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March 30, 2012

BSO's summer season includes music of Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, video games

The Baltimore Symphony's 2012 summer season will have a mostly pop music flavor and take place mostly in the open (or semi-open) air.

The only concert in Meyerhoff Hall will be "A Night in Fantasia" on July 28, devoted to music from video games and anime. The program, tied to the Otakon Convention in Baltimore, will be conducted by Philip Chu and feature Jillian Aversa, the voice of Soulcaliber V, God of War, et al.

At the Pier Six Pavilion in the Inner Harbor, the BSO will offer a tribute to Michael Jackson on July 26 with conductor Brent Havens and vocalist James Delisco.

On July 27 at the Pavilion, the orchestra shifts gears into the music of ...

Led Zeppelin, again conducted by Havens. Singer Randy Jackson and a rock band (not the actual Led Zeppelin, in case you were wondering) will share the stage with the BSO.

Outdoors at Oregon Ridge, the orchestra will open the summer season with its traditional Independence Day program July 3 and 4, conducted by Robert Franz and featuring bass-baritone Derrick Parker. Fireworks will cap both concerts.

Back at Oregon Ridge on July 14, the orchestra once again visits the film music of John Williams, conducted by Robert Bernhardt.

For tickets to the BSO summer season, call 410-783-8000 or visit the BSO Web site.

July will also find the BSO performing beyond the immediate Baltimore area. On July 11 at the extraordinary Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, concertmaster Jonathan Carney will serve as conductor and soloist in a program of works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Elgar (this program was recently performed at Meyerhoff).

And on July 21, the BSO, led by David Lockington, will provide the orchestral support for the three finalists in the 2012 William Kapell International Piano Competition at the University of Maryland, College Park.


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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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