Wednesday (9/23) on his Baltimore Sun blog Clef Notes, Tim Smith writes, “The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, which, as far as I know, hasn’t devoted a lot of attention to light Viennese music before, will bring a batch of Johann Strauss waltzes and other gems to China for a series of concerts in Suzhou, a large city 65 miles west of Shanghai. The programs, in the style of the famed New Year’s concerts Vienna, will be conducted by Markand Thakar. There will be two guest artists. Soprano Rachel Inselman will sing operetta arias by Strauss, Franz Lehar and Victor Herbert. And violinist Jonathan Carney, concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony, will be featured in popular pieces by Fritz Kreisler, among other things. The BCO was invited by the Suzhou Science and Cultural Arts Centre. The ensemble opens its Baltimore concert series on Oct. 18 at Goucher College with a program featuring the Handel Choir of Baltimore.”

Posted September 24, 2009