NEW YORK --
That cue came before the music started when an announcer from local radio station WQXR interviewed the BSO's high-profile booster, Gov. Martin O'Malley, onstage. O'Malley praised the orchestra for the way it "gives so much back to the community" through its OrchKids project and other educational work. The governor, who has a sideline in the Celtic group O'Malley's March, got laughs when, asked if he was a musician himself, replied that "the people in the band I play with are." And he received an ovation from the audience and orchestra alike when he stressed the importance of "raising our children to appreciate the arts."