Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Opens Season on Sept. 26

SOURCE: Baltimore Chamber Orchestra

For the 2005-06 season the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra willl celebrate Baltimore in a series of partnerships with five “flagship” Baltimore cultural institutions: The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Walters Art Museum, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, the Maryland Science Center and the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Each of the BCO’s five concerts will be associated with one of the partner institutions, and each concert will have a programmatic connection with its partner.

The season--the first planned by music director Markand Thakar--opens Wednesday, September 28 by celebrating The Baltimore Museum of Art’s exhibition “Monet’s London: Artists’ Reflections on the Thames 1859-1914.” First on the program, to be held at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium, is Frenchman Gabriel Faure’s Pelleas et Melisande Suite, commissioned for a London production of the Maeterlinck play. A troika of international award-winning soloists, Andy Simionescu, Matt Haimovitz and Micah Yui, will perform Beethoven’s powerful Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, a radiant conversation between instruments. The concert closes with Frenchman Georges Bizet’s Symphony in C.

2005-06 marks the second season in the tenure of BCO music director Markand Thakar. As music director of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, he was recently featured in the March/April issue of Symphony Magazine. A former assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, he has shared the stage with some of the world’s great artists, including Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman. He is also co-director of the graduate conducting program at Peabody.

Subscriptions for the upcoming season are $119 for general admission, $102 for seniors (65+), and $42 for full-time students. Single tickets are $28 for general admission, $24 for seniors (65+), and $10 for full-time students. Tickets may be purchased by calling 410-426-0157 or visiting baltchamberorch.org. The BMA-related performance will be held at Kraushaar Auditorium on the Goucher College campus in Towson, Maryland, at 7:30 p.m. Kimberly Meisten, BMA Director of Public Programs, will lead the pre-Concert Conversation that begins at 6:30. Music Director Markand Thakar and guests will answer questions in UpClose, following the concert.

This opening concert is sponsored by Constellation Energy, SmartWoman Magazine and John Roberts and Sue Shaner.

For more information, call (410) 426-0157 or visit baltchamberorch.org.

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This story was published on September 8, 2005.