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Lady Gaga Meets Christ: The Lyric Blows the Dust Off Faust

April 20, 2012
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Lady Gaga Meets Christ: The Lyric Blows the Dust Off Faust

Provocative, profane, and occult is how critics described a version of Faust so daring that only one copy remains, safely hidden away in the Royal Denmark library. Lyric Opera Baltimore stays true to form with their new take on Gounod’s Faust (in partnership with Arizona Opera) at the Lyric on April 20 and 22nd....
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The JACK Quartet Decodes Xenakis At Mobtown Modern Season Opener

September 16, 2011
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The JACK Quartet Decodes Xenakis At Mobtown Modern Season Opener

The name doesn’t come from the phrase: “You don’t know Jack!” It’s an acronym from the first letter of each player’s name. But these knockout young performers may relish the association. After all, they’ve made it their game to advocate challenging repertoire: stuff that’s hard to play and sometimes hard for audiences to take....
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A Tale of Two Commissions: Golijov, Mobtown Modern, and the BSO

June 16, 2011
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A Tale of Two Commissions: Golijov, Mobtown Modern, and the BSO

No, Emaneul Ax didn’t debut a piece by Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra June 3. The celebrated pianist occupied the second half of the BSO’s Friday night program and was billed the star of the evening–not the newly commissioned piece: Sidereus, which opened the evening. We were surprised a star...
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Karen Gomyo and Conductor Kalmar’s Wow-Factor with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

June 2, 2011
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Karen Gomyo and Conductor Kalmar’s Wow-Factor with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Karen Gomyo and her “Ex Foulis” Stradivarius delivered a resplendent performance of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall May 27. The Baltimore Symphony players then followed this up with their first-ever performance of William Walton’s Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major. Both works demanded big sweeping sound from the orchestra, which...
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Alexis Tantau Performs Reynaldo Hahn’s Art Songs at An die Musik’s Sunday Salon, May 22

May 20, 2011
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Alexis Tantau Performs Reynaldo Hahn’s Art Songs at An die Musik’s Sunday Salon, May 22

On a balmy Baltimore night in May, the cream of local salon society crowded around Paul Cassedy’s table for another great night of what he calls “dinner and music.” It’s no mean feat for a Baltimore rowhouse. Cassedy introduced Alexis Tantau, the night’s singer, and her piano accompanist, Elizabeth Brown. He toasted them with...
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The Most Influential Melodrama of the 20th Century–Performed by the LUNAR Ensemble

February 1, 2011
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The Most Influential Melodrama of the 20th Century–Performed by the LUNAR Ensemble

Just down the street from the Peabody Institute, An die Musik recently hosted two smashing world premieres and the melancholic masterwork of 12-tone titan Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire. The LUNAR Ensemble, whose members are all affiliated with the Peabody, managed to pack the house and then some. So no one present had a right...
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Stormtroopers Raid the BSO as BSO Goes to the Windup Space

January 18, 2011
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Stormtroopers Raid the BSO as BSO Goes to the Windup Space

Synchronicity enjoyed a sold-out, standing room only debut last week. The new partnership marks a new musical cooperation between the young Mobtown Modern and the solid symphonic sound that is the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Orchestras across the nation scramble to cater to listeners under 30, wherever they can be found. Mobtown Modern curator Brian...
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