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  • Debussy Riot

    Debussy Riot
    A few years ago, I saw Ben Folds perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. It wasn’t the first time Folds has played with an orchestra—far from it: He’s been performing with orchestras around the world since 2002, using world-class classical musicians as backup on orchestrations of his hit pop songs like 'Zak and Sara' and 'Brick.' The concert in Pittsburgh was definitely meant more for Folds fans than classical-music fans: Folds' mic allowed his voice and piano to overpower the orchestra, and the orchestrations were often pretty simple. But Folds was charismatic and entertaining and the concert hall was packed. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is probably hoping for a similarly packed house on Thursday when it performs with Folds at the Meyerhoff. This particular concert will have an addition to his 12-year-old classical-pop routine: They’ll be performing excerpts of Folds’ new piano concerto, his first such composition. Folds described his concerto to Nashville Scene as “proudly and overtly derivative,” and that will certainly be apparent to any fans of Gershwin or Ravel that hear the concerto—but on the bright side, maybe it’ll inspire some Folds fans to check out other classical compositions. (If you're one such fan looking to get into classical music, start with Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' for another piano concerto with heavy jazz influences, or check out my favorite piano concerto, Edvard Grieg's marvelously dramatic Piano Concerto in A minor.)
  • Suite Homecoming

    Yefim Bronfman cuts an imposing figure for a classical pianist: a barrel-chested man with piston-like arms for pounding out dramatic chords and ripping through quicksilver runs of 16th notes on the great compositions of the past. But the naturalized...


    May 21 Bat & Pony Dynamic String Band. Joe Squared.Deer Tick with Langhorne Slim and The Law. Black Cat.Jacob Panic. Joe Squared. free.Jordan August. Joe Squared. Maryland Deathfest Preparty with Immolation, Misery Index, Black Breath, Noisem. The...


    A Capitol Fourth. Join Tom Bergeron, two-time Emmy Award-winning TV personality, as he hosts the annual Fourth of July concert. Enjoy performances from the National Symphony Orchestra and some of the country’s best-known musical artists, and...

    Music's Other Pop Hits: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Nov. 8

    This coming weekend Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra try to make the case for George Gershwin's place in the classical canon. This past weekend they made the case-without really meaning to-for Wolfgang Mozart's status as a pop artist. It...