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February 11
Can You Guess? Alan Rubin, trumpeter. was born February 11, 1953.  He made his movie debut in a 1980 film that featured several music stars of the past and a group of men "on a mission from God."
What Else
1785 - Premiere of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in d.

1840 - Premiere of Donizetti's opera The Daughter of the Regiment in Paris

1887 - Louis Persinger, US violinist, conductor and teacher, was born. In 1915 concertmaster of San Francisco Symphony; in 1930 Julliard faculty.

1903 - Premiere of Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 in Vienna.

1962 - Peppermint Twist, by Joey Dee & The Starliters, was released.

1962 - Duke of Earl, by Gene Chandler, was released.

1981 - Kelly Rowland, founding member of singing group Destiny's Child, was born.

1984 - Footloose, by Kenny Loggins, was released.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, directed by Gustav Strube, played its first concert on February 11, 1916. 

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is the only major American orchestra  formed as a branch of city government, although it went private in 1942.  It still maintains close ties with municipal, county and city governments throughout Maryland, as well as with the state itself.
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The Symphony’s modern history dates from 1965.  At that time Joseph Meyerhoff became the president of the orchestra.  He appointed Sergiu Comissiona music director.  This partnership ensured that the symphony would become and remain “the undisputed leader of the arts community throughout the State of Maryland.”

In 1987, the Orchestra held a concert tour of Europe and the Soviet Union. Touring Europe is fairly common, but American orchestras avoided the Soviet Union during their war with Afghanistan. When that war ended, American arts organizations were allowed to go to the U.S.S.R. once again. This tour made the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra the first American orchestra to perform in the Soviet Union in eleven years.

The Baltimore Symphony made its first visit to East Asia in 1994.  Their Tokyo concert was described as the hit of Tokyo's star-filled concert season. The newspaper
Yomiuri Shimbun called the BSO "the best of all the overseas orchestras"  to perform in Japan that year.  This was very impressive since the season also included the Vienna, Berlin and New York Philharmonics.  The Symphony returned to Japan in the fall of 1997, with legendary violinist Isaac Stern as soloist.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra also made many recordings.  They won a Grammy Award with their 1987 album featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma.  In 1994 they won with Ma again, but this time they took home two awards! They have also recorded with violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Hélène Grimaud, and violinist Hilary Hahn.    

Besides their regular concert season, the Symphony has a strong community and educational emphasis, playing for more than 50,000 students per year in more than 30 Educational Concerts.  They have a strong outreach to minority populations.
The symphony's 13-concert Casual Concert Series is usually broadcast over a network of more than 150 radio stations. They have special offers for Students, Seniors, and even state employees. They also have a program called Forte to invite younger adults to experience concerts. So the Baltimore Symphony continues to bring the arts to a wide spectrum of the people of Maryland. And with the orchestra's goal of being Maryland’s cultural ambassadors to the world, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is making a great contribution to the cultural, social and economic communities of Baltimore.
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Did You Guess?
Alan Rubin played Mr. Fabulous in the classic comedy The Blues Brothers.
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Can You Guess in what movie Alan Rubin made his debut?  (It's getting to be lunch time, I think I'll have four fried chickens and an order of dry toast, BROTHER.)

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Mr Fabulous, Alan Rubin