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14

Apr
2014

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OPERA AND BEYOND

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Sponsored by the Peggy & Yale Gordon Trust

Operatic masterpieces from MOZART, VERDI, WAGNER, BORODIN, and JOHANN STRAUSS II

Why devote an entire CAB concert to music usually reserved for the opera house or the operetta stage? To combine some of the greatest moments from three centuries of opera into a single stellar evening of unrestrained vocal, choral, and orchestral beauty!

Narrated by the ever-witty WBJC-FM Program Director Jonathan Palevsky, hear this beloved stage music sung and played with the full sonic breadth you’ve come to expect from a CAB performance

18

Mar
2014

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CUETO-ROLDÁN DUO – APRIL 6, 2014

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Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Berry Jr.

JOSÉ MIGUEL CUETO, Violin
NANCY ROLDÁN, Piano

LISZT: Second Elegie
BEETHOVEN: Sonata, Op. 30, No. 2
TURINA: La Cracíon del torero
POULENC: Sonata, Op. 119
PIAZZOLLA: Winter and Spring from “The Four Seasons”

Beethoven’s dramatic C-minor violin sonata marks a stylistic change in the composer’s life – when he was coming to grips with his worsening deafness. A wartime tribute to the slain poet Federico Garcia Lorca, Poulenc’s edgy sonata replaced two earlier ones which he destroyed.

Both works overcome their melancholic opening material with triumphant finales.CAB Concertmaster José Miguel Cueto and pianist Nancy Roldán serve up a dynamic program of bravura and tender moments.

02

Mar
2014

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MASS APPEAL — Coming up!

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6428 YORK ROAD | BALTIMORE, MD 21212



ROSSINI: Petite messe solennelle



The CAB vocalists join conductor/piano virtuoso Edward Polochick, as he conducts from the piano.



Rossini retired early, then returned later to composing glory by writing a masterful collection of pieces called “Sins of My Old Age.”



Emperor Napoleon III proclaimed that the “Little Solemn Mass” was neither “little,” nor “solemn,” nor a “mass”. Leave it to the world’s first superstar opera composer to set voices a-singing, fingers a-twitter, and tongues a-wagging.


ADULTS – $20

25

Sep
2013

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Join us at the Baltimore Book Festival

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Got plans this weekend?

Come to the Baltimore Book Festival in Mt. Vernon and check out the Concert Artists of Baltimore booth. We have great CAB merchandise and a large selection of CDs, LPs, and Sheet Music from the CAB archives and from generous CAB supporters. We will be giving away free bookmarks and season information in addition to having a raffle for a pair of free season tickets each day of the festival!



The CAB booth is on the West side of the North park, in front of the beautiful 700 Washington Place residential building.

Make sure you stop by, say hi, and sign up!



16

Aug
2013

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Maestro’s STEAMY Summer Recipes

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Maestro Polochick’s Steamed Crabs

The joy of eating the Maryland Blue Crab is a time-honored tradition throughout the state of Maryland, and indeed, all along the Chesapeake Bay area. And it is more than a delicious delicacy; it is a fantastic social event bringing together family, friends and new acquaintances for wonderful fellowship and loads of fun. For newcomers, it may seem a bit odd, at first, to pull apart the crab, smash the claws and open up the shell of the crab to eat the delectable treasure of meat within, all with your own fingers (which helps to disperse the seasoning from the outside of the crab shell!). But the rewards of such a social, delicious, culinary feast are without equal. Many of us have our favorite crab restaurants, and we tend to be fiercely loyal to them. My personal favorite, however, is to steam my own, and best yet, is to catch my own right out of the Bay and into the steaming pot!

Steaming your own crabs is rather straightforward and not as daunting a task as one might think. Be sure the crabs are lively, and they should all be males (always discard any dead crabs). The seasoning is rather simple:

Take a large can (16 ounces) of Old Bay Seasoning and mix with equal parts of Kosher salt. Add a small can (2 ounces, more if you like it spicier!) of Colman’s Mustard and mix all ingredients together thoroughly. This should be enough mixture for 3 ½ to 5 dozen large/extra-large crabs. Figure on anywhere from 5 to 8 crabs per person depending upon the size and ‘heaviness’ of the crabs.

Use a steamer pot with the accompanying insert which can hold around 4-5 dozen crabs, and in the bottom of the pot empty 3 12-ounce bottles of National Bohemian beer (‘Natty Boh’) along with a quart of white vinegar. As you bring that to a boil, begin layering the crabs in the top insert part of the steamer. Generously sprinkle the Old Bay mixture on each layer of crabs. When the liquid has come to a ferocious boil, place the top insert part containing the crabs onto or into the bottom part, depending upon the type of insert you have. Cover and steam for 25-30 minutes. Have all of your other condiments (melted butter, apple-cider vinegar, etc.) along with your mallets, knives and table ready to go. (Prepare your table with several layers of newspaper, topped with a layer or two of brown postal wrapping paper. Obviously, I wouldn’t do crabs on a glass tabletop!) When crabs are finished steaming, remove top part and let the crabs “rest” and drain for about 5-7 minutes before serving. Dumped about half of the pot onto the middle of the table for all to dig in and enjoy.

