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March 31, 2011

Your guide to some of the weekend's musical attractions

Just in case you're at a loss for what musical goodies to partake of this weekend, I thought I'd offer some more of my unsolicited advice.

The big item, of course, is the Baltimore Symphony's presentation featuring the debut of the young participants in OrchKids, the BSO's remarkable educational program. They'll be spotlighted in the premiere of a piece written for them by Dave Rimelis (a colleague of mine at the Sun has written an article about the kids getting ready for their big event).

The well-packed program also offers Corigliano's "Pied Piper Fantasy" (with BSO principal flutist Emily Skala and the Peabody Preparatory Flute and Drum Ensemble) and excerpts from Prokofiev's "Cinderella." Performances are Thursday night and Sunday afternoon at the Meyerhoff.

An die Musik is hopping just about every day of the week. Note this weekend, in addition to jazz artists, some classical attractions, starting with ...

the West Garden Trio. This resident ensemble of the National Gallery in D.C. will play works for violin, piano and cello by Mozart, Beethoven and Schoenberg.

And on Sunday, in collaboration with the Post-Classical Ensemble, which opens a major exploration of Stravinsky next week at Strathmore, An die Musik offers a recital by Russian pianist Genadi Zagor. He'll balance a Scherzo by Stravinsky with Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" and an improvisation on Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."

Alexandre Dossin, a well-regarded pianist and University of Oregon faculty member, will give a Liszt recital Saturday at the College of Notre Dame, commemorating the composer's bicentennial. 

I already mentioned on an earlier post a big choral concert on Sunday. Let me hasten to mention another:

The Bach Concert Series' presentation of the B minor Mass. For many of us, the Mass represents Bach's grandest achievement. T. Herbert Dimmock will lead the choir, soloists and orchestra in this performance at Christ Lutheran Church. Harvard University's Christoph Wolff, a leading Bach scholar, gives a free lecture on the work before the concert.

A couple more offerings to consider Sunday: A recital by the fine classical guitarist Ana Vidovic at Central Presbyterian Church, where she'll play works by Villa Lobos, Piazzolla and others; and a concert by the much-respected contemporary music ensemble, the Da Capo Chamber Players, at UMBC, performing pieces by Gabriela Lena Frank, Charles Wuorinen and more.  

Here's a little foretaste of some of the music on tap this weekend:




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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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