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November 4, 2011

Weekend treats for the concert-goer

I worry about you not having enough music in your diet, so here are a few things you should consider taking in this weekend:

UPDATE: A power outage on Charles St. has caused Michael Sheppard's recital to be canceled. Perhaps he will be get another opportunity when he gets back from Hawaii. The dynamic pianist Michael Sheppard gives a recital Friday night at An die Musik. He'll be trying out a program that he will perform next week at the University of Hawaii.

In addition to a sonata by Mozart and several pieces by Chopin and Liszt (including that latter's finger-busting transcription of Wagner's "Tannhauser" Overture), Sheppard will play one of his own works: Fantasy on Themes from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

Speaking of Sheppard, he and his colleagues of the ...

Monument Piano Trio -- violinist Igor Yuzefovich and cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski -- will perform works by Brahms, Shostakovich and Paul Schoenfield from their first CD in a concert Monday evening at the University of Baltimore.

Back to Friday. The Peabody Concert Orchestra, led by Hajime Teri Murai, moves uptown to the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for a colorful program that includes Mozart's Symphony No. 25 and Respighi's "Pines of Rome."

Also on tap is a work you don't get to hear all that often: Joseph Jongen's brilliant "Symphonie Concertante," with organ soloist Daniel J. Sansone.

Sunday afternoon's lineup includes an enticing concert at Towson University by Pro Musica Rara that promises a glimpse into the musical tastes of one of the most popular writers in Western literature. The program offers vocal and instrumental pieces that Jane Austen kept at home.

The guest artist is Julianne Baird, a marvelous soprano prized for her interpretations of early music. Joining her will be Pro Musica's excellent cellist Allen Whear and fortepianist Eva Mengelkoch.

And since the first Sunday of the month falls this weekend, that means the Bach Concert Series has a program at Christ Lutheran in the Inner Harbor. The program includes Cantata 47, as well as the Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, performed by organist Daniel Aune.


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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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