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July 28, 2011

Israel Philharmonic concert to be shown in movie theaters Thursday

This has turned into a newsy week for Israeli orchestras.

On Tuesday, the Israel Chamber Orchestra made history performing music of Wagner in Germany.

On Thursday, a concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will be beamed from Jerusalem into nearly 500 movie theaters, including several in the Baltimore area.

The Philharmonic event, conducted by Zubin Mehta, is devoted to romantic opera repertoire. The guest artists are super-stellar soprano Renée Fleming and one of the most distinctive and appealing tenors of the day, Joseph Calleja. The concert is also a tribute to the notable tenor of the last century, Richard Tucker.  

Of particular interest for Fleming fans may be her performance with Calleja of ...

the love duet from Puccini's "Madama Butterfly"; as far as I know, this is not music she has performed often. The concert also offers a duet from "La Traviata," along with a variety of arias for each singer.

On its own, the orchestra will perform selections by Verdi, Puccini and Rimsky-Korsakov.

The broadcast, presented by NCM Fathom and Mod 3 Live, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at AMC Owings Mills 17, Cinemark Egyptian 24 at Arundel Mills, AMC Columbia Mall 14, Snowden Square in Columbia, and Bel Air Cinema 14 in Abingdon.


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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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