Wednesday (4/29) on his Baltimore Sun blog Clef Notes, Tim Smith reports, “The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, which suspended normal operations earlier this year due to the economic slump, has improved its financial picture sufficiently to return to a regular concert season in October. … The budget will be half of what it would be normally. Music director Markand Thakar has volunteered to work without pay. Instead of five orchestral programs, there will be three, plus one recital. … The orchestral programs will include several of classical music’s greatest hits. The season will open Oct. 18 with a concert featuring Beethoven’s Fifth and music of Mendelssohn; the Handel Choir of Baltimore will participate in this program. The BCO’s concertmaster, Madeline Adkins, will be featured in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in February. And the season finale, in May 2010, offers Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with soloist Xiang Gao. The recital on the lineup is by guitarist Ana Vidovic in January; the BCO is applying for grant money to turn that presentation into a concert with orchestra.”

Posted April 30, 2009