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If you’re one of the first-rate violinists playing for Charm City’s resurgent orchestra, you may well dream of playing some killer Tchaikovsky—perhaps that famous Serenade for Strings. Or soloing a time-tested violin concerto—maybe by Khachaturian or Bruch. And when your music director wants to get a bit playful over the summer, how about a little Bernard Herrmann? He’s the American fellow who came up with the scary tunes that accompany the Hitchcock classic Psycho, and his work enables classical violinists everywhere to indulge a sound that they don’t always get to unsheathe for a night of Mozart and Beethoven. The full-on screeeech, that is. Check out the bow-strokers of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as they try to add yet even more drama to the shower scene. They’ll play Herrmann’s score alongside the original voice track. Constantine Kitsopoulos will conduct.
THE PERFORMANCE TAKES PLACE AT 8 P.M. AT THE STRATHMORE MUSIC CENTER, 5301 TUCKERMAN LANE, NORTH BETHESDA. $25–$55. (301) 581-5100.