Baltimore Symphony has hotter night than expected

Nicholas Hersh
Baltimore Sun

The summer heat moved uncomfortably indoors for the Baltimore Symphony's concert Friday. The a/c system at Meyerhoff Hall went on the blink, making the lobby feel more like a sauna and keeping inside of the theater only marginally less toasty. 

The orchestra could have been forgiven for calling the whole thing off, but a the-show-must-go-on attitude carried the day. And some cool music-making (along with old-fashioned fans passed out by ushers) helped make up for the discomfort.  

Last-minute minor adjustments on account of the temperature resulted in a couple of snips taken out of two works on the program and the elimination of  intermission. That kept the performance down to about an hour.

The sizable audience, which included a group of nuns wearing full habits, didn't seem to mind a bit. The concert generated a hearty response all evening.

The orchestra's associate conductor Nicholas Hersh was his usual engaging self, as much in his remarks to the audience as in his snappy rhythms and nuanced phrase-molding. 

The ensemble delivered colorful playing, especially in a sampling of Bernstein's Dance Episodes from "On the Town," and provided a subtle cushion in Copland's "Quiet City" to support the two excellent BSO soloists in that piece -- Jane Marvine (English horn) and Andrew Balio (trumpet). 

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