Vogt in a program of Schumann, Brahms and Bartok; Steven Isserlis, a remarkably colorful cellist, whose program includes music of provocative contemporary British composer Thomas Ades; and the fine keyboard artist Angela Hewitt in a program that includes works of Bach, Faure and Ravel.

It's also great to see that, despite resistance from some Shriver Hall subscribers, there will be another vocal recital next season. And it promises to be a most absorbing one --

the excellent baritone Wolfgang Holzmair, accompanied by Russell Ryan, will sing Schubert’s profound "Winterreise." (The concert will be in bleakest February, which makes it even cooler.)

Chamber music is always part of the Shriver attractions. For 2011-12, that genre will be represented by such admirable ensembles as the St. Lawrence String Quartet, playing Haydn, Dvorak and Osvaldo Golijov; the Takacs Quartet, playing Beethoven, Debussy and Janacek; and the baroque group Les Violons du Roy offering Vivaldi, Bach and more.

Next season, Shriver's free "Discovery Series" at the Baltimore Museum of Art, devoted to up-and-coming artists, will feature the Johannes String Quartet, as well as pianists George Li (first-place winner in the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions) and Yury Shadrin (winner of the 2011 Yale Gordon Competition).


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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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