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July 21, 2011

Baltimore Symphony's 'Rusty Musicians' outreach coming back to Meyerhoff Hall

Time to get those instruments out of attics and basements and start tuning up for the second annual "Rusty Musicians" night with the Baltimore Symphony at Meyerhoff Hall.

Amateur players age 25 or older who can read music and play any standard orchestra instrument are welcome -- after going through the official application process, of course.

They will join BSO members and music director Marin Alsop in a rehearsal and performance of Tchaikovsky’s "Romeo and Juliet" and a couple of numbers from Bizet’s "Carmen" Suite No. 2.

The event will be held on ...

Sept. 20 in two hour-long sessions, beginning at 7 p.m. and 8:20 p.m.

If you haven't yet experienced this community outreach program, or didn't get your fill in last year's presentation, go for it. The participants I've chatted with couldn't have been more enthusiastic about this immersion into the orchestral environment.

The number of participants is limited to the first 136 applications. Online registration is open now. Successful applicants will be notified by email by Aug. 10 and will then have until noon on Aug. 26 to pay a nonrefundable registration fee of $50.

The public is invited to attend the Rusty Musicians sessions at no charge.


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Categories: BSO, Clef Notes, Marin Alsop

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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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