Strathmore Hall Opens in Washington, D.C.

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It's very rare that a major American symphony orchestra has a concert hall home in each of two separate big cities. But that is now the case with the Baltimore Symphony. Strathmore Hall opened over the weekend in suburban Washington, D.C., becoming the third large concert venue in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. NPR was at that opening concert to capture the sounds of the Baltimore Symphony trying out its new home away from home. We hear the orchestra in three pieces: first, the Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich, followed by the opening movement of the Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos with soprano Janice Chandler-Ememe (eh-TEHM-ee), and finally the Waltz of the Flowers, from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. Yuri Temirkanov is the conductor. And NPR producer Tom Huizenga, who attended the concert and reviewed it for the Washington Post, remarks on his impressions of the hall and the implications of its opening.

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