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April 8, 2011

Escher Quartet, fresh from surprise at NY emporium, to make Baltimore debut

The Escher String Quartet has been winning attention as an up-and-comer on the chamber music scene. It also got some fresh notice earlier this week at Zabar's, the up-market food emporium in New York City.

There, the ensemble played some serious Beethoven for unsuspecting shoppers near the fish counter. I must say I still get a kick out of this national trend of sneak attacks by classical musicians. I've posted video below.

Note that the Escher Quartet will make its Baltimore debut Saturday, courtesy of the Shriver Hall Concert Series. The 3 p.m. concert, part of the annual Discovery Series held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, offers works by Brahms and Zemlinsky, as well as the complete Op. 95 by Beethoven that the players served up the first movement of at Zabar's.

Admission is free; advance reservations recommended (and a $10 donation gladly accepted).

Now here's that nosh of Beethoven with smoked salmon:

Posted by Tim Smith at 9:50 AM | | Comments (0)
Categories: Clef Notes, Shriver Hall

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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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