Of course, along with the crabs, it is also great to have that super sweet Maryland white corn, tomato salad and coleslaw. Top off the meal with ice cold watermelon, and you will probably feel like you will never need to eat again!!!

Maestro Polochick’s Special Bloody Mary

When the beginning to middle of June finally arrives in Baltimore, I get quite a hankering for two of my gastronomical favorites—steamed crabs and Bloody Marys. Over the years I seemed to have perfected what many of my friends consider the perfect Bloody Mary (and, if I do say so myself, I quite agree!). It is the best thirst quencher on a hot, hazy, humid afternoon, and for me, is usually a prequel to steaming crabs. My own recipe has evolved over a period of time searching for the perfect Bloody Mary, combining, eliminating or re-calibrating ingredients. At times, in my quest, I had a difficult time remaining on the barstool, but now it never seems to affect my endeavor at steaming crabs!

Although it may seem like a lot of ingredients for one drink, they are all essential and the mixture serves many, and it can be stored in the refrigerator for at least two weeks (it can even be frozen, senza vodka, and used at a later date). And unlike the usual Bloody Mary, it is also a low sodium drink for those on a salt-restricted diet.

One large (46 ounce) bottle of V-8 Low Sodium Juice
3 to 4 ounces of fresh horseradish (to taste)
Juice of one whole lemon
Juice of one whole lime
One 8 ounce bottle of Clam Juice
2 to 3 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce (don’t overdo)
2 to 3 shakes of Celery Seed (also don’t overdo)
Several shakes of Tabasco Sauce (to taste)
1 to 2 teaspoons of Old Bay Seasoning (to taste)
2 to 3 heaping tablespoons of raw sugar
½ to ¾ cup of regular ketchup (the secret ingredient!!!)
Celery stalks, wedges of lemon and lime
Your favorite Vodka
Salt (optional)

Mix together the first eleven ingredients in a large pitcher or bowl. Whisk well. In a tall 16-24 ounce tumbler, fill with ice, pour a generous amount of your favorite vodka and fill with the Bloody Mary concoction. Find out who would like salt added, and then salt to taste. Garnish with wedges of lemon and lime, a large celery stalk, and a few sprinkles of Old Bay. Now get to work on shucking the corn and steaming your crabs!!!

Copyright, Edward Polochick, August 2013

05

Apr
2013

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A Night at Ethel’s Place | Fundraising Event | June 13, 2013

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GET YOUR NOW!

Visit www.cabgala.com for more information!



Sponsorship Opportunities



Single Tickets $125



FRIENDS OF CONCERT ARTISTS OF BALTIMORE $500+

• Logo/Name listed in event program.
• 2 tickets to June 13 event.


STAGE MANAGER $1,000+

• Signage and recognition at the event.
• Logo/Name listed in event program.
• 4 tickets to June 13 event.


CHORUS DIRECTOR $5,000+

• Logo/Name as presenting sponsor on all collateral materials including event ads with media Sponsors to date. This includes The Sun Media Group, The Beacon, 101.9 lite fm, WYPR 88.1fm, Baltimore Jewish Times.
• Half page ad in event program.
• Signage and recognition at and 2 weeks prior to event, in Hilton DoubleTree Restaurant.
• Quarter page ad in 2 Concert Artists 2013-2014 season programs.
• Opportunity for display table at June 13 event.
• 4 tickets to June 13 event.


MAESTRO $10,000+ Lead Sponsor

• Logo/Name as presenting sponsor on all collateral materials including event ads with media Sponsors to date. This includes The Sun Media Group, The Beacon, 101.9 lite fm, WYPR 88.1fm, Baltimore Jewish Times.
• Full page ad in event program.
• Signage and recognition at and 2 weeks prior to event, in Hilton DoubleTree Restaurant.
• Half page ad in all Concert Artists 2013-2014 season programs.
• Link to your company website on www.cabalto.org.
• Opportunity for display table at June 13 event.
• 8 tickets to June 13 event.

06

Oct
2012

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BSO, Concert Artists offer ‘passports’ to younger demographic

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…To mark its 26th season, Concert Artists of Baltimore recently introduced …

the “26 Club Passport,” which offers admission to all nine of the ensemble’s concerts for $26. The passport is available to those age 26 or younger….

Read the full article HERE.


