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September 17, 2011

A couple of Sunday concerts worth noting

It's the start of the music season, and you know what that means -- too many things scheduled on Sundays. But, hey, it beats having too few things going on, so we'll take it.

I wanted to mention two events this Sunday that should be particularly worth a look and listen.

At 3:30 p.m., Community Concerts at Second (Presbyterian Church) launches its 25th anniversary season -- a great milestone for this presenter of fine-quality, free classical music programs -- with the String Orchestra of New York City.

The conductor-less ensemble, which started in 1999, will perform works by Torelli, Elgar and Sibelius, which would be enticing enough. But the concert also includes ...

an arrangement of the String Quartet No. 2 by the exceptional Baltimore-based composer Jonathan Leshnoff.

At 5:30 p.m., Music in the Valley at St. John's in Glyndon opens its season with a program featuring the Monument Piano Trio, one of the best additions to Baltimore's music scene in the past decade.

The recent news about violinist Igor Yuzefovich may mean complications for the group in the future, but, for now, this appearance offers a good opportunity to hear him and his colleagues -- cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski and pianist Michael Sheppard.

They will be joined by guest artists Jonathan Carney (switching from his usual violin to viola) and Alexandr Zhuk (violin) for colorful piano quintets by Brahms and Dvorak. 



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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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