Conductor creates new orchestra for diverse DC

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BETHESDA, Md. A young black conductor is creating a new orchestra in the Washington area, even as arts groups across the country are cutting costs and canceling their seasons.

BETHESDA, Md.  A young black conductor is creating a new orchestra in the Washington area, even as arts groups across the country are cutting costs and canceling their seasons. John Baltimore says he’s assembling a new model for orchestras for an "untapped" audience. The new D.C. Philharmonic will target the area’s affluent Black audience. On Wednesday, the group announced its maiden concerts will be April 9-10 at the Music Center at Strathmore, located in suburban Bethesda, Md. The venue also hosts the National Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The 30-year-old conductor is drawing performers from the National Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony for the initial performances. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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