Posted by Tim Smith at The Baltimore Sun

16

Sep
2012

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2012 Fall Arts Guide

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If you read the Baltimore Sun, you probably saw CAB mentioned in their annual Fall Arts Guide. On page 22, our Artistic Director Edward Polochick is featured in the Classical Music section. See the photo below!

30

Aug
2012

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Does city not realize quality of its music?

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Written by Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun   
Tuesday, 07 October 2003 11:37
 

Have we reached the musical saturation point in Baltimore?

I wondered about that over the weekend, starting with Friday’s sparsely attended Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert at Meyerhoff Hall. There were a fair number of empty seats the next night in a much smaller venue – Concert Artists of Baltimore’s season-opener at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills. And on Sunday afternoon, when the BSO’s principal trumpet, Andrew Balio, and up-and-coming pianist Inna Faliks gave a free recital at Second Presbyterian Church. Now that I think about it, there weren’t too many folks at the Peabody Trio’s concert last Wednesday, either.

If these had been mundane performances by provincial artists, such turnouts would not have made me think twice. But each of these examples happened to boast music-making of considerable quality, the sort that helps to make the Baltimore area a significant cultural spot. So where was everybody? Don’t they realize how good the music-making is around here?

I suppose there’s some small comfort in the fact that people ask the same question all over the country; even in New York, reports of scant attendance for worthy things are not unknown. Blaming the crummy economy is the usual response (inapplicable to free concerts), along with bemoaning the aging of the audience for classical music or the lack of music education in schools. Whatever the cause, the situation has to be driving many an organization’s management to distraction – if not drink.

It could be that it’s unrealistic to expect any community to absorb as much stuff as we get offered almost every week. And if musical groups and concert series, large and small, can somehow keep on plugging even when attendance is spotty, maybe that’s what counts most.

Still, I’d sure like to see more people – on a regular basis – experiencing what Baltimore has going for it musically. Every time I see a small audience, I wonder if it means we’ll soon lose a musical asset. (Might as well come clean – there’s a wee bit of self-preservation in my thinking. I need the music to go on, just as much as musicians and presenters do.)

By the way, if there’s anyone out there who doesn’t bother with concerts because it’s easier to slip another compact disc into the stereo set (and people won’t be unwrapping candy next to you), you’re missing a lot. I have great recordings of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2, for example, but I still got knocked out by being there to hear the gorgeous things Sergiu Comissiona and the BSO achieved with the former on Friday and the incisive way Edward Polochick and the Concert Artists approached the latter on Saturday.

No sound system fully captures what music sounds like being made before your very ears, especially in such acoustically inviting spots as Meyerhoff, the Gordon Center and Second Pres. The total experience of concert-going – aural (including ambient noises), visual and physical – can be terrifically satisfying, unique to each time and place. The more communal the experience, the better, with energy flowing from stage to audience and back again.

I’ll try to hope that this recent rash of under-attended performances doesn’t portend anything terribly dire and merely reflects the natural, cyclical order of public enterprises. With luck (not to mention more money and marketing), more folks will materialize in the days ahead. As even a cursory glance at the remaining action-packed season schedule makes plain, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet.

Memorable

Getting back to the Concert Artists of Baltimore, artistic director Polochick highlighted the talent in both wings of the organization, instrumental and vocal, Saturday at the Gordon Center and also reaffirmed his noteworthy talent for galvanizing musicians.

Mozart’s ineffably beautiful Sinfonia Concertante showcased concertmaster Jose Miguel Cueto and principal violist Jennifer Rende. Cueto’s tone was a little short on distinctive coloring, but his understanding of the music’s refined architecture paid off handsomely. Rende produced a lush tonal palette throughout. Both sculpted phrases with great sensitivity; their shared cadenzas reached particular heights of eloquence. Polochick was, as usual, a model partner and he had the small orchestra, which sounded twice its size, articulating warmly.

Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2, Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise), superficially resembles the layout of Beethoven’s Ninth. But Mendelssohn does not attempt a world-embracing statement here. Rather, he lays out a lyrical argument first with the orchestra, then adds the chorus to sing of thanksgiving for divine goodness. This symphony will never replace the Third and Fourth in the public’s affections, but more performances as energized and poetic as this one could well improve its standing.

Polochick’s command of, and affection for, the piece guaranteed memorable results. From the start, with rock-steady trombones nobly intoning the score’s unifying motto, the music had a spark of drama and lyricism that never waned. Solid, dynamic work from the brass and woodwind players continued throughout; more strings would have been welcome to balance that force, but that proved a minor matter.

The chorus met the finale’s demands admirably, reaching a terrific exultation in the Die Nacht ist vergangen section. The several soloists from within the group coped at least adequately, often much more than that (especially tenor David Smith and soprano Ah Hong).