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March 20, 2012

Shriver Hall Concert Series assembles another stellar roster for 2012-2013

It's not news that the Shriver Hall Concert Series offers major artists from the classical music arena. Still, the 2012-2013 lineup strikes me as one of the starriest yet.

For keyboard fans, two exceptionally imaginative virtuosos are slated: Marc-Andre Hamelin and Piotr Anderszewski.

The string soloists are nothing to sneeze at, either. Cellist Alban Gerhardt will give a recital, accompanied by pianist Cecile Licad. Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg will give a concert with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and the Parker Quartet.

Speaking of chamber ensemble, two of the best from the younger generation will be ...

featured on the series: the Brentano and Pavel Haas quartets.

Next season's baroque concert offers the brilliant Europa Galante, led by violinist Fabio Biondi.

And the annual vocal recital will be offered by the top-notch mezzo Magdalena Kozena, accompanied by a pianist who typically has the spotlight to himself -- the eminent Yefim Bronfman.

Like I said, one the starriest lineups yet.

For more details check out the Shriver site

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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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