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January 23, 2012

Baltimore, National symphonies to play Carnegie Hall's 2013 Spring for Music

Carnegie Hall seems more than ever to be the epicenter of classical music life in this country, what with the Achievement Program already launched and the National Youth Orchestra of the United States being created there in 2013.

Another of the many initiatives that keep Carnegie Hall so interesting is a festival called "Spring for Music," which bowed last year.

This annual event in May focuses on "the quality and creativity of North American orchestras." With tickets popularly priced at $25 and repertoire that emphasizes the off-beat, the festival has obvious appeal.

The two major orchestras in our area will be showcased during the 2013 Spring for Music.

Marin Alsop will lead the Baltimore Symphony May 6, 2013, in a program that includes ...

John Adams' "Shaker Loops," Jennifer Higdon's "Concerto 4-3," and the 1947 version of Prokofiev's Symphony No. 4.

Christoph Eschenbach will conduct the National Symphony May 11, 2013, in a tribute to the late cellist/conductor and former NSO music director Mstislav Rostropovich. The program offers Schnittke's Symphony No. 6 and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5.

Participants in the 2014 festival have just been announced: New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, conductor; Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot; Rochester Philharmonic, Arild Remmereit: Winnipeg Symphony, Alexander Mickelthwate; Cincinnati Symphony, James Conlon; and Pittsburgh Symphony, Manfred Honeck. Repertoire for 2014 will be announced later.

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Categories: BSO, Clef Notes, NSO

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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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