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December 22, 2011

Last-minute idea for combination gift and good deed

OK, I know I am very late with this, but a few shopping days do remain.

If you have a few more gifts on your list, or just want another Christmas CD for yourself, here's an idea worth considering. And in this case, you don't just get something to listen to; you get to help a worthy cause as well.

Candie Cramer, a Baltimore flutist who started out at Peabody Prep, when to Towson Senior High and the Oberlin Conservatory, made a Christmas CD a few years ago.

It's an 18-track collection of secular and non-secular Christmas music, accompanied by synthesized keyboard.

Cramer is drawing renewed attention to the album this season for a big reason -- to raise money for ...

her great niece, Natalie. The two-year-old was operated on a couple months ago at Johns Hopkins for a rare kidney disease, Cystinosis, which has greatly stymied the girl's height and weight. All sales of the CD will got to help defray the expenses of the operation.

The CD is available at The Sound Garden.

Posted by Tim Smith at 1:28 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Clef Notes


Well, here are last minute news. Remember the Albena Danailova thread, in which we thought that the violinist was appointed Concertmaster (or is it Concertmistress?) of the Vienna Philharmonic, only to be disappointed due to the fact that the position was offered only by the Vienna State Opera? Well, Ms. Danailova finally got the Vienna Philharmonic position as well - but nobody seemed to be noticing!

If links do not work, go to the Vienna Philharmonic web page and to the musicians list.

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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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